Oral history interview with David Gwynn, 2018

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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0:00 - Interview introduction

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Partial Transcript: Today is Tuesday, September 18, 2018, and my name is Scott Hinshaw.

0:13 - Background, family, and early education

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Partial Transcript: I'd like to start the interview by asking about your background.

Segment Synopsis: Gwynn discusses his early life, family, and early education.

2:04 - Attending UNCG as an undergraduate

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Partial Transcript: So when did you attend UNCG as an undergraduate?

Segment Synopsis: Gwynn discusses attending UNCG as an undergraduate during the 1980s and 1990s.

Keywords: 1980s; 1990s; Athletics; Campus growth; Fraternities; LGBTQA; Sororities

7:03 - WUAG and UNCG's music scene

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Partial Transcript: So, you spent a lot of time in the Elliott Center.

Segment Synopsis: Gwynn discusses his involvement with UNCG's radio station (WUAG) and the music scene on campus, Tate St., and Greensboro during the 1980s and 1990s.

Keywords: Apple Cellar (Tate St. club); diversity; Elliott University Center (EUC); Friday's (Tate St. club); Hong Kong House; Music; New York Pizza (Tate St.); Nightshade Cafe (Tate St. club); radio; Tate St.; WUAG

38:12 - Student Government Association involvement

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Partial Transcript: So, you were involved with SGA as well, right?

Segment Synopsis: Gwynn discusses his involvement with the Student Government Association (SGA), including recognition of the Gay and Lesbian Student Association (GLSA), and formation of the Student Escort Service.

Keywords: Gay and Lesbian Student Association (GLSA); Student Escort Service; Student Government Association (SGA)

41:32 - Being out at UNCG and LGBT environment

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Partial Transcript: We recognized a lot of organizations. The Gay and Lesbian Student Association being one of them.

Segment Synopsis: Gwynn discusses being out as a gay man at UNCG during his undergraduate years, what the campus culture was like at the time, the suicide of Kenneth Crump, and various issues related to UNCG as a gay-friendly campus.

Keywords: Activism; AIDS; Campus culture; discrimination; Diversity; Gay and Lesbian Student Association (GLSA); Inclusivity; Kenneth Crump; LGBTQA; suicide

62:16 - Living in San Francisco

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Partial Transcript: Not right off hand. Eventually I left it all and moved to San Francisco where everything was drastically different.

Segment Synopsis: Gwynn discusses his decision to move to San Francisco after his undergraduate days and how it helped him in his development.

63:36 - Coming back to UNCG

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Partial Transcript: Well, let's talk about what brought you back or happened when you came back.

Segment Synopsis: Gwynn discusses coming back to NC for his graduate degree in Library Science, and then his subsequent career at UNCG as Digital Projects Coordinator.

Keywords: Archives; Digital Library on American Slavery; digitization; Jackson Library; Librarianship; Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS)

80:23 - Meaning of UNCG and its future

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Partial Transcript: All right. Well, I'm going to move on to the conclusions portion.

Segment Synopsis: Gwynn discusses what UNCG means to him and why it is important, as well as his thoughts on UNCG's future.

Keywords: diversity

85:28 - Interview conclusion

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Partial Transcript: Well, I don't have anymore formal questions for you.