Diane Hugs papers

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2020


Descriptive Summary

Title: Diane Hugs papers
Dates: 1982-2001
Collection Number: 2001-26
Creator/Collector: Hugaert, Diane
Extent: 1 carton
Repository: GLBT Historical Society
San Francisco, California 94103
Abstract: Diane Hugaert, known in her activist and literary life as Diane Hugs, was a prominent early member of the Wry Crips, a disabled women’s theater group with close ties to the disability rights movement. Much of the collection consists of Hugs’ detailed and emotional diaries (kept from 1982 to 2001), which chronicle her relationships, her activism, the progression of her illness, and her work to recover from childhood trauma.
Language of Material: English

Access

Collection is open for research, with the exception of material related to an allegation of sexual abuse in Hugs’ community, which has been restricted; redacted copies are available.

Publication Rights

Copyright to material has been transferred to the GLBT Historical Society. All requests for reproductions and/or permission to publish or quote from material must be submitted in writing to the GLBT Historical Society Archivist.

Preferred Citation

Diane Hugs papers. GLBT Historical Society

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated to the GLBT Historical Society by Audrey Smith in 2001.

Biography/Administrative History

Diane Hugaert, known in her activist and literary life as Diane Hugs, was a prominent early member of the Wry Crips, a disabled women’s theater group with close ties to the disability rights movement. Hugs, who had multiple sclerosis (MS) and experienced dissociative episodes as a result of childhood sexual abuse, was the first coordinator and a board member of the group. She had worked with and advocated for people with disabilities before becoming disabled herself.

Scope and Content of Collection

Much of the collection consists of Hugs’ detailed and emotional diaries (kept from 1982 to 2001), which chronicle her relationships, her activism, the progression of her illness, and her work to recover from childhood trauma. It also includes other personal writing, such as essays, poetry, correspondence, and fiction, as well as a trophy from the National Wheelchair Women's Basketball Tournament and Hugs’ purple-banded hat. There are also materials related to the Wry Crips, including extensive writing by members, as well as meeting minutes, production notes, and the group’s by-laws, procedures and guidelines (1989), which Hugs co-wrote with Cheryl Marie Wade.

Indexing Terms

Lesbians
Disabled people
Theater

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