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Margaret Cruikshank, Lesbian Issues, Gay Issues, Queer Issues, Gay Marriage, Aging, Lesbian Studies, Women's Studies, University of Southern Maine, Professor, Class Materials



Margaret Cruikshank (b. 1940) has not only led a distinguished career in academia but is also the author of numerous works. Cruikshank’s earliest writings include reviews, essays and articles that have appeared in a variety of periodicals. Other publications include The Lesbian Path (1980), The Gay and Lesbian Liberation Movement (1992), and Learning to Be Old: Gender, Culture, and Aging (2003). After earning her Ph.D., Cruikshank began teaching English at colleges and universities throughout the Midwest. In 1975, Cruikshank moved to Minnesota where she continued to teach university level English and also helped establish Mankato State University’s first women’s studies department, serving as the director of the department from 1975 to 1977. From 1977 to 1997, Cruikshank taught courses in English as a second language and gay and lesbian studies at the City College of San Francisco. In 1997, Cruikshank moved to Maine and took a position as lecturer in the women’s studies department at the University of Maine (Orono). Cruikshank continues to work for the university as both a lecturer and as a faculty associate at the Center on Aging. In 2001, Cruikshank taught an Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies course at the University of Maine (Orono) which may be the first LGBT course taught in the state. Spanning the years 1974 through 2007, the Papers contain material related to Cruikshank’s course preparation and delivery. The Papers also contain published and unpublished stories, articles and reviews written by Cruikshank. There are materials related to her personal and professional activities, such as events she attended, photographs from a wedding in San Francisco, along with a collection of clippings and publications not written by Cruikshank.

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The bulk of the materials were donated by Margaret Cruikshank in 2002 and 2005. In 2007 the student papers were added to the collection.

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The Margaret Cruikshank Papers is the physical property of the University of Southern Maine Libraries. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the creator or her legal heirs and assigns.

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