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Swarthmore Gay and Lesbian Alumni Network records


Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081

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In January 1987, Kate Wilson '84 wrote to Diane Wilder '83, Swarthmore College's assistant director of alumni relations, suggesting the formation of a network of gay and lesbian alumni. (The question of whether to include bisexual alumni would later emerge, causing controversy within the group.) The April 1987 issue of the Alumni Bulletin solicited submissions, and that autumn saw the publication of the first issue of Out Together: Swarthmore Lesbian and Gay Alumni Network. Coordinated by Wilson and Wilder and edited by Lori Kenschaft '87, the newsletter featured class notes, cartoons, personal essays, political perspectives, project lists, histories, and mailing addresses. It lasted only a few issues.

This collection includes material relating to the preparation and production of "Out Together" newsletters, including correspondence between Lori Kenschaft '87 and individual alumni (often featuring memoirs of gay life at Swarthmore), address lists, and communications with the Alumni Office. There is a special file on Richard Sager '74 and the fund he created to support LGBTQ life at Swarthmore, and another special file on Michael Dukakis '55 with a letter to Dukakis from the Swarthmore Gay and Lesbian Alumni Network and a platform paper with his stance on LGBTQ political issues (but no personal letters from Dukakis himself).

Gift of Lori Kenschaft, 2017.

A few items from the donor's years as a Swarthmore student were included in this donation. These documents (workshop script, letter to Equal Opportunity Office re: homophobic graffiti, Student Council all-campus memo re: gay/lesbian concerns letter; 1983-1987) were removed and added to the Swarthmore Queer Union (SQU) records, which form part of the Intercultural Center collection (Series 2, RG6/Q030).

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Collection Inventory

Out Together newsletters, 1987-1989.
Origins of the network and newsletter, 1987-1989.
Newsletter drafts and correspondence with alumni office regarding production, circa 1988.
Mailing lists, circa 1987-1989.
Alumni letters, 1987-1991.
Sager, 1988-1991.
Dukakis campaign, 1988.
Non-Swarthmore LGBT ephemera, circa 1987-1991.

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