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Atlanta Lesbian and Gay History Thing papers and publications

Collection number: ahc.MSS773

Scope and Content

This collection consists of papers and publications related to the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in Atlanta, Georgia. Series I includes gay and lesbian publications from Atlanta,the Southeast, and nationwide. Series II consists of business and organization papers pertaining to gay rights and AIDS. Series III includes personal papers of gay and lesbian activists in Atlanta and Georgia.


  • 1957-2002, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

Maria Helena Dolan (1954- ), Cal Gough (1948- ), John Howard (1962- ), Gil Robison (1947- ), Liz Throop, Joy Wasson (1956- ), and David Whittier founded the Atlanta Lesbian and Gay History Thing (ALGHT) in 1991 to preserve and house Atlanta's LGBTQ history and promote understanding and appreciation of Atlanta's lesbian and gay history. The group felt an urgency to act due to the number of deaths from the AIDS crisis and the donation of activist Charlie St. John’s (1951-1991) papers to a New York repository. The collection started with materials from activist Ray Kluka (1952-1989), donated to the Atlanta History Center (AHC) in 1989, with subsequent additions. Terry Bird (1946- ) served as secretary to the group. In 1991 ALGHT made the AHC the permanent home for their collection and the group continues to expand the collection by soliciting donations and interest, especially through programs and workshops. Collection materials featured prominently in the AHC 2004 exhibit, “Atlanta’s Unspoken Past: Atlanta’s Lesbian and Gay History, 1940-1970.”


63.1 linear ft. (59 document cases; 28 half document cases; 14 oversize boxes; 1 oversize folder; 2 cassette tapes)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged into three series: I. Publications, II. Organizations, and III. Personal Papers.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Audio recordings are on audio cassettes and can be made accessible only through conversion to digital audio. Patrons who request access to the audio content in this collection are responsible for digital conversion costs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1994 with subsequent additions

Related Archival Materials

Terry Bird collection of Atlanta Lesbian and Gay History Thing, Inc. Records, Q144, Gender and Sexuality Collections. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Richard Rhodes papers, Q138, Gender and Sexuality Collections. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Description Control

This collection was reprocessed in 2014.

Atlanta Lesbian and Gay History Thing papers and publications
Laura Starratt, Andrew Young, and Josh Hogan
November 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305