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National Grant to Add Over 116,000 LGBTQ Spaces to Mapping Project

National Grant to Add Over 116,000 LGBTQ Spaces to Mapping Project

The project earlier this year garnered a nearly $350,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The researchers will use the award to hire graduate students through 2024 and add at least 116,000 new Damron listings.

Mapping the Gay Guides preserves LGBTQ history through online map

Mapping the Gay Guides preserves LGBTQ history through online map

The books were created by a businessman to help LGBTQ travelers find safe spaces nationwide to be themselves. By the '70s, Frederick’s Media Arts company was asked to create advertisements and graphics inside the books.

Classic gay travel guides written during less welcoming times to go online

Classic gay travel guides written during less welcoming times to go online

In another time and place, traveling businessman, Bob Damron, created an unusual address book. As a gay man from San Francisco, he kept track of his travels to other parts of the US between 1965 and 1980. And thanks to a pair of historians, these gay …

A New Project Is Bringing the Gay ‘Green Book’ Online

A New Project Is Bringing the Gay ‘Green Book’ Online

New technologies also have the power to make hidden histories more accessible and give people who have traditionally been excluded from the academy opportunities to participate in the preservation of their histories in new and lasting ways.

MGG to expand with support of NEH

MGG to expand with support of NEH

The Mapping the Gay Guides team is pleased to announce that we have received a three-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the expansion of the project.

MGG named Honorable Mention for 2020 Garfinkel Prize in Digital Humanities

MGG named Honorable Mention for 2020 Garfinkel Prize in Digital Humanities

The Garfinkel Prize in Digital Humanities is an award that honors caucus founder Susan Garfinkel for her longstanding service to the caucus and her commitment to an inclusive, interdisciplinary, welcoming Digital Humanities. The annual award will …

MGG wins 2021 Emerging Open Scholarship Award

MGG wins 2021 Emerging Open Scholarship Award

The award recognizes open scholarship that incorporates open access, open data, open education, and other related movements that have the potential to make scholarly work more efficient, more accessible, and more usable by those within and beyond the …

We Are Everywhere. The Bob Damron Address Books were a lifeline for gay travelers in the 1960s and 70s.

We Are Everywhere. The Bob Damron Address Books were a lifeline for gay travelers in the 1960s and 70s.

Amidst this anxiety, a new digital humanities project from historians Eric Gonzaba and Amanda Regan has been a major bright spot. Mapping the Gay Guides is an online exhibition that shows the growth of queer spaces for “community, pleasure, and …

This New Map Is Digitizing LGBTQ+ Travel Guides from the '60s and Beyond

This New Map Is Digitizing LGBTQ+ Travel Guides from the '60s and Beyond

Historian Eric Gonzaba’s college students aren’t familiar with the concept of a physical guide book. Their world is a digital one, where cell phones contain infinite travel guides.

Mapping the Gay Guides Project highlights historic queer spaces

Mapping the Gay Guides Project highlights historic queer spaces

Years ago —no, decades ago— if you couldn't find a local gay newspaper to browse along your travels, the Damron Guides provided the most up-to-date addresses, phone numbers and information on bars, cafes, bookstores, bath houses and cruisy spots …

Mapping the Gay Guides project plots queer spaces, launches digital map

Mapping the Gay Guides project plots queer spaces, launches digital map

When Eric Gonzaba travels across the United States, he often wonders about the history of the places he passes through — specifically, their queer history.

Titan Voice: Student finds community, pride in project mapping historical gay friendly spots

Titan Voice: Student finds community, pride in project mapping historical gay friendly spots

Five minutes. I waited only five minutes after reading the spring 2020 announcement to apply for the opportunity to work as a graduate research assistant with Eric Gonzaba, assistant professor of American Studies, on his grant-funded project Mapping …

Visualizing Queer Space in America Mapping the Gay Guides Project Plots Historical Spaces on a Digital Map

Visualizing Queer Space in America Mapping the Gay Guides Project Plots Historical Spaces on a Digital Map

When Eric Gonzaba travels across the United States, he often wonders about the history of the places he passes through — specifically, their queer history.

This Interactive Map Visualizes the Queer Geography of 20th-Century America

This Interactive Map Visualizes the Queer Geography of 20th-Century America

At first glance, Bob Damron’s Address Book reads like any other travel guide. Bars, restaurants, hotels and businesses are grouped by city and state, their names and addresses listed in alphabetical order...

Announcing the Launch of Mapping the Gay Guides!

Announcing the Launch of Mapping the Gay Guides!

Today we’re excited to officially launch the first phase of Mapping the Gay Guides, a digital history mapping project that aims to understand ignored queer geographies using the Damron Address Books.