The new exhibit “LGBT Communities in Orange County: Highlights from the Archival Collections” is on display in the Special Collections and Archives lobby on the fifth floor of Langson Library from August 20 – December 14, 2012.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activists and community organizers in Orange County have left a rich documentary trail over the past forty years, and we are preserving it! The UCI Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives Department is actively building collections in this area. The new exhibit in the Special Collections lobby on the fifth floor of Langson Library includes only a small sample of materials from the wide variety of LGBT archival collections here at UCI. We have included material that reflects these four themes:
- Pride and Identity
- Politics and Civil Rights
- Support and Organizations
- Social life and Culture
History helps us understand ourselves and how the society we live in today came to be. By preserving the voices of LGBT communities in their own words, we ensure that future generations have access to a diverse historical record. Studying a shared past builds a common identity within a community and provides a sense of continuity and accomplishment.
The history of LGBT communities in Orange County is rich, but not adequately documented. Too much of it is already lost. It is important to start now to save the history of LGBT experience in Orange County. How can we do this? By preserving archives!
For more information about supporting these efforts, please see our brochure Documenting the LGBT Communities in Orange County.