Sears, James T. Papers

Span Dates: 1918-2011
Bulk Dates: 1950-2004
Volume: 19,500 items


The James T. Sears Papers document Sears' extensive writing, teaching, and publishing career. The collection contains his research files, oral history interviews, and newsclippings used for his books on gays in the South, Lonely Hunders (1997) and Growing Up Gay in the South (1991). Sears also edited the gay and lesbian studies journal EMPATHY and the collection includes his editorial and manuscript files. The collection also contains documents from a course Sears taught on fundamentalist religion.

Hist/Bio Note

James T. Sears graduated summa cum laude from Southern Illinois University with a B.A. in History, followed by an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Ph.D. in Sociology and Curriculum Studies from Indiana University in 1985. Before coming to South Carolina, he taught at Trinity University in San Antonio and was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Feminist Research at the University of Southern California and a Southeast Asian Fulbright Senior Research Scholar on sexuality and culture. He has researched abroad and served as a consultant to the Getty Center for Education in the Arts, the New England Research Institute, the South Carolina Educational Policy Center, the RAND Corporation, and the College of Charleston. During the early nineties he edited Empathy, an interdisciplinary journal on sexual identities and currently edits the international quarterly, Journal of Gay and Lesbian Issues in Education. He continues to be extremely active with educational issues surrounding human sexuality. His personal website has rich biographical details.

Finding Aid

An online finding aid is available at this link.


The collection is held at Duke University Library Archives (Durham, N.C.).


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