Submitted by Lydia Hunsberger (MLIS ’20 and Research Assistant, NS LGBT Archives Project):
The Nova Scotia LGBT Seniors Archive is a community archive initiative led by Dr. Jacqueline Gahagan and funded by the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors Age-Friendly Communities Grant and Dalhousie University Libraries. The purpose of this archive is to build connections among older LGBT adults and the broader community and aims to raise awareness and appreciation of the various social, economic, and artistic contributions from members of our older LGBT communities across Nova Scotia.
The official launch is scheduled for October 15, 4 – 5 pm. You can find the link to our virtual launch event here. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
This province-wide project will provide a platform to both increase social interaction and community involvement among older populations and will also create a living legacy through the collaborative development of a publicly accessible and searchable archive for use by community members, seniors, older and younger generations of LGBT populations, researchers and students, among others. The Nova Scotia LGBT Seniors Archives works in conjunction with a Community Advisory Committee (CAC), comprised of community members and stakeholders that work with the archives team as volunteers to provide recommendations and vision for the project, connect the archives team with new donors, and assist with collection of materials and oral histories.
The Nova Scotia LGBT Seniors Archive houses a variety of materials from organizations such as Lesbian and Gay Rights Nova Scotia, Gay and Lesbian Association of Nova Scotia, Mister Atlantic Canada Leather, Safe Harbour Church, and Church Members Assembled to Respond to AIDS, among many more.