This exhibit showcases materials, submitted by archives from around the world, that document the histories and personal stories of LGBT communities. It reveals the various ways in which institutions such as museums and libraries work to capture and preserve these important cultural materials. E.G. Crichton, artist in residence at the GLBT History Museum of San Francisco, CA, designed the exhibit.
For the exhibit, Special Collections and Archives at James Branch Cabell Library contributed materials pertaining to Hunter Stagg, an important figure in the Richmond literary world of the first half of the 20th century. Stagg was an editor for The Reviewer and cultivated friendships and working relationships with numerous writers and artists predominantly on the East Coast, including Richmond-based writers James Branch Cabell and Ellen Glasgow.
VCU Libraries was the first institution in the United States to contribute materials for the exhibit. Other contributing institutions include Adarna in Manila, the Philippines; the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives in Melbourne, Australia; Cassero Gay and Lesbian Center in Bologna, Italy; Fonds Suzan Daniel in Ghent, Belgium; Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action in Johannesburg, South Africa; Glasgow Women's Library in Glasgow, Scotland; Hall-Carpenter Archives in London; Labrisz in Budapest, Hungary; and both the National Archives and Rukus in London, the United Kingdom.
The exhibit is free and open to all during normal library hours. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad Street, West Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed, please contact the VCU Libraries Events Office at (804) 828-0593.
Image: Hunter Stagg passport, courtesy Special Collections and Archives, VCU Libraries