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Skye Patrick Oral History Interview

 Digital Record


  • 2016-09-14


Summary Note

The interview focuses on Skye Patrick’s experience as an undergraduate student at Northern Michigan University with particular focus on the development of the LGBTQ student community and activism. The interview addresses the following questions: 1. Why did you choose to attend NMU? 2. Please describe your initial impressions of Marquette and NMU. 3. Please describe your role in the creation and early development of the LGBTQ community in Marquette and NMU. • Nature of LGBTQ community life • Nature of NMU administration support • Nature of NMU faculty support • Major issues, challenges, obstacles

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Skye Patrick Oral History Interview must be obtained from the University Archivist. The University Archivist may be reached by phone at 906-227-1225, or e-mail, The University Archivist may also be reached in Room 126 of the Learning Resource Center, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI.

Biographical Note

Ms. Skye Patrick is a Northern Michigan University (NMU) alum (BFA, 1991-1995). In February 2016, Patrick became the first African-American library director for the County of Los Angeles Public Library. The Library is the third largest public library in the United States based on the size of the population it serves. It is the largest county library in the United States. Ms. Patrick’s career is marked by successfully leading community and social justice programs in large, urban libraries. Her focus is on social equity and social justice, with the Library as the center for social change. Ms. Patrick studied film at NMU. She was an early LGBTQ activist on campus, helping to create the “Ten Percent Club” that eventually became the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersexed Student Union.


1 file (35 minutes, 12 seconds)

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Related Materials

MSS-112: ALLIES / OUTlook records

General Note

OCLC #1000387001

Repository Details

Part of the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives Repository

Harden Learning Resources Center 126
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette 49855 United States
906-227-1333 (Fax)


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