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Gay liberation movement, College students -- Societies etc., LGBTQ+ students' clubs, LGBTQ+ activists, Steven G. Bull, Karen E. Bye 1952-2013, John B. Frank 1951-2014, Sturgis Haskins 1940-2012, Maine Gay Symposium, Parents & Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Wilde-Stein Club (Orono Me), University of Maine at Orono



Papers include correspondence, photographs, publications, and ephemera documenting the beginning of the gay liberation movement in Maine and Steve Bull's participation in the movement both in Maine and nationally, especially through his involvement with the founding of the Wilde-Stein Club at University of Maine Orono in 1973 and his chairmanship of the first Maine Gay Symposium in 1974. Letters received by Bull and his friends, both personally and as Wilde-Stein Club officials, are evidence of the attitudes of both supporters of gay liberation and its opponents in the 1970s. Bull's research papers document the University of Maine's reaction to the Wilde-Stein Club and national media coverage and opposition leading up to the first Maine Gay Symposium, and the University's ultimate acceptance and support of the Club. Organizational records document Bull's parents' involvement in Parents of Gays, the Wilde-Stein Club's early activities and members (including Karen Bye, John Frank, and Sturgis Haskins), and include photographs of the first Maine Gay Symposium. Publications include contemporaneous coverage of regional and national gay liberation, Marxism, and labor movements, and communication within the gay and lesbian communities.

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1 Linear Feet (2 Boxes); 1 Oversize Folders


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This collection is open for research.

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Materials in this collection are the physical property of the University of Southern Maine Libraries. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the creator, or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult Special Collections staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Steven G. Bull, gift, 2010, 2014, 2023.



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