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Colin de la Motte-Sherman Papers

Identifier: Tretter-430

Scope and Contents

The papers cover human rights efforts across Europe, especially concerning human rights and LGBT issue violations in Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Colin contributed extensively to the publications and foundations he was involved in/helped found, and the papers contain those writings and interviews he did for Die Andere Welt, International Lesbian and Gay Cultural Network (ILGCN), ver.di, Amnesty International, and Queeramnesty. The papers contain general information about LGBT culture, pride celebrations, and LGBT resources in Germany and surrounding countries. Extensive information about human rights conferences including information files and photographs. Photographs also include images of LGBT history tours in Germany. The books in the collection include fiction and non-fiction and cover human rights and LGBT history in Germany as well as other countries in Europe.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within Bulk of the materials and files date from 1985-2017, with some catalogued books published between the 1960s and 2000s

Language of Materials

Materials in German and English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.


Colin de le Motte-Sherman is originally from Aylesbury, England, where he trained to become a teacher and became a labor union activist through the National Union of Teachers. He moved to Germany in 1976 to marry a woman he met as a teacher in training, and came out 8 years later as gay to his then wife and family. After their mutual divore, Colin founded LGBT groups such as Sonntags-Club, Courage, and a LGBT journal called Die Andere Welt. He also co-founded the International Lesbian and Gay Cultural Network (ILGCN) with Bill Schiller, which went on to host many conferences throughout Europe. At these conferences, Colin often represented his trade union, ver.di, and Queer Amnesty. Colin also has papers donated to the Gay Museum in Berlin.


2.5 Linear Feet (Two record cartons and one hollinger box.)


These papers include information about general human/LGBT rights across Europe. They also include Colin's personal writings and interviews he conducted in publications that he contributed to or helped found such as ILGCN and Die Andere Welt. These papers contain record files, magazines, newspapers, DVDs, photos, and books.

Joshlynn Borreson
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