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Lynn Dugan papers

Identifier: Mss 0208

Collection Overview

Papers of Lynn Dugan, founder, chair, and CEO of the Charleston Pride Organization, Inc., organizer of the first Charleston Pride celebration and founder of the Charleston Social Club, a social group for lesbians and supporters in the Charleston, South Carolina, area. Papers span the years 2003 to 2014 and include Dugan’s organizational files relating to Charleston Pride from 2009 to 2011 as well as other assorted related papers, including meeting minutes, programs, press kits, and a Charleston Pride t-shirt. Charleston Social Club materials primarily relate to the club’s tenth-year anniversary celebration, Lezz Fest, and include meeting minutes, event flyers, a Lezz Fest t-shirt, and other related papers. There are also clippings relating to the club as well as a printout of the club’s website.


  • Creation: 2003-2018


Language of Material

Materials are in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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Biographical Note

Lynn Dugan was born on November 16, 1950 in New York, New York. She grew up in New York City, and lived in Greenwich Village in the 1970s after coming out as a lesbian. Dugan left New York City to live in Boulder, Colorado, for ten years. She later moved in briefly with her brother in Rock Hill, South Carolina. In 2003 she attended South Carolina Pride, held in Columbia, South Carolina. Dugan met Charlie Smith, one of the founders of the Alliance for Full Acceptance, at the parade, and he invited her to move to Charleston, South Carolina. After moving to Charleston in 2003, she started the Charleston Social Club as a social group to meet lesbians and allied women in the area, holding events like outdoor activities, parties, dances and concerts. Dugan also worked for the Charleston City Paper during this time. In 2013, Dugan celebrated the tenth-year anniversary of the club with Lezz Fest, a festival in North Charleston, South Carolina. In 2009, Dugan started organizing for the first Charleston Pride, which was held May 15, 2010. The event included a parade through the Park Circle area of North Charleston and a festival at Riverfront Park in North Charleston. Dugan stepped down from a leadership role after the first year, and was grand marshal of the parade in 2014 and again in 2019.


3.60 linear feet (1 document box, 2 oversize boxes, 2 oversize paper folders)


Papers of Lynn Dugan, founder, chair, and CEO of the Charleston Pride Organization, Inc. and founder of the Charleston Social Club, a social group for lesbians and supporters in the Charleston, South Carolina, area. Materials include organizational and event files documenting the first Charleston Pride event in North Charleston, South Carolina in 2010 and Charleston Social Club’s tenth-year anniversary celebration, Lezz Fest in North Charleston in 2013.

Collection Arrangement

  1. Charleston Pride, 2009-2014
  2. Charleston Social Club, 2003-2018

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated in 2018 by Lynn Dugan.

Related Material

Related materials in Special Collections include an oral history interview with Lynn Dugan, August 14, 2018 (Mss LGBTQ-OH-013).

Separated Material

Two issues of the magazine Lesbian Connection were removed from the papers and catalogued separately.

Processing Information

Processed by Rebecca Thayer, April 2019.



Inventory of the Lynn Dugan Papers, 2003-2018
Processed by: Rebecca Thayer; finding aid created by: Rebecca Thayer
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Funding from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation supported the processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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