Daring to Find Our Names: The Search for Lesbigay Library History

Hardcover | August 1, 1998

EditorJames V. Carmichael

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Heralds a new era in historical research in which the collective subjective of a particular group of "hidden" minority voices is given front stage. Leading scholars from a variety of disciplines examine the theoretical and methodological problems of lesbigay history and apply them to librarianship, one of the "despised" feminine professions. Founders and early leaders of the Task Force for Gay Liberation of the American Library Association, the oldest professionally endorsed gay task force in the world, reflect on their early struggles to gain recognition, and describe how sexism, homophobia, and discrimination have taken a toll in their personal and professional lives. These stories challenge the notion that libraries have unequivocally defended the intellectual freedom and integrity of all their citizens, and provide a poignant counterpoint to the "culture wars" and "political correctness" debates within the lesbigay community. Because of societal taboos, until recently, lesbigay history has been invisible to the majority of its participants. Directors and workers in some of the world's leading gay and lesbian archives also share their experiences in collecting and making acccessible ephemera and other partial historical remains to restore a heritage and identity to lesbigay citizens.

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Heralds a new era in historical research in which the collective subjective of a particular group of "hidden" minority voices is given front stage. Leading scholars from a variety of disciplines examine the theoretical and methodological problems of lesbigay history and apply them to librarianship, one of the "despised" feminine profes...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.64 × 6.42 × 0.97 inPublished:August 1, 1998Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313299633

ISBN - 13:9780313299636

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"In this aptly titled volume, Carmichael has put together diverse materials to begin a search and opens a door to much more work....The contributors provide plenty for academics to chew on, but they also offer good reading for anyone interested in GLB community or libraries. If your library does not own it, request it....No graduate student of history should ever be told again that "there are no sources" for doing lesbian history....GLB community members can know they are far from alone....Daring to Find Our Names brings together an incredibly varies, and in sum, rich collection of essays....as I read [it] I felt a sense of living history. I laud Carmichael's vision and initiative in undertaking this work. It has been sorely needed."-H-Net Reviews in the Humanities & Social Sciences