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The Gay Peoples Union (GPU), was the first gay rights organization in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and one of the earliest such groups in the state. This text corpus was derived from audio recordings of Gay Perspective, a radio program produced by GPU and broadcast on local radio stations from 1971 to 1972, and other public presentations given by GPU members as part the organization's educational mission. The full finding aid for the Gay People's Union (GPU) Collection can be found here:


This corpus was created as part of a project to develop workflows and best practices to use machine learning tools to extract text from archival AV materials, with a focus on the LGBTQ+ collections that are part of the UWM Archives. In addition to creating the corpus, the project also developed a prototype dashboard to demonstrate the teaching and research potential of the corpus using text analysis and engaging new modes of discovery.

Creation of this corpus was funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of the second cohort for Collections as Data: Part to Whole.