Rochella Thorpe oral history project files, 1992-1995
Collection Number: 7607

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Rochella Thorpe oral history project files, 1992-1995
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Collection Number:
7607
Abstract:
Tape recordings and transcripts of interviews with lesbians, mostly African-American and white, who lived in Detroit in the post-World War II period, 1947-1975.
Creator:
Thorpe, Rochella, 1962-
Quanitities:
1.6 cubic feet.
Language:
Collection material in English

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

As a doctoral student in the History Department of Binghamton University, Rochella (Roey) Thorpe researched lesbian life in Detroit, 1947-1975. She looked at the quite separate environments of African-American and white lesbians created in the Post War era. Within racial groups, lesbians mostly associated with women of similar economic backgrounds. Rather than finding one homogenous lesbian community, Thorpe found many different lesbian communities, and looked at the ways these communities and their survival strategies changed over time.
Her study is based in Detroit, a city that saw great urban growth and racial tension prior to and during World War II. Women's work in Detroit's wartime factories represented significant changes for both white and African-American women. After World War II, the fear of spreading communism in the automobile unions made Detroit the site of the 1951 House UnAmerican Activities Committee investigations. Detroit was a Midwest center for the civil rights, anti-war, and feminist movements of the 1960s and the emergence of the gay liberation movement in the 1970s. In 1970, Detroit women formed a chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis, and the radical newspaper THE DETROIT GAY LIBERATOR began publishing.
Thorpe's study includes substantial interviews with lesbians who lived in Detroit over this time period. Thorpe was the first openly lesbian candidate to be elected to the City of Ithaca (N.Y.) Common Council. The 5th Ward elected her as Alderwoman for a term from 1994 through 1997.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Tape recordings of interviews with fifty lesbians, mostly African-American and white, who lived in Detroit in the post-World War II period, 1947-1975. Transcripts are available for twenty-three interviews.
Conditions Governing Use

Box 2 contains copies of transcripts in box 1. Patrons should use and make reproductions from items in box 2.
Conditions Governing Use

Due to the fragility and potential degradation of moving image and sound recordings, viewing and listening is limited to items that have been digitized. If an item is in another media format, you may request to have the item digitized for access. Information on ordering access copies may be found on the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections webpage. All audio visual material in this collection has been digitized.

INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:

Rochella Thorpe oral history project files, #7607. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Collecting Program: Human Sexuality Collection.

SUBJECTS

Subjects:
African American lesbians -- Michigan -- Detroit -- Social life and customs.
Lesbians -- Michigan -- Detroit -- Social life and customs.
Form and Genre Terms:
Interviews.

CONTAINER LIST
Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1-23
Transcripts for tapes 7360a-7426a
Conditions Governing Use
Any patron copies should be made from the items in box 2.
Box 2 Folder 1-23
Copies of transcripts in box 1
Conditions Governing Use
Any patron copies should be made from the items in this box.
Audiotapes
Existence and Location of Copies
All of the tapes in this collection have been digitized, for access please contact RMC staff.
tr7360a - tr7362a
Mable
1992-06-24
Digital
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Digital
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tr7363a, tr7364a
Linda
1992-08-28
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Digital
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tr7365a - tr7368a
Anita
1992-06-29
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tr7369a - tr7372a
Judy
1992-06-25
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tr7373a - tr7376a
Marie
1992-06-30
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tr7377a - tr7379a
B. Koz
1992-08-22
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tr7380a - tr7382a
Muriel
1992-06-23
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tr7383a, tr7384a
C.B. (Claire)
1992-02-07
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tr7385a - tr7387a
Renee
1992-06-24
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tr7388a - tr7390a
Sher
1992-08-15
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Digital
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Scope and Contents
Tape tr7390a is blank.
tr7391a - tr7393a
Larry
1992-08-01
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Digital
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tr7394a - tr7396a
Carol Kironac
1992-06-08
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tr7397a - tr7400a
Beth Brant
1992-08-03
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tr7401a - tr7402a
Jay
1992-08-16
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tr7403a - tr7404a
Sue
1992-08-27
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Digital
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tr7405a - tr7407a
Gay Whiteside
Undated
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tr7408a - tr7410a
Rebecca
1992-08-05
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tr7411a - tr7414a
Sharon
1992-06-14
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tr7415a - tr7417a
Martha
1992-07-05
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Digital
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Digital
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tr7418a
Pat Pardee
1991-11-15
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tr7419a - tr7420a
Melloniece
1992-06-27
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tr7421a - tr7425a
Elvira
1992-06-25
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tr7426a
Chuck Alexander
1992-02-06
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tr7917a
Ruth Ellis
1992-01-16
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tr7918a - tr7920a
Billie Hill
1992-01-24
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tr7921a
Beverly Dale
1992-02-08
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tr7922a - tr7923a
Judith Hill
1992-02-06
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tr7924a
Margaret Butler
1992-02-05
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tr7925a - tr7926a
Carol Hoke
Undated
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Scope and Contents
Tape tr7926a is blank.
tr7927a
Sonya Show: Donna and Suzie
1982-01-12
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tr7928a - tr7931a
Brandy
1992-06-23
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tr7932a - tr7934a
Toni
1992-06-17
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tr7935a - tr7936a
Billie Jo and Jessica
Undated
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Digital
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tr7937a - tr7943a
Thelma, Diane, JP
Undated
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tr7944a - tr7945a
Party at JB's
Undated
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Scope and Contents
Note on case:"this tape is a conversation between [Roey], JB, Caerdwyn, Mari, and a woman who prefers to remain anonymous (trades woman)."
tr7946a - tr7949a
Veronica Crump
1992-06-05
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tr7950a - tr7952a
Karla Baldwin
1992-06-03
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tr7953a
Mary Ellen S.
1992-02-04
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tr7954a - tr7958a
Marilyn
1992-06-12
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tr7959a - tr7961a
Margaret Lorick
Undated
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tr7961a - tr7963a
Alice
1992-08-26
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tr7963a - tr7965a
Margaret and Alice
1992-08-26
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tr7966a - tr7972a
Evelyn (Lynne)
1992-06-16
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tr7973a - tr7975a
Sarah
1992-08-26
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tr7976a
Sylvia
1992-06-19
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tr7977a - tr7979a
Ruth
1992-08-21
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tr7980a - tr7982a
JB and friends
1992-08-10
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tr7983a - tr7986a
Katherine
1992-08-11
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Scope and Contents
Tape tr7986a is blank.