Oral history interview with Dr. John D'Emilio, 2018

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Transcript Index
Search This Index
Go X

0:00 - Interview introduction

Play segment Segment link

Partial Transcript: My name is Stacey Krim and today is Thursday, March 29, 2018.

0:22 - Early life and biographical information

Play segment Segment link

Partial Transcript: So you're originally from New York?

Segment Synopsis: Dr. D'Emilio discusses his early life.

Keywords: 1960s; 1970s; Columbia University; Dr. Loren Schweninger; History Department; Jonathan Ned Katz; LGBTQA; William Leuchtenburg

7:33 - UNCG and Greensboro

Play segment Segment link

Partial Transcript: So you're from New York and you come to Greensboro as a gay man. Can you talk about what you noticed in Greensboro at that time and that culture?

Segment Synopsis: Dr. D'Emilio discusses the culture of Greensboro and UNCG during the 1980s.

Keywords: 1980s; Community; Dr. Frank Melton; Dr. Gay Cheney; Dr. Loren Schweninger; Dr. Thomas K. Fitzgerald; Dr. William L. Coleman; Faculty; LGBTQA; Politics; Students; The Gay Academic Union

13:53 - History Department and courses

Play segment Segment link

Partial Transcript: So, you arrive on campus. Were you one of the first gender historians we had in our History Department?

Segment Synopsis: Dr. D'Emilio discusses his the History Department and UNCG, the courses he taught, and the incorporation of LGBTQA issues into those courses.

Keywords: 1980s; 1990s; Ashby Residential College; History Department; LGBTQA; Students

23:24 - Students

Play segment Segment link

Partial Transcript: You come to campus and you're just about the most openly out person, in potentially Greensboro, did students come to you?

Segment Synopsis: Dr. D'Emilio discusses his students.

Keywords: 1980s; 1990s; Diversity; History Department; LGBTQA; Students

27:20 - Faculty

Play segment Segment link

Partial Transcript: Did any faculty approach you about how to add issues of LGBT issues into their own curriculum?

Segment Synopsis: Dr. D'Emilio discusses the faculty at UNCG during his time here.

Keywords: 1980s; 1990s; Academics; ACLU of North Carolina; Anthropology Department; Dr. Thomas K. Fitzgerald; Dr. William L. Coleman; Faculty; LGBTQA; National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights

30:42 - UNCG LGBTQA community interaction with the Greensboro LGBTQA community

Play segment Segment link

Partial Transcript: Looking towards the greater Greensboro LGBT community, was UNCG's LGBT community more insular or was there a lot of interaction with the Greensboro community?

Segment Synopsis: Dr. D'Emilio discusses the interaction between the UNCG LGBTQA community with the great Greensboro community.

Keywords: 1980s; 1990s; AIDS; AIDS Service Organization; Community; Gay Academic Union; LGBTQA

32:20 - AIDS on campus, in Greensboro, and in North Carolina

Play segment Segment link

Partial Transcript: When did this campus first become aware of AIDS?

Segment Synopsis: Dr. D'Emilio discusses the AIDS crisis on UNCG's campus, and in other cities around North Carolina.

Keywords: 1980s; 1990s; AIDS; Community; faculty; LGBTQA; students; The Firehouse Society; The Greensboro Gay Purge of the 1950s; UNC AIDS Task Force

40:09 - National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Play segment Segment link

Partial Transcript: At what point were you hired to the National Task Force?

Segment Synopsis: Dr. D'Emilio discusses his time on the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

Keywords: 1980s; Dr. Steven Lawson; Melinda Paras; National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

43:39 - Students part II

Play segment Segment link

Partial Transcript: Did you ever have any communication with your former students?

Segment Synopsis: Dr. D'Emilio continues his discussion about his former students.

Keywords: Deidre “Dee” Lutz; Dr. Charles Upchurch; Dr. Clyde Ellis; Dr. Douglas Bristol; Dr. Karen L. Cox; Dr. Pippa Holloway; LGBTQA; Students

46:49 - Courses part II: Gay History

Play segment Segment link

Partial Transcript: I realize one other thing I haven't mentioned. I did teach one gay course.

Segment Synopsis: Dr. D'Emilio continues his discussion on his courses - specifically his Gay History course.

Keywords: 1990s; Dr. Pippa Holloway; History Department; LGBTQA

50:10 - LGBTQA Archives

Play segment Segment link

Partial Transcript: So you also spoke a bit about the transition of LGBT archives and how that has happened. Can you speak to that a bit, and how it started as private collections moving towards formal substantial archives?

Segment Synopsis: Dr. D'Emilio discusses the transition of LGBTQA archives from private collections to formal archives.

Keywords: 1970s; 1980s; 1990s; Human Sexuality Collection; Lesbian Herstory Archives; LGBTQA; OutHistory; The Advocate

56:19 - Publications

Play segment Segment link

Partial Transcript: Can you speak to, while you're teaching here and while you're on the National AIDS Task Force, you're pushing out a tremendous amount of scholarly publications - can you speak to a few of those?

Segment Synopsis: Dr. D'Emilio discusses his publications.

Keywords: Bayard Rustin; Dr. Estelle B. Freedman; Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America; The World Turned: Essays on Gay History, Politics, and Culture

61:16 - UNCG part II: looking back

Play segment Segment link

Partial Transcript: Looking back from your time here UNCG to where you are now, what do you wish had been in place the most while you were here?

Segment Synopsis: Dr. D'Emilio continues his discussion on UNCG, and what he wishes was in place for the UNCG LGBTQA community during his time here.

Keywords: 1980s; 1990s; Campus life; LGBTQA

63:38 - Interview conclusion