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Queer Politics collection

Identifier: MSS 343

Scope and Contents

The collection contains roughly 265 pieces of ephemera and books representing intersections of LGBTQ organizing with the labor movement and radical activism.


  • Creation: approximately 1970-2010

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open and available for research in the MSU Libraries Special Collections' reading room. Researchers are limited to accessing three folders at a time for security.

Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored offsite in Remote Storage. Please contact Special Collections 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.

Biographical / Historical

The Queer Politics collection consists mostly of ephemera from the 1970s-early 2000s, and as such represents the grassroots movement against lesbian and gay oppression, specifically in the job market and political realms. The AIDS epidemic, Stonewall Rebellion, and the feminist movement within the larger movements were other important issues of the day, along with the Coors Beer Boycott and the Briggs Initiative.


.8 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired from Andrea Tomberg at Tomberg Rare Books in 2013.

Processing Information

Processed by Jillian C. Coy in September 2013 and partially reprocessed by Lydia Tang in June 2019.

The following items were noted missing in June 2019: ACT UP San Francisco agenda, 3 AIDS-denial stickers, "Fire the Liars! Open the Baths! HIV is a Lie" pamphlet, and handbills opposing SF AIDS foundation. Boycott Colorado Butterfly Brigade

Finding Aid for the Queer Politics collection,1970s-2010
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Finding aid prepared by Jillian C. Coy and Lydia Tang
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Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI 48823 USA