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Collection Overview

Title: LGBT Resource Center, 1970-2014

Predominant Dates:1970-2010

ID: RHC/UA/30/-8

Extent: 1.75 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 02/00/2010

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The records found in the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center Collection are sub-divided into two series, LGBT Programs, and the LGBT Resource Center.  Series I - LGBT Programs, contains materials dealing with various lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender programs, groups, and activities on the Northern Illinois University campus, from 1970 to 2010, with the majority dating between 1997 and 2003.  There is also one folder of referral information on non-NIU groups, located here.  And also found in this series is biographical information on Margaret M. “Margie” Cook.  Series II - LGBT Resource Center, contains materials information on the establishment of the Center in 2003, and events and programs, between 2003 and 2010.  Photographic documentation of many LGBT activities from 1994 to 2009 is also located in this series. Researchers should also consult related materials in the various gay and lesbian organization files located in the Student Activities collection (UA 35), and on the President’s Task Force/ Commission on Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation, found in the Boards, Councils and Committees collection (UA 17).

Collection Historical Note

Student activism following the Stonewall riots that took place in New York in 1969, resulted in the establishment of the NIU Gay Liberation Front, a group which received recognition from the NIU Student Association on April 12, 1970.  The Gay Liberation Front continued its activities, and in April of 1975 changed its name to the Gay Community Organization.  The first Gay Awareness Day took place in April 1980 sponsored by the Gay Community Organization, which soon after changed its name to the Gay/Lesbian Union.  On November 21, 1986 the NIU Student Association amended its constitution to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.  Two months later, a University wide Task Force on Discrimination was formed, and in the spring of 1988 NIU revised its constitution to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.  In the Fall of 1991 the Gay and Lesbian Alliance was established, the first organization specifically for faculty and staff.  NIU President John LaTourette formed a Task Force on Discrimination based on Sexual Orientation in January 1992, and in the Fall of 1994 established the President’s Advisory Committee on Sexual Orientation to monitor the implementation of the Task Force’s recommendations.  Meanwhile, with continued growth and awareness, the Gay/Lesbian Union changed its name to the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Coalition in the Fall of 1993.  In April of 1996 the Presidential Committee on Sexual Orientation together with the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Coalition established the Eychaner Award to recognize positive contributions to the gay lesbian bisexual community.  A Safe Zone Program was launched in February 1997, the first program involving allies in the LGBT community at NIU. The culmination of all the growth of gay lesbian bisexual transgender organizations and activism came on August 17, 1998 when Northern Illinois University established a half-time staff position for a Program Coordinator of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Programs in the Office of University Programming and Activities.  Margaret M. “Margie” Cook, was hired to fill the position, and just over a year later on October 1, 1999 the position became full time.  The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Coalition changed its name to Prism in October 1998.  The Presidential Committee on Sexual Orientation, in November 2001, recommended that a Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center be established at NIU.  In October 2002 office space was officially designated for the LGBT Resource Center, and on March 17, 2003 the Center opened on the seventh floor of the Holmes Student Center.  The Resource Center contains two offices for staff, an office for Prism, and a resource room with a library, com-puters, and other informational resources.  After nearly twelve years of coordinating LGBT programs, Margie Cook left her position as Director of the LGBT Resource Center in April of 2010 to take a position as assistant director of the Center for Student Diversity at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.  She was replaced by Molly Holmes.

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Access Restrictions: Literary Rights are dedicated to the public.

Use Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the records.

Acquisition Method: The University Archives acquired the records of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center in February 2010.


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Series II: LGBT Resource Center
Box 3
Folder 1: LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Resource Center, Proposal Documents, 2001-2002
Folder 2: LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Resource Center, 2003-2004, 2010
Folder 3: LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Resource Center, Website Information, November 2010
Folder 4: LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Resource Center, Guest Book from Center Opening, April 3, 2003
Folder 5: LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Resource Center, Power Point Presentation, April 2003
Folder 6: LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Resource Center, Publicity Guide, June 2003
Folder 7: LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Event Calendars, July 2003-November 2004
Folder 8: Q-Connect, Peer Support Program/NIU Ally Program, Business Cards, post 2003
Folder 9: Ally Program, (2005-2009)
Folder 10: Northern Pride, 2008
Folder 11: Marriage Equality Resources, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender)  Resource Center, March 2004
Folder 12: Sexual Assault Awareness Month's Speak Out: A Community United  Against Sexual Violence, [Margie Cook, Director of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Resource Center is one of the speakers], April 6, 2009
Folder 13: LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Resource Center, Clippings, 2010
Folder 14: LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) - Flyers/Notices, 2003-2010
Folder 15: PRISM Pride Letter, 2012
Box 4
Folder 1: NIU and DeKalb LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender)  and Ally Community Photo Gallery [photocopies], 1994-2006
Folder 2-4: LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender)  Resource Center Web Gallery, 2006-2009
Folder 5-: Photographs from NIU and DeKalb LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender)  and Ally Community Photo Gallery, 1994-2002
Folder 6-8: Photographs from NIU and DeKalb LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender)  and Ally Community Photo Gallery, 2004-2007
Folder 9: 5th Annual Lavender Graduation invitation, 2014
Item 1: Margie Cook, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Resource Director, Personal Comments on Meetings and Curriculum, 1994-2006
Access Restriction: [ Restricted/Closed until February 19, 2035 ]

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