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Swarthmore College Sager Committee records

Identifier: SFHL-RG6-P004

Scope and Contents

The collection contains records of the Sager Committee, including meeting minutes, correspondence, and newsletters; as well as event-related materials, such as planning documents and correspondence, photographs, flyers and programs, and newspaper clippings.


  • Creation: 1988-2002


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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 of 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 Sager Fund of Swarthmore College was established in 1988 by alumnus Richard Sager ’73, a leader in San Diego’s gay community. To combat homophobia and related discrimination, the fund sponsors events that focus on concerns of the lesbian, bisexual, and gay communities and promotes curricular innovation in the field of lesbian and gay studies. The fund also sponsors an annual three-day symposium. In 2004, Richard Sager created an “internship” to provide funding for students in internships with nonprofit organizations whose primary missions address gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender issues. The Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility administers the internship.

The Sager Fund is administered by a committee of students, faculty, staff, and alumni, including a minimum representation of individuals identifying as LGBTQ. One of the primary tasks of the Sager Committee is organizing the annual Sager Conference focusing on issues relevant to the LGBTQ community. The first such symposium was held in 1989 and titled “Revealing the Unspoken: Gay and Lesbian Studies in Academia.”

Past Symposia

  • 1989 Revealing the Unspoken: Gay and Lesbian Studies in Academia
  • 1990 Illuminating Images: Representing Homosexuality in Music, Literature, and Film
  • 1991 Piece Work: Creating Respnses to AIDS
  • 1992 Constructions of Lesbian, Bisexual, and Gay Identities in the Popular Media
  • 1993 Social Policy and Activism in the Lesbian/Gay Nineties
  • 1994 Coalitions Across Queer Differences
  • 1995 Queer the Institution / Institutionalize the Queer
  • 1996 SCREEN TESTS: Experimental Identities and New Queer Media
  • 1997 Dress Codes and Gender Fictions
  • 1998 Future Shock
  • 1999 Spring Queering
  • 2000 Trans/Forming Gender: The Future, Present, and Past of the Trans/Gender Movement
  • 2001 Queer Activism in Philadelphia
  • 2002 Queer People of Color
  • 2003 Intertwining Identities: Race, Religion, and Gender in the Queer Community
  • 2004 Queering the Nuclear: Reimagining Families, Revolutionizing Policies, Reenvisioning Histories
  • 2005 Making and Breaking with Queer Culture
  • 2006 Making Love, Queering Sex
  • 2007 The Norming and Transforming of Queer Activism


1 linear ft.

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The Sager Symposium is an annual conference at Swarthmore College focusing on different issues relevant to the LGBTQ community. The first Sager Symposium was held in 1989. The collection contains records of the Sager Committee and event-related materials, 1988-2002.


The collection consists of 2 series:

  1. 1. Sager Committee records
  2. 2. Sager-sponsored events

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donation: materials compiled by Rachel Onuf, Steven Sowards, and Mark Breitenberg, who served as members of the committees.

Donation: materials compiled by Donny Smith (McCabe Library).

Donation, 2015: files of George Huber, former music librarian at Swarthmore College who was also one of the founders and for a number of years the treasurer of Sager.

Finding aid for Swarthmore College Sager Committee records, 1988-2002
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