LGBT Educational ProjectThe LGBT Educational Archives Project: About The Collection

Project Description

Worker's WorldThe LGBT Educational Archives Project began as the "Hammer Archives."

Initially, during the 1970s and 80s, Bennett Hammer would casually cut out and save gay and lesbian newspaper clippings that he found interesting, and share these with friends.

In the early 1990s, during vibrant debate and intense changes in opinions and policies affecting gays and lesbians, Bennett's interest deepened, and he began collecting and preserving all materials he could find related to LGBT issues up to the year 2010. The collection includes materials of all viewpoints (pro and con), regarding gay and human rights.

The LGBT Educational Archives Project became a full-fledged endeavor and an enduring passion. The articles and documents reflected a societal shift in cultural attitudes towards these groups of people over the last 40 years.

Neil IsbinThe collection grew astronomically, with his consistent addition of news clippings from mainstream press, alternative liberal and conservative press, and LGBT community papers. Expanding his efforts, Bennett collected and included national and NM organizational documents and ephemera. When completed, the LGBT Educational Archives will be the largest collection of New Mexico LGBT documents from the individuals and groups working on behalf of LGBT individuals during these crucial and formative years in the state's history.

With the inclusion of Neil Isbin's clippings that he collected during the 1970s, 80s, and 90s prior to his death from AIDS in 1996, this compilation of LGBT narrative sources will include articles from over 150 United States publications reflecting an enormous array of information on LGBT issues from the 1970s up to the present.

As Project Director, Barbara Korbal is coordinating the efforts of outreach and development to keep the project financially viable and sustainable. And, as the Director of the Archives Project, Barbara is responsible for the final collection content and preservation of the archive materials.

Crosswinds WeeklyOver the years, the LGBT Educational Archives have been used informally for advocacy, research, and education by policy-makers, activists, legislators, clergy, university people, students and parents. Now, we wish to make these materials freely accessible to all individuals for education, personal use, and research through New Mexico's Fray Angélico Chávez History Library.

Taken as a whole, the collection captures not only the history of disenfranchised and ostracized groups, but also reflects societal differences, and the cultural changes in the United States regarding marriage, relationships, families, parenting, intimacy, and the workplace. These materials span such a period of time that what started out as news is now history -- available in a collection for those who wish to use it. We hope you will support us as we work to preserve our collective history.