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Gay and Lesbain Studies Program: Records, 1999- .

0.50 linear ft.

Catalog Number: 3.28

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Biographical Note:

Gay and Lesbian Studies is an interdisciplinary program coordinating courses that examine the role of sexuality in culture; consider the specific cultural achievements of lesbians and gay men; and take a critical perspective on the experiences and depictions of lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals. The Committee for Gay and Lesbian Studies was instituted by President Robert Edwards in 1990 with a mission to raise Bowdoin's institutional awareness of Gay and Lesbian Studies as an academic discipline; to encourage the development of courses in gay and lesbian studies; and to monitor the growth of offerings and interest at Bowdoin with the intent of proposing a minor, and perhaps eventually a major, in the field. In 1999 the Committee, chaired by James McCalla, successfully proposed a Gay and Lesbian Studies minor to the Curriculum and Educational Policy Committee (a 1997 proposal had been turned down). The minor was officially added to Bowdoin's curriculum in the 2000-2001 academic year.

Scope and Content:
The collection contains records, correspondence, and audio tapes of oral history interviews. Records relate to the creation of a minor in Gay and Lesbian Studies, including the Gay and Lesbian Studies Committee's 1999 proposal (to establish a minor) to the Curriculum and Educational Policy Committee, and related correspondence. Also includes information, mostly correspondence, pertaining to guest speakers at Bowdoin funded by the Lesbian and Gay Lectureship Fund, which is endowed by private donors, not the College. There are also oral history interviews conducted with gay and lesbian alumni/faculty/staff in 2002 under the auspices of the Gay and Lesbian Studies Program.

Cite as: Gay and Lesbian Studies Program: Records. George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives. Bowdoin College Library.

Access Restrictions: None.

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