Search using this query type:

Advanced Search (Items only)

Lesbian Herstory Archives Audio Visual Collections
Martha Shelley, Tape 1 of 1, June 24, 1989

Download media for offline viewing/listening


Martha Shelley, Tape 1 of 1, June 24, 1989


Martha Shelley is interviewed in New York in 1989. She talks about being a lesbian in New York from the 1960s, the negative views of lesbians portrayed by psychologists, the bar scene, roles and her use of a pseudonym. She talks about finding DOB, the meetings and discussions that took place, and her contributions to the Ladder. She talks about Jean Powers and other members of DOB and describes the members as mixed race, working class, couples and singles. She also talks about her political activism in terms of DOB, peace, civil rights and the Stonewall Riots, including the marches she was involved in and the speeches she made.


Interviewer: N/A, Interviewee: Martha Shelley

Date Created





Video Recording, Oral History


Physical: DV-64, Digital: shelley_tape1of1_19890624

Rights Holder

Lesbian Herstory Archives, Contact Designation: Maxine Wolfe, Contact Address: 484 14th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215, Phone Number: 718-768-3953


Interviewer: N/A, Interviewee: Martha Shelley, “Martha Shelley, Tape 1 of 1, June 24, 1989,” Lesbian Herstory Archives Audio Visual Collections, accessed November 23, 2020,