UNCG University Libraries Awarded Grant to Document LGBTQ+ History
(GREENSBORO, NC): UNCG University Libraries has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Common Heritage Grant to document the LGBTQ+ history in North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad region. The grant will enable University Libraries to collaborate with Guilford Green Foundation to organize outreach opportunities for the LGBTQ+ community where participants can submit personal items for digitization and description, creating digital content chronicling the history of the population.
“PRIDE! Of the Community: Documenting LGBTQ+ History in the Triad” will be the first large-scale initiative to document the LGBTQ+ history. Given the unique cultural climate of North Carolina historically and presently, it is anticipated that modern materials will reflect political themes, especially in relation to recent discord over North Carolina Amendment 1, House Bill 2, and House Bill 780. Additionally, with more than 20 institutions of higher education in the area, there will be documents and artifacts relating to LGBTQ+ student groups, including representation from three HBCUs.
“The LGBTQ+ community has shaped the cultural and physical landscape of our area. We need to document their contributions to tell the complete story of Greensboro,” said UNCG University Libraries Manuscripts Archivist and Project Director Jennifer Motszko.
“An important part of this grant will be the ability to let the LGBTQ+ community tell it’s own story in its own way,” said Guilford Green Foundation Executive Director Jennifer Ruppe. “Programming will include both a historical lecture and a panel discussion given by members of the LGBTQ+ community.”
These events will be open to the public and will provide an educational opportunity for the Greensboro community to learn about and understand another aspect of the local history.
University Libraries will purchase equipment to be used in the digitization lab at UNCG, and the award will cover the cost of scanners and computers, a student coordinator position and public programming. Digitized content will be placed into UNCG’s open-access digital collections repository and the Digital Public Library of America.
“Upon completion of the project, the equipment will be used in UNCG’s digitization lab and made available to community partners, such as local libraries, museums and community groups on a checkout basis for their own events,” said UNCG University Libraries Special Collections Technician Stacey Krim. “Given the significant historical contributions from the Triad area to the LGBTQ+ community, we feel it is critical to preserve the diverse heritage.”
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT GREENSBORO: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a higher-research activity university as classified by the Carnegie Foundation. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC system institutions, UNCG is one of the most diverse universities in the state with nearly 20,000 students and over 2,700 faculty and staff members representing more than 90 nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 100 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNCG is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit uncg.edu and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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ABOUT GUILFORD GREEN FOUNDATION: The Guilford Green Foundation creates unity through programming and philanthropy that advances equality and inclusion for LGBTQIA communities. We work to courageously unite community by fostering organizations that advance LGBTQIA persons and issues. Additional information about Guilford Green Foundation is available at https://guilfordgreenfoundation.org/.
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