Collecting. Preserving. Researching.

2nd Annual

Queer History South

Network & Conference

Archives for All, Y’all

Best Practices for Digital Access & Community Networking

February 18 – 20, 2022

Dallas, Texas

QHS 2022 Student Poster Session Proposals

Deadline: November 1, 2021

This form is a call for poster session proposals for the 2022 Queer History South (QHS) conference “Archives for All, Y’all” in Dallas, TX on February 18-20, 2022. We’re looking for students working on topics related to queer history in the south to present posters in a lunchtime session.

About Queer History South

QUEER HISTORY SOUTH is a vehicle for locating and sharing the rich, but often under-documented history of southern contributions to LGBTQ history and society.

QHS embraces the direct connection between sharing our stories and inspiring present-day activism. It strengthens our movement to know we are a part of the long legacy of American history and activism.

Who We Are

Queer History South is a network of professional and community members invested in preserving and promoting LGBTQ archiving and history in the US South.  The primary purpose of QHS is to provide networking, professional development, and best practices for those directly working (formally or informally, professionally or communally) in the fields of Southern LGBTQ histories, archives, exhibits, historical research, and historical education. QHS meets every two years at a different location across the South.

Who Can Attend

QHS is open to anyone interested but will be of particular interest to archivists, historians, students, faculty, researchers, public historians, oral historians, and community organizations invested in preserving local histories. QHS has attendance from across the US, but primarily focuses on 13 Southern states: Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Conference Schedule

8:00am – 9:00am Registration
Sign-In & Vaccination Verification
The Dallas Way: Faces of LGBTQ+ History Gallery in the H. Paxton Moore Fine Art Gallery (Ground Floor, Building B)
9:00am – 10:30am Opening
Welcome and Overview of the Conference
Plenary Speaker: Moises “Moe” V. Vela, Jr.
10:45am – 11:45am Block 1

Room Session and Presenters
TBA Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project
Arden Eversmeyer

“We had never held hands out in public, but before they put her in the ambulance, I kissed Bobbie on the forehead whispered that I loved her.” When interviewed for the Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project (OLOHP), Jean, born 1927, talked
about losing Bobbie. They’d been together for more than 35 years, living in rural Texas and had never show affection towards each other in public. Although many things have changed for lesbians now, it is essential that we remember and honor the lives of the women who came before us, living during a time when there were no books or magazines and no organizations, when being homosexual was classified as a disease for which you might be institutionalized, when simply dancing at a bar with another woman might land you in jail.
Some historians were trying to tell the story of these women, but it was always their interpretation of the story. The Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project has worked for more than 20 years to document and preserve the life stories of lesbians 70
and older. The OLOHP presentation will not only tell you about the Project and how it works, it will include a few readings of excerpts taken from their collection of 700+ interviews.

TBA Austin History Center Memory Project
Lauren Gutterman, PhD, Associate Professor of American Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Exploring experience training undergraduates to serve as oral history practitioners, including challenges and strengths of this ongoing effort to gather local LGBTQ oral history interviews.

TBA Trans Digital Archives
Cailin Flannery Roles

Based in Boston, Massachusetts at Northeastern University, the Digital Transgender Archive (DTA) is an international collaboration among more than sixty colleges, universities, nonprofit organizations, public libraries, and private collections. By digitally localizing a wide range of trans-related materials, the DTA expands access to trans history for academics and independent researchers alike in order to foster education and dialog concerning trans history. This presentation will provide an overview of the DTA’s history and ongoing work, outline our approach to accessibility and community accountability, and highlight materials from the Southern United States.

TBA On Naiad Press of Tallahassee, Florida: Exploring the Balance between Shared Authority and Social Justice in Queer Public History
Michael David Franklin, Assistant Director of Honors in the Major and Honors Faculty, Florida State University
RaeAnn Quick, Student, Florida State University

This presentation will use our work on a public history project about Naiad Press – an internationally prominent lesbian publishing company located in Tallahassee, Florida, from 1980 to 2003 – to think about legacies of racial segregation in queer spaces, as well as the ethics of framing a majority-white lesbian community’s history through oral history research.

TBA Archival Exhibits
Jaimi Parker, Exhibits Coordinator Librarian, University of North Texas Special Collections

This presentation demonstrates the basics of archival exhibit creation from concept creation, text editing and layout, material mounting, to final layout and installation. It will show simple inexpensive techniques that will allow archivists to create a professional looking exhibit, that is up to archival standards, and which is easy for visitors to digest.

TBA Repeated Session TBD
11:45am – 1:15pm Student Poster Session and Lunch
1:30pm – 2:30pm Block 2

Room Session and Presenters
TBA Touching Up Our Roots with #TUOR: Atlanta’s Queer Digital Story Tour
Eric E. Solomon, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies and English
Dave Hayward, Touching Up Our Roots Co-Founder and Coordinator

A self-guided audio tour of sites integral to the LGBTQIA+ story in Atlanta. Curated and narrated by Dave Hayward, founder of the LGBTQ Story Tour, and co-founder of Touching Up Our Roots: Georgia’s LGBTQ+ Story Project. Lesbian herstorian Maria Helena Dolan provides additional narration. Developed and produced by Dave Hayward and Dr. Eric Solomon. In 2016 Hayward founded the live LGBTQ Story Tour with Atlanta Pride and the LGBTQ Institute.

TBA Queer Persistence in the Archives
Amy L. Stone, PhD, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Trinity University

This presentation explores the necessity for persistence in archival research, particularly archival research outside of conventional archives. I focus on queer geographies of the South, relational persistence, and emotional investments during a research project on LGBTQ involvement in citywide festivals in the urban South and Southwest.

TBA Invisible Histories Project: How IHP is Working to Save LGBTQ History in the Deep South
Maigen Sullivan, Director of Research and Development, Invisible Histories Project
Josh Burford, Director of Outreach and Lead Archivist, Invisible Histories Project

The Invisible Histories Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Birmingham, AL that locates, preserves, researches and makes
community accessible the rich and diverse history of LGBTQ people in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and the Florida Panhandle. IHP acts as an intermediary between institutions like universities, libraries, museums, and archives and LGBTQ people and organizations. Join us for this presentation on the history of IHP, an overview of the IHP model, and a discussion on the challenges faced in developing and implementing a public history and community archiving project and nonprofit in the Deep South.

TBA Cruising for Queer Histories Outside of the Gay Bar
Alexis Rodriguez, Vice President, LGBTQ History Museum of Central Florida

In 2021, the LGBTQ History Museum of Central Florida celebrated its 16th anniversary, a milestone representing persistent collaboration between community members and university historians to interpret the region’s queer past. Recently, the Museum has expanded its preservation efforts to locate instances of queer community building that occurred outside of gay bars and nightclubs. This presentation will address the challenges of the Museum’s evolution by focusing on two specific cases: an archiving effort to document regional LGBTQ sports leagues and an exhibition that wrestled with the
shifting generational perspectives on what defines a “queer space.” Though gay bars have long represented a “safe haven” for the LGBTQ community, the future of these spaces is precarious – as evidenced in Orlando with the 2020 closure of the iconic Parliament House after operating for 45 years. Given this shifting landscape, how might queer historiography adapt to reflect a more nuanced understanding of community beyond its traditional preoccupation with barroom legends? What are the spaces (and the people who find belonging within them) that we have neglected in our interpretation of the queer past and how can new collecting endeavors address these oversights? In addition to reflecting upon these questions, the presentation will contribute to a larger reimagining of queer theory to be more radically inclusive within public history
scholarship and praxis.

TBA Louisiana Trans Oral History Project
Sophia Ziegler, Founder/Oral Historian, Louisiana Trans Oral History Project
Nathalie Nia Faulk, Co-Director, Last Call Oral History Project
SK Groll, Doctoral Student, Louisiana State University and Program Coordinator, Baton Roots Community Farm

This presentation describes a project to collect and share stories of trans joy across Louisiana. The Louisiana Trans Oral History Project, together with Last Call Oral History Project, are creating a online mapping tool to enable trans and gender non-conforming (TGNC) individuals from across the state to contribute audio and video narratives, specifying places that are personally important to them as sites of trans joy. For our purposes, a place of trans joy can include any location that individuals feel included, loved or honored, as well as places where significant personal or communal events happened.
Collectively, these narratives will create rich documentation of one of Louisiana’s most marginalized communities.

TBA Repeated Session TBD
2:45pm – 3:45pm Block 3

Room Session and Presenters
TBA Community-Led Archival Research
James Capello, PhD, Organizer, Southern Fried Queer Pride and Professor of Anthropology, Savannah College of Art and Design

Participants from local community organizations who identify as non-binary and/or trans made quilts along with offering oral histories. We created a community art show with the archival materials and worked with Emory to donate the materials that were created. Along with sewing their own quilt squares in response to prompts such as “who is chosen family for you?” I recorded and documented their oral histories and engagement in activism in Atlanta. I also documented through photographs and field notes trans led activist events from 2018 to 2021. Since SFQP is led by Black, Indigenous, and Latinx trans people many of these events were immigration rallies, documenting the stories of trans women being held by I.C.E., and prison abolition events. Hopefully this presentation can act as a example of a successful led community
research and archival project that documents how radical the Deep South can be.

TBA Documenting Queer Without Fear in Georgia
Morna Gerrard, Women’s/Gender and Sexuality Collections Archivist, Georgia State University Library
Rachel Senese, Digital Projects Coordinator, Georgia State University Library

The presenters will discuss Georgia State University’s approach to collecting LGBTQ+ materials, and its willingness to take risks with what it makes accessible online.

TBA Outrageous Oral
Robert Emery, President, The Dallas WayOutrageous Oral is the most entertaining aspect of The Dallas Way. Speakers from all walks of LGBT+ life present their personal stories. They may seem improvised, but they are not. They are personal, vulnerable, and compelling. They are
intimate, funny, poignant, encouraging, heartbreaking, and captivating. Ultimately, they are celebratory. Over 100 personal LGBT+ stories have been shared thus far. This break-out session focuses on how to produce an Outrageous Oral event from speakers to marketing, all the way through permanently storing them in an LGBT+ archive.
TBA Coming Out Together to Share Our History: A Collaborative Exhibition (Panel Discussion
Francesca Marini, PhD, Associate Professor and Programming & Outreach Librarian, Texas A&M University Libraries
Christian Kelleher, PhD, Director, University of Houston Special Collections and Archives
Vince Lee, Archivist, University of Houston Special Collections and Archives
Rebecca Hankins, Curator and Archivist, Texas A&M University University Libraries
Brian Riedel, PhD, Associate Director, Center for the Study of Women, Gender, & Sexuality, Rice University

This panel presentation brings together different institutions in College Station, and Houston, Texas, and discusses a new collaborative exhibition, Coming Out Together to Share our History: LGBTQIA+ Collections in College Station, Houston, and Beyond, on display at the Texas A&M University Cushing Memorial Library and Archives from July 12 through December 16, 2021. The exhibition showcases contributions by nine organizations, including academic and community archives and
represents unique histories and archival collections. The partners are: JD Doyle Archive, Gulf Coast Archive and Museum of GLBT History, The Charles Law Archives, The Botts Collection, The Banner Project, Nick and Jake Studio, Texas A&M, University of Houston, Rice University). This panel will discuss how the exhibition came together and what its goals were, and it will address how the exhibition is being positively received. It will also briefly discuss the organizations and collections represented in the exhibition, as well as future plans. This exhibition is an example of successful community outreach and collaboration.

TBA Unspoken, Untold: Bolstering Underrepresented Histories with Oral and Archival History
Maria Katsulos, Student, Southern Methodist University
Bethany Bass, Student, Southern Methodist University
Hannah Hall, Student, Southern Methodist University

In 2011, the Princeton Review ranked Southern Methodist University as the eleventh most gay-unfriendly university in the country. This past August, Campus Pride listed it among ten religious schools living up to LGBTQ-inclusive values. What has changed over this past decade — and how? Managed by a diverse group of LGBTQ+ students navigating a predominantly white, Christian university, SMU PRIDE combines archival, oral, and institutional history to better understand the queer community’s roots at SMU. This panel will discuss the group’s research process and their findings. Using archival material from the 1980s onwards and oral history interviews, our panelists and their project will illuminate the need for student-driven projects investigating their own histories.

TBA Repeated Session TBD
4:00pm – 5:00pm Block 4

Room Session and Presenters
TBA Using Archives in “Queericulums”
Aaron Elkins, PhD, Associate Professor of Library and Information Studies, Texas Woman’s University

Given that queer culture and history are not taught in a comprehensive fashion in the United States public education system, queer youths, young adults, and adults are effectively left to situate themselves within such cultural and historical narratives as they choose to construct; as a result, these constructed narratives may be incomplete and value hegemonic culture and history over accuracy. How does the idea of using queer community archives to prepare a “queericulum” that presents a more inclusive and comprehensive depiction of queer culture and history interact with the notions of queer
liberation? How can we use counter stories about queer h0istory and culture in queer community archives to more effectively work towards dismantling white supremacy and patriarchy in the queer community and in mainstream society?

TBA Early Queer History of Houston, TX
Randolph Tibbets, Independent Art Researcher and Curator

My research has focused on what has proved to be the earliest known LGBTQ history of Houston, Texas. I have explored a group of artists, writers and actors who were active in the city in the 1930s and early 1940s. Using archival, but also extra-archival resources, I have sketched the context in which they worked in a southern city in the VERY pre-Stonewall era. The LGBTQ people I have researched did their working and living with a shared sense of group consciousness, in a time and place when such groups are virtually unknown outside the major cities of New York, London and Paris. There are some limited archival materials relating to the group, so part of my challenge has been to link those archived items with other resources (gossip, life circumstance, visual/written/acted works from their artistic lives) in order to illuminate a previously unknown LGBTQ cohort in what might be considered an unlikely time/place.

TBA Oral history interviews and gaps in queer archival records
Rebecca Russell, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, Rice University
Amanda Focke, Head of Special Collections, Rice University
Brian Riedel, PhD, Associate Director, Center for the Study of Women, Gender, & Sexuality, Rice University

This presentation will discuss the importance of oral history interviews filling in gaps in the archival record for queer history. Examples include a collection of oral histories conducted by Rice undergraduates with Houstonians who have
made contributions to the LGBTQ+ community and a collection of a community partnership’s efforts to collect, preserve, and make available the oral histories of individuals impacted by HIV / AIDS epidemic in Houston, Harris County and Southeast Texas, with special emphasis on those who experienced the early years of the epidemic.

TBA The LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana: A Community Success Story
Kathleen Conlon, Acting President, LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana
Frank Perez, President, LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana

This presentation outlines how the project started, its goals and projects, and challenges faced archiving LGBT+ history in Louisiana.

TBA Student Panel: Exploring the Experiences of Graduate Students in LGBTQ History and Archiving Fields
Kendel Bolton
Emma Frank
Lev Rosenberger
Shannon Wheeler

Join graduate students for this conversation about the challenges and opportunities faced by those doing research and
internship work around LGBTQ history and archiving in the South. This facilitated discussion will ask current and recently graduated students to explain their projects, explore the challenges they faced in this work, detail the benefits they received from their projects, and discuss ways in which they feel students can be better supported in their coursework and internships.

TBA Repeated Session TBD
5:00pm – 7:00pm Break
7:00pm Evening Options
Visit the LGBT Historical Marker at the Gay Crossroads
Visit the Round-Up Saloon, the world’s largest LGBT Cowboy Dance Hall
9:00am – 10:15am Opening and Plenary
Plenary Speaker: Mandy Carter
10:30am – 11:30am Block 5

Room Session and Presenters
TBA Podcasting in the Stacks: What I learned in my first year of podcasting
Lolita Rowe, Community Outreach Archivist, Rose Library, Emory University

Podcasting is one way to provide a platform to open conversation within your local and national community to learn and engage with history, archives, and storytelling. The goal of the Rose Library Presents suite of podcast is to invite conversation about an historical person, event, or place centered on archives. Learn if podcasting is right for your you by listening to how tips and tricks learned from creating two podcast series.

TBA “We Could Do Better”: Librarian Engagement as a Measure of Queer Content in Libraries
Dawn Betts-Green, PhD, Assistant Director, Invisible Histories Project and Visiting Lecturer in Library and Information Studies, Old Dominion University

Although the LGBTQ community, from all appearances, maintains a strong connection to libraries as safe spaces, it is unclear whether the libraries themselves are providing relevant resources and services to the community. In addition, LIS research on LGBTQ patrons has centered on collection development how-tos and high level, broad suggestions without evaluating the actual state of the libraries’ resources and services to these patrons. My own research suggests that the primary influence on what libraries have on their shelves is an actively engaged librarian dedicated to proper collection development practices and diversity and inclusion.

TBA Book Discussion of Living Queer History: Remembrance and Belonging in a Southern City
Samantha Rosenthal, PhD, Associate Professor of History, Roanoke College

Read the book in advance if you can! Then join author Dr. Gregory Samantha Rosenthal, co-founder of the Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project, for a discussion of the book and how to apply Living Queer History’s concepts and themes in your own local queer communities.

TBA Queer Afterlives: Public History, LGBTQ+ Memory, and the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in a Southern Cemetery
Andrew Amstutz, PhD, Assistant Professor of History, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
David Bayliss, PhD, Assistant Professor of Geography, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

In this presentation, we consider the cemetery as an overlooked site of queer narrative, memory, and commemoration. We detail the role that a specific cemetery in Arkansas has played as an active learning intervention in both a public history and an historical geography class at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The Files Cemetery in Hot Springs, Arkansas, became the final resting place of a small number of men who died from
the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s during the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Arkansas. The Files Cemetery includes six marked graves and potentially dozens of additional unmarked graves. (This latter number is contested by different stakeholders.) In the following years, the Files Cemetery became an important site for queer commemoration both of the specific men who are buried there and for others who died during the HIV/AIDS epidemic (and those who cared for them.)

TBA Wrestling with Incomplete Archives
Hooper Schultz, Doctoral Student, University of North Carolina
Robert Fieseler, Journalist and Researcher

Often in queer historical inquiry, a researcher will visit a relevant archive in the South and discover that little material exists pertaining to a given queer topic–sometimes no material at all. They’ll find state agencies have destroyed or redacted what they view as damaging reminders of the past. They’ll negotiate with former activists, now elders, hoarding priceless collections in basements with no clear estate plans. And they’ll confront age-old racial and religious biases hindering the collection of stories from whole communities. What does one do? How does a researcher move forward when it seems like all evidence is either locked away or erased? PhD student and scholar Hooper Schultz and author and researcher Robert W. Fieseler will discuss and relate personal stories of how they’ve confronted these queer quagmires.

TBA Repeated Session TBD
11:45am – 1:15pm Resource and Expo Lunch
1:30pm – 3:00pm Introduction to and Overview of The University of North Texas LGBTQ Archives with Morgan Gieringer
3:15pm – 5:00pm Facilitated Affinity Sessions
5:00pm – 6:00pm Break
6:00pm – 9:00pm Evening Event: Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
Doors open at 6:00 pm, Sunset 6:37 pm, Bar opens at 6:39 pm
9:00am Closing Day Session
Welcome
Spoken Word with Niecee X
VideoOut: Busting Misconceptions about the Queer South: An IHP and VideoOut Production
Plenary Speakers: Historical Texas LGBTQ Legal Panel moderated by Mike Anglin

Pricing &  Registration

The below pricing is for those who register in 2021.

On January 1, 2022, registration costs will increase.

$175

Institutional Support Full Conference

Full Conference Attendance

For those with institutional financial support

Coffee Breaks

Plenaries

Breakout Sessions

Evening Events

Lunch

$60

Students

Full Conference Attendance

Limited to 50 Attendees

Coffee Breaks

Plenaries

Breakout Sessions

Evening Events

Lunch

$125

Non-institutional Support Full Conference

Full Conference Attendance

For those without institutional financial support

Coffee Breaks

Plenaries

Breakout Sessions

Evening Events

Lunch

$80

Community Participant

Limited to 100 Attendees

Morning Plenary Sessions

Evening Events

Sunday Closing Events

$60

Delayed Broadcast

Recorded Plenaries

Recorded Sunday Closing

Select Sessions Recording

Available Two Weeks After In-Person

Covid-19 Policy

Due to our ongoing commitment to the health and safety of our attendees, we will require everyone attending the conference to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. NOTE: The CDC defines someone as “fully vaccinated” after two weeks of receiving their second dose in a two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series or two weeks after the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine.

You will be required to show proof of vaccination at registration in order to receive your nametag that will allow you into sessions and events.

Additionally, Dallas College, our host institution, requires all students, faculty, and visitors to wear masks while on campus

Plan Your Stay

Host Hotel: The Westin Dallas Downtown
Rates range from $119-$254 per night

Learn More About Dallas

QHS 2022: Archives for All, Y’all is brought to you by the collaborative effort of:

A huge thank you to our amazing sponsors! This conference could not happen without their support.

AT&T

Humanities Texas

Dallas Holocaust & Human Rights Museum

The University of North Texas Libraries

The Dallas Way

Summerlee Foundation

Robert
Walker
Emery

University of Houston Libraries

William
Waybourn

Jay
Oppenheimer

The University of North Texas Division of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access

Southern Methodist University Libraries

University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries

Southwestern University

Hollinger Metal Edge

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Department of History

Rice University Fondren Library

Rice University Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Rice University Fondren Library

Rice University Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality

QHS Strives to Keep Attendance Costs Low for Socio-Economic Access

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QUEER HISTORY SOUTH is a vehicle for locating and sharing the rich, but often under-documented history of southern contributions to LGBTQ history and society. QHS embraces the direct connection between sharing our stories and inspiring present-day activism. It strengthens our movement to know we are a part of the long legacy of American history and activism.

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