Guide to the Barbara Gittings and Kay Tobin Lahusen collection,
1965-2007

Collection Number: 7645

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library

Contact Information:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
2B Carl A. Kroch Library
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-3530
Fax: (607) 255-9524
rareref@cornell.edu
http://rmc.library.cornell.edu
Compiled by:
Brenda Marston
Date completed:
July 2007
EAD encoding:
Andrea Hektor
Peter Martinez, June 2003
Evan Fay Earle, July 2007
Date modified:
RMC Staff, January 2012

© 2007 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Barbara Gittings and Kay Tobin Lahusen collection, 1965-2007.
Collection Number:
7645
Creator:
Barbara Gittings
Quantity:
0.4 cubic feet
Forms of Material:
Publications, photographs.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
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)
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

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.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

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.

SUBJECTS

Names:
Gittings, Barbara,1932-
Gittings, Barbara, 1932-
Lahusen, Kay Tobin.

Subjects:
Gay liberation movement--United States.
Gays--Scholarships, fellowships, etc.
Library fund raising.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Barbara Gittings and Kay Tobin Lahusen miscellany, #7645. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

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.

SERIES LIST

Series I. About Gittings
Series II. Subject Files
Series III. Organizational Files
Series IV. Clippings and Ephemera
Series V. Videos

CONTAINER LIST

Date
Description
Container
2007
Obituaries and memorial service
Box 1 Folder 1
Resume
Box 1 Folder 2
24-Jun-73
Speech: 4th annual Christopher Street Liberation Day March, New York City
Box 1 Folder 3
Oct-69
Gittings at Cornell
Box 1 Folder 4
11 items donated in 1999
Box 2 Folder 1
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.
1970-2006
Clippings on Gittings
Box 2 Folder 2
3-May-73
Child custody: Judd Marmor, M.D., letter to Bruce Voeller
Box 1 Folder 5
Decriminalizing Homosexuality
Box 1 Folder 6
Police and Entrapment
Box 1 Folder 7
1964-1975
Discrimination Policies
Box 1 Folder 8
Ca. 1968-1975
Military
Box 1 Folder 9
1969-1978
Psychology, clippings and statements
Box 1 Folder 10
Religion
Box 1 Folder 11
College and University Issues
Flyers for Campus Events
Box 1 Folder 12
Course Syllabi and Campus Issues
Box 2 Folder 3
Teaching and Children's Books
Box 2 Folder 4
Book Issues
1975
Lesbian Book, call for submissions
Box 1 Folder 13
1970
J. Michael McConnell, U of Minnesota librarian job discrimination case
Box 1 Folder 14
Library Issues
Box 2 Folder 5
1968-1969
Reminder Day, Philadelphia
Box 1 Folder 15
[1972]
Barney Frank for Massachusetts State Representative
Box 1 Folder 16
Ca. 1969
Kameny for Congress
Box 2 Folder 6
Ca. 1972-1975
American Civil Liberties Union
Box 1 Folder 17
Ca. 1970-1985
American Library Association Task Force on Gay Liberation and Gay Task Force
Box 1 Folder 18
Ca. 1970
Daughters of Bilitis
Box 1 Folder 19
1967-1968
Eastern Regional Homophile Conference
Box 1 Folder 20
Gay Activists Alliance, Philadelphia and New York City
Box 2 Folder 7
Ca. 1971
Gay Liberation of Minnesota: "Love and Let Love" brochure
Box 1 Folder 21
Homophile Action League
Box 1 Folder 22
Homophile Action League, Philadelphia
Box 1 Folder 23
Janus Society
Box 1 Folder 24
1962-1969
Mattachine Society of Washington
Box 2 Folder 8
Mattachine, New York City
Box 2 Folder 9
Fall 1971, October 26, 1975
National Organization for Women: 1971 resolution on lesbian rights and lesbian custody issues and 1975 Lesbian Caucus Resolution
Box 2 Folder 10
Ca. 1971
Queens Liberation Front, cross dressers, New York City
Box 1 Folder 25
Ca. 1968-1972
Student Homophile League, including "Statement on the Lesbian"
Box 1 Folder 26
Student Homophile League, Columbia University
Box 2 Folder 11
Film showings and advertisements
Box 1 Folder 27
Brochures, miscellaneous
Box 1 Folder 28
1967-1996
Gay Rights Ephemera, miscellaneous
Box 1 Folder 29
Clippings, miscellaneous
Box 1 Folder 30
Clippings, miscellaneous
Box 2 Folder 12
Clippings, annotated
Box 1 Folder 31
Notes and clippings re: Oliva (1951) and movie 'The Pit of Loneliness' (1954) with photo of NGTF Staff
Box 2 Folder 13
Gay Pioneers
Box 2 DVD-515
Out of the Past
Box 2 V-442

SEPARATED MATERIAL

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