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Name of Creator:Boston Intercollegiate Lesbian and Gay Alliance.
Title:Boston Intercollegiate Lesbian and Gay Alliance records
Date:1982-1992
Reference Code:M65
Location Code:64/4, 64/2, FF1/D3
Extent:1.45 cubic ft. (5 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The Boston Intercollegiate Lesbian and Gay Alliance (BILGA) records were assembled by Tim O'Connor, treasurer from 1985 to 1989; Beth Holmberg, secretary of BILGA from 1988 to 1990; and Jeffrey Mattson, past secretary. The collection reflects the interests and concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students in the Boston area in the 1980's, a period of rapidly increasing visibility for them. The materials from individual college groups, along with the Boston Intercollegiate Lesbian and Gay Alliance newsletter, The Intercollegiate, detail both political and social activity, and the problems faced by students searching for community and academic support during a period of nascent public awareness. The Massachusetts lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activism material supplies information about the larger movement, specifically in Massachusetts.
Historical Abstract:The Boston Intercollegiate Lesbian and Gay Alliance (BILGA) was created in 1983 as an umbrella organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender student groups in the Boston area. The group coordinated student activism and community-building, provided support for fledgling student groups, and began an annual conference, the Northeast Lesbian and Gay Student Activist Conference. The conferences spawned the Northeast Lesbian and Gay Student Union, which began to run the event in 1985. The Boston Intercollegiate Lesbian and Gay Alliance disbanded in 1990.
Language and Scripts:Materials entirely in English.
System of Arrangement:Organized into 2 series: 1. College Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Activism; 2. Massachusetts Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Activism.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Holmberg, Beth
  • Holmberg, Beth

  • Boston Intercollegiate Lesbian and Gay Alliance
  • Northeast Lesbian and Gay Student Activist Conference
  • Northeast Lesbian and Gay Student Union
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Organization for Alternative Lifestyles

  • Gay college students--Massachusetts--Boston
  • Gay rights--Massachusetts--Boston
  • Gays--Legal status, laws, etc.--Massachusetts--Boston

Conditions Governing Access:This collection is unrestricted.
Technical Access:One 5 ¼ floppy disk in The Intercollegiate in box 1, folder 8 will not open.
Immediate Source of Acquisition:Donated by Tim O'Connor in 2000 and Beth Holmberg in 2002.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:Copyright restrictions may apply.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Irina Tsiklik, December 17, 2009