The Walt Westman Papers is a small collection which contains materials related to Dr. Westman's efforts at enhancing communication
among gay and lesbian scientists, fostering public awareness of gay and lesbian scientists within the scientific community,
and promoting understanding of the adverse effects of homophobia upon society. Westman (1945-1991) was an environmental scientist
and gay activist. The collection is made up of letters, organizational publications, documentation of various scientific meetings
where Dr. Westman or his colleagues presented papers, and articles, newsletters and ephemera produced by gay, lesbian, and
bisexual organizations within the scientific community. Little of the collection documents Dr. Westman's personal life; a
few photographs and one letter from his brother, Robert are the exception.