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The Gay Ohio History Initiative as a Model for Collecting Institutions

This chapter explores changes in collecting patterns of queer materials and reviews the 'Wedding Album Project', Oregon Historical Society's newest queer collection. It should not be surprising that most public collections of queer materials date from the 1970s a reflection of the 'gay liberation' movement and of the growing sense of community awareness and pride among members of the queer community. By the 1990s, queer collections had become well-established at some academic institutions as well as historical societies. Reflecting this change, members of the Society of American Archivists the primary professional archival organization in the United States established the Lesbian and Gay Archives Roundtable (LAGAR) in 1989. The dynamic growth of these collections signifies not only the acknowledgement of the importance of queer history among conventional historical repositories but also a sense of the importance of a shared history among queer communities. Visitors may be introduced to a broader array of queer experiences, some which may mirror their own.