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Marquette University
Queer Zine Archive Project
University of Wisconsin Madison Oral History Program
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Wisconsin State Historical Society

Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Raynor Memorial Libraries
1355 W. Wisconsin Ave.
P.O. Box 3141
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Phone: (414) 288-7556
Fax: (414) 288-6709
Contact: Phil Runkel, Archivist
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm., other times by appointment.
Wheelchair access: yes

Information about holdings:
Communication Ministry, Incorporated Records, 1977-2009, 1.4 cubic ft. (unprocessed)
Records of "a group of gay and lesbian clergy and religious organized to promote and nurture the integration of personal sexuality, spirituality and ministry" through dialogue on three levels: a quarterly newsletter, retreats and convocations, and outreach to the leadership of the Catholic Church. The organization was dissolved and folded into New Ways Ministry in 2009. Administrative records are restricted.

Conference for Catholic Lesbians, Inc., ca. 1983-1996, 1.2 cubic ft. (unprocessed)
Scattered files of an organization that now exists only as an online support group.

New Ways Ministry Records (1965-[ongoing], bulk 1977-1996),
26.2 cubic ft. plus unprocessed additions. Records of a "ministry of education, justice, and reconciliation" for lesbian and gay Catholics, founded in 1977 by Jeannine Gramick, S.S.N.D. and Robert Nugent, S.D.S, including publications, subject files, and records of seminars, symposia, workshops, and retreats.

Rev. Robert Nugent Papers (1963-[ongoing], bulk 1985-1996),
5.3 cubic ft. plus unprocessed additions. Manuscripts, publications, and speaking engagement and subject files documenting Father Nugent's ministry to gay and lesbian Catholics.

Collecting interests:
Marquette solicits nationally records and personal papers documenting the involvement of Catholic organizations, movements, and individuals in promoting social action and social change in areas such as the following: interracial justice, fundamental economic reform, low-cost corporate responsibility, prison and penal system reform, women's rights, minority rights, gay and lesbian rights, agrarian reform, nuclear and conventional weapons disarmament, international peace, draft resistance, and support for conscientious objectors. In addition to promoting change within society as a whole, many groups and individuals are vocal advocates for basic changes in the practices and structures of the Catholic Church.

Use requirements:
Holdings are available for public use, subject to some restrictions placed by offices and donors. Researchers sign a registration form that includes an agreement to abide by rules governing use.
Research space, reference assistance, copying services, telephone reference, audiovisual facilities, Internet reference.
Indices, finding aids, collection guides:
MARC records in OCLC and MU Libraries online catalog. Descriptive inventories to these collections are available, but not yet online.

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Queer Zine Archive Project
Address: 2933 N Fratney Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212-2625
Phone: 414-372-4317
Contact: Milo Miller and Christopher Wilde, Co-founders

Milo Miller and Christopher Wilde founded The Queer Zine Archive Project website in November 2003. QZAP is a unique entity that exists solely as a loose-knit non-hierarchical collective and as such is not tied to any formal organization.
Our mission statement:
"The mission of the Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP) is to establish a "living history" archive of past and present queer zines and to encourage current and emerging zine publishers to continue to create. In curating such a unique aspect of culture, we value a collectivist approach that respects the diversity of experiences that fall under the heading "queer."
The primary function of QZAP is to provide a free on-line searchable database of the collection with links allowing users to download electronic copies of zines. By providing access to the historical canon of queer zines we hope to make them more accessible to diverse communities and reach wider audiences."

Current Holdings: Size and Content:
Manuscript material: Limited to correspondence collected by Co-founder Christopher Wilde prior to QZAP's founding and miscellaneous correspondence found within particular collections. These are typically one page handwritten notes as cover pages for zines sent in trade or by mail order.
Film, video, or sound: Film and video is limited to documentation of specific QZAP related events, namely the 2009 Queer Zinester Roadshow. Sound recordings are in digital format and are limited to documenting interviews that Co-founders Christopher Wilde and Milo Miller have participated in. There are about half a dozen recordings of this nature. Other sound recordings in the private possession of the Co-founders, namely cassette tapes, vinyl phonograph records, and CDs, are accessible upon request and generally represent musical recordings in the genre "queercore" - a sub category of punk rock music which has a great deal of overlap with the queer zine community.
Organization's records: QZAP's records are kept in the private collections of the Co-founders and accessible only by request. There are no plans at the time to gather these records into one cohesive grouping to ease accessibility.
Photographs: Physical photographs of specific events that Co-founder Christopher Wilde participated in prior to the creation of QZAP are in his private collection and available upon request. Digital photos documenting QZAP's involvement in zine related events are in the private collections of the Co-founders (available upon request) and most are shared via the website
Printed: The Co-founders share approximately 50 LGBT history and culture related books from their private collections but they are not specific to the QZAP collection itself.
Clippings or vertical files: QZAP maintains a collection of press clippings dating from the founding of QZAP to the present day. Co-founder Christopher Wilde maintains a collection of his QZines column that appeared in the Milwaukee, WI LGBT newspaper Queer Life News from 2005 - 2008 that are available upon request.
Objects and ephemera: There are two ephemera collections, one related to queer zines and the other to items generated for promotion of QZAP. For queer zines these are mainly one-page flyers and stickers, for QZAP they are stickers, buttons, and t-shirts.
Other: QZAP has hosted three events under the banner of a "Queer Zine Art Show" and retains the wheat paste tile print large format posters generated for each show. There are approximately 75 such posters kept with the zine collection (with the exception of about 40 of these currently in storage in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada). There are also three reclaimed windows that are also art pieces from these Art Shows.

Specific time period(s) and geographical region(s): The time period range for the collection is the early 1970s to 2011 with the bulk of the collection covering the 1990s - 2010s. The collection is primarily of documents created in seventeen countries spanning North America, Europe, Australia, the Middle East and South America. Due to the nature of homosexuality being illegal in large parts of the developing world, there are few materials from Asia or Africa.

Significant people, organizations and subjects: Zines by G.B. Jones and Bruce La Bruce, Tom Jennings, Larry-bob Roberts, Sina Shamsavari, Charlotte Cooper, Rachael House, Kelly Shortandqueer, Anonymous Boy (aka Tony Arena), Nia King, The Cascade AIDS Project, Diseased Pariah News, REB, Kate Huh, TEG, Tammy Rae Carland, Coco Riot, Jessica Max Stein, Liliane (aka Leanne Franson), Dylan Scholinski, Vic St. Blaise, Mara Williams, Doris (aka Cindy Crabb), Roberta Gregory, Diane DiMassa, Lane McKiernan (aka Laurie McKiernan), Pansy Division, Glendon McKinney, Robert Kirby, Simon Strikeback and Johnny Noxema. Zines by Matt Wobensmith and Sabrina Margarita Sandata are not included in the on-line digital collection by agreement with those creators but are accessible to visitors using the physical collection.
Subject highlights of the collection include zines by people of color (POC), people with disabilities (aka self-identified 'queer crips'), transgender zines, feminist zines, sexual health information zines, personal zines (perzines), music zines, comics, and zines related to radical queer politics and anti-assimiliationist thought. We collect zines in any language and currently have material in eleven languages.

Collection Summary:
Our zine collection encompasses zines from transgender, bisexual, lesbian and gay culture as traditionally defined and also includes other sexual minorities such as people who identify as genderqueer, and non-monogamous individuals.
In total, the entire QZAP collection is housed in a series of six standard two-drawer metal file cabinets (each cabinet approximately 28"h x 24"l x 15"w - or a total of 24 linear feet). The general collection continues to grow on a weekly basis through individual donations by zine creators, titles acquired at zine fests or through purchase. Specific zine collections as a subset of the main collection have been donated to QZAP at various times in the Archive's history:
The Christopher Wilde Collection and Milo Miller Collection (2003) - The Co-founders' personal collections amassed during their time as a queer zinesters in the 1990s and early 2000s, approximately 350 titles. This is the catalyst for the origin of QZAP.
The Honza Collection (2006) - A collection of queer and non-queer zine titles plus ephemera from the personal collection of a Radical Faerie named Honza that were donated after his death by his friend Kokoe. This collection is approximately 1 linear foot.
The Stefan Smith Collection (2007) - Stefan Smith is an American expatriate living in Prague in the Czech Republic who created queer zines in the 1990s and traded extensively with other queer zinesters in that time period. This collection includes a nearly complete run of "King of the Fairies" and a sequential run of eight issues of the German language queer zine "Tuntentinte." This collection is about 1 linear foot.
The Lane McKiernan Collection (2007) - Lane McKiernan is a transgender writer and political activist focusing on issues regarding people with disabilities, specifically regarding Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) and people living in poverty. Lane is a long-time friend of Co-founder Christopher Wilde, having attended Grinnell College together in the late 1980s and were artistic contemporaries in the 1990s in Minneapolis, MN. Lane's collection encompasses zines of interest to genderqueers, lesbians, and comics and was amassed via trades with other zine creators or through purchases. This collection is approximately 2 linear feet.
The Misty Minx Experience (2008) - Coyote Days, a lesbian zinester from San Francisco, donated her personal zine collection, titles that, in her words "made a part of me who I am today... expanded who I thought I was and helped frame thoughts and ideas. Allowed me to see a mirror image of my own experience or be able to reference another person's." Approximately 1 linear foot.
The Emma Center Collection (2008) - The Emma Center was an anarchist community space that existed in Minneapolis, MN in the mid 1990s. At that time, it was one of the largest independent queer zine libraries. After the dissolution of the Center, a collective member named Kevin Overson boxed up the zine collection and kept it in his home until he contacted QZAP to arrange for the donation. The Kevin Overson Collection (2008) is a subset of the Emma Center Collection that Kevin loaned to us for the purpose of scanning those zines and returning them to his collection. Together, these collections are approximately 2 linear feet.
The Simon Strikeback Collection (2009, ongoing) - Simon Strikeback is a transgender musician and writer who collected zines acquired through trade, donation, and purchase that focus mainly on the experiences of people who identify as transgender, and a subset of these are about Jewish transgender people. Simon is a queer zinester, radical activist, and advocate of prisoner rights. The collection is open-ended as we continue to receive zine titles into this collection from Simon and currently it stands at about 2 linear feet.
The Kathleen Bennett Zine Collection (2010) - Kathleen Bennett of Seattle, WA donated her personal queer zine collection consists of queer and women's/feminist zines and comics from the 1990s, including some bisexual and BDSM erotica.  It also includes a possibly complete run of "Monk" magazine, a run of Diane DiMassa's "Hothead Paisan" from Issue 1 - 19, a run of "Frighten the Horses" Issues 1 - 13, and the groundbreaking women's comic "Dynamite Damsels" by Roberta Gregory from 1976. The collection is about 2 linear feet.

Collection Growth:
QZAP is able to assume responsibility for additional material through negotiation and based on availability in our physical space. Generally, zines and ephemeral material should either contain queer content or easily identified as being created by a person or persons who self-identify as belonging to any queer subculture. We are open to materials of any time period and from any geographical area.

Access and Use:
The website is accessible at any time without restriction to anyone with technological access. The physical collection is available currently by appointment only with future provisions to have set dates and times where anyone with interest can visit and utilize the collection.

Hours: Currently by appointment only, however starting in Fall 2011, there will be regular hours. This information will be posted to the QZAP website at once the days and times are determined.

Is the site wheelchair accessible? Currently, no. In Fall 2011, QZAP will be located in a ground level space that will have limited wheelchair accessibility, due only to the fact that the space is located in a building over 100 years old where accessibility is restricted due to the physical inability to widen the main doorway in a brick foundation, which currently exists as a 32" wide doorway, less than the ADA recommended distance of 36". We wish to encourage people with assistive devices to contact QZAP ahead of time to discuss access options.

Research space
Reference assistance on site
Telephone reference - By appointment
Internet reference
Copying services - Yes, contingent upon creator's stipulated rights regarding reproduction
Audiovisual facilities
Exhibitions Loan agreements for exhibits
Borrowing privileges for individuals - Zines and books may be borrowed at the discretion of the collective.
Lectures and panel discussions

Indices to the collection:
Currently, there is no holistic overview of the QZAP collection such as a catalog, however some of the individual collections as detailed in the previous section have Donation Manifests created in the commercial database software program Bento and kept locally on QZAP workstations available for consultation upon request.

Updating Collection Descriptions:
We maintain a News feed on the QZAP website and utilize various social media, such as Facebook, to update the status of recent acquisitions.

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UW-Madison Oral History Program (Project: Madison’s LGBT Community, 1960s-Present) Address: UW-Madison Archives & Records Management Services
430 Steenbock Memorial Library
550 Babcock Dr.
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 890-1899

This collection was founded by Troy Reeves in 2008. It has indirect ties with the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Madison community group, Outreach.
The Madison LGBT History Project consists of people who have expressed interest in gathering, preserving, and providing access to the stories, memories, and documents of Madison's LGBT community for current and future generations of scholars, community members, and interested individuals.
The Project’s five key objectives:
Conduct oral history interviews with long-time members of Madison’s LGBT community
Build an archive of oral histories, as well as personal and organizational papers, pictures, posters, and pamphlets
Support two growing UW—Madison entities: the LGBT Studies Program & LGBT library at the LGBT Campus Center
Provide primary-source material for the emerging and burgeoning scholars of LGBT history
Reach out to Madison community to build positive relationships between LGBT members and others as well as within the LGBT communities
To realize our objectives, the Project over time intends to:
Build collaborations among various interested individuals and organizations on and off campus
Continue to conduct oral history interviews and add recorded dialogues between community members on current topics or contemporary LGBT issues (akin to the StoryCorps model of interviews)
Pursue funding avenues to professionally process and prepare the recordings as well as the donated material
Build a website to offer an overview of the Madison’s LGBT community history and provide wide access to the project’s content, such as the recordings, transcripts, and selected papers, pictures, posters, and pamphlets
Offer the UW—Madison LGBT Studies Program related classes, class presentations, workshops, and other opportunities, as well as supporting scholars interested in using our collections for research and publications
Offer presentations, speakers and educational/historical resources both to the Madison community and state-wide for use at schools, conferences, and other venues

Current Holdings: Size and Content:
Film, video, or sound: nearly 25 oral histories
Photographs: Less than a dozen
Clippings or vertical files: Less than 1 cubic ft.
Some of the interviews above have been transcribed
Specific time period(s) and geographical region(s): 1960s-Present & Southcentral Wisconsin (primarily)
Significant people, organizations and subjects:
AIDS crisis (1980s); Capital Times; Gay Activism; Gay Pride events (Madison, Wisconsin); Governor’s Council on Gay and Lesbian Issues, (Wisconsin, 1983); Madison, Wisconsin; Madison Alliance for Homosexual Equality; Madison Metropolitan School District; The Pirate Ship (Madison gay bar, 1970s); Earl, Tony (Wisconsin Governor, 1983-1987); Nichols, Kathleen; Wagner, R. Richard “Dick”; American Revolution Bi-Centennial Commission (Wisconsin); Dane County (Wisconsin) politics; Democratic Party Politics; The Gay Center (1970s Madison group); The United (Madison Progressive group); Earl, Tony (Wisconsin Governor, 1983-1987); McCrea, Ron; UW-Madison Women's Studies department; Lysistrata Café and Restaurant; Hotel Washington; Madison Lesbian Softball culture; rugby teams of the late 1970s; Mountain Moving Coffeehouse & Lesbian Feminist Center in Chicago, IL; Room of One's Own; Rural Dyke Association (RDA)

Collection Growth:
We intend to continue gathering oral histories and some related documents, but we intend to work with the Wisconsin Historical Society, having them serve as the repository for non-oral history recording.

Access and Use: In-house researchers fill out a form on their first-time here. But researchers can email and request information, too, and get that material via email (or remote web server).
Hours: 8-4:30, M-F (except university-sponsored holidays)
Site is wheelchair accessible

Research space
Reference assistance on site
Telephone reference: 608-890-1899
Internet reference: email
Copying services: copier/scanning machine
Audiovisual facilities
Exhibitions Loan agreements for exhibits: Not specifically, but arrangements could be made

Indices to the collection:
Individual records on OCLC and UW-Madison computer card catalog, MadCat.

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University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee Archives Department
Address: University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee Libraries
P.O. Box 604
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0604
Phone: 414-229-5402
Founder: In addition to serving as the official archives of our parent institution, the Archives Department has an active manuscripts collecting program.
Contact: Michael Doylen, Archives Department Head

Summary of Lesbian/Gay Content: The collections document LGBT activism and culture in the Milwaukee area. Most of the holdings date from the post-Stonewall Riots era, though some provide glimpses of the lives of gay men and lesbians following WWII through the 1960’s. Collections from the 1970s provide evidence of the local Liberation Movement and the emergence of groups within business, sports, theater, health care, and the media. Documentation from the 1980s shows development in the area of AIDS awareness and treatment. Also included are personal papers of local activists Miriam Ben-Shalom and Eldon Murray (the latter includes material written by Lou Sullivan).

Collection Growth:
The Archives continues to collect actively in this area, with special emphasis on social activism, health (HIV/AIDS), and media.

Access Requirements: All holdings are accessible to the general public, excepting those restricted by federal and state law or university policy, for preservation or privacy reasons, or as a condition of gift established by a donor.
Access Hours: We are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. During the fall and spring semesters, we have evening hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays until 6:30 pm.
Wheelchair Access: Yes.

Research Space
Reference Assistance
Reference by Telephone: General information about holdings, hours, etc.
Reference via Internet: Submit requests to
Duplication Services
Audiovisual Services
Exhibition Loans: Selectively.
Borrowing Policy: Ask an archivist for details.

Finding Aids/Indices: The Archives creates online finding aids and MARC records (uploaded into OCLC) for all of its holdings.

Updates: A guide to our LGBT collections is on the web at

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Wisconsin State Historical Society
Location: 816 State St.
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 264-6460
Contact: Reference archivist

The Wisconsin Historical Society has been the state archive and manuscript repository since 1846. We have been collecting materials related to social action activities, and the civil rights movement, including LBGT rights and women’s rights, since the early 1970’s. The mission of the Wisconsin Historical Society is to help people connect to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing stories.

Holdings summary
ABC News Nightline, Show no. 420 AIDS, tape recording. (1982 views of AIDS victims and AIDS research)
Advertising Council Inc, Drug Abuse- public service announcement, film. (197-, includes ad for The Advocate a gay rights publication)
Tammy Baldwin papers (1981-1998) 1.4 cubic ft. (Papers of Wisconsin’s first lesbian Congresswoman, also includes materials on gay adoption, and gay rights)
Brian Bigler, Gay Madison a history, 1996 13 tape recorded interviews (oral history project documenting gay activism and culture through interviews with gay and lesbian Madison residents)
Black and White Men Together, Milwaukee, 2.2 cubic ft.
David E. Clarenbach papers (1974-1992), 7.4 cubic ft. (reflected in the papers is Clarenbach's interest in areas for which he became well known, including AIDS legislation, gay rights, women's issues, and divestiture of state funds in South Africa)
David Cohen papers (1972-1994), 1.2 cubic ft. (Diary of a gay individual including information on gay activism and AIDS victims)
Emergency Committee to Defend the Human and Legal Rights of Political Prisoners (1985-1991), 2.4 cubic ft. (documents the revolutionary network, especially the women's and radical lesbian part of it)
Gay Madison, (c. 1979) .2 cubic ft. (Gay publications)
Homosexuality in Men and Women, film. (196- documentary about British gay and lesbian community)
Simi Litvak papers (1961-1993) 6.0 cubic ft. (gay activism in WI and CA)
Loot, film. (1970, fiction with gay characters).
The making of walls to roses, 1979 (tape recording re: men's collective interest in gay liberation, other causes)
Terry Murphy papers (1976-1977, 1980), 0.1 cubic ft. (clippings related to gay activism)
National Coalition of Gay Sexually Transmitted Disease Services records (1985-1990), .4 cubic ft.
Kathleen Nichols and Barbara Constans papers (1975-1979), .2 cubic ft. (partial records of the Madison Committee for Gay Rights)
Nothing to Hide, video 1987. (recorded interviews and events documenting gay rights activism and culture in Madison WI)
Sage Oh’hne papers (1960-1998) 1.6 cubic ft. (Wisconsin lesbians, feminism, gay rights activities)
Theodore Pierce papers (1867-1998) 1.0 cubic ft, photos
Marlin Schneider papers (1971-2007) 22.0 cubic feet (records of a Wisconsin legislator including constituent correspondence on the issue of gay marriage)
Seth Seyforth, LGBTQ civil rights research (2008) photos and DVD’s (interviews and research done by a UW sociology class on the LGBTQ population)
Social Action Vertical File, (1960-2002) 60.0 cubic ft. (Files related to various civil rights groups including gay and lesbian rights)
Solidarity, organization Detroit chapter records (1981-2006) 4.0 cubic ft. (activism)
The United (Madison, Wis.) records (1977-1981) (organized in May 1978 as Madison Gay Men and Lesbians United)
Gore Vidal papers (1888-1994), 60.8 cubic ft. (subject headings include: Ben Hur, homosexuality, Is Paris Burning?, Suddenly Last Summer, Tennessee Williams)
Wisconsin Civil Liberties Union (1934-1997), 6.0 cubic ft. (activism, this collection is closed until 2018 unless given written permission by the WCLU)
Women’s Rights Movement Video recordings (1970-1989), 26 videotapes. (speeches and interviews related to women’s rights including gay and lesbian rights)
Women's Service Center of Brown County (Wis.) records (1974-1986), .1 cubic ft. (information on lesbian rights)
Word is Out, Mariposa Film Group (1978) film, (interviews about gay and lesbian experiences)
Allen Young papers (1962-1994) (gay liberation writer and activist; subject headings include: Homosexuality, The gay report, Allen Ginsberg, and Lavender culture: visions of lesbians and gay men)

Collecting interests:
We collect nationally in the areas of mass communication, film and theater research, social action collections, labor and broadcasting. We are also the state repository for, public records of state and local government records. We also have an extensive map collection that focuses mainly on Wisconsin, but also includes a large number of maps from around the world.
The timeline of our collections cover the whole of North American History, with a large volume of materials dating from post-1846.
Geographically we are primarily interested in materials from Wisconsin; however we do have a few areas of our collection that we actively collection with a national scope. Because most of our LBGT materials are a part of our social action collection we would be willing to consider collections from outside Wisconsin to add to this collection.
We collect manuscripts, film, video, sound, organization’s records, photographs, printed, microfilm, clippings, vertical files, or ephemera (paper based). It is possible that our museum would accept objects or artifacts.

Use requirements:
WHS is open to the general public. There is a brief registration form that must be completed in order to use the archive. It is recommended that children be escorted by a parent or teacher. On rare occasions there are restrictions placed on collections by the creator/donor of the collection, or by statute (in the case of government collections); in these instances information on the restriction is listed in our online catalogue.
Hours: 8-5 m-f and 9-4 sat. No appointment is necessary however if patrons are traveling from a significant distance it is recommended that they contact the archives in advance in order to ensure the materials they need will be available.
Site is wheelchair accessible

Research space
Reference assistance on site
Telephone Reference
Internet reference (email- yes, web- no)
Copying services
Audiovisual facilities
Exhibition Loan agreements for exhibits
Borrowing privileges for individuals: WHS has a network of archival repositories around the state of WI, we are able to transfer archival materials to these other repositories for viewing. Exceptions to this policy include photographs, oversize materials, and excessively fragile materials.
Most microfilm from the WHS archives is available for loan within the interlibrary loan system.

Indices to the collections:
Our online catalogue ArCat, contains MARC record descriptions for 95% of our collection materials. The area that relies more heavily on internal databases and a card catalogue are our photograph and map collections. When the volume of material justifies a finding aid, most of our manuscript, organizational and government records have EAD finding aids. These finding aids are searchable at