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Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Alliance Records, 1976-2003
2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 80

Abstract:
Student organization. The records of the Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Alliance document the organization's history, maintenance, goals, and obstacles met while trying to attain those goals. The records also provide an insight into the social issues surrounding lesbianism and how they've changed since the organization's inception, while at the same time providing a look at the lifecycle and campus perception of the LBTA. Types of materials include correspondence, surveys, campus flyers, photographs, and newspaper articles.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The collection is open to researchers according to the regulations of the College Archives, with the exception of five linear inches of restricted student surveys.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission is required for publication beyond "fair use."

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

The Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Alliance grew out of several significant events in the 1970s. In 1973, the newly formed Women's Resource Center hosted Smith College's first "Women's Weekend", at which a workshop on lesbianism was held. From this workshop, an underground organization called Sophia's Sisters, was founded. This organization was denied chartering and funding, and being unable to create a visible campus presence, was forced to disband in 1975. The Lesbian Alliance (LBA) was founded the following year (and chartered in 1977) by Jennet Inglis and Liza McKinley, both Class of 1978. Despite frequent hostility and funding difficulties, the organization grew. In 1984, the college administration closed Hover House, a predominantly lesbian resident house. However, by this time, the LBA had a strong foothold on campus, and was gaining widespread acceptance. In 1988, as bisexual women gained more visibility and the lesbian/gay rights movements expanded, the Lesbian Alliance officially changed its name to the Lesbian Bisexual Alliance. The organization changed its name to the Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Alliance (LBTA) sometime between 1999 and 2002 (exact date is unknown).

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The records of the Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Alliance consist mainly of administrative material that document the organization's history and maintenance. There is also a large component of correspondence to and from campus administrators, outlining the organization's goals, and examining the obstacles met while trying to attain those goals. This is a collection that may be useful to anyone researching the lifecycle and campus perception of student organizations. These records also provide an insightful look into the social issues surrounding lesbianism and how they've changed over the decades since the organization's inception. Types of materials include correspondence, meeting minutes, budget proposals, surveys, campus flyers, photographs, and newspaper articles. Material is arranged chronologically.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open to researchers according to the regulations of the College Archives, with the exception of five linear inches of restricted student surveys.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission is required for publication beyond "fair use."

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Alliance Records, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

The records of the Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Alliance were donated over a period of time to the Smith College Archives from a variety of sources.

Processing Information

Processed by Anne Lozier.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: nyoung@smith.edu
URL: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/archives
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Series I. Administrative Records,
1976-2004


History, charters, by-laws, structure.
1976-1995

Box 1
Financial material, budget proposals
1976-2001

Box 1
Board meeting minutes and agendas
1976-2004

Box 1
Board notebook [disassembled]
1992-1993

Box 1
Bias, memos and material to and from LBTA relating to bias crimes, complaints on campus, and the forming of the Committee on Bias Complaints.
1976-1993

Box 1
LBTA space/library
ca. 1985-1992

Box 1
Newsletters
1977-1993

Box 1
Miscellaneous notes and memoranda
1977-1993

Box 1
Series II. Correspondence,
1976-1993


Letters and reminisces of LBA members, others, Includes student paper "The Lesbian Alliance: A Study of Minority Group and Liberal Tolerance"
1979

Box 1
General
1976-1993

Box 1
Series III. Events,
1976-2003


Flyers
1976-1999

Box 2
Flyers
n.d.

Box 2
Coming Out day
1990-1993

Box 2
Workshops/seminars



LBA seminar evaluations questions panel
1977

Box 2
Miscellaneous programs and schedule of events
1977-2000

Box 2
Five College Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Studies course offerings
1991-1992.

Box 2
Series IV. Photographs,
1988-1994


Photographs: members, events


Box 2
Series V. Surveys,
1982-1993


Surveys: Mainly material related to 1983 student survey, includes correspondence to and from Jill Conway. Other survey sample forms.
1982-1991

Box 2
Student survey results
May 1983

Box 2
Series VI. Newsclippings,
1971-1993


Clippings from The Sophian, n.d. or annotated.
1971-1991

Box 2
Hover House press packet
1983-1984

Box 2
Clippings and articles from other Smith publications.
1976-1992

Box 2
Clippings and articles from non-Smith publications.
1983-1993

Box 2
Index to article titles in The Smith College Sophian, see Reading Room for originals.



Letters to editor:



1971


"Homosexuality," The Sophian,
February 4, 1971

Box 2
"Homosexuals supported," The Sophian,
February 12, 1971

Box 2
Livesay, Debbie, "Homosexuals supported," The Sophian,
February 12, 1971

Box 2
"Gay world," The Sophian,
February 12, 1971

Box 2
1975


Miller, Melissa, "Gay/straight split explained," The Sophian,
October 16, 1975

Box 2
McKnight, Michele, "Gay/straight article questioned," The Sophian,
October 23, 1975

Box 2
1979


Jessop, Susan and Pincus, Betsy, "Do not ignore Lesbian Alliance," The Sophian,
February 1, 1979

Box 2
Marresse, Mary-Lynn, "Alumna sees growing paranoia," The Sophian,
April 2, 1979

Box 2
Perry, Vanessa, and Ellman, Barat, "Anti-Lesbian reaction disappoints," The Sophian,
April 2, 1979

Box 2
Unsworth, Richard P., Rev., "Chaplains address Lesbian Alliance funding," The Sophian,
April 2, 1979

Box 2
Herboldsheimer, Ramona, "How the Lesbian Alliance uses funds," The Sophian, March 5,
1979

Box 2
Reidenbach, Faith, "Secretary of SFC explains Lesbian Alliance budget recommendations," The Sophian,
March 5, 1979

Box 2
Bushby, Faith B., "A matter of sexual preference," The Sophian,
March 8, 1979

Box 2
Jopling, Mary, "Silent majority: speak out," The Sophian,
March 8, 1979

Box 2
McKnight, Lisa, "SFC: Re-analyze proposals," The Sophian,
March 8, 1979

Box 2
Miller, Sandra, "Not for all women," The Sophian,
March 8, 1979

Box 2
Geibel, Victoria, "Member of "silent majority" speaks out," The Sophian,
March 12, 1979

Box 2
Peterson, Lisa, "Obtain unity by funding "factions"," The Sophian,
March 12, 1979

Box 2
Reidenbach, Faith, "Letter's argument refuted," The Sophian,
March 12, 1979

Box 2
1982


"Rumor hurts," The Sophian,
October 7, 1982

Box 2
"Harassment fosters learning," The Sophian,
September 30, 1982

Box 2
"Workshops help overcome homophobia," The Sophian,
November 11, 1982

Box 2
Correction,
November 11, 1982

Box 2
"Clearing confusion," The Sophian,
November 15, 1982

Box 2
Women's Resource Center, "Inadequate procedure," The Sophian,
November 15, 1982

Box 2
1983


Wallace, Barrie, "Freedom of expression," The Sophian,
April 21, 1983

Box 2
"Lesbian Alliance: Smith is for Lovers," The Sophian,
April 28, 1983

Box 2
Stout, Kathryn, "Lesbian Alliance: Smith is for Lovers," The Sophian,
April 28, 1983

Box 2
1985


Griffiths, Heidi and Lavine, Rachel, "Invasion of privacy," The Sophian,
October 3, 1985

Box 2
Corvi, Anne, "Lesbian Alliance clarified," The Sophian,
October 3, 1985

Box 2
"Reactionary behavior at LA meeting," The Sophian,
October 21, 1985

Box 2
"Sexual definition raises conflict," The Sophian,
October 24, 1985

Box 2
1990


Kamps, Julie, "Student endorses Coming Out Day," The Sophian,
October 11, 1990

Box 2
Kressy, Sarah, "Pink triangles represent love," The Sophian,
October 11, 1990

Box 2
Moore, Betsy, "Students praise Tenney residents for courage," The Sophian,
December 3, 1990

Box 2
"Reports show need for action," The Sophian,
December 3, 1990

Box 2
"RCA condemns incidents," The Sophian,
December 3, 1990

Box 2
Kavner, Julie, "Tyler House victimized in incident," The Sophian,
December 6, 1990

Box 2
1991


Parrot, Jodi M. and Klotko, Lebasi, "Lose the hatred," The Sophian,
April 4, 1991

Box 2
Adamson, Joanna, "Context misunderstood," The Sophian,
April 11, 1991

Box 2
Bolyn, Elizabeth, "Queers read this unjustly criticized," The Sophian,
April 11, 1991

Box 2
Godley, Sophie, "Act as straight allies for gays," The Sophian,
April 8, 1991

Box 2
Rhodes-Conway, Satya, "Act against homophobia," The Sophian,
April 25, 1991

Box 2
1993


Feldwick, Jennifer A., "Campus chalking," The Sophian, October 21,
1993

Box 2
Miller, Jennifer, "Campus chalking," The Sophian, October 21,
1993

Box 2
Articles



1973


Hill, Amy, "Weekend workshop helps lesbians examine dilemma," The Sophian,
April 12, 1973

Box 2
Levin, Ann, "Lesbian role examined," The Sophian,
November 8, 1973

Box 2
"Dialogue: Sophiasisters cope with misunderstanding," The Sophian,
November 1, 1973

Box 2
1976


Bishop, Daphne, "Conway expresses views on controversial issues," The Sophian, Vol. 25, no. 7,
November 11, 1976

Box 2
"Women's Resource Center redefining purpose," The Sophian,
November 15, 1976

Box 2
1979


Kuropat, Rosemary, "Gay students share experiences," The Sophian,
February 26, 1979

Box 2
Brickell, Sally Ann, "SFC proposes '79-80 budget to Senate," The Sophian,
March 1, 1979

Box 2
McCormick, Cindy, "Activities fee to increase," The Sophian,
March 8, 1979

Box 2
Smith, Robin Lynn, "Groups get additional funds," The Sophian,
March 8, 1979

Box 2
Murtagh, Anne T., "No funds to factions," The Sophian,
March 8, 1979

Box 2
"Make a study of the budget," The Sophian,
March 12, 1979

Box 2
Salzer, Elizabeth A.J., "View fellow students with compassion," The Sophian,
March 12, 1979

Box 2
1982


Chapman, Cate, "Women's Resource Center seeks new image," The Sophian,
September 30, 1982

Box 2
Burns, Suzanne, "Holly Near to give concert at Smith," The Sophian,
October 7, 1982

Box 2
Yum, Cathy, "Lesbian workshop dispels fears," The Sophian,
November 8, 1982

Box 2
1983


The Smith College Lesbian Alliance, "Golden re-appointment decision questioned," The Sophian,
January 31, 1983

Box 2
Carlisle, Kate, "Four ages of women," The Sophian,
April 28, 1983

Box 2
"Lesbians organize event," The Sophian,
April 28, 1983

Box 2
Mannis, Wendy, "Lesbians seek end to harassment,"
February 14, 1983

Box 2
Hassett, Jody, "Administration puts restrictions on student run workshops," The Sophian,
October 3, 1983

Box 2
Garrow, Suzanne, "Workshop deferral checks student's freedom," The Sophian (typed draft in LBTA records),
October 3, 1983

Box 2
"Alliance demands changes in School policy," The Sophian,
October 24, 1983

Box 2
Mahoney, Eileen, "Conway accepts advice, houses rate workshops," The Sophian, vol.32, no. 16,
November 14, 1983

Box 2
1984


"Senate continues budget hearings of College organizations," The Sophian,
March 8, 1984

Box 2
1985


"Alliance reviews plans," The Sophian, Vol. 34, no. 5,
September 30, 1985

Box 2
O'Laughlin, Paula, "Student questions Smith liberalism," The Sophian,
October 3, 1985

Box 2
Streeter, Jane, "Recognizing the lesbian/straight split: everyone's loss," The Sophian,
October 21, 1985

Box 2
Lavine, Rachel, "Target basic issue, realize heterosexual privilege," The Sophian,
November 11,1985

Box 2
"Porn on campus," The Sophian,
November 11, 1985

Box 2
Chapman, Laura, "Feminism includes all," The Sophian,
November 11, 1985

Box 2
LeBlanc, Adrian Nichole, "Speaker expounds on gay rights," The Sophian, Vol. 34, no. 16,
November 14, 1985

Box 2
"National Gay Task Force examines lesbian and gay ideas," The Sophian,
November 14, 1985

Box 2
1989


"Special Edition: Racial Tension at Smith," vol. 37, no. 41,
1989

Box 2
Fronek, Laurie, "Student receives homophobic note," The Sophian, March 9,
1989

Box 2
Rahmin, Jesmin, "Religious beliefs do not imply homophobia," The Sophian,
March 9, 1989

Box 2
1990


Fitzgerald, Alexandra, "College forms subcommittee on lesbian and bisexual issues," The Sophian, Vol. 39, no. 28,
February, 1990

Box 2
"Information leads to an informed choice," The Sophian,
April 16, 1990

Box 2
Earnshaw, Nancy, "LBA coordinates annual march," The Sophian,
April 26, 1990

Box 2
Krasik, Erin, "SGA sponsors B-Glad Week to promote awareness," The Sophian, vol.39, no. 37,
1990

Box 2
Clemons, Kendra, "Report of homophobic incidents increases on campus," The Sophian, vol. 40, no. 20,
1990

Box 2
1991


"HIV testing needed at Smith," The Sophian,
February 21, 1991

Box 2
Ulrich, Gretchen, "LBA resources available," The Sophian,
April 18, 1991

Box 2
Wetherall, Diana Rael, "Anonymous HIV testing to be offered by health services," The Sophian, vol. 41, no. 6,
1991

Box 2
Imajo, Anika and Miller, Susan, "Campus events reflect recent legislation," The Sophian,
December 5, 1991

Box 2
Clemons, Kendra, "Investigation follows threatening incident," The Sophian, vol. 40, no. 22,
1991

Box 2
Weinberg, Emily, "Gayla Week celebrates lesbian, gay and bisexual culture," vol. 40, no. 33,
March 11, 1991

Box 2
1993


"Discourse not anonymity,"
October 21, 1993

Box 2
Drew, Maria Elena, "Anonymous signs counter chalking on Coming Out Day," The Sophian, Vol. 43, no. 4,
October 21, 1993

Box 2
Fischer, Karin and Potash, Jennifer, "Smith conservatives celebrate Coming Out Day," The Sophian, vol. 43, no. 10,
1993

Box 2
(undated articles, see LBTA records)



"Comments on chalking," The Sophian,
n.d.

Box 2
Farabee, Mindy, "LBA coffee house provides more than just Folger's,"
n.d.

Box 2
"Groups react to formal changes," The Sophian,
n.d.

Box 2
Suszko, Stephanie, "Discrimination of the future?," The Sophian,
n.d.

Box 2
Bergin, Caitlin, "Smith women consider family values," The Sophian,
n.d.

Box 2
"Women's needs come first," The Sophian,
n.d.

Box 2
Bryant, Linda, "Homophobia is everywhere," The Sophian,
n.d.

Box 2
Anonymous, "To the editors," The Sophian,
n.d.

Box 2
Laehmann, Kathrine, "Religion major defines Alliance," The Sophian,
n.d.

Box 2
Davis, Sue and Wender, Jocelyn, "T-shirts," The Sophian,
n.d.

Box 2
Baskys, Loretta, "More biblical passages quoted," The Sophian,
n.d.

Box 2
Burger, Ann M., "Homophobia unacceptable," The Sophian,
[1990]

Box 2
Godley, Sophie, "National Coming Out Day,"
ca. 1991

Box 2
Full issues collected: (see bound volumes in reading room)



The Sophian, vol. 34, no. 16,
1985

Box 2
The Sophian, vol. 34, no. 24,
1986

Box 2
The Sophian, vol. 34, no. 29,
1986

Box 2
The Sophian, vol. 39, no. 8,
1989

Box 2
The Sophian, vol. 39, no. 19,
1989

Box 2
The Sophian, vol. 40, no. 20,
1991

Box 2
The Sophian, vol. 40, no. 22,
1991

Box 2
The Sophian, vol. 40, no. 25,
1991

Box 2
The Sophian, vol. 40, no. 26,
1991

Box 2
The Sophian, vol. 40, no. 33,
1991

Box 2
The Sophian, vol. 40, no. 41,
1991

Box 2
The Sophian, vol. 43, no. 4,
1993

Box 2
The Sophian, vol. 43, no. 10,
1993

Box 2
The Sophian,
March 9, 1989

Box 2

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Subjects
  • Bisexual women--Massachusetts--Northampton.
  • Lesbians--Massachusetts--Northampton.
  • Smith College--Students.
  • Women college students--Massachusetts--Northampton.


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