Collection Spotlight: Aurora Newsletters

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In honor of LGBT Pride month, we thought that our collection spotlight this week would be on a collection documenting LGBT history in the Upper Peninsula: the Aurora newsletters. The newsletters date from 1990 to 1996 and document both local and national events of interest to the UP LGBT community.

The newsletters included re-prints of state and national articles. As these newsletters were published at the height of the AIDS epidemic, many talk about UP support groups for those with HIV/AIDS or about new drugs or treatments. The newsletters also discuss other LGBT rights issues, including non-discrimination laws, marriage equality, partner benefits at companies and universities, and homophobia or lack thereof in various religious organizations.

Other collections that might be of interest to those researching LGBT history in the UP are the records from the Northern Michigan University organizations Allies and Outlook. This collection contains correspondence, minutes, membership lists, and scholarship information. A major topic of the collection was an effort in the 1990s to extend university health care coverage to the domestic partners of faculty and staff. The North Wind and other local newspapers would also be a good resource for researchers, although there is no index and they are not searchable by key word.

For more information, contact us at archives@nmu.edu or stop by the Archives Monday through Friday between 8 AM and 5 PM!

Written by Annika Peterson

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