Behind the Masks

“Behind the Masks” explores LGBT life at Oberlin College from the 1920s to the early 1970s. The narrative is based on materials from the Oberlin College Archives, student publications, secondary sources, and over seventy oral histories conducted with alumni, faculty, and staff.

We offer this narrative as a work in progress. You can help enrich and shape the site by recording related experiences in the comment boxes found after each sub-section or in the Share Your Story section. Women, trans/* and genderqueer people, and people of color are particularly encouraged to post their experiences. You may also contact us with stories or feedback.

The entire narrative, in PDF form, can be downloaded here. (495 KB)