Building a Movement in the Southeast: LGBT Collections in MARBL

The exhibit, "Building a Movement in the Southeast: LGBT Collections in MARBL” will have a second run when it opens Wednesday, October 8, 2014, in the art gallery on level 1 of the Dobbs University Center (DUC). Originally premiering as a large exhibit in the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) on the 10th floor of the Woodruff Library, it featured materials from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender collection, a growing area in MARBL. The exhibit was co-curated by Kelly H. Ball, a doctoral candidate in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, and Randy Gue, MARBL’s curator of Modern Political and Historical Collections.

The exhibit in the DUC will feature many of the same materials, but as reproductions rather than originals and as wall panels rather than in-case graphics. Just as the original did, this exhibit explores the history, culture, politics, and public health initiatives of LGBT communities in Atlanta and the American South. It features letters, journals, photographs, and concert and theater programs from the personal papers of activists and artists, the records and publications of cultural and community organizations, and rare books and periodicals published by and for the LGBT community.

In discussing the original exhibit, co-curator Randy Gue said, “We are excited that MARBL’s LGBT collections continue to grow. This exhibit is a great way to highlight the depth and breadth of these materials. MARBL has held some of these collections for years and some of them are new. ‘Building a Movement in the Southeast’ gives these materials the attention they deserve, and it highlights the close relationship between our LGBT collections and our collections that document the history of Atlanta and social justice movements.”

The exhibit spotlights materials from the MARBL collections of activist Jesse Peel, playwright and activist Rebecca Ranson, the National Association of Black and White Men Together, The American Music Show, AID Atlanta, the Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance (ALFA) and the Emory University Archives in addition to selected covers from an extensive collection of more than 900 gay paperbacks dating from the 1960s and 1970s.

Exhibit Opening Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Visitors are welcome to view this small exhibit at any time when the DUC is open. The exhibit opens in anticipation of the 44th Annual Pride Festival in Atlanta (October 11–12, 2014).

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Original Press Release

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender collection, 1969-2011

Jesse Peel

Rebecca Ranson

National Association of Black and White Men Together

The American Music Show

AID Atlanta

Visitor Information

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