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"We Are/We Have Always Been"

A Multi-Linear History of LGBT Experiences at Bryn Mawr College, 1970-2000

Brenna Levitin, Author

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"We Are/We Have Always Been": A Multi-Linear History of LGBT Experiences at Bryn Mawr College, 1970-2000 was created by Brenna Levitin, Bryn Mawr College Class of 2016, Tri-College Digital Humanities Initiative intern at The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women's Education.

My primary goals for this project are to acknowledge and affirm the presence of LGBT alumnae/i and community members, to shed light on the silences inherent in our college archives, and to help bridge some of those gaps. The bulk of this work is based off of interviews and oral histories with alumnae/i and community members, as well as material donated by them. I plan to continue this research as a full-scale oral history project in Spring 2015 through the Praxis program.

To document these stories I've chosen to use Scalar because of the resonance between it and the topic: a history of LGBT experiences is inherently multi-linear, so the tool must be similarly flexible. I am not presenting a single, united history, but multiple histories experienced differently and sometimes in conflict with each other. Scalar allows and encourages this representation because of its unique narrative capacities. Any page can be a path which holds other pages which comment on still more pages. When telling a story of this complexity, it's important to use a tool which makes visible the intricacies and intersections of these multi-dimensional narratives.

For more on my process, click here.

There are three ways to traverse this book.

First, through these themes:
Campus Climate
Physical Space
Outside the Bryn Mawr Bubble

Second, by the source of material:
Texts and Publications from the College Archives
Oral Histories and Interviews
New Collecting

Third, chronologically. Please note that this is by no means a complete history, it's simply everything I've discovered arranged chronologically in the order in which they took place.

To read acknowledgements, browse a works cited list, or learn more about the author, select 'About' from the drop-down menu at left.

Background photo of the early days of the May Hole (late 1980s) courtesy of Deb Rowan, Class of 1990.
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