We recently finished processing the John Fryer papers (Collection 3465) and are very proud to have among his documents the original manuscript of the speech Fryer gave at the 1972 Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The event is considered one of the most significant moments in the history of the gay-rights movement, persuading the APA to remove homosexuality from the list of diseases listed in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM II).
I’m posting this on behalf of Jenna Marrone, intern for the processing of the Indian Rights Association records.
The story of Native Americans in the United States is not an unfamiliar one. Most of us are at least somewhat aware of the complicated and tragic relationship between the U.S. government and Indian tribes throughout the country’s history. For contemporary audiences, well-known phrases like “The only good Indian is a dead Indian” and “Kill the Indian…and save the man” sound like bad dialogue from an old Western film.
While processing the business records portion of the Morris Milgram Papers I found numerous references to Milgram's expulsion from CUNY (City College, City University of New York). But that's all I had seen so far; vague references and comments about how the event was not only revealing of his political compromise in his early years but also a crucial point of departure.
Arranging work on the Albert M. Greenfield papers is almost done but we have lots of work to do to complete the finding aid. This collection is very large, so it’s taking us a lot of time to input the collection’s data into Archivists’ Toolkit, the software we’re using here to create EAD finding aids.
Last September, I began processing the Richardson Dilworth papers as part of the NHPRC Civic Engagement project. This is a wonderful collection of documents reflecting the social and political life of Philadelphia, particularly during the 1950s, as seen through the eyes of former Philadelphia mayor Richardson Dilworth.
When you visit the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s webpage and read the description of what we do, you’ll find a reference to additions to our collection of documents acquired in 2002 from The Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies. Although HSP has excelled in keeping and providing access to valuable documents about American colonial history, we do hold collections pertaining to Latino (or Hispanics) groups that have settled in Pennsylvania.
If you go to the section entitled About Us at our website, you’ll see that the Historical Society of Pennsylvania has over 19 million manuscripts and graphic items. HSP was founded in 1824 and as you can imagine, we have been collecting and acquiring materials on a continued basis since.