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To document and preserve the history
of Boston's LGBT community, and
to share that information with the public.

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Announcing the
Black Gay and Lesbian Collection

In April 2017, an anonymous donor gave this collection to The History Project — left for us at an event at Fenway Health, in two cloth bags and three archival magazine boxes. After reviewing the materials, and based on the subject matter, The History Project named the collection, “Black Gay and Lesbian Collection.

The collection consists of two record cartons (2 linear feet) of materials and have been arranged into four series: Organizations, Subject Files, Photographs, and Publications. Each of the series contains a variety of printed media including newspaper articles, (original and photocopied,) brochures, flyers, magazines, and photographs, which documents Boston's black gay and lesbian history. Read the finding aid here.

Announcing the
Gay Men's Domestic Violence Project Collection

The Gay Men's Domestic Violence Project (LGBTQ-DVP) was founded in 1994, by a victim of domestic violence when he was repeatedly denied services by mainstream domestic violence shelters in his attempt to leave his abusive partner. The organization was originally named, A Support Service for Gay Male Victims of Violence. The organization initially focused on creating services for gay male victims of domestic violence and soon changed its name to the Gay Men's Domestic Violence Project. The scope of focus for the organization began expanding, first to include bisexual men and transgender individuals and then to include all GLBTQ communities. Read the finding aid here.


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Announcing the
Charles Shively Collection

Charles "Charley" Shively, born in 1937, is a gay activist known for his 1977 Boston Pride keynote where he burned several documents, including his Harvard degree and pages from the Bible. He was founder of Fag Rag, a scholar of gay history, and a poet.

The collection consists of 9 boxes that have been arranged topically based on Charlie Shively's organizational techniques are divided into fourteen series. The Shively collection contains a variety of printed media including newspaper articles, (original and photocopied,) poetry magazines, serials, and books. The collection also consists of academic course materials including employment reviews, teaching evaluations, and business correspondence, personal correspondence, and speeches.


Coming soon: photos from the awards!

2016 Honorees Susan Ryan-Vollmar and Corey Yarbrough


There are many ways to volunteer with The History Project. You can help us to plan events like our HistoryMaker Awards or From the Archives series, work on processing archives & new collections, or help us with fundraising.

We send out a monthly email with specific volunteer opportunities, including dates and times. To receive this volunteer-specific email, contact Tony Grima.

We hope you'll join us!

Watch clips from interviews in
the Boston Deejay Project
We're collecting oral histories from deejays in LGBT clubs in the Boston area, past and present. We put the full interviews into our archives and present parts of them on YouTube. If you are or were a DJ in Boston's gay clubs - at any point in time - and would like to sit down with The History Project, please email Tony.

Right: Boston deejay Anthony Porter talks about his early years; going to clubs in early 70s to cruise tearooms and The Art Cinema; going to The Other Side at age 14 (1971); moving out to live on Beacon Hill at age 16; going to the 1270 in 1972 and noticing Jimmy Stuard's music.


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The History Project: Calendar

The History Project is a volunteer-driven organization focused on several important initiatives: 
  • Conducting research on lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people in Massachusetts
  • Preserving the documentary record of that community's social and historical contributions
  • Providing a forum for educating the general public

The Women's Theatre Project present
Silence is Never Golden (1994)

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