IAGSDC History Project

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The IAGSDC History Project is a recent (2009) name for an umbrella project encompassing a series of several smaller initiatives by Allan Hurst, which includes:

  • The digital recreation/restoration of the book Ten Years IAGSDC.
  • The 10/25 Project.
  • Creation of this wiki.
  • The (eventual) scanning and photographing of the IAGSDC Archives in Karl Jaeckel's home, and subsequent relocation of the materials to a research library facility for safekeeping.

Original Goals

The original goals of the History Project were to (1) Restore [TEN YEARS IAGSDC]], (2) Create a follow-on book covering years 10-25 (through the Cleveland, OH convention Touch A Quarter Century).

In 2008, at a lunch meeting of the IAGSDC board during Touch A Quarter Century, the board requested that Allan add the inventory and indexing of Karl Jaeckel's extensive IAGSDC archives, and figure out somewhere to relocate the physical archives for safekeeping.

Ten Years IAGSDC Digital Edition

In 2009, Allan released the Digital Edition (as a PDF document) of the book Ten Years IAGSDC: A Collection of Pages From Our Memory Book. The release was formally announced during the brunch at DC Diamond Circulate.

10/25 Project

The 10/25 Project was intended to be a gathering of historical material (e.g., interviews) covering the period from where the 10 Years book left off and the IAGSDC's 25th Anniversary Convention in Cleveland, OH. (Hence the name "10/25".)

As production of Ten Years IAGSDC Digital Edition dragged on (for roughly two years longer than anticipated), it became apparent that producing a formal printed "10/25" volume--or even an electronic book as a PDF file--would be highly impractical at best.

The 10/25 Project was informally morphed into a combination of coordinating the gathering of oral histories, which will be uploaded into the IAGSDC History Wiki. There is consideration of renaming this effort the "IAGSDC Oral History Project".

Revised Goals: Wiki Creation

After nearly two years of thrashing about trying to figure out the best way to gather material for the 10/25 Project, Allan decided to ditch the idea of creating a book and instead create a website allowing anybody to make their own historical contributions via a wiki.

Danny Lee graciously researched and then installed a copy of MediaWiki software on the IAGSDC's website, to which Allan added an organizational framework and some initial content.

Oral History Project

The Oral History Project is intended to gather stories and personal histories from callers, dancers, and friends of the IAGSDC. Happy Doodle is the team leader for this project.

IAGSDC Archives

Karl Jaeckel's home is filled from top to bottom with valuable and rare IAGSDC ephemera. One of the goals of the History Project is to scan and/or photograph all of the ephemera, create a master index, and upload the resulting digital content (and index) to this wiki.

After the ephemera have been digitally scanned and/or recreated, the colletion will be placed in a suitable research library capable of (1) preserving the ephemera and (2) providing public access to the materials as needed by researchers and historians .

Some of the institutions under discussion include Chicago's Gerber/Hart Library, the San Francisco based GLBT Historical Society, similar institutions in New York, or the [Library of Congress]. Discussions with any of these institutions have not yet commenced.