In 2008 we began a project to digitize our spoken word tapes. Prof. Anthony Cocciolo and students in the digitization course he teaches at the Pratt School of Information and Library Sciences (Pratt SILS) began digitizing some of our tapes and creating a website so we could make these interviews available to the public.
The latest project to be digitized is from the LHA Digital Daughters of Bilitis Video Project. In this video, Edith Eyde talks about her life growing up in rural southern California, moving to Los Angeles and discovering the lesbian culture there. She discusses publishing Vice Versa, one of the first lesbian magazines, and her music career.
The first group digitized by Pratt SILS was a series of interviews Joan Nestle conducted over a number of years with Mabel Hampton (1902-1989). Mabel was an African American Lesbian who was closely connected with the Archives.
Subsequently, Pratt students digitized our collection of Audre Lorde’s public speeches, readings, and panel presentations.
All of these can be found at http://herstory.prattsils.org/ along with the first set of digitized interviews from "Boots of Leather Slippers of Gold: A History of a Lesbian Community,” which formed the basis of Liz Kennedy and Madeline Davis’ book of the same name. Pratt students will also be digitizing the remaining interviews from that collection and they will be made available on our site.
The Archives has approximately 3000 oral history tapes in our Spoken Word Collection. Archives volunteers and interns are in the process of digitizing all of these on site at the Archives in addition to our collaboration with Pratt. This is obviously a long term project but digitized versions will be made available as they are completed. Check back at our site for new additions.
The Lesbian Herstory Archives is home to the largest collection of materials about lesbians in the world. Our photo collection, which we are now starting to digitize, reflects the growth of the Archives since 1974. Much of the materials came to us from women who simply wanted their images saved and their lives remembered. The collection holds snapshots, professional photography, found images and everything in between.
Please enjoy a taste of this collection by visiting Our Online Photo Sampler.
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