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Williams-Nichols archive


Collection : Williams-Nichols archive
Date/Extent : 1892-
Description : Currently holds over 5300 books, 3900 issues of journals and periodicals, nearly 40 linear feet of manuscripts, hundreds of video and audio tapes, and nearly 1500 items of memorabilia and ephemera. Established in 1982 by the donor, Louisville activist David Williams, and identified as the Williams-Nichols Institute since 1994, the collection came to the University in June 2001. David Williams continues to add materials, as do other individuals and organizations including Cornell University and NALGAP (National Association of Lesbian and Gay Addiction Professionals). The collection emphasizes regional movements and organizations based in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and Tennessee, including Community Health Trust, Fairness Campaign, Gays and Lesbians United for Equality, Dignity-Louisville, LAMBDA Louisville, and Louisville P-FLAG. It is particularly strong on topics such as AIDS, but also includes anti-gay diatribes and material issued under the guise of research data. The book collection includes GLBT subjects and literature, along with books by gay and lesbian authors and activists. Ephemeral material includes protest banners and posters; fund raising materials; even matchbook covers, bumper stickers, and t-shirts. Rare items within the collection include sets of pioneering gay and lesbian publications One Magazine, The Mattachine Review, The Ladder, and Vector, as well as feminist publications such as Sojourner. Rare books range from a 19th century first edition of Oscar Wilde’s A Picture of Dorian Gray to scarce examples of gay and lesbian pulp fiction from the 1950s and 1960s.
Repository : Rare Books