Zak, Anne (interviewee)

Anne Zak oral history with Sharon Gensler and Aimee Brown (Bir), interview 2, February 13, 2000

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(00:00:06) - Introductions

(00:00:20) - Starting college at Springfield College

(00:02:40) - Relationship with college roommate and difficulty getting along with roommates

(00:03:52) - Realizing that she was attracted to women; first romantic experience with a woman and the relationship that evolved.

(00:09:42) - Zak speaks about the rumors that were swirling around the school about her

(00:12:38) - Going to the Dean of Students; being confronted by the Dean of Students; going into the closet to avoid being kicked out of school and ostracized.

(00:14:47) - Sapphic experiences at Girl Scout camp

(00:16:32) - Experiences being “in the closet”

(00:18:00) - Majoring in physical education

(00:19:42) - Senior year at Springfield College; finds a new roommate

(00:20:48) - First sexual experience and relationship with roommate

(00:22:30) - Expectations/instincts of young women who engaged in lesbian relationships

(00:24:23) - First job in physical education/coaching

(00:25:05) - New job at a high school in Rochester, new girlfriends, and move to Rochester, NY; violent relationships

(00:29:12) - Explains the lesbian scene in Rochester and how she met women

(00:30:00) - Police harassment at lesbian bar

(00:31:18) - Fashion choices during this time

(00:32:21) - Sex with men; marriage to a man

(00:33:25) - Relating to other faculty at the high school in Rochester; speculating on what they might have perceived of her sexuality

(00:34:12) - Having sex with men she didn’t know; coming to terms with what it meant

(00:37:33) - More on the bar scene in Rochester

(00:39:40) - Forming a support system of fellow lesbians

(00:40:24) - Marriage to her long-time friend George Lupine

(00:43:04) - Traumatic story of Zak’s wedding to George

(00:46:14) - Zak’s marriage begins to fall apart months after the wedding

(00:48:40) - Leave of absence; beginning of graduate work

(00:50:15) - Depression and suicidal ideation

(00:52:54) - Enters a residential treatment program; begins the process of coming out to her family; psychologists response to her coming out

Place:
Wendell (Mass.)
Extent:
01:24:30; audiocassette
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Language:
English
Subject(s):
interviewer:
Gensler, Sharon
interviewer:
Brown, Aimee "Bir"
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Location:
Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries
MS 531
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Identifier:
mums531-oh-i006
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Zak, Anne. Anne Zak oral history with Sharon Gensler and Aimee Brown (Bir), interview 2, February 13, 2000. Valley Women's History Collaborative Records (MS 531). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries
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