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Finding Aid to the Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists (SOLGA) Records, 1979-1995

Finding aid prepared by Marc LaRocque, (c) 2013

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator
Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists.
Title
Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists (SOLGA) records
Collection no.
Coll2012.176
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1987-1994
Date [inclusive]
1979-1995
Extent
4.35 linear feet., 3 archive boxes + 1 archive carton
Language
English
Abstract
The collection consists primarily of administrative records of the Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists (SOLGA), 1981-1995, bulk 1987-1995. SOLGA (originally the Anthropological Research Group on Homosexuality (ARGOH), 1978-1987) is a group within the American Anthropological Association (AAA) created to advocate for the "the 'scholarly legitimacy' of anthropological studies on homosexuality," as well as "recognition within the association."

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists (SOLGA) Records, Coll2012-176, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Administrative History

At the American Association of Anthropologists (AAA) annual meeting held in Los Angeles in 1978, a group of gay and lesbian anthropologists founded the Anthropological Research Group on Homosexuality (ARGOH) to advocate for the "the 'scholarly legitimacy' of anthropological studies on homosexuality," as well as "recognition within the association" [1]. ARGOH became the Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists (SOLGA) in 1987. In 1998 SOLGA was granted "official status" in a vote by the AAA's membership. The organization changed its name to the Association for Queer Anthropology (AQA) in 2010, following "a year long discussion about the organization's mission and demographics" [2].

References:

1. Carrier, Joseph. ARGOH Newsletter, vol. 1, no. 1, January 1979.

2. Amory, Deb. "The History of AQA". http://queeranthro.org/business/

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, financial documents, bylaws, membership records, executive records, newsletters, meeting notes, handwritten notes, and other material documenting the activities of the Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists (SOLGA), 1979-1995, bulk 1987-1995. The majority of the collection materials derive from Wayne State University Professor Arnold Pilling's tenure as SOLGA's Treasurer from 1987 until his death in 1994.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged in approximate chronological order.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
(c) 2013
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
(213) 821-2771
askone@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries 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.

Acquisition

Date and method of acquisition are unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Marc LaRocque, 2013.

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Related Materials

Related archival materials

Joseph M. Carrier papers, Coll2007.001, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • American Anthropological Association.
  • Anthropological Research Group on Homosexuality.

Subject(s)

  • Anthropology
  • Gays in higher education
  • Homosexuality and education
  • Homosexuality--Societies, etc.
  • Lesbians--Education
  • Professional associations--United States

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists (SOLGA) records 1979-1995  (Bulk, 1987-1995)

Box Folder

 Anthropological Research Group on Homosexuality (ARGOH) records 1981-1983 

1 1

 ARGOH and SOLGA financial records 1985-1987 

Scope and Contents note

Includes one 5-inch floppy disk.

1 2

 ARGOH membership lists 1987 

1 3

 ARGOH transition to SOLGA 1987 

1 4

 Membership lists 1987 

1 5

 Potential membership lists 1987   [2 folders]

1 6-7

 Executive correspondence 1987-1988 

1 8

 Financial correspondence 1987-1988 

1 9

 Check registers for ARGOH and SOLGA 1987-1988 

1 10

 Membership requests 1987-1988   [2 folders]

1 11-12

 ARGOH newsletter records 1987-1988 

1 13

 Bylaws committee 1988 

1 14

 Executive correspondence 1988   [2 folders]

1 15-16

 Meeting and conference records 1988 

1 17

 Membership lists and meeting notes 1988 

1 18

 Newsletter records, issues sent by Pilling 1988 

1 19

 Newsletter records, back issues accounts 1988-1993 

1 20

 General administrative records 1988-1989 

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence, meeting notes, financial records, and membership records.

1 21

 Executive committee 1988-1989 

1 22

 Membership requests 1988-1989 

1 23

 Payne Award correspondence 1988-1989 

1 24

 Corespondence and membership lists 1989 

1 25

 Membership records 1989   [3 folders]

1 26-28

 Executive committee 1989-1990   [2 folders]

1 29-30

 Membership requests 1989-1990   [2 folders]

1 31-32

 Financial correspondence 1990 

1 33

 Membership records 1990   [3 folders]

1 34-36

 Newsletter records, Rutgers 1990 

2 1

 Membership records 1990   [3 folders]

2 2-4

 Executive committee 1990-1991   [2 folders]

2 5-6

 Financial correspondence 1990-1991 

2 7

 Membership records 1990-1991   [6 folders]

2 8-13

 Executive committee 1991-1992   [2 folders]

2 14-15

 Membership requests 1991-1992   [2 folders]

2 16-17

 Executive committee 1992   [5 folders]

2 18-22

 Membership records 1992   [6 folders]

2 23-27

 Proposal for a task force on discrimination against lesbians and gay men in anthropology 1992 

3 1

 Financial records 1987-1992   [2 folders]

3 2-3

 Membership address changes 1987-1992 

3 4

 Executive committee 1992-1993   [2 folders]

3 5-6

 Financial correspondence 1992-1993   [3 folders]

3 7-9

 Bank statements 1987-1993 

3 10

 Membership requests 1992-1993 

3 11

 Executive committee 1993 

3 12

 Bank statements 1993 

3 13

 Membership records 1993-1994   [7 folders]

3 14-20

 Executive committee 1994 

3 21

 T-shirt fund 1994 

3 22

 Membership records 1994   [4 folders]

3 23-26

 Co-chair Norris Lang records 1992-1995   [2 folders]

3 27-28

 Co-chair Norris Lang records 1995   [3 folders]

4 1-3

 ARGOH and SOLGA newsletters 1979-1994   [15 folders]

4 4-18

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