The History Project is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization that was founded in 1980 in order to document and preserve the history of Boston's LGBTQ communities, and to share that information with the world. Since the documentation of the LGBTQ experience is fragmentary and scattered, it has remained largely inaccessible to researchers, educators, the general public, and even the gay community itself. Through its mission, THP seeks to provide an accurate portrayal of the contributions our community has made to the political, cultural and economic life of the region.

One way we make Boston's LGBTQ history accessible is through our archival collections. Volunteer archivists are building this site in order to provide access to our collection finding aids and highlight selections from the collections housed in THP's archives.

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Memorial Service Program for Gordon William Copeland, Jr., Charles Shively's partner, on December 8, 1995

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This is the Memorial Service Program for Gordon William Copeland, Jr., Charles Shively's partner, on December 8, 1995, at the Old Cambridge Baptist…

Four obituaries for Gordon W. Copeland Jr., Charles Shively's partner, who passed away on November 23, 1995.

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This envelope contained four obituaries for Charles Shively's partner of 30 years, Gordon W. Copeland Jr. The obituaries record his passing on…

Letter to Charles from his mother, Florence, regarding the marriage of his brother, Mearl Jr ("Butch") to a woman named Marilyn on March 6 (year not recorded).

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In this letter, Charles' mother, Florence, breaks the news that his brother "Butch" (Mearl C. Shively, Jr.) has gotten married to "an awfully nice…