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Quaker Lesbian Conference Planning Committee Records

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG4-128

Scope and Contents

The collection contains records including minutes, finances, and brochures.

Dates

  • 1977-2009

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

Biographical / Historical

The Quaker Lesbian Conference first met in 1977 "to provide a loving time and space in which Quakers and others familiar with Quakerism who are lesbian, bi-sexual, or moving towards those identities could meet in a shared environment," according to its early statement. It held annual conferences from 1977 to 2009, generally located in the Philadelphia tri-state area.

In the late 1990s, the issue of including transgendered women increasingly was a subject of concern. A temporary solution was to alternate conferences of born-female only with the alternating year including transgender women. When the planning group met for the 33rd annual Quaker Lesbian Conference, it stated on its Feb. 9, 2009, QLC News website, that the Conference "exists to be a loving time and space in which self-defined women (including those who are transgendered) who are Quaker or familiar with Quakerism, and who are lesbian, bisexual, or moving towards those identities, can connect with Spirit and with each other."

Extent

1.25 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language

English

Overview

The planning committee for the Quaker Lesbian Conference emerged out discussions in the 1970s focused on Quaker gay and lesbian concerns. The first Quaker Lesbian Conference met in 1977 "to provide a loving time and space in which Quakers and others familiar with Quakerism who are lesbian, bi-sexual, or moving towards those identities could meet in a shared environment," according to an early statement. The planning committee organized annual conferences from 1977 to 2009, mostly located in the Philadelphia tri-state area. The collection contains records including minutes, finances, and brochures.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into two series:
  1. Conferences
  2. Miscellaneous

Physical Location

For current information on the location of materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Quaker Lesbian Conference Planning Committee

Accession No.: FHL 2015.003

Related Materials

See also RG4/091 Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns Records.

Separated Materials

Two floppy disks, one dated 1999, and two CD/DVD, one dated 2005-2006. Removed to AV processing, 3/2015

Processing Information

The records were received in a large plastic container, arranged chronologically in hanging folders. That order was largely maintained. A note in the minutes of the 8/16/2008 planning meeting records that a binder containing detailed notes from past QLCs was lost, and Ahavia Lavana would endeavor to compile a new set from her personal archive.

Also included were two large binders, one titled "QLC Planning Committee Notebook" which covers 2006-2008, presumably collected after original binder was lost. This binder contains a chronology of all the conferences 1997-2008, and a large number of loose material, much of it mailing lists. Loose papers were filed according to year: 2005-2008.

Delivered with records of Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Concerns Records, RG4/091
Title
An Inventory of Quaker Lesbian Conference Planning Committee Records, 1977-2009
Author
FHL staff
Date
2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

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