When the Community is You: Institutional Outreach Through Archival Exhibits


  • Steve Duckworth Oregon Health & Science University




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In June of 2019, HC&A launched “Queering OHSU,” an exhibit focused on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) history of the institution. Dating back to the early 1900s, this history had been largely undocumented in the archives’ holdings. Prior to the exhibit opening, I reached out across the University community to gather records that documented this history, conducted offsite research in other local repositories, and oversaw the recording of three oral history interviews on the topic of transgender health. Through these efforts, I hoped to increase the archives’ holdings, uncover hidden stories, and increase the visibility of the archives in new communities. This article speaks to the work completed as part of the project and subsequent outcomes, which include developing additional archival holdings, making positive institutional connections, and bringing in a small but thankful new audience to the archives.


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Author Biography

Steve Duckworth, Oregon Health & Science University

Steve Duckworth (he/him) is the University Archivist for Oregon Health & Science University’s Historical Collections & Archives and currently serves as the Interim Director of Special Collections. He teaches as an adjunct instructor for library and information science programs at Emporia State University and Rutgers University and holds an MLIS from Drexel University. His efforts focus on educating and mentoring students and new professionals with an ethics of care mindset, as well as advocating for fairer and more equitable labor practices within the profession and creating more representative and accessible archives.




How to Cite

Duckworth, S. (2020). When the Community is You: Institutional Outreach Through Archival Exhibits. OLA Quarterly, 26(1), 40–45. https://doi.org/10.5399/osu/1093-7374.26.01.09