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Douglas Conrad Eastern and Central European LGBT interviews and supporting materials

Call Number: MS 1907

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of interviews and footage of events documenting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) life in Eastern and Central Europe from the 1992 to 2009. Interviews from the Shades of Red & Pink archives, Douglas' collective title for the project, and a small amount of printed material from the countries documented are included. Germany, Hungary, and Russia are particularly well documented.


  • 1992-2009


Language of Materials

The papers are in English, Croatian, Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Polish, and Russian.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Original audiovisual materials, as well as preservation and duplicating masters, may not be played. Researchers must consult use copies, or if none exist must pay for a use copy, which is retained by the repository. Researchers wishing to obtain an additional copy for their personal use should consult Copying Services information on the Manuscripts and Archives web site.

Original computer files may not be accessed due to their fragility. Researchers must consult access copies.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creator of this collection for materials they have authored or otherwise produced. After the lifetime of the creator, copyright passes to Yale University. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Douglas Conrad, 2008.


The papers are arranged in two sections: Interviews and Location Footage and Supporting Materials, and alphabetically by country therein.


12.5 Linear Feet (197 boxes )

1 DVD-Rs (571.53 megabytes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The collection consists of interviews and footage of events documenting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) life in Eastern and Central Europe from the 1992 to 2009. The collection also includes a small amount of printed materials from the countries documented.

Biographical / Historical

Douglas Conrad was born July 25, 1958, in Omaha, Nebraska. Since the 1980s, he has served on several lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) and film arts organizations in the United States and Europe. Most notably, he helped coordinate several LGBT pride events and LGBT film festivals including many in Budapest. He has chronicled LGBT lives in Central and Eastern Europe since 1988. In 2007, he made Belgrade Pride, a short film about Belgrade's first LGBT pride celebration in 2001.

He attributes his interest in LGBT people in Eastern and Central Europe to several events. In 1987 he served on the Northern California and San Francisco/Bay Area Steering Committees for the March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. Its slogan, “we are everywhere,” sparked his interest in the lives of LGBT people from other countries. His work for the 1988 San Francisco Freedom Day Parade and Celebration put him in contact with LGBT people from over 40 different countries, including Ilse Kornreich, founder of Argentina’s first lesbian organization. Kornreich told Conrad of a gay man who was kicked out of East Germany into West Germany for erecting a pink triangle in honor of holocaust victims. Though unsuccessful in finding the man, Conrad met other LGBT people whose stories he captured in a video archive he titled Shades of Red & Pink.

Processing Information

Descriptions of the interviews and biographical notes on the interviewees were provided by the creator.

Guide to the Douglas Conrad Eastern and Central European LGBT Interviews and Supporting Materials
compiled by Mary Caldera
May 2010
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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