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LGBT Activists and Their Lives oral history project

Identifier: MSS 792

Scope and Contents

The LGBT Activists and Their Lives Oral History Project consist of approximately 1 linear feet of material from 2004. The collection includes video interviews and transcripts conducted by students from Eastern Michigan University under the supervision of Dr. Margot I. Duley.

Documents were kept in the order they were originally arranged, including documentation related to the project. Interview summaries and transcripts were kept in alphabetical order. Video interviews in CDs will be transferred to a digital format for user access.


  • Creation: 2004


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

The LGBT Activists and Their Lives oral history project was a semester long project for a course in the Women Studies department at Eastern Michigan University during the Spring semester of 2004. The project was conducted by students from Eastern Michigan University under the supervision of Dr. Margot I. Duley. It was partially funded by a grant from the Eastern Michigan University LGBT Center, under the direction of Kathleen Russell.

The objective of the project was to simultaneously introduce students to the history of gay rights movement in Michigan, teach oral history best practices, and preserve the history of lesbian and gay activists in Michigan.

Dr. Margot I. Duley is the former Head of the History and Philosophy Department at Eastern Michigan University. She also served as the Director of the Women's and Gender Studies. In 2004, Dr. Duley joined the faculty of University of Illinois at Springfield as the Dean of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences where she remained until her retirement in 2009.

Dr. Duley received a Bachelor of Arts with honors in History from the Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada. In 1968 she received Master of Arts from Duke University, and in 1977 she received a Ph.D. in South Asian and British Imperial History from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University London.

A scholar and activist, Dr. Duley is the author of Where Once Our Mothers Stood We Stand: Women's Suffrage in Newfoundland 1890-1925 (Charlottetown: Gynergy, 1993), and editor of The Cross-Cultural Study Of Women: A Comprehensive Guide (New York, N.Y.: Feminist Press, 1986). Dr. Duley served as Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) Task Force Chair of Michigan NOW in the late 1970s and served as President of MI NOW from 1981-83. She was also a field organizer in Illinois during the final stages of the national ERA campaign.


1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

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The collection is organized in two series: research and interviews. Documentation related to each interview and background of the project can be found under the research series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by Dr. Margot I. Duley in 2021.

Processing Information

Eli Landaverde processed this collection in 2021.

LGBT Activists and Their Lives oral history project
4 Published And Cataloged
Eli Landaverde
September 2021
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Repository Details

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

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