Nashville Public Library and the Brooks Fund announce agreement to house GLBT oral histories


The H. Franklin Brooks Philanthropic Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has donated the first phase of The Brooks Fund History Project to the Special Collections Center at the Nashville Public Library. The History Project is an ongoing multimedia archive of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (GLBT) life in Middle Tennessee. 

In the first phase, local producers will interview 25 GLBT community members who have first-hand knowledge and experience of GLBT life in Middle Tennessee before 1970, some going back as far as the 1930s.

“We welcome projects of the caliber of The Brooks Fund History Project to our Special Collections Center,” said Donna Nicely, director of the Nashville Public Library. “These interviews will take their place alongside the other oral histories being collected by the library. The Special Collections Center is dedicated to capturing the history of Nashville through the voices of its people.”

The Library has agreed to house the oral histories, accompanying transcripts and a documentary film generated through this project.

“Gay and lesbian citizens of Middle Tennessee have a lot to tell us about what life was like for them fifty or sixty years ago,” said Iris Buhl, steering committee member. “They were – and are – an integral part of the fabric of this community, and we salute the library’s commitment to archiving the stories of all Nashville’s people.”

To give to The Brooks Fund History Project, visit