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Barbara Gittings papers

Identifier: Tretter: 225

Scope and Content

The Barbara Gittings papers contain articles, clippings, publications, documents related to GLBT organizations, and personal documents including correspondence, personal writings, event programs and flyers.


  • 1963-2006, undated


Language of Materials

Collection material in English

Restrictions on Access

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Restrictions on Use

Please contact staff regarding copyright status of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Biographical Sketch or Historical Note

Barbara Brooks Gittings was born in 1932. She was a prominent American GLBT activist, founded the New York chapter of Daughters of Bilitis (DOB), and was the first editor of DOB's The Ladder. Gittings was instrumental in forming the first gay caucus in the American Library Association (ALA). To honor her contributions, both the ALA and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) created annual awards bearing her name. Gittings was with her partner, Kay Tobin Lahusen, for 46 years. Barbara Gittings passed away in February of 2007.


1 boxes (1 linear foot)


The Barbara Gittings papers contain publications, articles, personal papers, and documents related to GLBT organizations.

Source of acquisition

The Barbara Gittings papers were donated by Kay Tobin Lahusen.

Related Materials

Barbara Gittings and Kay Tobin Lahusen gay history papers and photographs, Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library.

Barbara Gittings and Kay Tobin Lahusen miscellany, #7645. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

Tretter Collection Information Files, Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Heather Dahlgren and Susan Hoffman in 2013. A later accretion was processed by Jennifer Shaw and Tyler Gardner as part of a project financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.
Barbara Gittings papers, 1963-2006
Jennifer Shaw
October 2014
Language of description
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Jean Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies Collecting Area