Welcome to the QAP Informational Site. Here you can read about the history of the Queer Archives Project and access all interview transcripts to date. We hope you will also visit the QAP DIGITAL HUMANITIES PROJECT SITE . The QAP Digital Humanities site features a selection of oral history interviews that are connected to items from the Lafayette College Archives and organized through themes and keywords.

QAP Leopard LogoThe Queer Archives Project at Lafayette College is a collaborative, interdisciplinary initiative designed to illuminate Lafayette’s Queer history, advance teaching, learning and research in the area of Queer Studies, and promote positive institutional transformation.

Jointly led by the College Archives, Skillman Library’s Digital Scholarship Services and the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies program, the QAP coordinates three innovative and interconnected efforts across the College:

  • The QAP LGBTQ+ oral history project
  • The QAP digital humanities research site, which connects oral history interviews to archival and other resources
  • The development of new academic experiences for students and the promotion of Queer Studies across the Lafayette curriculum.

The Queer Archives Project is committed to an intersectional perspective that recognizes how LGBTQ+ lives are shaped by race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, gender, age, and other markers of identity. We are sensitive to our use of language and aware that not everyone agrees about best terms. Throughout our work we alternate between use of the word “Queer” (a more recent term frequently associated with academia) and LGBTQ+ (a more established acronym). Our intention is always to be inclusive and respectful.

Princeton Review cover, 1992The LGBTQ Oral History Project

In 1992, the Princeton Review named Lafayette College the most homophobic campus in the United States. Lafayette was simultaneously ranked first for gays still in the closet.


Princeton Review, 1992, list of "homophobic" schoolsPrinceton Review, 1992, list of schools where "gays still in closet"




A quarter of a century later, the Lafayette QAP oral history project offers LGBTQ+ identified alumni, faculty and staff an opportunity to share their experiences and reflect on their time on campus—in their own words and in their own terms. To date, 19 members of the LGBTQ+ community have completed oral history interviews. The QAP oral history project is also collecting related memorabilia, photographs, and materials. Materials collected will be incorporated into the QAP digital humanities project and housed in the College Archives.

Cover of fall 2018 issue of the Lafayette magazine



Read more about the Queer Archives Project in the Lafayette magazine fall 2018 cover story, “Coming Out.”



Queer Archives Project Contact Information

College Archives

David Bishop Skillman Library
Suite 209
710 Sullivan Road
Easton, PA 18042