Records of the Bisexual Resource Center Available for Research
The historical records of the Bisexual Resource Center are now open for research. A guide to the collection is available online at: http://www.library.neu.edu/archives/collect/findaids/m144findprint.htm.
The Bisexual Resource Center (formerly the East Coast Bisexual Network) is a Boston-based non-profit organization founded in 1985. Originally established as an umbrella group to facilitate organizing among bisexual groups on the East Coast, the organization expanded to include national and international bisexual groups. The BRC was founded concurrently with the first groups devoted specifically to bisexual political activism. In the late 1980s, the group made HIV / AIDS education and activism a priority, as bisexual men and women were popularly accused of transferring the disease from gay males to lesbians and the straight population. During the 1990s, the organization worked to control misinformation as bisexuality gained visibility in the mainstream media. The Bisexual Resource Center continues to build alliances among, and combat biphobia within the gay, lesbian, and transgender communities.
The collection contains records generated by the BRC and materials collected for the organization's in-house resource library. The 11.5 linear feet of material dates from 1983-2002 and includes administrative materials, newsletters and magazines, scholarly papers, articles from the LGBT and mainstream media, conference packets, and audiovisual materials. A highlight of this collection is the thorough documentation of the nationwide preparation for, participation in, and response to the 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Equal Rights.
The Bisexual Resource Center collection is open for research Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., in the Northeastern University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections Department, 92 Snell Library, Boston, Massachusetts. For a list of all of the Department's special collections, see: https://library.northeastern.edu/archives-special-collections/find-collections/finding-aids