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Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Center, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota. Collection, 1972 - Ongoing.

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SMHC Collection 0188

Scope and Contents

Five series make up the structure of this collection: correspondence and office records, newspaper clippings, events, miscellaneous items, and memorabilia.

Correspondence and Office Records

These records contain some official and unofficial correspondence and documents of Jim Chalgren and other individuals along with the logs of telephone calls to and from the LGBC, letters, and thank you's.

Newspaper Clippings

LGBC workers compiled these clippings from a variety of newspapers. The topics collected concern issues related to the rights of gays, lesbians, and bisexuals.


Information in this series contains documentation on E. H. D. programs. Eliminate Hate programs, a vigil held following the murder of Mathew Shepard, and items related to musical events.


These documents contain information on the history of the LGBC and its founder Jim Chalgren, publications and policy statements, reports by the governor of Minnesota, posters, and a large sympathy card intended for the family of Mathew Shepard.


This series contains a door nameplate for the Gay Lesbian Concerns office, a leaflet from the Millennium March on Washington, ten pins related to LGBC events, twelve pins for Minnesota issues, twelve pins for political topics, twenty-three pins on miscellaneous subjects, and ten pins concerning political causes important to the membership of the LGBC.


  • Other: 1972-ongoing

Biographical / Historical

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Center began in 1977 under the leadership of Jim Chalgren, a graduate student at Mankato State University. The organization attempted to provide support, resources, activities, and information to the institution's student body. In the process, the LGBC became one of the first organizations of its kind on university campuses. During the Center's history, the organization has held numerous names ranging from the Alternative Lifestyles Office to the Gay Concerns Office.

The historical information was obtained from the collection.


3.00 Cubic Feet (1 Archives Box 2 Hollinger Boxes 1 Oversize Box 1 Oversize Folder (Map Drawers))

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The Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Center (LGBC) collection contains information collected over a twenty-nine year period at Minnesota State University. The collection consists of four series: correspondence and office records, newspaper clippings, events, miscellaneous items, and memorabiha. Each series is arranged by topic and chronological order. The collection contains information about the history of the organization in Mankato and battles against discrimination, newspaper clippings collected over two decades concerning gays and lesbians at the national and local levels, campus events, miscellaneous pictures, correspondence, and sixty-six pins related to issues deemed important by the LGBC's membership.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Center donated this collection in December 2001 and May 2002.

Related Materials

Chalgren, James (Jim) Eric, 1951-2000. Collection, 1979-2000. SMHC Manuscript Collection 212, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Center, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota. Collection, 1972 - Ongoing.
Jeff A. Jenson
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Revision Statements

  • 2002-05: Jeff A. Jenson updated this collection and finding aid.
  • 2006-05: Michael J. Gieseke updated this collection and finding aid.
  • 2015-09: Mee Xiong updated the finding aid.

Repository Details

Part of the Southern Minnesota Historical Center Repository

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Memorial Library
PO Box 8419
Mankato MN 56002-8419 US