When the Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections (ASC) reviewed its records of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) student groups in early 2014, it discovered a lack of representation of LGBTQ students and their organizations in the collection. Therefore, ASC has embarked on a project to document the campus experiences of LGBTQ alum at Mount Holyoke College (MHC) using oral history. We believe that the project will allow these alum an opportunity to share their stories in their own words, preserving their experiences for future researchers and students, and engaging the Mount Holyoke College community.
We are interviewing LGBTQ alum about their experiences with MHC's LGBTQ community. Since spring 2015, twenty-five people have been interviewed for the project. Each interview is sixty minutes long, digitally recorded, and conducted on campus by MHC students. Interviews will be transcribed and made available to researchers along with the recordings.
We are actively seeking a wide range of alums to help us document and preserve MHC LGBTQ history through oral history, personal papers, and organizational records. If you are interested in participating in this project or have questions, please email Deborah Richards, Special Collections Archivist, at firstname.lastname@example.org.