Project Q+, a new digital repository for LGBTQIA+ related materials from across Holy Cross’ history

Discover the history of the HOly Cross LBGTQIA+ community online

The Holy Cross College Archives and Special Collections is proud to share a new digital archive, Project Q+, with the Holy Cross community. Project Q+ serves as a digital repository for LGBTQIA+ related materials from across Holy Cross’ history. These items portray all aspects of the rich LGBTQIA+ history here on campus and they reflect moments of protest, courage, and community support.

Project Q+ was established in 2016 by Molly Brown-Heidemann and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. With the help of many Holy Cross students, the project began to collect physical and digital items from throughout the College’s history and worked to digitize the items in hopes of making this history as publicly accessible as possible. Individually, each artifact tells a personal story, but when combined provides a timeline of LGBTQIA+ history at the College. These stories are made possible by generous contributions from students, faculty, staff and alumni.

The name of the archive stems from the commitment to adding queer voices back into the mainstream history of the College of the Holy Cross. The LGBTQ+ Community has always been here, and our goal is not only to uncover and preserve the history of queer students both past and present, but to establish their legacy in the overarching, complicated past of our institution.

Project Q+ was transferred into the College Archives’ care in 2019 and the college archivists worked to organize the physical materials, create research guides, and update the metadata on the project’s website. Now, Project Q+ is officially available online, with over 300 items to explore! This project is dedicated to Holy Cross’ LGBTQIA+ community, who always had the courage to be out and make themselves heard. It is the Archives’ hope that this project amplifies the voices of this community and encourages more stories to be told.

The Holy Cross Archives and Special Collections department is still collecting items related to LGBTQIA+ history at the College. A complete list of items can be found at this website: . Some items in the complete list have not been digitized and are not on this website, but can be found at the College Archives. Please contact the Archives Department for more information or with donation inquiries at

Virtual Office Hours – Worcester Art Museum Library

The Worcester Art Museum Library is happy to announce virtual office hours to be held on the first Wednesday of each month from 11:00-1:00 and the third Wednesday of each month from 3:00-5:00. Drop in to ask the librarian your questions via Zoom video conference. You’re welcome to drop in at any time and stay as long as you like.

Join the Zoom room: OR via phone, call 646 558 8656 and enter Meeting ID: 980 7193 6247

Join with or without video, and feel free to use the chat box to ask questions if you prefer text!

Profs. Giovanni Spani & Ji Hao – Authors on the Hill Presentations

The Holy Cross Libraries are pleased to present two “Authors on the Hill” presentations this semester.

Wednesday, October 28, 5 pm, Professor Giovanni Spani will present his work on the multimedia educational app for Android and iOS, “Dante’s Florence.” Join us on Zoom:

This event will be available to Holy Cross students, faculty, and staff.

Thursday, October 29, 3:30 pm, Professor Ji Hao will present his recent article, “A Newly Discovered Song Sculpture at the Worcester Art Museum in the United States and Its Relationship with Xiyou ji Stories.” The Journal of MingQing Fiction Studies, (2):153-175. Join us on Zoom:

This event will be available to Holy Cross students, faculty, and staff. Guests from the Worcester Art Museum Community as well as the general public are welcome to watch this presentation live on our YouTube channel:

Latinx Heritage, LGBTQIA+ History, and Filipino Heritage Resource Guides

The libraries recently collaborated with the Office of Multicultural Education to create several resource guides for Latinx Heritage Month, LGBTQIA+ History Month, and Filipino Heritage Month. These guides include links to print and ebooks, relevant databases for further research, and more!

Latinx Heritage Month:

LGBTQIA+ History Month:

Filipino Heritage Month:

Ask An Archivist Day 10/7

The Archives and Special Collections Department will celebrate “Ask an Archivist Day” on Wed., Oct. 7.  We want to answer any questions that you have about the College’s history and special collections!  Submit your questions to with the subject heading “Ask an Archivist” and we will answer them during the event.  Follow along on Instagram @ hc. libs and Twitter at @ hc_libs.

Cancelled: Virtual Spooky Stories – Dinand in the Dark 10/22

Unfortunately, we have cancelled the Virtual Dinand in the Dark event that was scheduled for October 22. Thank you to those who expressed their interest in the event! If you are in the mood for spooky tales, stay tuned to our social media channels starting at the end of this week – we will be featuring videos of Holy Cross spooky campus legends!

The scariest month of the year is upon us! Dinand Library and the English Department invite you to share your original eerie, disturbing, and unsettling tales at an online open mic, Thursday, Oct. 22, 9-10 pm. (If you wish, you may submit a video of the reading or choose someone else to read your work aloud; see instructions on the attached flyer.)

If you have any questions about this event, please email Monica Locker, .

See you very soon!

Stories should be “spooky” or have to do with campus lore; All submissions should be no longer than 5-7 minutes long when read aloud; We welcome material that is scary but not inappropriate or offensive.

Get into the Halloween spirit! The Libraries and the English Department
are hosting a spooky stories-themed Open Mic Night live via Zoom on
October 22 from 9-10 pm. Participants can either read their stories (or
parts of longer dark and dreary works) live or else submit a video ahead
of time. You can also have someone else read your work for you if you would prefer.

Submission guidelines:

Submissions will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. There
will be extra time at the end of the event to read more spooky stories aloud.


To sign up, please email by October 22. ]