Menu

Guide to the Rainbow Triangle Oral History Collection

Summary

The Rainbow Triangle Oral History Project was originally conceived in 1996 as a way to document the lives of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) people in the Triangle region in particular and central North Carolina in general. Ian Lekus became the Project Coordinator in 1996 and worked with a varying group of volunteers to acquire resources, conduct interviews, and ensure the preservation and access of the oral histories collected. More than 60 interviews were conducted between 1999 and 2004. The Rainbow Triangle Oral History Collection includes original oral history recordings, transcripts, biographical information on narrators, newsclippings, correspondence, and research materials.

Collection Details

Record Group
UA.29.03.0001
Title
Rainbow Triangle Oral History Collection
Date
1997-2006
Creator
Duke University. Center for LGBT Life
Extent
4 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The Rainbow Triangle Oral History Collection includes original oral history recordings, transcripts, biographical information on narrators, newsclippings, correspondence, and research materials. Oral history interviews are primarily sound recordings, covering a wide range of topics including the narrators' early lives, families and family relationships, education, social life, experience of their own sexual identity, experience in or work with the LGBT community (in the Triangle and elsewhere), activism, working lives, romantic partners, professional activities, and many other topics. Original recordings are primarily on audiocassette tapes. About half of the oral histories also include printed transcripts. A few oral histories also include additional biographical information about the narrator, much of it included on an information sheet created by the Rainbow Triangle project, but sometimes also including additional material such as news articles, correspondence, flyers, and other items. Also included are materials related to the planning and development of the project, including correspondence, drafts, notes, and background research into LGBT life in the Triangle and oral history as a documentary form, as well as several years worth of the Pink Triangle issue of the local Independent Weekly.

More Biographical / Historical Info

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into three series: Oral Histories, Project Materials, and Newspapers.

Using These Materials

A majority of collections are stored off site and must be requested at least 2 full business days in advance for retrieval. Contact Rubenstein Library staff before visiting. Read More »

warning Access to the Collection

Use of audiotapes and videotapes from this collection requires the creation of reference copies. Reference copies for some materials may have been made, and if a reference copy exists, it is noted in this finding aid. To arrange for the creation of reference copies of other items, please contact University Archives staff. Although these recordings are now stored in a stable environment, their condition and playback quality is unknown.

Portions of this collection are restricted by the request of the donor or narrator of an interview.

Portions of this collection are restricted due to the absence of a release form from the persons interviewed.

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 & Permissions

Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

More copyright and citation information

How to Cite

[Identification of item], Rainbow Oral Triangle Oral History Collection, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

1. Oral histories

This series includes original recordings of oral history interviews with narrators in the Rainbow Triangle Project. The majority of recordings are on audiocassette tapes, with a few video recordings on tapes. About half of the interviews include a printed transcript, some of which are incomplete; these transcripts were generally created by the interviewer. Many interviews also include completed biographical information sheets, created by the Project and completed by the narrator around the time of the interview. These forms may include information on the narrator's early life, education, work, civic activities, and other biographical topics. Some files also include additional materials, including correspondence, news articles, flyers, and publications. Many of these interviews were conducted by Duke students as part of the Duke undergraduate class American Communities: Gender, Sexuality, and Oral History in 2000 and 2004; two of the files include papers written by the student interviewers about the narrators with whom they worked.

Allen, Calvin

Administrator in nonprofit sector focusing on rural economic development; graduate of Duke, class of 1992. Originally from North Carolina.

Calvin Allen interview

Interview restricted due to lack of signed release form from the interviewee.

Box 1
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0001

Arceo, Ramiro

Staff member at Student Action with Farmworkers, originally from Colima, Mexico.

Ramiro Arceo interview, April 22, 2003
Box 1
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0002
Ramiro Arceo transcript, email, 2003
Box 6
Folder 1

Armentrout, Michael

Owner of MEA Financial Services and graduate of Duke, class of 1978, originally from West Virginia. As of 2016, president of the Nicholas Sparks Foundation.

Michael Armentrout interview Tape 1, April 25, 1999

Use restrictions apply.

Box 1
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0003
Michael Armentrout interview Tape 2, April 25, 1999

Use restrictions apply.

Box 1
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0004
Michael Armentrout transcript, transcript draft, biographical information sheet, articles, 1999-2001

Use restrictions apply.

Box 6
Folder 2

Austin, Paula

Executive Director of North Carolina Lambda Youth Network and graduate student of history at North Carolina Central University (NCCU), originally from Georgetown, Guyana.

Paula Austin interview, 2000 November 17
Box 1
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0005
Paula Austin transcript, biographical information sheet, article, 2000
Box 6
Folder 3

Beam, Jeffrey

Poet and library assistant, graduate of UNC-CH, class of 1975. Originally from Kannapolis, North Carolina.

Jeffrey Scott Beam interview, 1999 June 28
Box 1
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0006
Jeffrey Scott Beam biographical information sheet, correspondence, writings, photographs, 1977-1998, undated
Box 6
Folder 4
Jeffrey Beam photographs, 1991-1992

Art photographs (nudes).

Oversize-folder 1

Brantley, Bill

AIDS activist and former newspaper reporter, editor, and executive. Originally from North Carolina. Died July 14, 2002.

Bill Brantley interview, October 12, 1998
Box 9
Video-cassette UA29030001-Hi8-0001
Bill Brantley interview
Box 9
Video-cassette UA29030001-VHS-0001
Bill Brantley news article, 2002
Box 10
Folder 1

Butters, Ronald

English professor at Duke University, originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Ronald Butters interview Tape 1, 2000 November 22
Box 1
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0007
Ronald Butters interview Tape 2, 2000 November 22
Box 1
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0008
Ronald Butters transcript, biographical information sheet, 2000
Box 6
Folder 5

Cameron, Danny

Owner of Cameron's shop in University Mall, Chapel Hill; graduate of UNC-CH, class of 1973. Originally from Wilmington, North Carolina.

Danny Cameron interview Tape 1, 2000 December 2
Box 1
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0009
Danny Cameron interview Tape 2, 2000 December 2
Box 1
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0010
Danny Cameron transcript, biographical information sheet, 2000
Box 6
Folder 6

Chatman, Carliss

Staff member at Women's Center of Duke University, graduate of Duke, class of 2001. Originally from Houston, Texas.

Carliss Chatman interview, March 21, 2001
Box 1
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0011
Carliss Chatman biographical information sheet, undated
Box 6
Folder 7

Childers, Lloyd

Lighthouse keeper and Executive Director of Outer Banks Conservationists; graduate of UNC-CH, class of 1958; graduate of NC State, 1984. As of 2016, watercolor and print artist. Originally from Montclair, New Jersey.

Lloyd Childers interview, November 2, 1998
Box 9
Video-cassette UA29030001-Hi8-0002
Lloyd Childers biographical information sheet, pamphlets, undated
Box 6
Folder 8

Clay, Anthony

High school and elementary school teacher, originally from Arkansas.

Anthony L. Clay interview

Interview restricted due to lack of signed release form from the interviewee.

Box 1
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0012

Cruickshank-Schott, Patti

Teacher, activist in LGBT community. Originally from western Massachussetts.

Patti Cruickshank-Schott interview Tape 1, 2000 November 19
Box 1
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0013
Patti Cruickshank-Schott interview Tape 2, 2000 November 19
Box 1
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0014
Patti Cruickshank-Schott transcript (incomplete), 2000
Box 6
Folder 9

Dennis Eileen, Sr.

Roman Catholic nun (Sisters of Saint Joseph), teacher, active in AIDS ministry and ministry to gay community. Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Died December 31, 2010.

Sr. Dennis Eileen transcript, 2000
Box 6
Folder 11

Edmund, Sophie

No biographical information available.

Sophie Edmund interview
Box 1
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0015
Sophie Edmund transcript, 2003
Box 6
Folder 10

Floyd, Wanda

Reverend and founding pastor of Imani Metropolitan Community Church (Imani MCC) in Durham; graduate of NC State, class of 1987. Originally from Henderson, North Carolina.

Wanda Floyd Tape 1
Box 1
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0016
Wanda Floyd Tape 2
Box 1
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0017
Wanda Floyd biographical information sheet, articles, 1991, 1999
Box 6
Folder 12
Issue of Independent Weekly featuring Wanda Floyd, 2000
Box 10
Folder 1

Friedman, Riki

Activist for women's health issues, especially those of lesbians; member of klezmer band Freylach Time!. Originally from Long Beach, California.

Riki Friedman interview Tape 1

Interview restricted due to lack of signed release form from the interviewee.

Box 1
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0018
Riki Friedman interview Tape 2

Interview restricted due to lack of signed release form from the interviewee.

Box 1
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0019
Riki Friedman interview Tape 3

Interview restricted due to lack of signed release form from the interviewee.

Box 2
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0020
Riki Friedman interview Tape 4

Interview restricted due to lack of signed release form from the interviewee.

Box 2
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0021
Riki Friedman interview Tape 5

Interview restricted due to lack of signed release form from the interviewee.

Box 2
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0022
Riki Friedman transcript, 2001

Interview restricted due to lack of signed release form from the interviewee.

Box 7

Giles, Donna Lee

Staff member in the Duke Graduate School Admissions Office, founding member of the LGB Task Force, and graduate of Duke, class of 1969. Originally from Danville, Virginia.

Donna Giles interview Tape 1
Box 2
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0023
Donna Giles interview Tape 2
Box 2
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0024
Donna Giles transcript, 2000
Box 6
Folder 13

Gilkeson, Bill

Member of the legal staff of the North Carolina General Assembly; graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill Law School, 1985. Originally from Tennessee.

Bill Gilkeson interview Tape 1, March 22, 2000

Release form is not signed.

Box 2
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0025
Bill Gilkeson interview Tape 2, March 22, 2000 and May 17, 2000

Release form is not signed.

Box 2
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0026
Bill Gilkeson interview Tape 3, May 17, 2000

Release form is not signed.

Box 2
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0027
Bill Gilkeson interview Tape 4

Release form is not signed.

Box 2
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0028

Goodman, Galia

Papercutting and calligraphy artist, originally from Denver, Colorado.

Galia Goodman interview
Box 2
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0029
Galia Goodman transcript, biographical information sheet, Voices magazine, brochure, 1999, 2000
Box 6
Folder 14

Herndon, Godfrey

Member of the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Lesbian and Gay Health Project, based in Durham, North Carolina.

Godfrey Herndon interview Tape 1, October 10, 2000
Box 2
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0030
Godfrey Herndon interview Tape 2, October 10, 2000
Box 2
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0031

Herzenberg, Joe

Historian and activist for social, economic, and environmental causes; the first openly gay elected official in North Carolina (Chapel Hill Town Council, 1987); UNC-CH graduate work in history 1969-1981. Originally from Franklin, New Jersey. Born 1941, died October 28, 2007.

Joe Herzenberg interview Tape 1, March 1, 1999
Box 2
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0032
Joe Herzenberg interview Tape 2, March 1, 1999
Box 2
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0033
Joe Herzenberg interview Tape 3, March 1, 1999
Box 2
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0034
Joe Herzenberg biographical information sheet, 1999
Box 6
Folder 15

"Jay, Jodie"

This interviewee elected to use a pseudonym.

Singer, songwriter, and musician and manager of a law firm. Originally from Florence, South Carolina.

Jodie Jay interview
Box 2
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0035
Jodie Jay transcript, paper by Ryan White (interviewer), 2003
Box 6
Folder 16

Johnson, Kristina

Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering and former college athlete. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri.

[Kristina Johnson Interview] Tape 1
Box 9
Audio-cassette UA29030001-MCS-0001
[Kristina Johnson Interview] Tape 2
Box 9
Audio-cassette UA29030001-MCS-0002
Kristina Johnson transcript, 2000
Box 6
Folder 17

Johnson, Tony

Dancer and choreographer, activist and minister to people with HIV/AIDS.

Tony Johnson interview
Box 2
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0036
Tony Johnson transcript, biographical information sheet, 1999
Box 6
Folder 18
Tony Johnson news article, 2000
Box 10
Folder 1

Kaplan, Roger

Former director of the Freeman Center for Jewish Life and father of adopted son. Originally from southern California; resident of Durham at the time of the interview.

Roger Kaplan interview Tape 1, April 24, 2003
Box 2
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0037
Roger Kaplan interview Tape 2, April 24, 2003
Box 3
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0038
Roger Kaplan transcript, biographical information sheet, 2003
Box 6
Folder 19

Kast, Charles

Unitarian Universalist minister based in Chapel Hill; single foster parent to 85 boys between 1985 and 1999. Originally from Massachusetts.

Charles Kast interview Tape 1
Box 3
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0037
Charles Kast interview Tape 2
Box 3
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0038
Charles Kast biographical information sheet, correspondence, article, 1999
Box 6
Folder 20

Kinlaw, Sherry

Owner of Francesca's Dessert Caffe in Durham, North Carolina. Originally from Lumberton, North Carolina.

Sherry Kinlaw interview Tape 1
Box 3
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0039
Sherry Kinlaw interview Tape 2
Box 3
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0040
Sherry Kinlaw transcript, biographical information sheet, articles, photographs, 1999-2001
Box 6
Folder 21

Levine, Kenny

Licensed Clinical Social Worker based in Durham, North Carolina.

Kenny Levine interview

Interview restricted due to lack of signed release form from the interviewee.

Box 3
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0043

Linde, Maddy

No biographical information available.

Maddy Linde interview, April 20, 2004

Interview restricted due to lack of signed release form from the interviewee.

Box 3
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0044

LoBiondo, Deborah

Administrator in Duke Student Affairs. Originally from New Jersey.

Deborah LoBiondo interview, April 24, 2003
Box 3
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0045
Deborah LoBiondo transcript, 2003
Box 7
Folder 1

Lohse, Dave

Director in Sports Information at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Originally from the Chicago area.

Dave Lohse interview Tape 1, November 29, 2000
Box 3
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0046
Dave Lohse interview Tape 2, November 29, 2000
Box 3
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0047
Dave Lohse transcript, biographical information sheet, articles, 2000-2002
Box 7
Folder 2

Long, Sharon

Greensboro-based professional, active in the Imani Metropolitan Community Church of Durham. Originally from Trinidad.

Sharon Long interview, 2003
Box 3
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0048
Sharon Long transcript, biographical information sheet, 2003
Box 7
Folder 3

Mason, Jo Ellen

Realtor and nurse based in Durham, North Carolina. Originally from Texas.

Jo Ellen Mason interview Tape 1, September 7, 2000

Interview restricted due to lack of signed release form from the interviewee.

Box 3
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0049
Jo Ellen Mason interview Tape 2, September 7, 2000

Interview restricted due to lack of signed release form from the interviewee.

Box 3
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0050
Jo Ellen Mason biographical information sheet, postcards, 2000

Interview restricted due to lack of signed release form from the interviewee.

Box 7

McCort, Agnieszka

Youth Prevention Coordinator at the Durham Crisis Response Center at the time of interview.

Agnieszka McCort interview, April 9, 2004

Interview restricted due to lack of signed release form from the interviewee.

Box 3
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0051

McLenaghan, Natalie

Proprietor of the Cafe at the Regulator (Durham, North Carolina) at the time of interview.

Natalie McLenaghan interview Tape 1, April 23, 2004

Interview restricted due to lack of signed release form from the interviewee.

Box 3
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0052
Natalie McLenaghan interview Tape 2, April 23, 2004

Interview restricted due to lack of signed release form from the interviewee.

Box 3
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0053
Natalie McLenaghan interview Tape 3, April 23, 2004

Interview restricted due to lack of signed release form from the interviewee.

Box 3
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0054

Mills, Chadwick

No biographical information available.

Chadwick Mills interview, February 28, 2001
Box 3
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0055
Chadwick Mills interview, undated
Box 3
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0056
Chadwick Mills biographical information sheet, undated
Box 7
Folder 4

Moore, Irv

Chaplain at Duke Hospital. Originally from Burlington, North Carolina.

Irv Moore interview, October 20, 1998

Interview restricted. Contact Research Services for more information.

Box 4
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0057
Irv Moore biographical information sheet, 1998
Box 7
Folder 5

Morgan, Leigh

Graduate of Duke (1990) who was starting point guard on the women's basketball team.

Leigh Morgan interview, April 22, 2004

Interview restricted due to lack of signed release form from the interviewee.

Box 4
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0058

Nicholson, Catherine

Theater director/producer; co-founder and editor of the journal Sinister Wisdom. Born 1922, died 2013.

Catherine Nicholson interview Tape 1
Box 4
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0059
Catherine Nicholson interview Tape 2
Box 4
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0060

Padamsee, Xiomara

Assistant Coordinator of the Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) at Duke University.

Xiomara Padamsee interview Tape 1

Interview restricted due to lack of signed release form from the interviewee.

Box 4
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0061
Xiomara Padamsee interview Tape 2

Interview restricted due to lack of signed release form from the interviewee.

Box 4
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0062

Palmquist, Ian

Director of Equality North Carolina, and active in several North Carolina LGBT organizations. Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina.

Ian Palmquist interview Tape 1, April 21, 2004

Interview restricted due to lack of signed release form from the interviewee.

Box 4
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0063
Ian Palmquist interview Tape 2, April 21, 2004

Interview restricted due to lack of signed release form from the interviewee.

Box 4
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0064

Perrier, Erica

Graduate of Duke, class of 2003. Active in field hockey while at Duke. Originally from Montreal.

Erica Perrier interview
Box 4
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0065
Erica Perrier transcript, paper by Monique Currie (interviewer), 2003
Box 7
Folder 6

Pham, Milan

Lawyer and former employee of Americans for a Fair Chance, and former director of the Orange County Human Rights and Relations Department.

Milan Pham interview, April 15, 2004

Interview restricted due to lack of signed release form from the interviewee.

Box 4
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0066

"Pollick, Michelle"

This interviewee elected to use a pseudonym.

Student Affairs employee at Duke University. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia.

Michelle Pollick interview, November 29, 2000

Pseudonymous transcript to be used until February 20, 2073. Researchers must sign agreement to NOT use any identifying information contained in interview.

Box 4
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0067
Michelle Pollick transcript, researcher agreement form, 2000

Pseudonymous transcript to be used until February 20, 2073. Researchers must sign agreement to NOT use any identifying information contained in interview.

Box 7
Folder 7

Raines, Sara-Jane

Detective and firearms instructor with Duke Police; graduate of Duke (class of 1983), graduate of UNC-CH (MA, 1987); originally from Southern California.

Sara Jane Raines interview, November 17, 2000
Box 4
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0068
Sara Jane Raines transcript, biographical information sheet, 2000
Box 7
Folder 8

Rosario, Jessica

No biographical information available.

Jessica Rosario interview

Interview restricted due to lack of signed release form from the interviewee.

Box 4
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0069

Rudy, Kathy

Professor of women's studies at Duke University, graduate of Duke (M.Div, 1989, and PhD, 1993); originally from Syracuse, New York.

Kathy Rudy interview, November 28, 2000
Box 4
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0070
Kathy Rudy transcript, biographical information sheet, 2000
Box 7
Folder 9

Rutherford, Carlton

Licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), minister, and activist focusing on children and families, HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ community, people of color, and homelessness; graduate of Duke (M.Div 2005). Originally from Scotland Neck, North Carolina.

Carlton Rutherford interview Tape 1, October 3, 1999

Interview restricted due to lack of signed release form from the interviewee.

Box 4
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0071
Carlton Rutherford interview Tape 2, October 3, 1999

Interview restricted due to lack of signed release form from the interviewee.

Box 4
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0072
Carlton Rutherford interview Tape 3, October 3, 1999

Interview restricted due to lack of signed release form from the interviewee.

Box 4
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0073

Sherratt, Thomas

Psychologist and therapist, originally from Eastern North Carolina.

Thomas Sherrat interview, November 26, 2000
Box 4
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0074
Thomas Sharratt transcript, 2000
Box 7
Folder 10

Sherwood, Amie

No biographical information available.

Amie Sherwood interview

Interview restricted due to lack of signed release form from the interviewee.

Box 5
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0075

Smiley, Erica

Student at UNC-Chapel Hill at time of interview (graduated 2001), originally from Greensboro, North Carolina. As of 2016, Organizing Director for Jobs With Justice.

Erica Smiley interview Tape 1, March 23, 2001
Box 5
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0076
Erica Smiley interview Tape 2, April 5, 2001
Box 5
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0077
Erica Smiley biographical information sheet, undated
Box 7
Folder 11

"Stone, Livvie"

This interviewee elected to use a pseudonym.

Staff member in Duke University Libraries. Originally from Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Livvie Stone interview, November 14, 2000

No identifying information from interview is to be used in any publication, including on the internet; pseudonym must be used.

Box 5
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0078
Livvie Stone transcript, 2000

No identifying information from interview is to be used in any publication, including on the internet; pseudonym must be used.

Box 7
Folder 12

Taylor, Doris

Scientist and professor at Duke University Medical Center, Cardiology Division, at time of interview. As of 2016, Director of Regenerative Medicine Research at the Texas Heart Institute.

Doris Taylor interview
Box 5
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0079
Doris Taylor transcript, 2000
Box 7
Folder 13

Teasley, Alan

Teacher and administrator in Durham Public Schools; graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill (class of 1970, MAT 1971, PhD 1990); originally from Durham, North Carolina. As of 2016, adjunct professor in Duke's Master of Arts in Teaching program.

Alan Teasley interview
Box 5
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0080
Alan Teasley biographical information sheet, notes, 1998
Box 7
Folder 14

Tino, Michael

Director of Young Adult and Campus Ministry for the Unitarian Universalist Association; graduate of Duke (PhD 1998); originally from Brooklyn, New York.

Michael Tino interview Tape 1, April 24, 2003
Box 5
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0081
Michael Tino interview Tape 2, April 24, 2003
Box 5
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0082
Michael Tino transcript, resume, biographical information sheet, family history, 2003
Box 7
Folder 15

Tobin, Leslie

Mother of one and carpenter; graduate of Duke, class of 1976. Originally from Maryland.

Leslie Tobin interview Tape 1, November 29, 2000
Box 5
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0083
Leslie Tobin interview Tape 2, November 29, 2000
Box 5
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0084
Leslie Tobin transcript, paper by Kate Chomsky-Higgins (interviewer), 2000
Box 7
Folder 16

Unks, Gerald

Professor in School of Education at UNC-Chapel Hill, originally from Illinois.

Gerald Unks interview Tape 1, October 29, 2000
Box 5
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0085
Gerald Unks interview Tape 2, October 29, 2000
Box 5
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0086
Gerald Unks transcript, 2000
Box 7
Folder 17

Vicci, Leandra

Lecturer in Department of Computer Science at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Leandra Vicci interview Tape 1

Interview restricted due to lack of signed release form from the interviewee.

Box 5
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0087
Leandra Vicci interview Tape 2

Interview restricted due to lack of signed release form from the interviewee.

Box 5
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0088

Walker, Joan

Elementary school teacher and activist for LGBT issues; graduate of Duke, class of 1971. Originally from Kentucky.

Joan Walker Transcript, biographical information sheet, 2000
Box 7
Folder 18

Walton, April

As of 2016, the Learning Outreach Director at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke.

April Walton interview

Interview restricted due to lack of signed release form from the interviewee.

Box 5
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0089

Watson, Marki

No biographical information available.

Marki Watson interview, April 19, 2004

Interview restricted due to lack of signed release form from the interviewee.

Box 5
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0090
unlabeled tape, possibly part of Marki Watson interview

Interview restricted due to lack of signed release form from the interviewee.

Box 5
Audio-cassette UA29030001-CS-0091

2. Project materials

This series includes materials related to the planning, development, and implementation of the Rainbow Triangle Oral History project by staff and volunteers at the Duke Center for LGBT Life. Included is correspondence between Ian Lekus and others on planning the mission of the project, forms to be used, and how the collected interviews would be used, preserved, and made accessible to the wider community, among other topics.

List of interviewees (partial), undated
Box 7
Folder 19
Project background, research, and clippings, 1999-2001
Box 8
Folder 1
Project research materials, 1999-2000
Box 8
Folder 2
Interview forms, undated
Box 8
Folder 3
Project background and correspondence, 1998-1999
Box 8
Folder 4
Correspondence, clippings, and research materials, 1996-1999
Box 8
Folder 5
Notes on meeting with Special Collections staff, May 14, 1997
Box 8
Folder 6
Correspondence and materials related to LGBT bar scene in Triangle, 1999
Box 8
Folder 7
GLB Service Report and transcript, 2000, 2003
Electronic Record (Master File) : UA29-03-0001-FL3-0003_D04522298W.img

Request This Record

Title: GLB Service Report

Description:

Electronic Record (Use Copy) : UA29-03-0001-FL3-0003_D04522298W_access

Request This Record

Title: GLB Service Report

Description:

3. Newspapers

This series includes newspapers featuring participants in the Rainbow Triangle Project or relating to LGBT life in the Triangle region. Several newspapers include stories based on interviews with Rainbow Triangle narrators conducted by Ian Lekus and Patrick Toal. Most issues of the Independent Weekly included in this series are Pink Triangle issues focusing on the LGBT community and related issues in the region.

The Front Page, October 22, 1999

Vol. 20, No. 22

Box 10
Folder 2
Independent Weekly, 1996-1998

Pink Triangle issues. July 1996 is incomplete.

Box 10
Folder 3
Independent Weekly, 1999

Pink Triangle issues.

Box 10
Folder 4
Independent Weekly, 2000, 2002

Pink Triangle issues.

Box 10
Folder 5
Independent Weekly, 2003-2004

Pink Triangle issues.

Box 10
Folder 6
Independent Weekly, 2005-2006

Pink Triangle issues.

Box 10
Folder 7
Tobacco Road, December 1999/January 2000

Vol. 22, Issue 1

Box 10
Folder 8
Tobacco Road, April 2000

Vol. 22, Issue 3

Box 10
Folder 9
 

Historical Note

The Rainbow Triangle Oral History Project was originally conceived in 1996, by then-Director of Duke's Center for Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Life (later the Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Life, now the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity) John Howard, who suggested the project to Ian Lekus, then a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History and a member of the Duke University Task Force for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Matters.

The project was envisioned as a way to document the lives of LGBT people in the Triangle region in particular and central North Carolina in general, with the additional goals of exploring the idea of community identities and formation, breaking down barriers between the University and the local community, and documenting the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Triangle.

Lekus became the Project Coordinator in 1996 and worked with a varying group of volunteers to acquire resources, conduct interviews, and ensure the preservation and access of the oral histories collected. From 1996 to late 1997, Lekus worked with others at Duke and elsewhere to develop forms and processes, conduct training workshops for interviewers, and establish how interviewes would be used and preserved. Anne Valk, a visiting professor at Duke, and Patrick Toal and Parker Doig, graduate students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, were other active project leaders at this time. In February 1998, the project was officially launched during a talk by author and activist Mab Segrest on the Duke campus, but the first group of interviews were conducted in late 1998 and early 1999.

Dr. Karen Krahulik became the Director of the Center for LGBT Life in 1999 and continued support for the project. In Fall 2000, Dr. Krahulik and Ian Lekus co-taught a class called American Communities: Gender, Sexuality, and Oral History, presented by the Women's Studies Program and the History Department, and sponsored by the Center for Documentary Studies. As part of this class, students conducted oral history interviews that focused on gender and sexuality in the lives of the narrators, and several of these interviews were conducted as part of the Rainbow Triangle project. Ian Lekus taught this class again in 2004, and additional interviews from this class became part of the project.

Narrators are generally residents of the Triangle region, many of them with a connection to Duke or Durham in particular. Narrators include both LGBT people and heterosexual people who have been involved in LGBT issues in some way. Interviewers include Duke staff or volunteers for the Center for LGBT Life, Duke students, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students, and others.

Related Material

Alliance of Queer Undergraduates at Duke (AQUADuke) Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Task Force records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Catherine Nicholson Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.


Click to find related materials at Duke University Libraries.

Provenance

The Rainbow Triangle Oral Histories were received as a gift in 2003, 2006, and 2016.

Processing Information

Processed by Tracy M. Jackson, March 2016.

Accessions described in this finding aid: 2003-0095, 2006-0121, UA2016-0020.