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NEW & RECENTLY-PROCESSED COLLECTIONS


 
Fran's Place Collection

One of the oldest bars in Massachusetts, Fran's place had a long and vibrant life in the city of Lynn. The bar was a gathering place for the local LGBTQ Community, drawing a large lesbian crowd from the bowling alley next door. It is known as the first bar to host a fundraiser for HIV/AIDS research, the first bar to have a float in the Boston Gay Pride Parade, and the first to host gay weddings. Fran's Place closed in September 2016.

Read more about Fran's Place and view the finding aid
 
 
Men of All Colors Together/Boston Collection

Men of All Colors Together/Boston (BWMT/Boston; MACT/Boston), founded under the name "Black and White Men Together/Boston" in 1980 is the Boston chapter of the National Association of Black and White Men Together (known as the "International Association of Black and White Men Together" at its inception). MACT/Boston is the second-oldest national chapter and the oldest interracial gay group on the East Coast.
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Older Lesbian Energy (OLE) Collection

Older Lesbian Energy (OLE) is a social organization for lesbian women over age 40. Founded in 1980 by Toni Schiff and Anita Fast, OLE grew out of Schiff's 1979 master's thesis, "The Development of a Radical Lifestyle in Mid-Life." Schiff interviewed a number of middle-aged lesbians who told her they felt isolated and alone. In October 1979, Schiff invited these women and their over-40 friends to her home for a dinner party. Forty women showed up...
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Gays for Patsy Collection

Gays for Patsy (GFP) is a Boston-based, nonprofit, all-volunteer organization made up of Country/Western dance enthusiasts. They mission is to share the joy of country-western dancing while raising funds for groups serving those in need. View digitized materials
 
 
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. The collection consists of 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.
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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.
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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 contains a variety of printed media including newspaper articles, (original and photocopied,) poetry magazines, serials, books, personal correspondence, and speeches.
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THANKS TO ALL WHO SUPPORTED THE
2016 HISTORYMAKER AWARDS!

Coming soon: photos from the awards!


2016 Honorees Susan Ryan-Vollmar and Corey Yarbrough





VOLUNTEER WITH THE HISTORY PROJECT!

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 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
 

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