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Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan
Central Michigan University
Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives
Detroit Public Library, Main Branch
Detroit Public Library, Skillman Branch
Library of Michigan
Michigan State University
University of Michigan, Labadie Collection
Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University

Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan
Address: 1150 Beal Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: (734) 764-3482
Fax: (734) 936-1333
Contact: Len Coombs, Acquisitions Archivist

History: See
About the Bentley:
Established in 1935 by the Regents of the University of Michigan, the library moved to its current building in 1972. The library is comprised of three divisions: the Michigan Historical Collections, the University Archives and Records Program, and Access and Reference Services.
Over 75 years after its founding, the library has amassed extensive holdings on the history of the state and the university, including more than 50,000 linear feet of archives and manuscripts, 62,000 printed volumes, 1.5 million photographs and other visual materials, and over 10,000 maps. The library's holdings are consulted by Michigan's citizens, the university's students, faculty, staff, alumni and administrators, scholars from across the nation and around the world, and others interested in the history of the state and the university.
Bylaws of the University of Michigan Board of Regents:
Sec. 12.04. The Bentley Historical Library (revised November 1993)
The Bentley Historical Library will be organized as one administrative unit to include the Michigan Historical Collections and the University Archives and Records Program. The Michigan Historical Collections will be maintained for the purpose of collecting, preserving, and making available to students manuscripts and other materials pertaining to the state, its institutions, and its social, economic, and intellectual development. The University Archives and Records Program shall be maintained to collect, preserve, and make available the records generated by the university in the conduct of its business.

Current Holdings: Size and Content:
Our GLBT collections total about 120 linear ft. Of the formats listed, we collect manuscript material (personal papers); film, video, or sound; organization's records; photographs; printed (books, journals, etc.); microfilm; clippings or vertical files; and digital materials.
GLBT collections are described on our website at

Collection Growth: We actively collect personal papers and organizational records from the GLBT community. In keeping with our collecting mission we restrict our collections to persons and organizations based in the state of Michigan.

Access and Use:
The Bentley Historical Library, on the University of Michigan North Campus, is open without fee to all researchers regardless of academic or professional affiliation. The Bentley Historical Library has closed stacks and does not circulate its collections off-site. The reference staff includes archivists with subject knowledge in Michigan history and the history of the University of Michigan. The staff makes every effort to facilitate access to the collections through individual or group orientations and by conducting up to one hour of research at no cost per research request.
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday hours, 9am-12:30 p.m. (September-April)
Please be aware that some collections are stored off-site and require an advance notice of 48 hours to one week.
Site is wheelchair accessible.

Services: 1. Research space
2. Reference assistance on site
3. Telephone reference
4. Internet reference (e-mail/web)
5. Copying services
6. Audiovisual facilities
7. Exhibitions Loan agreements for exhibits - requires special consultation with our reference archivist.

Indices to the collections: All collections are described in the University of Michigan Library’s online catalog MIRLYN ( and in Worldcat. All finding aids are available through our EAD site (

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Central Michigan University
Address: 142 Park, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859 Phone: 989.774.3352
Fax: 989.774.2160
Contact: Reference Assistant Susan Powers,, 989-774-3964

Central Michigan University was established in 1892 as Central State Teachers College. It has grown and changed names numerous times since. In 2010-2011 it had the fourth highest enrollment of Michigan’s fifteen public university, 28,389 students, of these 21,290 were enrolled at the Mount Pleasant campus and 7,099 enrolled online and at more than 60 locations throughout Michigan and North America. CMU has 6,756 graduate students.
The Clarke Historical Library was founded by Dr. Norman Clarke, Sr. in 1954. The Clarke is a quasi-independent department within the Park Library at Central Michigan University. It is governed by the Clarke Board of Directors.
The Clarke Library exists to document and promote public awareness in three main areas:
-The history of Michigan and the Old Northwest Territory
-Published works that shape the minds of young children, including both educational texts and children’s fiction
-The history of Central Michigan University

Current Holdings: Size and Content:
1)There are 4 CMU vertical files of materials documenting gay student organizations at the Clarke Historical Library. These files consist of newsletters, reports, fliers, etc. They are:
Diversity, Office of, 2 folders, 1980-1990s
Gay and Lesbian Programs, Office of, 2000
Gay Liberation, Inc., 1975
2) The GLBT student organization on campus wishes to send its scrapbooks to us in the near future. It is working on getting permission from those documented in the scrapbooks to release them to the archives.
3) There are also materials documenting radical students which included gay students and women’s rights movements in a few of the existing underground newspapers’ articles of the late 1960s in De Bolt, Joe. Central Michigan University Vietnam Moratorium Committee Records, 1967, 1983. 1 cubic ft.
4) In the Park Library, Media Services, there is 1 CMU-specific video, In our own words [videorecording] : Gay, lesbian & bisexual students at Central Michigan University. Publication: Mount Pleasant, Mi. : Central Michigan University, 1992.
5) CMU President William B. Boyd Papers, 1968-1978. 10.75 cubic ft. (in 12 boxes). Pres. Boyd was here during the late 1960s-1970s. There are 20-30 files regarding students, student code, student organizations, and student radicalism. His papers have a finding aid and have been cataloged in OCLC and MARC. In the next few years the finding aid to his paper will be searchable on Google and online.
6) There is also a collection of CMU Posters in the CMU. Public Relations and Marketing, Posters Collection, 1968, 2006, and undated, 8 cubic ft. (in 41 Oversized folders). A finding aid, MARC and OCLC record exists for this, and in the next few years the finding aid will be online and Google searchable. A number of relevant posters are in Folder 28 of the poster collection, including specifically:
Homophobia: Is there a cure? April 8, 1992 – 17” x 11”
A Revolution of Values: Ending Domination. September 16, 1992 – 17” x 11”
Simon LeVay: “Queer Science: The Use and Abuse of Research Into Sexuality”. April 6, 1999 – 17” x 11”
“You and Your Sensual Self”: Dr. Irene Kassorla. February 23 (no year) – 22” x 17”
7) FYI: There are additional non-archival, published materials in the Park Library (CMU’s main academic library) which are not MI or CMU-specific.
8) FYI: One of our subject librarians also has an excellent bibliography and source page for GLBT and gender studies which is momentarily off-line. I believe all the subject librarians’ pages are being switched to a new system, REFLIB. It is in the process now of going live. Her name is Aparna Zambare and she can be contacted at: 774-6427 Park 214. Usually the Park Library’s subject librarians’ websites can be accessed off the Park Library main webpage at

Summary of the collections:
1) De Bolt, Joe. Central Michigan University Vietnam Moratorium Committee Records, 1967, 1983.
1 cubic ft. (in 2 boxes, 1 reel, 1 videotape) Summary: Records, 1967-1971, 1983, and undated include an Oversized reel of an 8-mm film "Moratorium" by De Bolt with shots of a gathering of 4,000 protestors at Finch Fieldhouse, Central Michigan University (CMU), and 5,000 people marching through the streets of Mount Pleasant (Mich.), both on Oct. 15, 1969, a Nov. 14, 1969 memorial service, teach-in at Ferris State College, a rally at Finch Fieldhouse, with 500 people, and loading buses for marches in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 15,1969. The film has an accompanying pamphlet. Also included are Committee accounts, meeting minutes, a petition, speeches, and newsletters. Underground newspapers and literature from other colleges related to anti-war efforts, radicalism, or pro-labor groups are included. Also included is a modern VHS video of the film. Finding Aids: A finding aid is available to assist researchers. Subjects: Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- United States. Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Protest movements -- United States. Mount Pleasant (Mich.) -- History -- 20th century. Central Michigan University -- Faculty. Central Michigan University -- Students. De Bolt, Joe.a few items at most out of 1 cubic ft.
2) In our own words [videorecording] : Gay, lesbian & bisexual students at Central Michigan University. Publication: Mount Pleasant, Mi. : Central Michigan University, 1992.
1 videocassette (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. Credits: Producers, Mindy Kaplan, Michael Stemmler. Cast: Narrator, Carol Tanis. Summary: A discussion on sexuality by gay, lesbian, and bisexual students attending Central Michigan University. Format: VHS format. Subjects: Homosexuality -- Videorecordings. -- United States College students -- Sexual behavior Videorecordings. -- United States Central Michigan University -- Students Videorecordings. Other Author: Central Michigan University. Kaplan, Mindy. Stemmler, Michael. Tanis, Carol.
3) President William B. Boyd Papers, 1968-1978. 10.75 cubic ft. (in 12 boxes) Central Michigan University. Office of the President.
Information, 1968-1974 (5 folders); Correspondence, 1968-1978 (about 1 cubic ft.); Meeting Minutes from Central Michigan University (CMU) entities and educational related institutions and organizations, 1968-1978 (about 1 cubic ft.); a few Photographs, 1969-1971, undated (more are in the Subject Files); Reports from CMU entities and educational related institutions and organizations, 1968-1978, undated (about 1 cubic ft.); Speeches, 1968-1975 (9 folders); and Subject Files, 1968-1978, undated, on a wide variety of topics relating to education, CMU, and numerous CMU departments (7.75 cubic ft.), including Congratulatory letters on the occasion of Boyd's inauguration as CMU's seventh president on April 25, 1960 (2 folders). Financial reports, 1970-1975 are also included. The heart of the collection is in the Subject Files, which documents the change of focus for CMU during President Boyd's tenure. Projects, issues, students, and committees regarding social and racial issues, affirmative action, diversity, and minorities predominate. "Problem" students and organizations, student concerns, the Vietnam Moratorium, the Cultural Center, and issues concerning the faculty are also highlighted. Finding Aids: A finding aid is available to assist researchers. Subjects: Orphans Korea. Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Protest movements -- United States. Education, Higher -- Aims and objectives -- United States. Multicultural education -- United States. Affirmative action programs -- United States. Minorities -- Education (Higher) Social aspects -- United States. Mount Pleasant (Mich.) -- History. Central Michigan University. Office of the President. Central Michigan University -- Administration. Central Michigan University -- History. Central Michigan University -- Finance. Central Michigan University -- Students. Central Michigan University -- Presidents. Central Michigan University. Faculty Association. Boyd, William B. Other Author: Boyd, William B.
4) Posters collection, 1968, 2006.
Corporate Author: Central Michigan University. Public Relations and Marketing. Description: 8 cubic ft. (in 41 Ov. folders) : ill. Summary: Collection of 563 posters, 1968, 2006 [bulk 1980-2006], and undated, created and/or collected by Central Michigan University Public Relations and Marketing. The posters promote a wide variety of CMU events, departments, offices, speakers, workshops, conferences, as well as some non-university community events, including theater, and miscellaneous topics of interest to the CMU community. The size, color, and composition of the posters vary greatly, as do the designs, which range from enlarged photographs of university buildings to very artistically designed theatrical posters. The vast majority of the posters are undated. Folders are organized alphabetically by topic. Posters are chronologically filed within folders. CMU poster topics include: Admissions; CMU and You Day; Art Festivals; Art Gallery; Artists Course; Athletics; Beaver Island (Biological Station); Career Day; Charles Anspach Platform Series (speakers); Conferences; Departments; Development Fund/ Campus Campaigns; Faculty Conferences/ Programs; Film Festivals; Foreign Language Day; Graduate Studies/ Extended Degree Programs; Greater Michigan Instructional Materials Exhibits; Greeks/ Fraternities/ Sororities; Health Services; IPCD (Institute for Personal and Career Development); Library; Minority Affairs; Museum; Musical Performances; Office of Career Development of Handicapped Persons; Other Speakers Sponsored by CMU; Percussion Workshops; Program Board/ Speaker Series; Racism; Scholarship; the School of Music; Sexual Assault/ Harassment; Student Art Exhibits; Student Services; Study Abroad; Summer Classes/ Programs; Theater. Non-CMU poster topics include: Community Events, Energy/ Conservation; Miscellaneous; and Theater. Finding Aids: A finding aid is available to assist researchers. Subjects: Central Michigan University. Public Relations and Marketing. Central Michigan University -- History. Central Michigan University. Institute for Personal and Career Development. Central Michigan University. Theatre Dept. Central Michigan University. Athletics. Central Michigan University. Development Office. Central Michigan University. Health Services. Central Michigan University. Libraries. Central Michigan University. Museum of Cultural and Natural History. Central Michigan University. Development and Alumni Relations.

Collection Growth: The Clarke would be interested only in northern MI (north of Lansing, south of Mackinaw) GLBT organizational materials. The basic policy is that we collect and house MI history, post-statehood, created between Lansing and Mackinaw. There are other archives in the state north and south of this area that collect and house the MI history collections for their regions.

Access and Use:
All the materials described above are available to patrons. You do not have to be students or staff of CMU to access the collections. Copies of materials can be made for personal research reasons at a minimal cost, unless the donors have specified no copies to be made. Copies materials, not copyrighted, for publication purposes can be made at a higher cost. Patrons are responsible for following copyright rules regarding copyrighted materials.
Physical Access:
We require that patrons bring a form of photo id, fill out a researcher form and request form for materials (we are a close stacks facility, meaning no public browsing of the historical collections is allowed), and follow reading room rules. Patrons may also email or call requesting copies or with inquiries. We will do about 20 minutes of research for someone for free, but the more specific the request the easier for us to fulfill the request. There are reasonable, minimal charges for copying, scanning, and mailing. Patrons may use cameras to photograph collections, with the director’s approval.
Regular hours are 8-5 M-F. We are open some Saturdays, Sept-Nov. and Jan.-April, 9-1. Appointments may be made at the discretion of the reference librarian’s schedule. We are closed federal holidays and at the end of December through New Year’s Day.
We are wheel chair accessible on the first floor, and the building meets all handicap accessible requirements. There is also handicapped parking available. There are no general parking spots reserved for non-CMU patrons. Please contact us for directions, a map, and a guest parking permit in advance of your visit.
The written access policy, Rules of the Clarke Historical Library (as noted on the back of the researcher registration form)
1) The use of the Clarke Historical Library Reading Room is reserved for researchers using the Clarke Historical Library material.
2) Patrons are required to leave identification with the reference librarian while using Library materials.
3) Clarke Historical Library material may not be removed from the Reading Room.
4) No more than three books may be consulted at a time without special permission.
5) Only pencil may be used for note taking.
6) All material must be handled with care.
7) Tracing is not allowed.
8) Photographing is with permission only.
9) No food, beverage, gum, or smoking is allowed.
10) Coats, parcels, and backpacks must be left in the lockers.
11) Photocopying is available at the discretion of the staff.
12) The library reserves the right to inspect personal material which has been brought into the Reading Room.
13) Use of cell phones is prohibited in the Reading Room.

Research space
Reference assistance on site
Telephone reference
Internet reference (e-mail/web)
Copying services
Audiovisual facilities
Exhibitions Loan agreements for exhibits: This depends on the institution requesting the loan, if they can provide sufficient, required security and archival environmental conditions, etc., and on the exhibition itself as not all of the materials are physically strong enough to travel and some of the materials in our exhibits are borrowed from other collections, both private individuals and public institutions.
We do NOT loan materials.
We also do presentations to groups and tours of the facility, upon request, and dependent on availability.

Indices to the collections:
There is an inventory to the CMU Vertical Files in which the two files are located. A MARC and OCLC record exist for the video. There is a finding aid, MARC and OCLC records for the manuscript collections, which will be online and Google-searchable in the next few years. When we receive the LGBT CMU student organization’s scrapbooks a finding aid and MARC/OCLC record will be created and put online so it is searchable by Google.

Updating Collection Descriptions:
Not specifically Gay/Lesbian collections. We sometimes describe new collections of major size and importance in our newsletter and we always describe exhibits. Past exhibits are described online at the Clarke’s website at
We have recently begun using a Clarke blog, and the Archivist has a personal blog in which she describes items of interest from various collections.
The Clarke blog is at
My blog is at
The Clarke’s newsletter can be found online at

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Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives (CUP and NMU Archives
Address: 1401 Presque Isle Avenue, Learning Resource Center, 126
Marquette, MI 49855
Phone: (906)-227-1225


Dr. Cliff Maier (Department of History) founded the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives. In 1988, he began a part-time appointment as the University Archivist. Over the next four years, Dr. Maier established basic archival management procedures and assertively lobbied the NMU administration for more support. In 1992, he applied for and won a $350,000 NHPRC grant that provided, in part, for the appointment of Gayle Martinson, CA, CRM, NMU’s first full-time, professionally trained archivist and records manager. In 1997, Marcus C. Robyns, CA, became the University Archivist. For the first five years, Robyns conducted an aggressive and ambitious acquisition program of regional historical manuscript collections documenting the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

The Archives is a unit of Academic Information Services (AIS) and the University Archivist reports directly to the dean of AIS. The Archives’ mission is to serve “as a repository for unpublished organizational records and personal papers that document the history of Northern Michigan University and the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Through its collections and services, the Archives supports the mission of Academic Information Services and the university's instruction, scholarship, and community educational outreach activities.”

Current LBGTQ holdings

ALLIES/OUTlook records
MSS-112, 2 Cubic Feet, 1993-2003

This collection documents the activities of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. The OUTlook is the LGBT campus student organization and ALLIES is the faculty and staff support group of LGBT students. The collection includes agendas, minutes, brochures, mailing and membership lists, correspondence, memoranda, newspaper clippings, and student surveys. The collection is strong in documenting the annual drag show, blue jeans day, and speaker programs. Also included are records of the Gay, Bisexual, Lesbian Student Union, the predecessor of OUTlook. Material related to ALLIES includes meeting minutes, correspondence, membership lists, constitution, conference material, and scholarship information.

Dominic J. Jacobetti papers
MSS-078, 109 Cubic Feet, 1954-1994

The papers of Dominic J. Jacobetti are document his forty years as a member of the Michigan House of Representatives (1954 to 1994). Jacobetti is well known for his support of equal protection under the law for all citizens, as well as his encouragement for the equal treatment of all citizens, regardless of background, in all aspects of employment and social or economic opportunities. Of particular note to scholars and researchers seeking information on the LGBTQ community is Series I – Legislative which contains several sub-series documenting legislation he proposed, supported, and opposed, and contains copies of said bills. The series is broken down into two sub-series. The first provides documentation of his activities related to state-wide legislation and the second provides documentation of his activities at the district level in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan records
MSS-031, 24 Cubic Feet, 1894-1994

In 1854, construction began on the first two churches of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan. They were located in Houghton, Michigan, and Ontonagon, Michigan, and were established to accommodate the sudden influx of immigrants searching for jobs in the region’s copper mines. The Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan has long been known for its inclusive policy to welcome all members regardless of background, and operates on the Mutual Ministry model that is intended to shift focus and power from the upper echelons of the church’s ministry to that of the general congregation. Of particular note are Series II – Diocesan Women’s Groups, 1925-1980 which documents the proceedings of the annual Women’s Auxiliary Meetings and the annual meetings of the Episcopal Church Women, and Series IV – General Committees which documents special interest groups within the church as well as reports, notes from commissions, committees, conferences, conventions, departments, associations, and lay groups.

Stupak, Bart congressional papers
120 cubic feet, 1993-2011

Stupak served as the representative from Michigan’s 1st congressional district for 18 years, from 1993-2011. This collection offers significant documentation of events taking place in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, as well as the nation in general, during Stupak’s terms in congress. Much of the collection consists of correspondence with other congressmen and drafts of legislation in the form of memos, notes, direct correspondence, calendars, a visitor’s registry, and audio-visual materials produced by his office. Stupak is known for, among other things, his vote toward expanding the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009, which expanded the definition of hate crimes to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

Collection growth

The Archives both encourages donation of materials which are brought into the Archives and actively solicits for particular materials including those related to the LGBTQ community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Currently the collection development policy is under revision to formally include LGBTQ acquisitions into the Archives’ collecting scope. The Archives’ collecting area is comprised of the six counties that make up the region known as the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan. These counties are Alger, Delta, Dickinson, Marquette, Menominee, and Schoolcraft. The Archives currently accepts all non-artifact materials which may include, but is not limited to, manuscript material, audio-visual materials, organizational records, photographs, microfilm, clippings or vertical files, and some printed books as deemed appropriate for submission into the Archives’ special collection.

Access and use

Physical Access:
The Archives will provide complete and universal access to all historical manuscript collections and University records. Exceptions will be made for historical manuscript material identified as closed to public access as stipulated in the donor agreement. Similarly, exceptions will be made for official University records closed to public access as stipulated by law, University policy, or the appropriate records retention and disposition schedule. Given that official University records are public records, however, access may be granted following submission of a Freedom of Information Act Request. Such a request can be made at the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Planning.

The Archives are currently open for research during the following times:
Monday-Thursday: 10a.m.-8p.m.
Friday: 10a.m.-5p.m.
Saturday: 10a.m.-3p.m.

The Archives are located in the Learning Resource Center which provides wheelchair accessible pathways and elevator services.


The Archives provide the following services:
Research space
Reference assistance on site
Telephone reference
Internet reference (e-mail)
Copying services
Audiovisual facilities
Exhibition loan agreements for exhibitions

Indices to the collections:
The Archives’ collections are available through ArchivesSpace, an online, open source database. Collections are described using EAD finding aids at the collection and series levels, depending on the collection.

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Detroit Public Library, Main Branch
Address: Detroit Public Library, Main Branch
Burton Historical Collection
5201 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: (313) 833-1480

Archival Holdings:
Gregory Piazza papers
Periodical Holdings
Gay Liberator

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Detroit Public Library, Skillman Branch
Address: Detroit Public Library, Skillman Branch
National Automotive History Collection
121 Gratiot
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 628-2851

Archival Holdings:
Lambda Car Club/Detroit newsletters
Lambda Car Club/Detroit vertical file

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Library of Michigan
Address: Library of Michigan
702 W. Kalamazoo St.
P.O. Box 30007
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone: (517) 373-1580

Archival Holdings:
Michigan Organization for Human Rights newsletters
Periodical Holdings
Between the Lines
Gay Liberator

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Michigan State University
Address: University Libraries
Special Collections Division
100 Library
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 353-8700 Fax: (517) 353-5069
Contacts: Peter Berg, Kristine Baclawski, Gerald Paulins, Randall Scott
Emails: ; ; ;
Internet address:
Hours: M-F 9 am - 5 pm; Sat. 10 am - 2 pm
Wheelchair Access: yes
Gay and Lesbian materials were first collected in 1971, as part of MSU's American Radicalism Collection.
Information about holdings
Manuscripts: 1 box
Organizational records: 10 boxes
Printed material: 1,500 books; 350 journal titles
Clippings/vertical files: 37 ft. of vertical files
Film/Video/Sound: 6 videos, 24 sound
Other holdings/notes: over 100+ comic books related to GLBT; uncat. TV/TS; volumes: 100

Time periods/geographical regions documented:
Primarily 1950-present; national with some international holdings.

Significant People/organizations/subjects documented:
Dignity, MSU Gay/Lesbian Taskforce, GLBT Journals, Gay men in the men's movement; Gay comics, AIDS comics, NAMBLA, religious right, Transvestite fiction, and Gay-Lesbian pulp fiction.
See guides on The Comic Art Collection, The Russel B. Nye Popular Culture Collections, and the American Radicalism Collections. Also, in the MSU Library Microfilm Collection: San Francisco Bay Area gay and lesbian serial microfilm collection.
Collecting interests
In-depth resource of cross-disciplinary materials representing diverse or opposing viewpoints on the construction and development of gender and sexual identities, homosexuality, bisexuality, etc. Special attention has been focused on representing the cultural and political experiences of diverse and marginalized groups of people, including particular contributions from people of various sexual identities, and among them, especially those persons from minority cultures, races, classes, etc.
Use requirements
[None noted.]

Comments about access/use:
Materials do not circulate; there are very limited photocopy services via inter-library loan.
Research space, copying, audiovisual facilities, exhibitions, reference assistance on site, telephone reference, Internet reference (email/web), and loan agreements for exhibits.
Indices, finding aids, collection descriptions
There is a printed index only for comic art holdings; access to cataloged materials is through a local database (MAGIC) and there are records in OCLC.

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University of Michigan, Labadie Collection
Address: University of Michigan
Labadie Collection
Special Collections Library
711 Hatcher Library
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: (734)764-9377
Contact: Julie Herrada, Curator

Collecting areas:
In addition to anarchism, the collection's strengths include: civil liberties (with an emphasis on racial minorities), socialism, communism, colonialism and imperialism, American labor history through the 1930's, the IWW, the Spanish Civil War, sexual freedom, women's liberation, gay liberation, the underground press, and student protest. Since 2000, the collection has also included the National Transgender Library & Archive and now houses one of the largest collections of transgender print materials in the US. The Labadie Collection contains 120 manuscript collections, 1600 posters, 1,000 photographs, 50,000 books and 8,000 periodicals (including nearly 800 currently received titles), over 8,000 subject vertical files, and nearly 1,000 political buttons.

Archival Holdings:
Affirmations Gay/Lesbian Community Center vertical file
Scott Amedure vertical file
Association of Suburban People newsletters
Black & White Men Together/Detroit vertical file
Crossroads newsletters
Dignity/Detroit newsletters
Ruth Ellis vertical file
Feminist Federal Credit Union records
Gay Connection of Detroit vertical file
Girth and Mirth newsletters
Leaping Lesbian Collective records
Mattachine Society, Detroit Area Council records
Michigan Campaign for Human Dignity vertical file
Michigan Organization for Human Rights newsletters
Michigan Organization for Human Rights vertical file
One in Detroit newsletters
One in Detroit vertical file
Pink Panthers vertical file
PFLAG Detroit newsletters
Sexual Freedom League of Michigan-Detroit Chapter vertical file
Triangle Foundation newsletters
Triangle Foundation vertical file
Periodical Holdings
Between the Lines
Detroit Women’s Voice
Gay Liberator
Hype! Detroit
Metro Gay News
Ten Percent
The Voice

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Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University
Address: Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs
Wayne State University
5401 Cass Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: 313-577-4024
Fax: 313-577-4300

History: Wayne State University’s Dr. Philip P. Mason founded the Wayne State University Archives in 1958 and established the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in 1960. The Walter P. Reuther Library was built to house these two collections in 1975.
Mission Statement: The Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs is the largest labor archive in North America. Its mission is to collect, preserve and provide access to the documentary and visual heritage of the American labor movement, related reform movements and individual participants. The collection also includes records related to urban affairs, with emphasis on the history of metropolitan Detroit. The Reuther Library is committed to increasing access to archival collections by continuously developing and maintaining digital systems and programs.
The Reuther holds more than 2000 collections related to such topics as union history and working class organizations, African Americans and women in the labor movement, as well as radical, social, and political reform movements. Collections also focus on the history of twentieth century Detroit, including such topics as social welfare, health care, politics, civil rights, women’s rights, and metropolitan Detroit social communities.
The Reuther also houses the archives of Wayne State University. The collection traces Wayne State’s growth from the Detroit Medical College in 1868 to its emergence as a world-class research university.

Current Holdings: Size and Content:
Ernest L. Horne Papers
Size: 4 linear feet (4 SB)
Date: 1975-2000, bulk 1987-1995
Ernest L. Horne, a retired General Motors Research Laboratory Librarian and Archivist, has been a known activist in the Detroit gay civil rights movement since 1979, holding membership and leadership positions in several area GBLT organizations. His papers document the activities of the gay and lesbian liberation movement in Detroit, primarily through the records of three organizations: The Association of Suburban People (ASP), South East Gay and Lesbian Council (SEMGLA), and Detroit Area Gay and Lesbian Council (DAGLC).

Michigan Coalition for Human Rights Records
Size: 5 linear feet (5 SB)
Date: 1975-2005, bulk 1981-1995
The Michigan Coalition for Human Rights (MCHR) was formed in Detroit in December 1980 by a group of Detroit-area religious leaders representing a broad range of Judeo-Christian and Muslim denominations. Initially organized with the goal of providing a liberal alternative to conservative Christian organizations such as The Moral Majority, the group’s primary issues included racism, militarism, gay rights, unemployment, poverty, and other socio-economic and local political topics. The organization was dedicated to improving race relations in the Detroit area andpromoting social justice and other liberal causes in the state of Michigan and nationwide as well as the promotion of human rights in Africa and other international regions.
The Michigan Coalition for Human Rights Records document its operations and activities between the organization’s formal inception in 1981 and 2003, with some supplemental articles and materials on human rights issues from the period of 1975-1980. Materials reflect the goal of the MCHR to encourage those in the Detroit-area to participate in events and campaigns promoting better race relations, increased civil liberties, and a greater respect for human rights abroad. Issues including capital punishment, race relations in Detroit, gay rights, children’s rights, apartheid in South Africa, US involvement in Central America, as well as the internal financial operations of the MCHR are documented.

Detroit Feminist Women’s Health Center Records
Size: 10 linear feet (10 SB)
Date: 1961-1980
Subjects include: women’s health issues; abortion; birth control; feminism; lesbians

Detroit Gay Liberator newspaper
July 1970-Spring 1976, with two issues missing.

Collection Growth:
The Reuther Library accepts material related to LGBTQ people and labor and/or LGBTQ people and organizations in the Metro Detroit area. We accept all formats, but an archivist should be consulted before sending materials. See our guide to donating materials online:

Access and Use:
1. Researchers must register with the library when they enter the reading room and provide identification. 2. Reading Room hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:00 AM – 4:45 PM
Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 6:45 PM
Saturday-Sunday: Closed
4. The Reuther is wheelchair accessible.

1. Research space
2. Reference assistance on site
3. Telephone reference
4. Internet reference (e-mail/web)
5. Copying services – Digital cameras are preferred over photocopies
6. Audiovisual facilities
7. Exhibitions Loan agreements for exhibits
8. If you’re unable to travel to our library, and you have a large amount of research you’d like to conduct, we will recommend local researchers for hire.

Indices to the collections:
A URL is listed along with each abstract above. At these URLs, researchers can download PDF versions of finding aids for each collection.

Updating Collection Descriptions:
We publish an annual newsletter (, and we have a blog ( where we post a few times per month.

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