LesbianHistoryProjectCollection

NovaScotiaArchives Accession No. 2008-057

Statement of responsibility Lesbian History Project collection

Physical description: 6 cm of textual records

Dates of Creation: 2004-2008

Administrative history
In 2003 DiannGraham? spearheaded a movement to record the history of the lesbian community in Nova Scotia during the 1970s and 1980s. This was largely in response to the HalifaxPrideSouvenirHistoryMagazine which did not offer a formal history of the lesbian community. She formulated a group of women and they began to plan for an oral history workshop that would record the history of the community. They applied for funding from the Dalhousie Women’s Centre and the workshop, the LesbianHistoryConference was held at the UniversalistUnitarianChurch on Inglis Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia on November 13, 2004.

Sources: The contents of the fonds.

Scope and content
Collection consists of planning documents, minutes, recorded memories of participants, details about the coordination of a one day oral history event, digital images and a final report. The contents of the collection document the history of the lesbian community in Nova Scotia from the 1970s up to 1990.
Source of immediate acquisition
The contents of the fonds were donated to NSARM by DebbieMathers?, DiannGraham? and BrendaRichard? on February 11, 2009.
Restrictions on access
The contents of the fonds are restricted until January 1, 2019. Prior to that date the records will only be available subject to written permission from one of the following three donors:

Provenance:

Lesbian History Project, 2004-2008

Volume I

Planning. – 2004. – 20 leaves of textual records

  1. Co-ordinator job description. – June 2004. – 1 leaf of textual records
  2. Proposal to the Dal Women’s Centre re: project and funding. – July 6, 2004. – 6 leaves of textual records
  3. Initial invitation to attend the workshop (what email address?). – August 10, 2004. – 1 leaf of textual records
  4. Email about memorabilia. – September 21, 2004. – 1 leaf of textual records
  5. Memory keeper recorders document. – September 22, 2004. – 1 leaf of textual records
  6. First formal invitation. – October 24, 2004. – 2 leaves of textual records
  7. Lesbian history project proposed questions. – October 27, 2004. – 1 leaf of textual records
  8. Second formal invitation. – November 7, 2004. – 2 leaves of textual records
  9. Final workshop plan. – November 8, 2004. – 3 leaves of textual records
  10. Workshop organizing details. – November 8, 2004. – 1 leaf of textual records
  11. List of things to bring to the event. – November 8, 2004. – 1 leaf of textual records
  12. Final reminder. – November 8, 2004. – 1 leaf of textual records

Minutes. – 2004-2007. – 14 leaves of textual records

  1. Lesbian history project minutes. – June 2, 2004. – 2 leaves of textual records
  2. Revised notes of the meeting. – June 30, 2004. – 3 leaves of textual records
  3. Notes from the meeting. – July 20, 2004. – 1 leaf of textual records
  4. Minutes of the LHP. – October 19, 2004. – 3 leaves of textual records
  5. Minutes. – September 15, 2004. – 2 leaves of textual records
  6. Minutes. – January 14, 2005. – 1 leaf of textual records
  7. Minutes. – May 12, 2005. – 1 leaf of textual records
  8. Minutes. – February 1, 2007. – 1 leaf of textual records

Event documents. – November 2004. – 28 leaves of textual records

  1. Thank you. – 2004. – 1 leaf of textual records
  2. Event timeline. – 2004. – 5 leaves of textual records
  3. Political action groups. – 2004. – 3 leaves of textual records
  4. Music, art, film flip-chart. – 2004. – 4 leaves of textual records
  5. Orange sheets. – 2004. – 4 leaves of textual records
  6. LHP endnotes (draft). – 2004. – 2 leaves of textual records
  7. Women’s Cooperative Housing. – 2004. – 5 leaves of textual records
  8. Workshop song lyrics. – 2004. – 1 leaf of textual records
  9. Media watch. – 2004. – 3 leaves of textual records

Written reminiscences and memories. – 2004. – 4 leaves of textual records

  1. LynnMurphy. – 2004. – 2 leaves of textual records
  2. DianeGuilbault?. – 2004. – 1 leaf of textual records
  3. AndreaCurrie?. – 2004. – 2 leaves of textual records

Notes. – 2004. – 1 folder of textual records

Items on display during the workshop. – 1975-2003. – 2 volumes, 61 leaves of textual records

  1. Copies of articles. – 1975-1979. – 32 leaves of textual records
  2. Pamphlets. – 1980-1981. – 7 leaves of textual records
  3. Notes between Diann Graham and Alexa McDonough?. – 1981. – 2 leaves of textual records
  4. International women’s day materials. – March 7-8, 1981. – 7 leaves of textual records
  5. First rough draft: Lesbian and Gay Rights Nova Scotia (LGRNS) brief to the Human Rights Commission and Provincial Government. – 1988. – 8 leaves of textual records
  6. Lesbian and gay rights Nova Scotia brief to the Nova Scotia Task Force on AIDS. – 1988. – 1 leaf of textual records
  7. Articles from Group Dynamic: a collection of Nova Scotia her-stories (published by the Canadian congress for learning opportunities for women. – 1990. – 3 leaves of textual records
  8. Growing together: lesbian culture. – 1991. – 1 leaf of textual records
  9. 30 years of Halifax Pride: a souvenir history magazine. – 2003. – 1 volume of textual records
  10. Sexuality survey: lesbian questionnaire. – n.d. – 1 volume of textual records

Report. – 2004. – 2 volumes, 7 leaves of textual records

  1. Draft report. – 2004. – 1 volume of textual records
  2. Final report. – 2004. – 1 volume of textual records
  3. Report contents list. – 2004. – 2 leaves of textual records
  4. Names that appear in the report. – 5 leaves of textual records

Compact disks. – 2008. – 2 CDs of electronic records and digital images

  1. Lesbian history project photographs / Anita Martinez. – November 13, 2004. – 1 CD of digital images
  2. Lesbian history project digital documents. – July 29, 2008. – 1 CD of electronic records

Note: Within the digital files is a pdf copy of the final report with photographs.

Emails and related documents. – 2004-2008. – 1 folder of textual records

Created on: 	July 29, 2008
Created by: 	D. Mawhinney
Last revised: 	February 4, 2009
Revised by: 	D. Mawhinney