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Mabel Hampton, lesbian activist and archivist
Known fondly as Miss Mabel during her later years, Mabel Hampton (1902-1989) was truly “in the life.” A major contributor of her time and personal materials to The Lesbian Herstory Archives, she witnessed and helped document gay and black life during the 20th century, from the Harlem Renaissance to her own 25-year relationship with her partner Lillian Foster.
Hailing from Winston-Salem, NC, Hampton moved to New York in the 1920s to become a dancer and singer, and found a home in the Harlem Renaissance scene alongside queer black icon Langston Hughes and bisexual blues singer Bessie Smith. She was sent to a women’s reformatory for 13 months for prostitution in the early 1920s, but spoke openly about the kindess she received from other women there: 
“[Another prisoner] says, ‘I like you,’ ‘I like you too,’ [I reply]… we went to bed and she took me in her bed and held me in her arms and I went to sleep. She put her arms around me like Ellen used to do, you know, and I went to sleep.” 
In 1932, she met Foster (right) and the two remained a couple until Foster’s death in 1978. 
Throughout the years, Hampton squirreled away hundreds of letters, photos and other items that chronicled African-American and gay life and history, including her own. She became a prolific philanthropist, volunteer and a piece of living history, appearing in the 1980s documentaries, Silent Pioneers and Before Stonewall. In one of the many oral histories she recorded before her death in 1989, Hampton mused:
“I’m glad I became [a lesbian]. I have nothing to regret. Not a thing. All these people run around going, ‘I’m not this, I’m not that.’ [Being gay] doesn’t bother me. If I had to do it over again, I’d do the same thing. I’d be a lesbian. Oh boy, I would really be one, then! I’d really be one! Oh boy!” 

tranqualizer:

Mabel Hampton, lesbian activist and archivist

Known fondly as Miss Mabel during her later years, Mabel Hampton (1902-1989) was truly “in the life.” A major contributor of her time and personal materials to The Lesbian Herstory Archives, she witnessed and helped document gay and black life during the 20th century, from the Harlem Renaissance to her own 25-year relationship with her partner Lillian Foster.

Hailing from Winston-Salem, NC, Hampton moved to New York in the 1920s to become a dancer and singer, and found a home in the Harlem Renaissance scene alongside queer black icon Langston Hughes and bisexual blues singer Bessie Smith. She was sent to a women’s reformatory for 13 months for prostitution in the early 1920s, but spoke openly about the kindess she received from other women there: 

“[Another prisoner] says, ‘I like you,’ ‘I like you too,’ [I reply]… we went to bed and she took me in her bed and held me in her arms and I went to sleep. She put her arms around me like Ellen used to do, you know, and I went to sleep.” 

In 1932, she met Foster (right) and the two remained a couple until Foster’s death in 1978. 

Throughout the years, Hampton squirreled away hundreds of letters, photos and other items that chronicled African-American and gay life and history, including her own. She became a prolific philanthropist, volunteer and a piece of living history, appearing in the 1980s documentaries, Silent Pioneers and Before Stonewall. In one of the many oral histories she recorded before her death in 1989, Hampton mused:

“I’m glad I became [a lesbian]. I have nothing to regret. Not a thing. All these people run around going, ‘I’m not this, I’m not that.’ [Being gay] doesn’t bother me. If I had to do it over again, I’d do the same thing. I’d be a lesbian. Oh boy, I would really be one, then! I’d really be one! Oh boy!” 

(via secrethistoriesproject)

unhistorical:

Victorian era women and flappers 

Flappers - The Roaring Twenties

(via awesomearchives)

tangledupinlace:

Ya misspelled “orgasm”

fun fact:
“shortly after arriving there [Wilhelm Reich] coined the term “orgone" – derived from "orgasm" and "organism" – for acosmic energy he said he had discovered, which he said others referred to as God”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm_Reich

tangledupinlace:

Ya misspelled “orgasm”

fun fact:

shortly after arriving there [Wilhelm Reich] coined the term “orgone" – derived from "orgasm" and "organism" – for acosmic energy he said he had discovered, which he said others referred to as God”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm_Reich

Morning dog walk  (at Lynn, MA)

Morning dog walk (at Lynn, MA)

ourpresidents:

The Yalta Conference Cloak

The photos of the Big Three at the Yalta Conference are well-known, but have you ever looked closely at what FDR was wearing?

In contrast to the double-breasted coats worn by Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin, Franklin D. Roosevelt wore a distinctive wool and velvet cloak during his trip to the Crimea, Ukraine, in February 1945.

The garment is a U.S. Navy regulation officer’s boatcloak.  President Roosevelt’s was made at the Naval Clothing Depot at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York City in August 1942.  It is a standard officer’s boatcloak, ordered and unaltered for FDR’s use. 

The cloak is designed to be worn during movement by a boat to protect the wearer from the cold and his clothing from the effects of spray. It opens at the front and is fitted with two frogs (knotted lengths of braided cord), which engage to secure the cloak closed. The relative ease with which such a cloak could be put on and taken off made wearing it an attractive alternative to a more conventional garment—especially for someone whose ease of movement was hampered by the effects of polio.

Roosevelt wore similar boatcloaks during other trips he made during his Presidency.  The image of FDR in these cloaks is one of the most enduring of the war years.

Photo Gallery -FDR meets with the Big Three, the Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, and King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia during his Yalta Conference Trip

-from the FDR Library

OMG YALL PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARIES TUMBLR

Who can guess what we’re watching?

Who can guess what we’re watching?

pohtpof:

Documenting a sweet pour.

pohtpof:

Documenting a sweet pour.

Foggy icy swamp hike. (at Ponkapoag Pond)

Foggy icy swamp hike. (at Ponkapoag Pond)

Who's running this army?: Even Sasha Fierce needs Archives/Archivists

archivalerie:

So today I was checking the INALJ (I Need a Library Job) daily email of job postings when I came upon this:

Digital Archivist for Beyonce Parkwood Entertainment No location given- probably NYC Parkwood Entertainment is seeking a digital archivist interested in organizing and building an…

THANK YOU VALERIE … I just really needed to know more about this.

ellenbee:

libraryjournal:


There, across from the narrow conference room in which you are interviewing her, is another long, narrow room that contains the official Beyoncé archive, a temperature-controlled digital-storage facility that contains virtually every existing photograph of her, starting with the very first frames taken of Destiny’s Child, the ’90s girl group she once fronted; every interview she’s ever done; every video of every show she’s ever performed; every diary entry she’s ever recorded while looking into the unblinking eye of her laptop.

Beyonce GQ February 2013 Cover Story
Today is officially dedicated to Beyonce’s personal library, aka the Beyonce Archive, aka library Eden???
(The LJ tumblr is unofficially dedicated, every day, to Beyonce’s top knot.)

oh my god

WHAT

ellenbee:

libraryjournal:

There, across from the narrow conference room in which you are interviewing her, is another long, narrow room that contains the official Beyoncé archive, a temperature-controlled digital-storage facility that contains virtually every existing photograph of her, starting with the very first frames taken of Destiny’s Child, the ’90s girl group she once fronted; every interview she’s ever done; every video of every show she’s ever performed; every diary entry she’s ever recorded while looking into the unblinking eye of her laptop.

Beyonce GQ February 2013 Cover Story

Today is officially dedicated to Beyonce’s personal library, aka the Beyonce Archive, aka library Eden???

(The LJ tumblr is unofficially dedicated, every day, to Beyonce’s top knot.)

oh my god

WHAT

Snuggin.

Snuggin.

Walkin. (at Jamaica Pond)

Walkin. (at Jamaica Pond)

morning walk 

May we all have a better new year than this pelican #yolo (at Ocean Crest Peir)

May we all have a better new year than this pelican #yolo (at Ocean Crest Peir)

roywilliamsthebasedgod:

Michael Jordan and Sam Perkins in front of the Old Well. 

roywilliamsthebasedgod:

Michael Jordan and Sam Perkins in front of the Old Well. 

(Source: raftersblog)