What can we learn from mapping Damron's Address Books?

A Hotel in Bohemia

A Hotel in Bohemia

Our team examines Bohemia, NY's only listing from the available data. What queer history can we learn from the Central Hotel?

Policing Balboa Park

Policing Balboa Park

CSUF graduate researcher Christian Castillo explores the “fuzz” surveillance of a popular San Diego park.

The History of Club Ripples

The History of Club Ripples

CSUF graduate researcher Giulia Oprea uses the Damron guidebook data to track the shifting ownership of a landmark Long Beach gay bar.

Looking Closer at Lesbian Spaces in the Bay Area

Looking Closer at Lesbian Spaces in the Bay Area

Despite our data reflecting mostly a gay male perspective, what sort of lesbian histories exist within these travel guides? CSUF graduate researcher Laura Fauvor explores sites of queer women in San Francisco.

Paramount Steak House: A Forever Listing

Paramount Steak House: A Forever Listing

It’s rare to come across a commercial queer space that is still in operation, it’s even rarer to come across a gay-friendly business that exists in ALL years of our available data.

A Listing Tragically Disappears: The Upstairs Lounge Fire in New Orleans

A Listing Tragically Disappears: The Upstairs Lounge Fire in New Orleans

Despite stereotypes of the South as some inherently ignorant and homophobic place, New Orleans has a vibrant queer culture, and there’s nothing modern about that.

Southern Black Queer Spaces

Southern Black Queer Spaces

What do the Damron guides tell us about black gay spaces in the South? Are there limitations in exploring race in our data?

Does Alabama have an LGBTQ history?

Does Alabama have an LGBTQ history?

For this vignette, we have isolated just the Alabama listings in the Damron Address books from 1965-1980, a sort of preview before the official launch of an additional eleven southern states in February 2020.