Atlanta's Unspoken Past oral history recordings
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Atlanta's Unspoken Past oral history recordings

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Atlanta Historical Society
Title: Atlanta's Unspoken Past oral history recordings
Dates: 2004-2005
Quantity: 11.0 Item(s)
Identification: ahc.VIS178

Biographical/Historical Note

In 2004, the Atlanta History Center began a lesbian and gay oral history project, funded in part by a grant from the Georgia Humanities Council. "Atlanta’s Unspoken Past," the oral history project, focused on lesbian and gay history and culture in Atlanta prior to the explosion of gay rights movements that occurred in cities across the United States in the early 1970s, and provided the framework and foundation for a public exhibition in 2005, The Unspoken Past: Atlanta Lesbian and Gay History, 1940-1970.

For the oral history project, participants were interviewed using a set of themes vetted by an advisory committee of recognized scholars and professionals from academic and cultural institutions. Gay women and men were asked to share their backgrounds; coming out experiences; reasons for staying in, moving to, or away from Atlanta; recollections of same-sex relationships and local gay life; and ideas about community, race, gender, and religion, region, and sexuality. The sound recordings and transcripts, and subsequent donations of related personal manuscript and visual collections, document the specific features of Atlanta that facilitated and structured social interactions; the institutions of everyday life (church, school, clubs, sports, etc.) that figured into participants’ identities; how work and leisure activities limited or facilitated same-sex friendships and relationships; and how race and gender shaped the everyday lives and experiences of participants.

The interviewees are mostly white, middle-class, and were raised in Protestant Christian faiths. Most of women and men were born before or during World War II and lived in Atlanta or the South during most of their adulthood or at least prior to the late 1960s. Interviews conducted after grant period include recollections post-1970.


Scope and Content Note

The collection is comprised of ten interviews, transcript of each interview (edited and unedited), original video recordings for each interview, and a DVD access copy of each.


Arrangement

This collection is arranged by control number assigned by staff to each interview


Index Terms

Adams, George H.
Atlanta (Ga.)
Brooks, Ronald G.
Darsey, James
Gay men--Georgia--Atlanta--History
Gay men--Georgia--Atlanta--Social Conditions
Johnson, Douglas
Jones, Allen O.
Lesbians--Georgia--Atlanta--History
Lesbians--Georgia--Atlanta--Social conditions
McLemore, Charlene
Penn, William S.
Phillips, Mace H., Jr.
Styles, Freddie
Vogel, Barbara
Weaver, William
Whittaker, William J.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Atlanta's Unspoken Past oral history recordings, VIS 178, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.

Acquisition Information

Collected by staff.

Processing Information

Collection processed in 2009.


Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.


Related Material

Atlanta's Unspoken Past oral history transcriptions, MSS 994, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.


Bibliography

Atlanta's Unpspoken Past Oral History Project, MSS 994, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center


Container List

 

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AV 178.01VIS 178.01 Styles, Freddie (Transcript available in MSS 994), 2004 November 5
 

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AV 178.02VIS 178.02 Weaver, Bill (Transcript available in MSS 994), 2004 November 19
 

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AV 178.03VIS 178.03 Jones, Allen (Transcript available in MSS 994), 2004 November 30
 

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AV 178.04VIS 178.04 Adams, George (transcript available in MSS 994), 2004 November 1
 

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AV 178.05VIS 178.05 Johnson, Doug (Transcript available in MSS 994), 2004 November 19
 

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AV 178.06VIS 178.06 Darsey, James (Transcript available in MSS 994), 2004 October 22
 

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AV 178.07VIS 178.07 Brooks, Ron (Transcript available in MSS 994), 2004 October 27
 

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AV 178.08VIS 178.08 Penn, William (Transcript available in MSS 994), 2004 September 23
 

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AV 178.09VIS 178.09 Whittaker, William J. (Transcript available in MSS 994), 2005 March 7
 

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AV 178.10VIS 178.10 McLamore, Charlene and Vogel, Barbara (Transcript available in MSS 994), 2005 March 9
 

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AV 178.11VIS 178.11 Phillips Jr., Mace H. (Transcript available in MSS 994), 2005 March 7