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Guide to the Southerners on New Ground records, 1993-2015

Summary

According to the organization's website, Southerners on New Ground (SONG) is an intersectional activist organization that works to build, connect, and sustain those in the South who believe in liberation across all lines of race, class, culture, gender and sexuality. It was established in 1994 following a National Lesbian and Gay Task Force meeting. SONG is currently headquartered in Atlanta with regional offices across the South. The accession (2009-0098) (9.6 lin. ft.; dated 1993-2004) includes administrative and financial records, programming materials, and organizational files, all stemming from retreats, training, workshops, and community events sponsored or promoted by SONG. The accession also includes SONG materials from the Bayard Rustin project, People of Color activities, Pride at Work, and the Highlander Economy Educational Institute, among others. The accession (2015-0113) (2.9 lin. ft.; dated 2006-2015) was donated by Caitlin Breedlove, Co-Director of SONG from 2006-2015. It includes administrative and financial records, programming information, flyers and promotional materials and research related to campaign initiatives from her time in the SONG leadership.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.01231
Title
Southerners on New Ground records
Date
1993-2015
Extent
13 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The accession (2009-0098) (9.6 lin. ft.; dated 1993-2004) includes administrative and financial records, programming materials, and organizational files, all stemming from retreats, training, workshops, and community events sponsored or promoted by SONG. The accession also includes SONG materials from the Bayard Rustin project, People of Color activities, Pride at Work, and the Highlander Economy Educational Institute, among others. Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.

The accession (2015-0113) (2.9 lin. ft.; dated 2006-2015) was donated by Caitlin Breedlove, Co-Director of SONG from 2006-2015. It includes administrative and financial records, programming information, flyers and promotional materials and research related to campaign initiatives from her time in the SONG leadership. The accession also contains cards and artwork given to Caitlin by others, assorted photographs from events, two interview recordings, and many of her personal notebooks. Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.

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Contents of the Collection

1. Accession (2009-0098), 1993-2004

7 boxes

The accession (2009-0098) (7200 items; 9.6 lin. ft.; dated 1993-2004) includes administrative and financial records, programming materials, and organizational files, all stemming from retreats, training, workshops, and community events sponsored or promoted by SONG. The accession also includes SONG materials from the Bayard Rustin project, People of Color activities, Pride at Work, and the Highlander Economy Educational Institute, among others. Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.

This is an unprocessed addition to this collection. Materials have not been arranged beyond their original condition, and folder titles may not accurately reflect folder contents. Please consult Research Services if you have any questions.

Pride at Work
Box 1
Dismantling Internalized Homophobia
Box 1
Level Playing Field
Box 1
People of Color
Box 1
Beyond White Guilt
Box 1
Broadening the We
Box 1
Town meetings, 1997
Box 1
Organizational early work, 1994
Box 1
Highlander Economic Education Institute
Box 1
Poor People's Movement, 1998
Box 1
Regional Economic Justice Network (REJN)
Box 1
Organizational files, A-N
Box 1

Workshops

Box 2
Higher Ground, 2000
Box 2
WomonWrites, 1995
Box 2
Atlanta, 1994
Box 2
Women's Retreat, 2000-2001
Box 2
Retreat summary logs
Box 2
People of Color Retreat, 1997-1998, 2000
Box 2
Allies Retreat, 1998
Box 2
Cultural Worker Retreat, 1996-1999
Box 2
Mapping Project
Box 2
Printed materials
Box 2
SONG conferences and programs, 2003
NC Unity Conference
Box 2
Black Solidarity
Box 2
Durham/NCCU Now
Box 2
Training Conference
Box 2
SC Pride Conference
Box 2
Articles of Incorporation, 1998
Box 2
Bylaws
Box 2
Membership information
Box 2
Personnel policies
Box 2
Akers, David B.
Box 2
Direct Appeals
Box 2
Southern retreat locations
Box 2
Advertisements
Box 2
Videotapes (2)
Box 2
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF)
Box 3
People of Color (POC) Planning Committee
Box 3
Creating Change, 2000-2001
Box 3
National Organizers Alliance (NOA), 2001
Box 3
National Black Gay and Lesbians (NBGL) Forum
Box 3
Organizational files, N-Z
Box 3
South Africa, 1999
Box 3
Program
Box 3
Applications
Box 3
Retreat
Box 3
Evaluations
Box 3
Durham
Box 3
Atlanta
Box 3
New Orleans
Box 3
Louisville
Box 3
SONG Training curricula materials
Box 4
Bayard Rustin Project materials, 2001
Box 4
Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence training materials, 2001
Box 4
SONG logos
Box 4
Correspondence, 1994-2001
Box 4
Hate mail
Box 4
Program files, 1993-2001
Box 4
Printed materials
Box 4
IRS communications, 1999
Box 4
Emergency Conference and Project South, 2001
Box 4
Brochures
Box 4
Staff meetings
Box 4
Move information
Box 4
Bulletin board
Box 4
SONG 10th Anniversary, 2004
Box 4
To Do folders, 2003
Box 4
Administrative files, 2003
Box 5
Administrative files, 2000s
Box 6
Fundraising
Box 6
Outreach
Box 6
Bayard Rustin project
Box 6
Organizational development and marketing
Box 6
Samples
Box 6
Videotapes (15)
Box 7
In the Name of Justice Seminar, Tape 1-3, 2004
Box 7
In the Name of Justice Seminar, Tape 4-7, 2004
Box 7
Gay Cuba, 1995
Box 7
A Gay and Lesbian Speak Out
Box 7
From the Mountains to the Maquiladoras
Box 7
SONG Retreat
Box 7
Free Speech TV
And Justice For All PSA Intro/Outro Tape
Box 7
And Justice For All Clip Tape
Box 7
And Justice For All sample tapes Nos. 1, 2, 4-7, 9
Box 7
SONG 15th anniversary DVD
Box 7

2. Accession (2015-0189), 2006-2015

5 boxes

The accession (2015-0113) (2.9 lin. ft.; dated 2006-2015) was donated by Caitlin Breedlove, Co-Director of SONG from 2006-2015. It includes administrative and financial records, programming information, flyers and promotional materials and research related to campaign initiatives from her time in the SONG leadership. The accession also contains cards and artwork given to Caitlin by others, assorted photographs from events, two interview recordings, and many of her personal notebooks. Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.

Administrative and program files, 2006-2015
Box 8-9
En Nueva Tierra bandanas, 2012
Box 10
Mini SONG rainbow flags, 2012
Box 10
Igniting the Kindred Song handmade shirt, 2012
Box 10
Painted N.C. SONG banner 57" x 56," undated
Box 10
Wall-mounting post-it noes from gatherings, undated
Box 10
15th Video and Caitlin Breedlove interview
Box 11
Caitlin Breedlove cards and artwork from others
Box 11
SONG flyers and promotional materials
Box 11
Photographs
Box 11
Publications
(4 folders)
Box 11
SONG staff retreat, 2009
Box 11
SONG staff retreat, 2012
Box 11
SONG Staff retreat, 2013
Box 11
SONG staff orientation manual
Box 11
Organizing for Movement Building Toolkit
Box 11
Campaign research team
Box 11
Free From Fear Campaign, 2015
Box 11
Queer Resiliency
Box 11
Global Exchange Toolkit
Box 11
Amnesty for Prisoners of Katrina Campaign, 2006
Box 11
Reports from the Field Pre-Writing Worksheet
Box 11
Strong Elements of Multi-Racial Organizations
Box 11
Durham Transgender Day of Remembrance Memorial, 2014
Box 11
BC Song Campaign
Box 11
Road Opener Awards, 2012
Box 11
Better Together Leadership Cohort, April 25-26, 2013
Box 11
SONG Events at University of Virginia, October 20, 2013
Box 11
Virginia Organizing School, 2012
Box 11
Arcus Foundation Staff and Community Dialogue
Box 11
Deep Listening Campaign Responses
Box 11
SONG Rural Program
Box 11
Voter Registration N.C.
Box 11
Creating Change, 2015
Box 11
Out South, 2014
(2 folders)
Box 11
Moral Monday, June 2, 2014
Box 11
Amendment One Meeting and Talking Points
Box 11
Catawba County Protest, May 27, 2012
Box 11
All of Us Curriculum
Box 11
Signs from N.C. Marriage Win
Box 11
A Call to Action, May 8, 2012
Box 11
Administrative and Financial Documents, 2008-2015
(9 folders)
Box 11
Caitlin Breedlove Notebook, 2014
Box 11
Caitlin Breedlove Notebooks, 2010-2014
(6 folders)
Box 12
 

Historical Note

Biographical / Historical Note

Southerners on New Ground (SONG) was established in 1994 following a 1993 National Gay and Lesbian Task Force conference that brought black and white lesbians together in an effort to unite LGBT communities with racial minorities, particularly African Americans, against discrimination by conservative, right-wing groups. SONG attempts to provide a regional infrastructure for LGBT organizing through retreats, training workshops, meetings, and other community outreach programs. The organization is based in Durham, North Carolina, with offices in Atlanta. It currently has a membership of about 600 primarily LGBT people.

Caitlin Breedlove was Co-Director of SONG from 2006-2015. She self-identifies as a white, queer, second-generation American woman of Central European descent. She has lived in the South consistently through adulhood. She is well-known within the LGBTQ community for her work as a leader, strategist, writer, and adcovte for racial and economic justice. During her time at SONG, she led a number of innovative intersectional movement building initiatives in the LGBTQ sector. She advanced numerous SONG campaigns, built new alliances, and trained a larger cohort of organizers. Under her co-leadership, SONG membership grew to over 3,000 individuals. She currently lives in Goldsboro, North Carolina with her partner and daughter.


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Provenance

Gift, 2009 (2009-0098), 9.6 lin. ft.; Gift, 2015 (2015-0133), 2.9 lin. ft.

Processing Information

Encoded by: Meghan Lyon; Valerie Szwaya Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 2009-0098; 2015-0113