A very special collection
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Collection at USM’s Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine was established in 1997 as a way to represent and preserve the historic contributions and experiences of Maine’s LGBT people and organizations. Among the first donations, in 1998, were the records of ACT UP/Maine and ACT UP/Portland, which emphasized direct action to empower and education people about AIDS, as well as the papers of AIDS activist and ally Frances W. Peabody, after whom the Frannie Peabody Center is named. The center was renamed to be more inclusive in 2003, and now houses materials that cover everything from political campaigns to pop culture and everything in between, including a master’s thesis about Sisters (the lesbian bar that was open from 1995-2005); artwork by photographer and painter George Daniell; and the papers of former state legislator Larry Bliss.
The collection is open to the public and may be used by signing in with an ID; call 207.780.4275 for more information.