Diane Shannon


Originally, I planned to discuss more broadly in this paper issues of access in lesbian and gay archives. Not only did I intend to research and write about the issues surrounding the confidentiality of information contained in those archives, but also the benefits and losses associated with cooperative agreements between those archives and local community groups, and between the archives themselves. Additionally, I planned to discuss the ways in which a lack of funding at smaller lesbian and gay archives affects their operation (hours of operation, the materials and expertise they use, climate control, etc.). My mechanisms for analyzing all of these issues were to be readings combined with information from responses to a survey I sent to the managers of lesbian and gay archival collections across the United States.



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