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The 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 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 the intersection of Queerness with race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, gender, age, and other makers of identity.

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. 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.

To date, 19 members of the LGBTQ+ community have completed oral history interviews. Professional transcription services have been made possible through the Office of President Alison Byerly. We deeply appreciate President Byerly’s support of the QAP.

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Queer Archives Project Contact Information

College Archives

David Bishop Skillman Library
Suite 209
710 Sullivan Road
Easton, PA 18042
archives@lafayette.edu