Wearing Gay History collection
Scope and Contents
The Wearing Gay History collection consist of approximately 3.5 linear feet of material dating approximately from 1972 to 2019. The collection includes T-shirts, research conducted by students in relation to the T-shirts, including correspondence and interviews, and publications related to the project.
- 1972 - 2019
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 off site. Please request 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
Michigan State University students enrolled in Dr. Tim Retzoff's course Advanced Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies (WS 492) in the Spring of 2018 were given the prompt: Do T-shirts reveal local LGBTQ history?
The project was meant to provide an introduction into Michigan's LGBTQ history by tracing the stories behind the apparel people once wore. Students were expected to contact activists and other members of the Michigan LGBTQ community, solicit shirts related to their activism or social life, and trace the stories behind the garments. A few shirts were purchased or given as a gift and added to the collection after the WS 492 project had concluded.
A subsequent project intends to incorporate photographs of the shirts from this project to Wearing Gay History, a digital respository of historical LGBT T-Shirts from across the United States.
3.5 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Language of Materials
The collection is organized in three series: research, publications, and t-shirts. Documentation related to each t-shirt can be found under the research series.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was donated by Dr. Tim Retzloff in 2018, with a second accrual in 2021.
Eli Landaverde processed this collection in 2020.
- Michigan State University -- Undergraduates -- Sources
- Personal correspondence
- Sexual minorities -- History -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- United States -- Sources
- Sexual minorities -- United States -- History -- Sources
- Sexual minority culture -- United States -- History -- Sources
- T-shirts -- History -- Sources
- Term papers
- Wearing Gay History collection
- 4 Published And Cataloged
- Eli Landaverde
- July 2020
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI 48823 USA