Denim Day 40th Anniversary Oral History Collection (Ms2019-001)

Title

Denim Day 40th Anniversary Oral History Collection (Ms2019-001)

Subject

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
University Archives
LGBTQ+ History

Description

This collection includes oral history accounts of the first Denim Day event at Virginia Tech in January 1979.

Abstract

This collection includes oral history accounts of the first Denim Day event at Virginia Tech in January 1979.

Creator

Special Collections, Virginia Tech

Date

1979-01-17

Date Created

2019

Rights

Permission to publish material from the Denim Day 40th Anniversary Oral History Collection must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Language

English

Bibliographic Citation

Denim Day 40th Anniversary Oral History Collection, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Rights Holder

Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

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  • Denim Day 40th Anniversary Oral History Collection (Ms2019-001)
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A promotional logo used for Denim Day events at Virginia Tech.
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A promotional image to introduce the Denim Day 40th Anniversary Exhibit
NancyKelly.jpeg

An interview with Nancy Kelly about Denim Day at Virginia Tech in January of 1979 and her experiences as a lesbian at Virginia Tech.
HeleneVachon.jpeg

In this interview, Helene talks about realizing her sexuality in Catholic school in the early 1970s and her time as a lesbian at Virginia Tech in the late 1970s.
SteveNoll.jpeg

In this interview Steve Noll discusses accepting his sexuality as a young man, the unnamed gay student group before the Gay Student Alliance and the support it received from Cooper House, and reactions to Denim Day from the communities surrounding Virginia Tech.
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In this interview, Sherry Wood discusses the volume of letters to the editor received by the Collegiate Times in response to Denim Day and the paper's reaction to them.
SteveCritchfield.jpeg

In this interview, Steve talks about his experiences as a gay man in Blacksburg beginning in the 1970s.
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In this interview, Sueann Brown talks about realizing her sexuality and becoming involved with the Gay Student Alliance at Virginia Tech, her experience of Denim Day in 1979, and her experience as an openly lesbian architect with the National Parks Service.
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In this interview, Sewell discusses the classes he was teaching as a member of the Department of Communications in 1979 during Denim Day. He recalls some of the responses he observed to the event, including the university's official stance on the Gay Student Alliance. He also talks briefly about his life prior to coming to Virginia Tech including the fear that his parents might find out about his sexuality and his wife's reaction when he came out to her.
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Scott Beadle's interview covers the motivations behind Denim Day, the experience of gay students living on campus in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and how things have changed on campus and in our society in the last forty years.
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a staged reading of articles and letters to the editor about Denim Day from the 1979 Collegiate Times interspersed with clips from the Denim Day at Virginia Tech 40th Anniversary Oral History Collection.

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