Barbara Gittings and Kay Tobin Lahusen collection,1965-2007
Collection Number: 7645
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Barbara Gittings and Kay Tobin Lahusen collection, 1965-2007.
0.4 cubic feet
Forms of Material:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
News clippings featuring Gittings over her years of lesbian and gay rights activism, 1965-2007, including photocopies of photographs of Gittings in demonstrations in front of Independence Hall on July 4, 1966 and July 4, 1969 and in front of the White House in October 1965, a clipping about Gittings' 1969 visit to speak at Cornell University, and obituaries and information about her memorial service. Also, brochures, position statements, and flyers from gay rights events and organizations, including election materials from Franklin Kameny's congressional run in 1971, and 1982 news clippings about efforts to establish a gay scholarship and gay book fund at Cornell.
Also, DVD "Gay Pioneers" and video "Out of the Past" (a documentary about the gay rights movement)
Collection material in English
Gittings and Lahusen played important roles in the gay liberation movement emerging in the 1950s. Gittings helped organize the New York City chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis in 1958. Lahusen joined the New York City Daughters of Bilitis in 1961, and the two met there. From 1963-66, Gittings served as editor of DOB's periodical publication, THE LADDER, and Lahusen worked on it with her. Lahusen co-authored THE GAY CRUSADERS in 1972. Gittings was active in the campaign that led to the American Psychiatric Association dropping its categorization of homosexuality as a mental illness in 1973. Gittings was also active in the American Library Association for 16 years. Though not a librarian, she was an avid book lover, and joined ALA's Task Force on Gay Liberation as soon as she found out about it in 1970. Gittings and Lahusen remained active in the gay civil rights movement and remained partners until Gittings' death on Febrary 18, 2007.
DVD "Gay Pioneers" and video "Out of the Past" (a documentary about the gay rights movement), news clippings featuring Gittings, including clippings about the video "Out of the Past," and photocopies of photographs of Gittings in gay rights demonstrations in front of Independence Hall on July 4, 1966 and July 4, 1969, and in front of the White House in October 1965. Also, obituaries and information about Gittings' memorial service; brochures, position statements, flyers and clippings from gay rights events and organizations and on various gay rights subjects, including election materials from Franklin Kameny's congressional run in 1971; and a 1969 clipping about Gittings' visit to speak at Cornell University and 1982 news clippings about efforts to establish a gay scholarship and gay book funds at Cornell.
Gittings, Barbara, 1932-
Lahusen, Kay Tobin.
Gay liberation movement--United States.
Gays--Scholarships, fellowships, etc.
Library fund raising.
Barbara Gittings and Kay Tobin Lahusen miscellany, #7645. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
Collecting program: Human Sexuality Collection.
Original of the July 4, 1969 photograph taken by Nancy Tucker is at the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Brooklyn, NY.
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Obituaries and memorial service
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Speech: 4th annual Christopher Street Liberation Day March, New York City
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Gittings at Cornell
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11 items donated in 1999
Photocopies of photographs of Gittings in gay rights demonstrations in front of Independence Hall on July 4, 1966 and July 4, 1969, and in front of the White House in October 1965. News clippings about the video "Out of the Past," a documentary about the gay rights movement, and 1982 news clippings about efforts to establish a gay scholarship and gay book funds at Cornell University.
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Clippings on Gittings
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Child custody: Judd Marmor, M.D., letter to Bruce Voeller
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Police and Entrapment
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Psychology, clippings and statements
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College and University Issues
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Flyers for Campus Events
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Course Syllabi and Campus Issues
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Teaching and Children's Books
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Lesbian Book, call for submissions
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J. Michael McConnell, U of Minnesota librarian job discrimination case
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Reminder Day, Philadelphia
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Barney Frank for Massachusetts State Representative
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Kameny for Congress
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American Civil Liberties Union
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American Library Association Task Force on Gay Liberation and Gay Task Force
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Daughters of Bilitis
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Eastern Regional Homophile Conference
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Gay Activists Alliance, Philadelphia and New York City
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Gay Liberation of Minnesota: "Love and Let Love" brochure
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Homophile Action League
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Homophile Action League, Philadelphia
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Mattachine Society of Washington
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Mattachine, New York City
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National Organization for Women: 1971 resolution on lesbian rights and lesbian custody issues and 1975 Lesbian Caucus Resolution
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Queens Liberation Front, cross dressers, New York City
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Student Homophile League, including "Statement on the Lesbian"
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Student Homophile League, Columbia University
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Film showings and advertisements
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Gay Rights Ephemera, miscellaneous
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Notes and clippings re: Oliva (1951) and movie 'The Pit of Loneliness' (1954) with photo of NGTF Staff
Out of the Past
The following publications have been separated from collection 7645 and cataloged as individual titles in the Human Sexuality Collection.
Feb. 15, 1974 Commonweal offprint,
May 1973 Connexion (United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry)
Gay Insurgent - nos. 6-7
1972-1973 Gay People and Mental Health - v.1
1969-1971 Homphophile Action League. Newsletter
1958-1966 The Ladder - various issues
1968 Daughters of Bilitis, Philadelphia Chapter. Newsletter - v.1: no.8-11