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Guide to the Lesbian Health Resource Center Records, 1987-2005

Abstract

Durham-based community organization that provided health advice and workshops for lesbians. Successor to the North Carolina Lesbian and Gay Health Project, founded in 1982. The LHRC opened in 1996.

Collection includes administrative materials, grant and funding applications, volunteer orientation agendas, and a resource library maintained by the LHRC during the 1990s. Topics include mental and physical health for lesbians, in particular HIV/AIDS prevention, breast cancer prevention and screenings, and safe sex practices. Also includes materials about the LHRC's plans for a Lesbian Health Clinic in North Carolina, its ongoing relationships with other community organizations, and workshop materials on feminism, health, and leadership. Membership and participation lists are closed until 2030. Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Lesbian Health Resource Center
Title
Lesbian Health Resource Center records, 1987-2005
Language of Material
English
Extent
4.5 Linear Feet, 3375 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The records of the LHRC are in many was a continuation of the records from the North Carolina Lesbian and Gay Health Project, also held by the Bingham Center. Early materials frequently reference or were created by NCLGHP members, and there are also overlapping interests with some resources for gay men, despite the fact that the majority of the materials are targeted towards the lesbian community and their activities in the Triangle.

The grant materials and other financial files that make up the first series include applications, correspondence, and general information about the budget of the LHRC and the grants that it sought for programs and operations. Also included in this series are materials from the 501(c)3 application, as well as some correspondence from the IRS regarding the organization's tax status.

The LHRC's Lesbian Health Clinic files detail the planning and fundraising by the organization in preparation for opening the LHC. This series includes correspondence, steering committee minutes, handouts from different fundraising and awareness events, and other notes and research about healthcare and the operation of a health clinic.

The collection's subject files are largely drawn from the LHRC Resource Library, which was maintained by the LHRC for use by its members. Topics include healthcare, particularly women's health and lesbian health; cancer, especially breast cancer; AIDS and the spread of HIV; safe sex; domestic violence; parenting; homophobia, especially within the medical community; and other topics like health reading materials or other resources.

Some of the LHRC's activities and events are documented in the fourth series, including information and planning materials from the NCGLHP's participation in the Breast Cancer Leadership Summit and subsequent breast cancer awareness events in the early 1990s. Other activities represented include North Carolina Pride Days, breastcasting, a lesbian sex group, and general healthcare workshops.

Finally, the administrative files relate to the running of the LHRC, including everything from document masters for letterhead and logos to the volunteer orientation materials from orientations as late as 2005. Also includes some information from partner organizations, including the Mautner Project, Lesbian Avengers, and local community organizations including Triange Community Works. Related to this series is the Oversize Materials series, which consists of two document masters for posters promoting awareness about breast cancer and AIDS in the lesbian community.

The Restricted series is actually just one box of material, mainly membership and participation lists, which is closed until 2030.

Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.

Administrative Information

A majority of collections are stored off site and must be requested at least 48 business hours in advance for retrieval. Contact Rubenstein Library staff before visiting. Read More »

warning Access Restrictions

Collection is restricted. Membership and participation lists are closed until 2030.

Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

All or portions of this collection may be housed off-site in Duke University's Library Service Center. The library may require up to 48 hours to retrieve these materials for research use.

Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library to use this collection.

warning Use Restrictions

The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Contents of the Collection

Grant applications, internal financial files, and copies of the LHRC's 501(c)3 application to the IRS.

Bylaws, Mission Statement, Board of Directors, 1998-2001
Box 1
LRC meeting minutes, 2002
Box 1
Budgets and activites outlines
Box 1
IRS tax status, 1991-1994
Box 1
Lucius and Eva Eastman Fund, 1991
Box 1
A.J. Fletcher Foundation, 1991-1992
Box 1
Resist, 1992
Box 1
Mary Reynolds Babcock, 1992
Box 1
Bryan Family Foundation, 1993
Box 1
Kate B. Reynolds, 1993
Box 1
Out Fund, 1993
Box 1
Z. Smith Reynolds, 1993
Box 1
Tides Foundation, 1994
Box 1
New World Foundation, 1995
Box 1
Grants, 1993-1996
Box 1
Various grant information
Box 1
Triangle Community Foundation, 1995-1998
(2 folders)
Box 1
Race for the Cure, 1998-1999
(5 folders)
Box 1
ART-Women's Health Initiative, 1999
Box 1
Potential funding opportunities, 1999-2000
Box 1
Chicago Resource Center, 2000
(3 folders)
Box 1
FSC Grant, 2001
Box 1
FEX grant information, 2002
Box 1
NABCO-Within Our Reach, 2002
Box 1
Funders for Lesbian and Gay issues, 2002
Box 1
501(c)3 IRS application, 2001
(2 folders)
Box 1
Audit reports, 1992-1995
(2 folders)
Box 1
Grant Information
Box 6

Notes, correspondence, flyers, resources, and research regarding the LHRC's efforts to open a Lesbian Health Clinic serving Triange (NC) women. Includes information about other successful clinics, common health problems and concerns faced by lesbian patients, and internal correspondence regarding their efforts to raise funds.

Steering Committee, 1994-1995
Box 1
Fundraising notes, 1995
Box 1
History/past workshops, 1995
Box 1
Meetings, 1995
Box 1
Past LHC stuff, 1996
Box 1
Health resources/printouts, 1997
Box 1
Resources, 2001
Box 1
Research on building the clinic
(2 folders)
Box 1
Lesbian health
Box 1
Notes, fliers, etc.
Box 1
Office Supplies
Box 6
Correspondence, 1998-2001 and undated
Box 6
Stickers
Box 6

Subject Files

(2 boxes)

Most of these materials appear to have been part of the LHRC's Resource Library.

Abortion
Box 2
Aging/Long Term Care
Box 2
AIDS/HIV, including prevention
(5 folders)
Box 2
Battered women
Box 2
Bisexuality
Box 2
Book titles
Box 2
Cancer (general)
Box 2
Cancer, Breast and Cervical, including screenings
(6 folders)
Box 2
Cancer, Ovarian
Box 2
Childbirth/parenting
Box 2
Clinic research
Box 2
LGBT Conferences
Box 2
Culturally Competent Care trainers manual
Box 2
Domestic violence
Box 2
General information
(2 folders)
Box 2
Greenpeace
Box 2
Hate crimes/Gay bashing
Box 2
Healthcare, Access to
Box 2
Lesbian health bibliographies
Box 2
Lesbian health reports and studies
Box 2
Lesbian healthcare issues
Box 2
Lesbian healthcare surveys, 1988 and undated
(3 folders)
Box 2
Lesbian healthcare surveys
(2 folders)
Box 3
Fact sheets on women's health issues
Box 3
Women's health issues: planning for diversity
Box 3
Lesbian/women's health organizations
Box 3
Women's health pamphlets and resources from outside organizations
Box 3
Lesbian health-Research
Box 3
Lesbian health resources order forms
Box 3
Quality Healthcare for All Clients and All Female Clients powerpoints
Box 3
Lesbian Health Reading Group: Current Readings
Box 3
Homophobia in healthcare
(2 folders)
Box 3
Legal issues
Box 3
Menopause
Box 3
Mental health/social issues
Box 3
Lesbian parenting articles and resources
(2 folders)
Box 3
Resources for gays, lesbians, and bisexuals in the Triangle (NC)
Box 3
Sex, including safe sex
Box 3
Stress, stress management, and relaxation
Box 3
Substance use and abuse
Box 3
Women studies
Box 3

Includes materials on LHRC events and other community events attended or supported by LHRC members, including the North Carolina summit on breast cancer in 1994 and the North Carolina Gay Pride events from the late 1990s.

Breast Cancer Leadership Summit, 1993-1994
Box 3
Breast Cancer Coalition and North Carolina mini-summit, 1994 and undated
Box 3
North Carolina Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (NCBCCCP), 1994 and undated
Box 3
North Carolina Lesbian Health Conference
Box 3
NC Prides, 1997-1998
(2 folders)
Box 3
Health workshops, 1998
Box 3
Domestic Violence Beacon Program, UNC, 1998-1999
Box 3
LHRC workshops, 1998-1999
Box 3
LHRC Activities and Events Calendar, 1999
Box 3
Body and Soul, 1999
Box 3
Pride Party, 1999
Box 3
Health workshops, 1999
Box 3
Breast casting, 1999
Box 4
Questions from Lesbian Sex Group box, late 1990s
Box 4
Adolescent health, April 2000
Box 4
Workshop: How to Facilitate Workshops, May 2000
Box 4
LHRC/Pride office orientation, 2000
Box 4
Volunteer Orientation, 2000-2001
Box 6
How to Facilitate Workshops, 2000 Feb. 25
Box 6
Pride, 1997
Box 6
Pride, 1998
Box 6
Pride, 1999
Box 6
Breast Casting Donor Tickets
Box 6
Event Flyers
Box 6

Office materials, resources, and volunteer orientation files from the operation of LHRC. Includes master documents of forms and worksheets; program information for the various orientations and meetings; materials from other community organizations such as the Mautner Project, GLSEN, APPLES, and Triangle Community Works!; and other miscellaneous materials.

Collection's electronic media, consisting of 3.5" floppy disks, has been removed to Duke's Electronic Records server. contact the Rubenstein Library if you are interested in accessing this material.

Blank workshop/tabling logs
Box 4
Tabling logs
Box 4
Brochure masters
Box 4
LHC tables master copies
Box 4
LHRC in the news
Box 4
LHRC newsletters
Box 4
LHC event flyers
Box 4
LHRC handouts
Box 4
Lesbian Resource Binder: "Helpful Info for Lesbians"
Box 4
Incoming correspondence from other health organizations, 1994-1995
Box 4
Pro-woman organization mailings, handouts, and newsletters, 1993-1997 and undated
(2 folders)
Box 4
North Carolina Lesbian and Gay Health Project materials
Box 4
Organizations for gay men in the Triangle (NC)
Box 4
Lesbian Avengers promotional materials
Box 4
Mautner Project resources, pamphlets, and handouts
Box 4
Mautner Project newsletters, 1994-2002
Box 4
GLSEN mailings
Box 4
Triangle Community Works! mailings, 2000-2001
Box 4
APPLES mailings, 2002
Box 4
T-Rag
Box 4
Catalogs
Box 4
Withdrawn electronic media
Box 4
Office notes, 2002 and undated
Box 4
Blank database forms
Box 4
Maps
(2 folders)
Box 4
Printer
Box 4
Calls received, 1998-1999
Box 4
Phone log
Box 4
LHRC Library Catalog, 1999
Box 4
Provider Questionnaires
Box 4
Tabling log
Box 4
Letterhead and labels
Box 4
Workshop surveys
Box 4
Pro-Lesbian magnets (5 LHRC magnets)
Box 4
Web info, ISP
Box 4
LHRC logo
Box 4
Correspondence re: State Employees Combined Campaign money, 1999
Box 4
Finances, 1998
Box 4
Requisitions/refund forms
Box 4
Orders
Box 4
Non-profit info
Box 4
Insurance info
Box 4
Organizational/non-profit resources
Box 4
Self-help ventures lease, 1998
Box 4
Interns-UNC, 1995
Box 4
1999 January 30
Box 4
1999 June 29
Box 4
1999 September 11
Box 4
1999 October 23
Box 4
2000 April 1
Box 4
2000 June 24
Box 4
2000 September 21
Box 4
2001 April 5
Box 4
Materials lists
Box 4
2001 June 19
Box 4
2001 October 11
Box 4
2005 January 15
Box 4
Committee Meeting Feedback, 2001 May 9
Box 6
Community Works
Box 6
Duke University
Box 6
Durham County Women's Commission, 2001-2002
Box 6
GLSEN Triangle
Box 6
Indigenous Peoples' Task Force
Box 6
Informative flyers and brochures
Box 6
Lesbian Avengers
Box 6
Lesbian-Friendly Healthcare Providers
Box 6
Lesbian Health News
Box 6
Miscellaneous notes
Box 6
Miscellaneous writings and records
Box 6
National Lesbian Healthcare Survey NLGHF, 1988
Box 6
NCLYN
Box 6
The Newsletter
Box 6
Photograph, 2000 Nov. 1
Box 6
Rape Crisis of Durham, 2000-2001
Box 6
Timeline, 1996-2000
Box 6
Triangle Families
Box 6
Triangle Rag, 2000 Jan.
Box 6
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Box 6
Volunteer Recruitment
Box 6
Women's Center
Box 6

Nine posters of varying sizes.

Breast cancer

"As many as 1 in 3 lesbians may be diagnosed with breast cancer. For more information, call: North Carolina Lesbian and Gay Health Project..."

Oversize Folder 1
AIDS

"Our sons, our daughters, our sisters, our brothers, our parents, our lovers are dying. For more information call: North Carolina Lesbian and Gay Health Project..."

Matters of the Heart

"In matters of the heart, nothing is true except the improbable. -Madame de Stäel"

Oversize Folder 2
LHC

Stiff, felt poster featuring Lesbian Health Center name and logo.

Choice

"I will choose what enters me, what becomes flesh of my flesh... -Marge Piercy" with Roxanna Bikadoroff drawing.

Diversity

"Celebrate community. Honor diversity. Communities teach tolerance, co-existence and mutual respect... -Karen Kerney and Scott Russell Sanders."

AIDS and Breast Cancer

"Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living. -Mother Jones (1830-1930) Historically, the United States Government has maintained a greater commitment to absurd and excessive military spending..."

"Her" Erection
Breast Cancer

"As many as 1 in 3 lesbians may be diagnosed with breast cancer. For more information, call: North Carolina Lesbian and Gay Health Project..." Duplicate

Membership lists and other participation information is closed until 2030.

CLOSED: Material closed to use until 2030.

Membership lists and files
Box 5
Participation lists for workshops, etc.
Box 5
2 t-shirts
Box 5
2 rolodexes with contact information
Box 5
Financial records, 1994-1998
(10 folders)
Box 7
Mailing lists
Box 7
Participant and volunteer sign-up sheets
Box 7
Phone logs, 1998-2002
(6 folders)
Box 8
Phone log statistics
Box 8

Historical Note

The LHRC was a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 to provide educational workshops and resource materials on all health issues for women who partner with women. It was the successor organization to the North Carolina Lesbian and Gay Health Project, whose records the Sallie Bingham Center also holds. The NCLGHP was founded in 1982 to combat homophobia in existing health care institutions, and to provide gay men and lesbians the means to assume control over their own health care.

Subject Headings

Related Material

Related Material

The LHRC was the successor to the North Carolina Lesbian and Gay Health Project, whose records are also held by the Bingham Center.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Lesbian Health Resource Center Records, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Lesbian Health Resource Center Records were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2010 and 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Meghan Lyon, January 2011

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, January 2011

Additions processed and encoded by Carrie Mills, July 2011

This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.