This week I have been engaged in creative pursuits, while also trying to make progress towards my aim of creating a Cork LGBT Digital Archive.
In an earlier post on Cork LGBT Digital Archive I talked about the rich source of archival material stored in the basement of a house in Cork. This material has been gathered over the past 30 years. It relates to the history of the LGBT community in Cork, the Quay Co-op, Safer Sex and AIDS organisations as well as various other campaigns and organisations. While it contains many gems, the ‘archive’ is unsorted with information on various organisations mixed in together.
This week I began the slow process of trying to sort through the archive, with the assistance of Arthur, Carol, Katherine, John and Fionuala. We tried to resist the temptation to read through all the fantastic information we found, although we had to admire some of the wonderful posters in the collection. Initially the information is being sorted into broad categories, such as LGBT Cork, Quay Co-op, AIDS, Environmental, Housing Co-op etc. Once sorted each category can be catalogued and explored in further depth.