LGBT Archive Prepares for StoryCorps OutLoud and Accepts Several Donated Items for Collection

Last month we told you that the Gay & Lesbian Archive of Mid-America at UMKC (GLAMA) and KCUR-FM (89.3) are partnering to bring StoryCorps OutLoud. the LGBT-focused oral history initiative, to Kansas City from June 10 to 13.

Now we have more details. Facilitators will record six oral histories each day to total 24, and these will also be added to the GLAMA archive. To help StoryCorps organizers identify and connect to potential sources for unique perspectives on the LGBTQ experience, go to StoryCorps to submit an online form.

Stuart Hinds, GLAMA’s curator and a co-founder, said that planners are looking for stories from underrepresented LGBT groups, such as those who identify as rural, African American or Latino. Some of those who wish to record histories but aren’t chosen for the June collection could possibly have their stories recorded in the future for GLAMA’s archive.

GLAMA has been recording local LGBT oral histories from various sources for several years. For example, in 2013, through the OutSpoken KC Project, Schaeffer Nelson recorded 18 local oral histories to augment the GLAMA collection.

But these stories are just one component of the archive’s growing collections. Personal and organizational papers, images, magazines, ephemera and memorabilia are examples of its other items.

Located in the LaBudde Special Collections Department at Miller Nichols Library, University of Missouri-Kansas City, GLAMA (umkc.edu/glama) collects, preserves and makes accessible historical materials from the greater Kansas City LGBT community.

Hinds, in addition to being GLAMA curator, is assistant dean of special collections and archives at Miller Nichols Library. He described some recent donations to GLAMA:
Horace Holmes Collection: Holmes, a World War II veteran, was a longtime hairstylist in south Kansas City. He and his partner, Bob Hoel, were well-known for throwing memorable seasonal and anniversary celebrations, and GLAMA received a scrapbook of photos from such gatherings. One set of images dates from the mid-1950s and the other from the early 1990s. Everyone appears to be having a great time!
Mid-America Freedom Band: The band’s board of directors took a tour of GLAMA earlier this year and they were so excited that they agreed during the tour to allow GLAMA to serve as the repository for their historical materials. The collection consists of programs, promotional posters and fliers, and even recordings of performances! As new material is generated, it will be added to the collection.
Jim Wanser Collection: Wanser served UMKC for several decades and retired in 2014. He was instrumental in establishing a focus on the needs of LGBT students and worked for years to generate that awareness on campus. His collection reflects those efforts and also includes material from the Kansas City chapter of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, which was established in the early 1990s.
Dudley Marriott Collection: Bruce Winter and Kirk Nelson donated a fascinating scrapbook from the estate of Dudley Marriott. He performed in the 1970s as Jennifer Warner, and the scrapbook is filled with images of Jennifer, Melinda Ryder and other legends of local female impersonation at venues like the Cabaret (the 1014 Oak location) and Sappho’s.

Hinds suggests checking the organization’s website to learn when these newly acquired collections will be processed and ready for research

Bradley Osborn

Brad has been writing for Camp since 2004. His beat is mostly local features and general LGBT news. Common topics have included youth, faith and community. Although he holds an M.A. in journalism, he primarily considers himself to be a chemist, having studied and worked in biochemistry, quantitative analysis, quality assurance and the production of educational science texts. He's laconic, unintentionally enigmatic and often facetious. He enjoys irony, as well as things – but not animals, apparently – that are simultaneously beautiful and utilitarian. He and his cat, Charlie Parker, reside in downtown Kansas City, Mo. If you have a story idea for Brad, send him a note at bosborn@campkc.com.

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