LGBT Religious Archives Network News

Newsletter #81: February 4, 2011

This month's news:

  1. Oral History Posted on Web Site
  2. Using LGBT-RAN in the Classroom
  3. Position for Part-time Archivist
  4. International Archives Conference

1.  Oral History Posted on Web Site

LGBT-RAN has added another oral history interview to its web site--with Senior Bishop Zachary Jones of the Unity Fellowship Church Movement. Founded by Archbishop Carl Bean, Unity Fellowship primarily serves Black LGBT Christians and their families, friends and allies. As the interview reveals, Jones grew up in an eclectic religious background before encountering Bean and Unity Fellowship in the 1980s. He has since emerged as one of the major leaders of this movement.
The Jones interview was carried out by Dr. Monique Moultrie who is conducting oral histories with a few Black LGBT religious leaders as a special project for LGBT-RAN.  More interviews in this series are to come.
Also in recent weeks, two new profiles have been added to the web site:

2.  Using LGBT-RAN in the Classroom

As the historical resources on the LGBT-RAN web site have expanded, more instructors and professors are utilizing the web site in the classroom. LGBT-RAN is in the process of creating a "Classroom Use" page on its web site that provides some suggestions on how to best use this web site in teaching. You can assist this effort by sending information about:

Any such educational resources used on this Classroom Use page will carry permissions and citations. Send this information to Furthermore, any scholars or students interested in volunteering on LGBT-RAN's Education & Research team that is developing these resources, can also contact

3.  Position for Part-time Archivist

LGBT-RAN is inviting applicants for a part-time archivist to work 10 hours a month. The archivist will work with the Coordinator and Advisory Committee to:

  • encourage LGBT religious/spiritual groups and leaders to preserve their records & papers in appropriate repositories;
  • provide consultation to these groups and leaders in the process of preserving their records;
  • identify collections from LGBT religious movements existent in repositories around the world; and
  • maintain an online Collections Catalog.

The archivist will provide her/his own office space and electronic communications equipment. Monthly stipend is $250. Interested persons should send resume and cover letter to:

4.  International Archives Conference

ALMS (Archives, Libraries, Museums and Special Collections) 2011 will be the third international conference focused on public, private, academic, and grassroots archives collecting and preserving materials of all types from LGBT communities to ensure our history survives unchanged. This gathering will be on May 12-15, 2011. ALMS 2011 is being organized and hosted by the June Mazer Lesbian Archives in association with the City of West Hollywood, the UCLA Library and the UCLA Center for the Study of Women.  More details and registration information can be found here.

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