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Sisco, Paul (Class of 1967), 2018

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Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Sisco speaks about his childhood in segregated Tennessee and attending Princeton while questioning his sexuality. He discusses his decision to attend Princeton, majoring in history, the social isolation he experienced due to his sexuality, and seeking therapeutic treatment. He also reflects on his career in genetics, meeting his long-term partner during a professorship at North Carolina State, and his work with the American Chestnut Foundation. Finally, he talks about his family's reaction to his partner and Princeton's diverse population.


This collection is arranged alphabetically by last name.

Collection History


No materials were separated from this collection.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Valencia L. Johnson in 2017. Finding aid written by Valencia L. Johnson in October 2017. Finding aid updated by Valencia L. Johnson in December 2017. Additional interviews proccesed and finding aid updated by Michelle Peralta in July 2018. Additions proccessed and finding aid updated by Valencia L. Johnson in February 2019 and 2023. Interview summaries for 2017-2019 interviews created by James Morales (Class of 2026) in 2023. Interview summaries for 2021-2022 interviews created by August Roberts (Class of 2025) in 2023.

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Credit this material:

Sisco, Paul (Class of 1967); Princeton Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA) Oral History Project, AC465, Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Other Finding Aids

To explore more oral histories about Princeton's LGBTQIA community please visit the Alumni Association Records Series 4A: Every Voice finding aid.

Princeton University -- LGBT Center.