“Queerolina” Online Exhibit Features Oral Histories of LGBTQIA+ Tar Heels – UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries

June 14, 2022

A new online oral history exhibit from University Libraries shares the lived experiences of members of the UNC-Chapel Hill community who identify as LGBTQIA+.

Queerolina: Experiences of Space and Place through Oral Histories is a collaboration between University Libraries, the Carolina Pride Alum Network, and the Southern Oral History Program. The site features and maps excerpts from oral histories that partners collected and archived as part of The Story of Us: Documenting and Preserving LGBTQIA Carolina History project.

The oral histories of LGBTQiA+ members of the UNC-Chapel Hill community are the focus of a new online exhibit from the Wilson Library’s University Archives.

Queerolina is the work of two student curators. Cassie Tanks MSLS ’22 worked as an associate of the University of Carolina Library in the Wilson Library University Archives. Hooper Schultz holds a Ph.D. student in the history department at UNC-Chapel Hill and was a member of the Carolina Pride Alum Network.

The title Queerolina “aims to encompass the multiplicity of LGBTQIA+ identities while leaving room for the negative ways in which the word ‘queer’ has been used,” Hooper and Schultz write in an explanation that is part of the site.

The 31 stories included in the exhibit when it launches explore experiences in familiar campus locations, such as the Pit and college buildings, as well as memories unfolding across the state and country.

Queerolina and The Story of Us continue to grow as Tar Heels contribute their stories and the materials that document their experiences. For more information, contact the university archives at [email protected] or complete an online oral history interest form.

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