These collections are a selection of personal papers of women who identify as lesbian or bisexual, or who have materials documenting LGBT lives and activism. They are all part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.
Dorothy Allison is an author and feminist who has written numerous books and short stories, including Trash (1988), Bastard Out of Carolina (1992), and Cavedweller (1998). Her papers include drafts and manuscripts of her writings; personal and professional correspondence; research materials and subject files; her personal journals; and other materials.
Mandy Carter is a self-described “southern out black lesbian social justice activist.” She has been involved with multi-issue grassroots organizing for the last 40 years, including serving as Executive Director of Durham-based Southerners on New Ground (SONG), and working with the National Black Justice Coalition and the Democratic National Committee.
Papers of a pre-eminent Victorian journalist contain letters with women friends that offer unusual insight into the emotionally intense friendships that flourished among professional women of the 19th century.
Reverend Doctor Jeanne Audrey Powers is a retired activist clergywoman. In 1958, she became one of the first women to be ordained in the United Methodist Church. In 1995 Powers publicly came out as lesbian in “The Journey,” a sermon given at the Fourth National Convocation of Reconciling Congregations at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Powers served as a founding and participating member of several organizations concerned with equality and activism within the Methodist Church.
Award-winning poet, professor and activist; partner of transgender activist and author Leslie Feinberg (all material related to Feinberg is currently restricted). This collection focuses on women's studies, sexual and gender identity, sexuality, and Pratt's fight against racism, sexism, imperialism and other forms of intolerance. Bulk of papers: bulk 1975-2005.
Correspondence, research files, manuscript drafts, printed materials, teaching files, and other papers concerning Segrest's career and personal life as author, teacher, feminist, gay activist, publisher, editor, and leader of various social justice and activist organizations. Collection restricted.
Journalist and religion editor at the Contra Costa Times in the 1980s-1990s. Topics represented include the gay and lesbian community in San Francisco, the ordination of women and gay clergy, the women's rights movement, domestic violence and child abuse, and other miscellaneous subjects. Bulk of papers: 1960s-2000s.