LGBT Educational ProjectThe LGBT Educational Archives Project: About The Collection

Meet the Staff

Founder and Collection Specialist

Bennett A. Hammer

Bennett A. Hammer Bennett A. Hammer has an extensive history of involvement and activism in the area of civil rights and gay and lesbian issues.

During the 1990s, he was a board member of the New Mexico Lesbian and Gay Political Alliance and the Duke City Gay and Lesbian Business Association. Hammer served on the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico during the years 1994-2006, defending constitutional rights with a focus on LGBT issues.

Additionally, he was a Director on the National ACLU Board during the years 2003-2006.

Hammer has been an invited guest speaker and panel presenter discussing such topics as the Hammer Collection, the legal and cultural issues surrounding civil rights laws, legislation, and U.S. Supreme Court decisions. He has lobbied the New Mexico State Legislature on gay and lesbian matters and has spoken on same-sex marriage at the UNM Honors Program.

In 2005, the ACLU of New Mexico honored him with its Civil Libertarian of the Year award, and in 2007 he received the Russell Gray Community Service Award for the Common Bond Foundation. Some of his civic activities and contributions include his serving as a founding board member (1977- 1983) of the bilingual theatre group La Compañía de Teatro de Alburquerque, and during 2001-2007 as a Board member and Chair of the Board of Appeals for Zoning Special Exceptions for the City of Albuquerque.

Bennett received BA and MA degrees from New Mexico Highlands University in Spanish, English, and Bilingual Education. He taught Spanish at levels kindergarten through university.

He has worked as a real estate broker for many years. He maintains a life-long passion for irony and classical music.

Project Director

Barbara Korbal

Barbara Korbal

Barbara Korbal has an extensive history in civil rights movements through activism and intellectual/research endeavors.

Barbara was a writer, content coordinator, and advertising manager of Feminist Voices, a Madison, WI based newspaper (1987-1992); a coordinator for the Women's Rape Prevention Ride Service (1986-1990); a member of the Wisconsin Treaty Rights Support Network (1987-1991); and Women Against Intervention in the Gulf (1989-1991).

In New Mexico, Barbara was a member of the New Mexico Gay and Lesbian Political Alliance (1994-1996) and the Head Archivist of The Neil Isbin Papers (1996-2002).

Barbara has taught courses in Women's Studies, Lesbian and Gay Studies, Legal Studies as Cultural Studies, and Gender and Sexuality at both Purdue University and the University of New Mexico. Barbara designed and developed the first LGBT course ever taught at Purdue University which is now institutionalized as a regular course offering.

In 2009 she became the Project Director and the Director of Archive Materials for the LGBT Educational Archives Project.

She received a BA in English and Theatre from the University of Wisconsin (1990), a Master's in American Studies from Purdue University (1994), and is currently contemplating changing her ABD status to a PhD. in American Studies at the University of New Mexico.

Her scholarship emphasizes the development of a gay and lesbian civil rights discourse in the Cold War years, with a focus on three movement periodicals, The Ladder, The Mattachine Review, and One Magazine.

Barbara has received awards and grants for her research, including a National Endowment for the Humanities, Younger Scholar's Award (1988), a Neil Isbin Human Rights Foundation Award for her archive work and doctoral research (2002), and a prestigious nomination from the American Studies Department for the Dean's Award for her doctoral research (1999).

From 2004-2010, Barbara was employed as a state-certified instructor for the New Mexico Alcohol and Gaming Department.

Since 2000, Barbara has worked in the pet service business and is currently self-employed with her own pet service clients.

Digital Production Coordinator

Terry Kocon

Terry Kocon is a lettering artist and calligraphy and graphic designer from Albuquerque, N.M.

Document Preservation Specialist

Khris Fruits

Special Thanks

We would like to thank the following for their support of this project:

  • Barrett Price
  • Bill Mohr
  • EMA Foundation
  • Jax
  • Jean and Jim Genasci
  • Jeff Albright
  • Kathie and Herb Isbin
  • Kevin Hagen
  • Lee C. Hammer
  • Mary Ann and Joseph V. Korbal
  • Megan Schliesman-Sieling
  • Neil Isbin
  • Peter Parnegg
  • Ruth Koury
  • Sharon Isbin
  • Southwest Research and Information Center (Don Hancock, Annette, and Staff)
  • The Fray Angélico Chávez History Library (Tomas Jaehn, curator)

A special thanks to Leanne Yanabu for designing and developing this website.

More Information

We would be happy to provide more detailed information to you or your organization. If you would like to chat or arrange a visit, please contact Barbara via email, snail mail, or phone.