Donna Utke Papers, 1971-1991

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists mainly of works written or presented by Donna Utke during the 1970s and pertaining to literature, feminism, and the gay and lesbian rights movement. The collection includes book reviews and essays published in both the Milwaukee Public Library System's newsletter, the Milwaukee Reader, and gay and lesbian or feminist publications, such as GPU News, Amazon Quarterly, and Ms. (When writing for gay and lesbian publications, Utke often used the pseudonym "Donna Martin.") The collection also includes presentations given by Utke on local radio programs and at meetings of the Milwaukee Methodist Ministers, the Wisconsin Women's Political Caucus, the Milwaukee chapter of the American Psychiatric Association, and the Midwest Regional Homophile Conference. Utke gave at least one presentation on radio station WRIT; she may have given others on WZMF, which aired weekly gay/lesbian programming in 1971, or WUWM, which continued the program from 1971 to 1972.