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LGTV video collection
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  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Scope and Contents

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    Title: LGTV video collection
    creator: Rigby, Robin, 1962-
    Identifier/Call Number: Coll2019-008
    Physical Description: 0.4 Linear Feet 1 box.
    Date (inclusive): 1991-1997
    Abstract: Hi-8 videocassettes, newspaper clippings, and photographic prints, 1991-1997, from Robin Rigby. This collection includes material related to the Providence, Rhode Island-based television show LGTV which aired in the early 1990s.


    Photographs and documents are at the beginning, followed by videocassettes. The materials are arranged alphabetically.

    Biographical / Historical

    LGTV started out as a public access television show in the early 1990s in Providence, Rhode Island. This LGBT magazine style television show originally was conceived by two lesbian women and was enacted by a group of volunteers. LGTV originally aired in Providence, but after a slot opened up in the statewide programming LGTV was broadcasted throughout Rhode Island.
    The group behind LGTV covered any LGBT event happening within the state but also managed to secure press passes to national events like the 1993 March on Washington or the Lighten Up! comedy show in New York City. They also conducted interviews on subjects important to their audience and had a monthly calendar of events. LGTV had various segments and included segments shot outside of the studio. One episode included on-location segments of the AIDS Memorial Quilt exhibition at Rhode Island College, a demonstration at the Mapplethorpe exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the picketing of Brad Gorham and Arthur Read's law offices, and interviews with gay men and residents of Providence about local news.

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Robin Rigby, March 2, 2019.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder #, or item name] LGTV Video Collection, Coll2019-008, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Eve Moeykens-Arballo, 2019.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection includes 11 Hi-8 videocassettes, newspaper clippings, and 35mm photoraphic prints and negatives. The 8-mm videocassettes were shot by Robin Rigby and include footage from Rhode Island in the early 1990s such as the Walk for Life in 1991; Gay Pride in 1991; Gay Pride in 1992; the Stravaganza in 1996; the Simple Justice Protest; Providence Pride in 1993, 1995, and 1997; footage from the 1993 March on Washington; and footage from the NYC comedy special Lighten Up! The photographic prints include 3 sets of of photographs taken at the 1993 March on Washington. The newspaper clippings include reviews of LGTV in newspapers such as The Newpaper and The Providence Journal.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Gays in mass media
    Homosexuality on television
    Lesbians in mass media
    Television programs