UMKC Keeps the Collection’s Papers and Publications
GLAMA (Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America) is growing. The mission of this collaboration among the Kansas City Museum, LaBudde Special Collections of the Miller Nichols Library at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the Jackson County Historical Society is to collect, preserve and make accessible the documents and artifacts that reflect the history of the gay and lesbian community of the Kansas City region.
One of GLAMA’s principals, Stuart Hinds, head of LaBudde Special Collections, recommends going to the archive’s website, glama.us, as a first step for those interested in the group’s documents. There, he says, one can get a strong sense of what is contained in the collection. Hinds suggests locating the finding aid for the desired item or items and then contacting his office. That way, librarians can pull the material from the stacks before you arrive. This advice is especially helpful for out-of-town researchers.
Hinds is pleased with the number of locally produced periodicals collections that have been donated to GLAMA and is thankful that his university and library have made this commitment to local history. Inquisitive souls can find periodicals, scrapbooks, organizational board reports and papers, memorabilia and more.
The Jackson County Historical Society has just received a set of postcards that are now part of GLAMA. The society (jchs.org) is located in old Jackson County Truman Courthouse in the middle of Independence Square, Independence, Mo., and it is dedicated to the preservation and understanding of local and regional history.
Items Held at UMKC
The GLAMA website will give you an overview of the materials already collected and let you know what other sorts of items archivists would like to collect and preserve.
Current holdings include the Evelyn “Evie” Akers Collection, David Jackson Collection, Lesbian and Gay Community Center of Kansas City Collection, John Long Collection (which includes a complete set of Camp issues), Scoop Phillips Collection and the following Kansas City magazines: Phoenix, Gay Community Services Newsletter, Spectrum, Calendar, Alternate News, Alternative, News Telegraph, Current News, Liberty Press — Kansas City, Engage and Verge.
Another efficient way to document our past is through audio recordings. Anyone who has a story about KC’s LGBT history is encouraged to contact GLAMA. Our stories could be lost if they are not set down for posterity now. It only takes a few minutes to contribute your own digital piece of our local gay archive.
Whether you are a professional, ad hoc, amateur or dilettante researcher, check out glama.us. If you have documents that seem to align with GLAMA’s mission, give Hinds a call. And remember that donations of local and regional LGBT publications are always welcome.
GLAMA – the Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America
Stuart Hinds, Head, LaBudde Special Collections Department
Miller Nichols Library
University of Missouri-Kansas City