LGBT+ Student Life at Iowa State University: 1970-1999
About the Exhibit
Meet the Curator
Luis Gonzalez-Diaz is a Political Science and Sociology undergraduate student at Iowa State University. His goal is to one day obtain a PhD in Sociology, do research, and teach at a university. At the university, Luis is a NCORE-ISCORE Scholar, McNair Scholar, and Student Success Leader for the BOLD Learning Community in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Luis was one of the two Undergraduate Research Assistants(URAs)for the University Archives during the 2018-2019 school year, and he researched the LGBT+ community at Iowa State.
SCUA would like to thank Brad Freihoefer and Clare Lempke of the ISU LGBTQIA+ Student Success Center both for consulting with Luis about resources for his project and for allowing Luis to shadow the planning and assemblage oftheir 2018 "Out and About" visit to the archives.
Helping Us Tell the Story
This exhibit is limited to materials available in Special Collections and University Archives. Our holdings on this topic are limited to materialsSCUA has received from campus organizations, student groups, and individual students and alumni in the past, and, unfortunately, these are far from comprehensive–especially with regards to LGBT+ student of color. If you would like to assist future researchers in their quest to understand the history of LGBT+ communities and experiences at ISU, please consider donating your own records so we can tell a fuller story. We are willing to work with donors whose materials might need to be restricted for a time, so that the long-term historical record need not erase individuals who are not yet out. Please contact Rachael Acheson, Assistant University Archivist, at email@example.com with questions or for additional information.
Curator, Digitization, and Descriptive Metadata
URA Supervisor and Exhibit Coordination
Digital Exhibit Design
Digital Collection and Descriptive Metadata Supervisor
Resources on LGBT+ Life at ISU
You will notice that Luis's storyline draws heavily on newspaper articles, which can point to the existence of events, organizations, incidents, or opinions that may or may not be documented elsewhere. Later editions of the (now discontinued) yearbook, The Bomb, as well as websites captured in the archives' web archiving system Archive-It, may similarly fill in some gaps – or at least hint at where these gaps are.
- Iowa State Daily (ISD), student newspaper
- The Bomb, yearbook (1894-1992), Call Number: LD2548 lo9b. Special Collections, General Collections, and digitized online: http://cdm16001.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/search/collection/p15031coll5
Archive-It, web archives: https://archive-it.org/home/iastate
Student Organizations and Services:
University Archives does not yet have information on or from every LGBT+ student organization or supporting administrative service that has existed on this campus. A few collections that you may find useful, however, include the following:
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Ally Alliance at Iowa State University records (1985-2007), RS22/4/0/6: https://n2t.net/ark:/87292/w9fb96
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Student Services Records (1991-2012), RS 7/3/10: Search in CARDinal database.
- Political and Social Action Organization records, RS 22/4/0/1
Some events sponsored by LGBT+ organizations may or may not appear in that organization's records. However, we also collect posters from the Memorial Student Union, many of which feature events, organization recruitment, educational opportunities and University Lectures that would be of interest to researchers attempting to learn more about LGBT+ activities on campus.
Memorial Union records, RS 21/5
University Library General Collections and Resource:
The Library's general collections also contain a wealth of information about LGBT issues at large, as well as links to contemporary campus resources.
- Library catalog: https://www.lib.iastate.edu/
- LGBTQ+ Studies Research Guide (LibGuide): http://instr.iastate.libguides.com/LGBT
The following resources are not affiliate with Iowa State University but may prove useful to researchers who wish to dig deeper into local and state LGBT+ history.
"The Early History of the Gay Liberation Movement at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa" – Brumm.com (an independently-curated digital exhibit, featuring photos and essays): http://www.brumm.com/schools/gaylib/
- An Attempted Chronology of 1970, Gay Liberation at Iowa State University": http://www.brumm.com/schools/gaylib/chronology.html
- "The gay rights movement in Eastern iowa," The Gazette, Sat., June 8, 2013: https://www.thegazette.com/2013/06/08/the-gay-rights-movement-in-eastern-iowa-part-1
- Queer Abstraction. Des Moines Art Center exhibit (June 1-September 8, 2019):https://www.desmoinesartcenter.org/exhibitions/queer-abstraction
This exhibit is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommerical 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0). Licensing and rights for collection materials depicted in the exhibit vary. Contact Iowa State University Library Special Collections and University Archives Department, firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.