Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine, University of Southern Maine Special Collections



University of Southern Maine


The LGBTQ+ collection is part of The University of Southern Maine’s Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine, which collects material documenting the ongoing histories of diverse communities. The Center promotes diversity and civil rights through research, education, and outreach.
The meetings which led to the creation of what was first named the Gay and Lesbian Archives took place in the spring of 1997, under the leadership of Mark Lapping, then provost of the University of Southern Maine. Individuals from the University and the general community worked closely together on the early planning and development, with faculty, staff, and students taking major responsibilities. Among the first donations, in 1998, were the records of ACT UP/Maine and ACT UP/Portland, and the papers of William D. Barry and Frances W. Peabody. Other collections soon followed.

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Audrey J. Li



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