"Queer Radio with Attitude": Digitizing Houston's LGBT Broadcast History




Vinson, Emily
Scott, Bethany

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Texas Digital Library


In 2020, the University of Houston Libraries was awarded an NEH grant to digitize and make accessible 40 years of Houston’s LGBTQ radio and television history, totaling over 3,500 hours. The project brings together several broadcast collections through a post-custodial collaboration with the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum of GLBT History.

Decades before issues like trans visibility or intersectionality entered the mainstream, these radio and TV programs provided a platform for marginalized voices. In the hands of researchers, this data set reveals how one city's LGBTQ community grew and organized with the help of media.

In this presentation, we will describe the contents of the collections, highlighting the unique opportunities and challenges presented by a large-scale, post-custodial AV archive from an underrepresented community (during a pandemic). In particular we will discuss our approach to redacting music under copyright, generating and providing access to captions or transcripts for each recording, and describing thousands of unique recordings for publication on our digital library.


TCDL 2023 Session 3E, Thursday, 5/18/2023, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm | Moderated by Phebe Raglin, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi | Presentation | Collections, Metadata, & Digital Preservation