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Guide to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Lives Manuscript Collection, 1990-2002

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Vassar College. Library
Title: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Lives Manuscript Collection
Dates: 1990-2002
Quantity: 1.3 cubic ft (3 boxes)
Abstract: Memoirs, manuscripts, diaries, correpondence and other materials documenting the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons affiliated with Vassar College.
Forms of Materials: Diaries, manuscripts, correspondece

Administrative History

Planning for the Vassar College Libraries' Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Lives Collection began in the mid 1990s. The initial mission of the project was to provide research materials that were by and about lesbians and gay men affiliated with Vassar College. As the project evolved, it grew to include bisexual and transgender members of the community as well.

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Scope and Content Note

Memoirs, manuscripts, diaries, correpondence and other materials documenting the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons affiliated with Vassar College. Unpublished material was solicited in 1999. In addition, some early funding was used to purchase books and videos relating to LGBT life for the Main Library.

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Access and Use

Access

The Baguer mansucript and the Wyss correspondence is currently restricted. This rest of the collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without any additional restrictions.

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Related Material

  • LAGA-VC (Lesbians and Gay Alumnae/i - Vassar College) Records

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Subject Headings

Names:

  • Anderson, Tobias
  • Baguer, Carlos
  • MacKay, Ann
  • Wyss, Shannon
  • Lieber, Jeffrey

Organizations:

  • Vassar College -- Alumni and alumnae

Subjects:

  • Gay men's writings.
  • Lesbians' writings.
  • Bisexual college students -- New York (State)
  • Gay college students -- New York (State)
  • Lesbian college students -- New York (State)
  • Transgender college students -- New York (State)

Document Types:

  • Diaries.

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Note

Forms part of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Lives Collection.

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Encoding Information

Encoded by Laura Finkel, January 2009.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Lives Manuscript Collection, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Processed by Laura Finkel, March 2009

Acquisition Information

Gifts of the authors, 2000-2002.

Other Formats

The Wyss material is also available electronically.

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Series List

Series I. Tobias Anderson (VC 1998), 1992-2002 (13 volumes)

13 volumes which include diaries, dream journals, and some class notes.

Series II. Carlos Baguer (VC 1996), 1996 (1 ms)

Baguer's Vassar senior thesis, "No Se Dice Nada, Se Haga Todo": The Not-So-Secret History of My Familial Closet.
Note: Due to third-party privacy issues, this collection is currently restricted.

Series III. Jeffrey Lieber (VC 1997), 1993 (1 ms)

Paper Lieber wrote for a Vassar English class in his first year of college.

Series IV. Anne MacKay (VC 1949), 1990-1999 (2 folders)

Primarily materials related to her book, Wolf Girls at Vassar: Lesbian and Gay Experiences, 1930-1990, but also poetry and an unpublished manuscript of memoirs entitled, Just Lucky, I Guess!: Memoirs of a Wolf Girl or Growing up in Sheep's Clothing.

Series V. Shannon Wyss (VC 1995), 1991-2000 (2 folders)

One folder includes a paper Wyss wrote while a graduate student in 1999: "Women on the Edge of the Transgender Era: Struggling to Throw Off Lesbian Feminism's Legacy." The other includes correspondence written to friends and family during and after her time at Vassar.
Note: Due to third-party privacy issues, the correspondence in this collection is currently restricted.

Container List

Anderson, Tobias

Box 1 Journals 1992-2002 (13 volumes)

Baguer, Carlos

Box 3 "No Se Dice Nada, Se Haga Todo": The Not-So-Secret History of My Familial Closet, 1996 (1 ms) [RESTRICTED]

Lieber, Jeffrey

Box 1 Student paper, 1993 (1 ms)

MacKay, Anne

Wolf Girls at Vassar material
Box 1 General files related to the writing and publishing of the book, 1990-1999 (9 folders)
Box 1-2 Correspondence and biographical pieces from contributors, ca. 1991-1993 (42 folders)
Other Writings
Box 2 "Recent Poems, Mostly Lesbian," 1999 (1 folder)
Box 2 "Poems, Mostly Lesbian," 2000 (1 folder)
Box 3 Just Lucky, I Guess!: Memoirs of a Wolf Girl or Growing up in Sheep's Clothing. 1995 (2 folders)
Box 1 Vassar speeches, n.d. (audiotape)
Box 3 Miscellaneous (1 folder)

Wyss, Shannon, 1991-2000

Box 1 "Women on the Edge of the Transgender Era: Struggling to Throw Off Lesbian Feminism's Legacy," 1999 (1 folder)
Box 3 Correspondence, 1991-2000 (1 folder) [RESTRICTED]

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