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The University of Maine student group Wilde Stein (now Wilde Stein: Queer Straight Alliance) is a student organization aimed to spread awareness and acceptance of sexuality, gender, and the LGBTQIA+ community across campus. Wilde Stein partners on events such as Coming Out Week and Pride Week to bring students, faculty, and the public together in an open and accepting environment. Wilde Stein was founded in the fall of 1973 by a group of students led by Karen E. Bye and Sturgis Haskins and was formally recognized as a student organization by the Student Senate in October of 1973. The group was named after Irish author, playwright, and gay man Oscar Wilde, and American author, playwright, and lesbian Gertrude Stein. In addition to Bye and Haskins among the early members of Wilde Stein were: Steve Bull (who succeeded Haskins as chair), John Frank, John Noble, Danny Estes, Robert Major, and Dan MacNaughton.

Publication Date



Race and Gender, Social Life and Customs, Social Movements and Services


Higher Education

Size of Collection

4 boxes

Dates of Collection

1972-2023, bulk 1973-2008

Manuscript Number

UA 0009.020

Wilde Stein (University of Maine) Records, 1972-2023