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Queer Studies Program Records, 2012-2016
- Oregon State University. Queer Studies Program.
- Queer Studies Program Records
- 2012-2016 (inclusive)20122016
- 0.25 cubic feet, (2 boxes, including 1 oversize box)
- Collection Number
- RG 278
- The Queer Studies Program Records documents the establishment and contributions of Oregon State’s queer studies program, which began in the summer of 2013 and continues to offer classes today.
Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives Research Center
Special Collections and Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
- Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research.
Historical NoteReturn to Top
The Queer Studies curriculum was introduced in summer term of 2013 at Oregon State University with the Introduction to Queer Studies course thanks to the work of Dr. Qwo-Li Driskill and other faculty in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) at OSU. Since its launch, the Queer Studies curriculum--which is a nested program within WGSS--now offers over ten different courses, an undergraduate minor, a graduate minor, and may now serve as a secondary or third field of study in the master’s in interdisciplinary studies degree (MAIS) program.
The Queer Studies curriculum at Oregon State centers on the activism and scholarship of women of color, transnational feminisms, Two-Spirit Indigenous people, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) people of color, and examines homophobia and transphobia's relationship with racism, colonialism, sexism, ableism, classism and other forms of systematic oppression.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The Queer Studies Program Records is a small but growing collection which contains a broad range of materials documenting the program’s founding and development. The records consist of course-related and promotional materials; creative work produced by queer studies students; press coverage of the program and its faculty; and programs, handouts, and posters for both on- and off-campus events centering on LGBT or queer topics.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
Queer Studies Program Records (RG 278), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
The Queer Studies Program Records are arranged in one series: 1. OSU Queer Studies Program Files, 2012-2016.
Items were donated by Dr. Qwo-Li Driskill, Queer Studies co-founder and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies core faculty member
Additions to the collection are expected.
This collection is a part of the OSU Queer Archives (OSQA). Other collections related to LGBTQ+ history include the Pride Center Records (RG 236), Thomas Kraemer Speech and Blog (MSS Kraemer), and the OSU Memorabilia Collection (MSS MC). Other related interviews include Brenda McComb and Brent Lawrence from the Oregon State University Sesquicentennial Oral History Collection (OH 26).
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Series 1: Queer Studies Program Files, 2012-2016Return to Top
OSU Queer Studies Program Files consist of course-related and promotional materials; creative work produced by queer studies students; press coverage of the program and its faculty; and programs, handouts, and posters for both on- and off-campus events centering on LGBT or queer topics.
Course materials included in the collection include syllabi for classes such as Introduction to Queer Studies, Indigenous Queer & Two-Spirit Studies, Queer of Color Critiques, and Trans/Gender Politics. Also included in this folder are a sampling of lesson plans and course assignments, as well as the drafted proposal for the creation of the queer studies minor at Oregon State. Promotional materials in the OSU Queer Studies Program Records consist mainly of full-color flyers, dating back to 2013, which were posted around campus to promote and encourage enrollment in various queer studies courses each term. Student-produced work included in the records consists of three unique and separate ‘zines created as part of class projects for Arts & Social Justice, Queer & Trans People of Color Arts & Activism, and as part of a Queer Indigenous Gathering at Portland State University. Press coverage in the records includes articles from the Corvallis Gazette-Times, the Daily Barometer, and Beaver’s Digest. Of particular note in this folder is an article in the Gazette-Times which documents Dr. Qwo-Li Driskill’s work in launching the queer studies degree program. Event programs and handouts document a variety of events both on- and off-campus. Highlights of this grouping include performances and workshops by OSU queer studies faculty, and booklets for the Lavender Celebration (OSU’s LGBTQ+ graduation and award ceremony). Finally, the on-campus event posters included in this collection consist primarily of events concerning queer and trans lives, and/or featuring prominent figures in the LGBTQ+ community. A majority of these events are also explicitly considering the intersection of queer identity and race, with posters for events like “Queering el Día de los Muertos,” and flyers advertising visits to OSU by Cherríe Moraga, Deborah A. Miranda, Daniel Heath Justice, and other queer scholars, artists, and activists of color.
Course Promotion (oversize)
Queer Studies Student Work
Event Programs & Handouts
On-Campus Event Posters
On-Campus Event Posters (oversize)
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Bisexual college students--Oregon--Corvallis.
- Gay college students--Oregon--Corvallis.
- Lesbian college students--Oregon--Corvallis.
- Transsexual college students--Oregon--Corvallis.
- Universities and colleges--Curricula--Oregon--Corvallis.
- Women--Social conditions.
- Oregon State University--Curricula.
- Oregon State University--History.
- Oregon State University. Queer Studies Program.
- Driskill, Qwo-Li. (creator)