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Houston ARCH 

As part of our commitment to the greater Houston community, the Center is proud to support the work of Houston ARCH (Area Rainbow Collective History), a consortium of Houston-area universities, libraries, museums, and archives that promotes the preservation and dissemination of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history in the Houston area.  Learn more about the consortium at http://houstonarch.pbworks.com.

The Houston ARCH Summer Internship in Oral HIstory 

One of the ways the Center supports Houston ARCH is through the Houston ARCH Summer Internship in Oral History.  In the first five years of the internship, the Center has supported seven interns. 

  • 2010 - Avery Twitchell-Heyne '13 interviewed Jack Valinski
  • 2011 - Amanda Mills '13 interviewed Barry Mandel
  • 2012 - Josh Cory '13 interviewed Don Gill
  • 2012 - Mary Waelder '13 interviewed Josephine Tittsworth
  • 2013 - Cristell Perez '15 interviewed Monica Roberts and Paul Guillory '76
  • 2014 - Lucas Riccardi '17 interviewed Larry Lingle
  • 2014 - Khadijah Erskine '17 interviewed Kay van Cleave and Scott Tillinghast
  • 2015 - Zoe Matranga ’17 interviewed Michael C. Webb and Johnny Peden
  • 2015 - Anna Thomas ’17 interviewed Emma Lou “Scotty” Scott and Dee Dee Waters

Students who have successfully completed SWGS 201 are eligible to apply for the internship.  Calls for applications are released in January and are due in February.  For additional details, please contact Brian Riedel.

The Intern’s primary responsibility is to conduct oral history interviews and produce both archival-quality files of the interviews and final video products for public distribution.

Interns will receive a stipend of $2,000 per oral history and will commit to collecting either one or two oral histories over the summer.  Each Intern may earn up to $4,000 per summer.  Each oral history is expected to take six weeks to collect, or approximately 120 hours of work.  As part of their paid time, Interns are expected to attend the public meetings of Houston ARCH and to assist with the History Tent at the Pride Festival in June.

The products of the internship may be made available to the public in a variety of forms: via the webpage for the Center, the wiki for Houston ARCH, through the History Tent at the Pride Festival, and as part of the permanent collection of the Woodson Research Center, the archival arm of Rice University’s Fondren Library.