Rare books and literature on display in the special collections room
What: Queer Century Exhibition, collection of rare and special books
Who: Curators Kyle Frackman and Gregory Mackie
When: Special reception, tours on Wednesday, November 13 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Where: COM 004, Special Collections Library, Commons building, 3297 University Way, UBC Okanagan campus
UBC Okanagan is hosting A Queer Century, an exhibition of books and other literature currently on loan from UBC Vancouver’s rare books and special collections department.
The exhibition, featuring books, flyers, leaflets and other archival materials dating from 1869 to 1969, tells stories from the history of sexuality, progressing from the emergence of homosexuality as a named concept in 1869 to the announced decriminalization of homosexual activity in Canada in 1969. It also highlights cultural events in the changing perceptions of gender and sexuality during that 100-year period.
UBCO Chief Librarian Heather Berringer credits exhibit curators, Associate Professor Kyle Frackman and Associate Professor Gregory Mackie, for their work in creating the exhibit and now bringing it to the Okanagan campus.
“The curators and our colleagues in rare books and special collections have done an outstanding job on this collection,” says Berringer. “We can’t wait to see it installed in our new special collections space in the Commons building.”
A Queer Century, 1869-1969 opens Wednesday, November 13 and will run until the end of December in the special collections area of the Commons building—the lower level of the Commons in the D. Ross Fitzpatrick Great Hall.
Both Frackman and Mackie will be at UBCO on November 13 and will lead tours of the exhibit from about 1 to 3 p.m. Light refreshments will be available between 1 and 4 p.m. More information about the exhibit can be found at: library.ok.ubc.ca/2019/10/23/a-queer-century-comes-to-ubc-okanagan-campus