Carter, Mandy Papers

Span Dates: 1970-2013
Bulk Dates:
Volume: 166.5 linear feet


The Mandy Carter Papers span the dates 1970 to 2013 and include files related to her work as a grassroots organizer and multi-issue social justice activist, with particular emphasis on peace activism, women's music and culture, and African American and LGBT issues. The collection is arranged into the following series: Organizations and Major Projects, Gigs and Events, Administrative Files, and Subject Files. The Organizations and Projects Series (130 boxes) includes files from organizations and projects with which Carter was closely involved including, Bread & Roses, War Resisters League, Ladyslipper, Inc., National Lesbian Conference, Association of Women's Music and Culture Conference, North Carolina Senate Vote '90, Real Women Productions, Rhythm Fest, Human Rights Campaign, North Carolina Mobilization '96, Democratic National Committee, National Black Lesbian & Gay Leadership Forum (including Equal Partners in Faith), Ad Hoc Committee for an Open Process, Floridians Representing Equity and Equality, Florida Vote/Equal Voice, Freedom to Marry Project, Southerners on New Ground, Old Lesbians Organizing for Change Conference, National Black Justice Coalition, and Other Organizations and Projects. Of inerest are the Equal Partners in Faith series which measures six boxes. EPF was a multiracial grassroots coalition of people of faith committed to equality and diversity. The coalition coordinated a response to "Stand in the Gap: A Sacred Assembly of Men," a rally held on October 4, 1997, in Washington, D.C., by the Promise Keepers, an evangelical Christian men's-only movement associated with the religious right. In the fall of 1997, Carter was on special assignment from the NBLGLF, serving as Program Director for Equal Partners in Faith. Includes research files on Promise Keepers, primarily clippings and printed website pages; meeting notes; communications, including memos, emails, faxes, and phone messages; media plans; files related to events; contact lists; and funding proposals. There is significant overlap across series, with Carter often filing materials related to different organizations or projects together, especially those she was involved with around the same time.

Hist/Bio Note

Mandy Carter is a self-described "southern out black lesbian social justice activist." Since 1968, she has been involved in peace, social, racial and LGBT organizing at the local, state, regional, and national levels. She has been based in Durham, N.C., since 1982.

Finding Aid

An online finding aid is available.


This collection is held at the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture at the Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Duke University.


Black | Ecumenical | Equal Partners in Faith | CLOUT (Christian Lesbians OUT) | North Carolina