This talk will discuss Mapping the Gay Guides, a new digital humanities project that has currently mapped 34,000+ historical listings from the Damron Address Books, a longtime gay travel guide. The talk will explain the importance the gay print culture beginning in the 1960s and the possibilities of understanding queer histories in a different light utilizing this kind of historical data.
Eric Gonzaba is a historian of race and sexuality in modern America and an Assistant Professor of American Studies at California State University, Fullerton. He is currently writing a book on the history of gay nightlife in America since 1970. His work has previously been supported by grants and fellowships from the Point Foundation, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.