The Regional History Project at UC Santa Cruz's University Library is pleased to announce a website devoted to Out in the Redwoods: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender History at the University of California, Santa Cruz, 1965-2003.
This project connects the LGBT past with the present on one college campus in the United States. The history of UCSC spans the historical timeline from before Stonewall, through the rise of the feminist movement, the gay liberation movement, and other leftist student movements of the 1960s and 1970s, the flourishing of women's studies, the battle against AIDS, to the queer student activism of the past two decades. Nationally, UC Santa Cruz has been a magnetic center of LGBT culture and activism. At this critical crossroads in history those who witnessed and participated in the birth of a movement of liberation have been able and willing to share their singular historical experiences with the continuing generation of LGBT college students.
The University Library’s Regional History Project coordinated this documentary, multigenerational oral history project which is based on twenty-seven oral history interviews with UCSC students, alumni, and staff. The interviews were conducted by eleven UCSC students who were trained in an oral history internship course, as well as a team of community volunteers. Ten narrative essays by UCSC alumni are also included. The Library has collected a rich archive of historical material which is now part of the Special Collections department at the University Library.
Many of the interviews (in full text), and other archival and informational resources are located on the Out in the Redwoods website. Copies of the accompanying book are available from the Regional History Project.
Regional History Project
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