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‘PRIDE! Of the Community: Documenting LGBTQ+ History in the Triad’

UNCG University Libraries has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Common Heritage Grant to document the LGBTQ+ history in North Carolina’s Triad region. The grant will enable University Libraries to collaborate with Guilford Green Foundation to organize outreach opportunities for the LGBTQ+ community where participants can submit personal items for digitization and description, creating digital content chronicling the history of the population.

“PRIDE! Of the Community: Documenting LGBTQ+ History in the Triad” will be the first large-scale initiative to document the LGBTQ+ history. With more than 20 institutions of higher education in the area, there will be documents and artifacts relating to LGBTQ+ student groups, including representation from three HBCUs. Additionally, the archival materials will reflect political themes.

Programming will include both a historical lecture and a panel discussion given by members of the LGBTQ+ community. These events will be open to the public and will provide an educational opportunity for the Greensboro community to learn about and understand another aspect of the local history.

The grant will also cover the purchase of equipment to be used in the digitization lab at UNCG, scanners, computers, public programming and a student coordinator position. Digitized content will be placed into UNCG’s open-access digital collections repository and the Digital Public Library of America.

Upon completion of the project in Spring 2019, the equipment will be made available to community partners, such as local libraries, museums and community groups on a checkout basis for their own events.

By Hollie Stevenson-Parrish, University Libraries

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