November 3, 2003
publishes book on campus GLBT history
The University Librarys Regional History Project announced the
publication of Out in the Redwoods: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender
History at the University of California, Santa Cruz, 1965-2003.
The book is based on 27 oral history interviews with UCSC students,
alumni, and staff. The interviews were conducted by 11 UCSC students
who were trained in an oral history internship course, as well as a
team of community volunteers. Ten narrative essays by UCSC alumni are
|Photos and other historical material from the library's archive
are included in the book Out in the Redwoods and will be
on display at McHenry Library during the winter quarter.
Out in the Redwoods has been published as a 350-page illustrated
paperback, featuring a poetic montage of excerpts from the oral histories,
and the full narratives by alumni. Also included is a CD-rom with the
full transcripts of the oral histories and other resources. Coordinated
and edited by oral historian Irene Reti, the book also includes an introduction,
timeline, bibliography, and other reference material.
Reti notes that the history of UCSC spans the historical timeline
from before Stonewall, through the rise of the feminist movement, the
gay liberation movement, and other leftist student movements of the
1960s and 1970s, the flourishing of women's studies, and the battle
against AIDS, to the queer student activism of the past two decades.
Nationally, UCSC has been a magnetic center of LGBT culture and activism.
She adds that at this critical crossroads in history, those who witnessed
and participated in the birth of a movement of liberation have been
able and willing to share their singular historical experiences with
the continuing generation of LGBT college students.
The library has collected a rich archive of historical material that
will be the basis of an "Out in the Redwoods" exhibit on display
at the library in the winter quarter of 2004. A reading/reception for
the book will be held at McHenry Library on Friday, February 6, from
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
For more information contact Irene Reti at the Regional History Project,
(831) 459-2847, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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