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Terry Bird collection of Atlanta Lesbian and Gay History Thing, Inc. records

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Atlanta Lesbian and Gay History Thing, Inc.:

A Guide to the Terry Bird Collection at Georgia State University Library

Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library
100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
archives@gsu.edu



Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-01-22 15:38:40 -0500.

Collection Summary

Repository: Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library
Creator: Bird, Terry, 1946-
Title: Terry Bird collection of Atlanta Lesbian and Gay History Thing, Inc. records
Dates: 1981-1998 (bulk 1994-1996)
Quantity: 1.25 linear ft.
Abstract:Terry Bird is a retired attorney who served as secretary of the Atlanta Lesbian and Gay History Thing, Inc. The organization collected and preserved materials about Atlanta's lesbian and gay past and organized events to share this history and its importance with the public. The papers consist of inventories and artifact lists, exhibition materials, artifact loan agreements, corporate records, contact lists, correspondence, event flyers, financial records, fundraising materials, meeting agendas and minutes, handwritten notes, newsletters, news clippings, and materials from other gay and lesbian organizations, 1981-1999 (bulk 1988-1995).
Identification: W144
Language: English

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Terry Bird Collection of Atlanta Lesbian and Gay History Thing, Inc. records, 1981-1999 (bulk 1988-1995), consist of inventories and artifact lists, exhibition materials, artifact loan agreements, corporate records, contact lists, correspondence, event flyers, financial records, fundraising materials, meeting agendas and minutes, handwritten notes, newsletters, news clippings, and materials from other gay and lesbian organizations. The majority of the materials document the organization, administration, and activities of the Atlanta Lesbian and Gay History Thing, Inc. at a time when lesbian and gay history and its preservation became increasingly important, especially in the context of the losses wrought by HIV-AIDS.


Biographical and Historical Notes

Terry Bird is a retired attorney who served as secretary of the Atlanta Lesbian and Gay History Thing, Inc. He was born 20 August 1946, in Knoxville, Tennessee, and was raised in Nashville and Murfreesboro. He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Middle Tennessee State University in 1968 and subsequently taught at Castle Heights Military Academy for four years, after which he earned a law degree from the University of Tennessee, from which he graduated in 1975. In 1976 Bird began working for the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) in the southeast district, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. He remained with INS for his entire career and retired in 2007. Bird became active in and familiar with the gay world in the southeast beginning in 1965. He met his longtime partner Clark Lemmons in 1976.

The history of the Atlanta Lesbian and Gay History Thing, Inc. started in 1991. Several lesbian and gay activists from the 1970s and 1980s became increasingly concerned that their history was being lost as the personal papers, records, and ephemera of community members deteriorated in basements and attics or was consigned to the garbage upon their deaths. In response, an ad hoc committee was formed to collect, preserve, and find a permanent home for materials relating to Atlanta's lesbian and gay history. By December 1991, the committee had met with staff of the Atlanta History Center who encouraged them to collect and donate materials to the History Center. By the Lesbian and Gay Pride Day festivities in June 1992, the committee had constituted itself as the Atlanta Lesbian and Gay History Thing and was conducting community outreach in an effort to "promote understanding and appreciation of Atlanta's lesbian and gay history." Over the next several years, the organization presented a series of programs and workshops and collected an extensive amount of material that was donated to the Atlanta History Center.


Index Terms

Exhibitions
Gay community
Lesbian community
Atlanta Lesbian and Gay History Thing (Ga.)
Dolan, Maria Helena
Rhodes, Richard, 1938-

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Some records available for research in redacted form only. Access to one file restricted to protect third-party privacy.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.


Administrative Information

Citation

[item], [folder title], Terry Bird collection of Atlanta Lesbian and Gay History Thing, Inc. Records, W144, Archives for Research on Women and Gender. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Terry Bird, December 2012.

Processing Information

Processed by Andrew Reisinger, Fall 2015. EAD Finding Aid Created by Andrew Reisinger, February 2016. Processing and finding aid completed by Hilary Morrish, January 2018.


Related Material

Related Materials in This Repository
Terry Bird oral history interview, March 20 and 26, 2014. Gender and Sexuality Oral History Project
Gender and Sexuality Oral History Project, 2011- (W101)
Maria Helena Dolan Papers (W134)
Items in the LGBTQ Collection, Digital Collections (http://digitalcollections.library.gsu.edu/cdm/)

Related Materials in Other Repositories
Atlanta Lesbian and Gay History Thing Papers and Publications, MSS 773 (Atlanta History Center)


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