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American Archive of Public Broadcasting

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) is a collaboration between the WGBH Educational Foundation and the Library of Congress to coordinate a national effort to preserve at-risk public media before its content is lost to posterity and provide a central web portal for access to the unique programming that public stations have aired over the past 60 years. To date, over 40,000 hours of television and radio programming contributed by more than 100 public media organizations and archives across the United States have been digitized for long-term preservation and access. The entire collection is available on location at WGBH and the Library of Congress, and more than 18,000 programs are available online at americanarchive.org.

 

Arizona Queer Archives

The Arizona Queer Archives is the state of Arizona’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex (LGBTQI) collecting archives of the Institute for LGBT Studies at the University of Arizona. As a community-focused archives, the Arizona Queer Archives, AQA, uses and pulls the word queer into the way we will go about collecting, preserving, and making AQA collections accessible as we work closely with diverse LGBTQI communities throughout Arizona to develop an archives that is for, by, and about us. We want an archives that is flexible and playful and one that is a living and breathing story of our lives.

 

Art Gallery of Ontario

Located in Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario’s collection spans the history of the medium—both the acknowledged canon of photography as well as the broader scope of the medium, and the key role it has played in our visual culture.

 

California State University, Northridge

Special Collections & Archives in the Oviatt Library is the home of CSUN's rare book and periodical collections, as well as its archival and manuscript collections. Archival and manuscript collections can consist of many different kinds of materials, including correspondence, diaries, maps, university records, organizational records, photographs, and audio or video recordings.

 

Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives

The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) is the largest independent LGBTQ+ archives in the world. With a focus on Canadian content, the CLGA acquires, preserves and provides public access to information and archival materials in any medium. By collecting and caring for important historical records, personal papers, unpublished documents, publications, audio-visual material, works of art, photographs, posters, and other artifacts, the CLGA is a trusted guardian of LGBTQ+ histories now and for generations to come.

 

Cork LGBT Archive

The Cork LGBT Archive aims to gather, preserve, digitise, share and display information in relation to the history of the LGBT communities in Cork, Ireland. Cork has a long and rich history of LGBT activism, community formation and development. Since at least the 1970s, LGBT people in Cork have forged communities, established organisations, set up services and reached out to others. As well as campaigning for LGBT rights and providing services and supports to LGBT people, the LGBT community has played a vital role in movements for social justice and political change in Cork. Yet this community, like many other LGBT communities worldwide, has been largely invisible in historical accounts and its contribution to social and political change and developments largely unacknowledged. The Digital Archive has been developed by Orla Egan, Cork LGBT activist, PhD student in Digital Arts and Humanities in UCC and author of Queer Republic of Cork book.

 

Country Queers

Country Queers is a multi-media oral history project documenting the diverse experiences of rural, small town, and country LGBTQI folks in the U.S.A through audio recordings, transcriptions, and photographs. They are gathering stories from every state in the U.S. in order to document how experiences of country queerness are similar, and how they differ based on race, class, age, ability, gender identity, immigration status and other parts of our identities.

 

Digital Transgender Archive

This collection-within-a-collection comprises materials that were contributed directly to the project by individuals who are not affiliated with any of our collaborators. It also includes items from existing online collections.

 

Duke University

The David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University is a place of exploration and discovery. For more than 100 hundred years, scholars have used these deep collections to write new histories, explore significant lives, study ecological change, trace the evolution of texts, understand cultural shifts and create new art and literature. As part of our collections documenting the history of gender and sexuality, the Rubenstein Library collects rare print and manuscript material documenting LGBTQ history and culture, primarily in the American South in the 20th century, with a particular emphasis on literature, political activism and publishing.

 

Faulkner-Morgan Pagan Babies Archive

The Faulkner-Morgan Pagan Babies Archive collects, preserves, and promotes the LGBTQ history of Central and Eastern Kentucky. As of 2016, the archive consists of approximately 12,000 individual items, over 50 linear feet of archival storage, and more than 100 hours of recorded interviews. The archive is particularly strong in visual images and represents numerous important individuals and institutions in the LGBTQ history of Central and Eastern Kentucky. Artist Robert Morgan and historian Jonathan Coleman curate the collection with the understanding that it be preserved and passed on, intact, to future generations.

 

Gay & Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA)

GALA is a centre for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) culture and education in Africa. Our mission is, first and foremost, to act as a catalyst for the production, preservation and dissemination of knowledge on the history, culture and contemporary experiences of LGBTI people.

 

GLBT Historical Society

The archives of the GLBT Historical Society contain approximately 800 collections of personal papers, photographs, audiovisual recordings, and organizational records. These collections include unpublished material such as letters, diaries and scrapbooks documenting the lives of both average people and community leaders. They also include the records of many community organizations, businesses and political campaigns. The archives hold over 70 linear feet of ephemera; 5,000 periodical titles; tens of thousands of photographs; approximately 1,000 t-shirts; thousands of posters; more than 500 oral histories; approximately 1,000 hours of recorded sound; and approximately 1,000 hours of film and video. The archives also has extensive holdings of historic textiles, fine and graphic arts, and artifacts.

 

Human Sexuality Collection, Cornell University

The Human Sexuality Collection seeks to preserve and make accessible primary sources that document historical shifts in the social construction of sexuality, with a focus on U.S. lesbian and gay history and the politics of pornography.

 

James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library

The James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center (the Center) is devoted to collecting, preserving, and providing access to material on all aspects of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender experience. The collection is national and international in scope though its primary focus is Northern California. Materials from Gay & Lesbian Center's archival and manuscript collections, as well as pulp paperbacks, and video and audio recordings, indicated in our catalog by the location code SFH/GLC, can be requested at the San Francisco History Center Reference Desk on the 6th floor. Collections on deposit from the GLBT Historical Society are indicated (GLBTHS collection). For more information about archival and manuscript materials call 415-557-4567. Due to the rare and fragile nature of many of the materials, the San Francisco History Center has specific procedures to ensure the care of these items.

 

Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota

The Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies at the University of Minnesota houses over 3,000 linear feet of material about the GLBT experience. It includes published material, organizational records, personal manuscripts, informational files, films, music, textiles, posters, and other items. The collection is international in scope and has materials in approximately 58 languages.

 

Joseph A. Labadie Collection, University of Michigan

In the 1930s, the U-M Library’s Joseph A. Labadie Collection — the oldest publicly accessible archive of its kind in America — was called “probably the most complete record of the social unrest of our times that has ever been assembled." Since then, the collection has only grown, expanding from its original focus on anarchism to also encompass antheism and free thought, anti-colonialist movements, anti-war and pacifist movements, civil liberties and civil rights, labor and workers' rights, LGBTQ movements, prisons and prisoners, New Left, Spanish Civil War, youth and student protest, and many more.

 

Latino GLBT History Project

The Latino GLBT History Project (LHP) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit volunteer-led organization founded in April 2000 and incorporated in May 2007 to respond to the critical need to preserve and educate about our history. Our mission is to investigate, collect, preserve and educate the public about the history, culture, heritage, arts, social and rich contributions of the Latino GLBT community in metropolitan Washington, D.C. To accomplish our mission, the LHP creates educational exhibits from our historical archives collection showcased at cultural events such as, a Women’s History Month Reception, a Hispanic LGBTQ Heritage Reception and DC Latino Pride, educational presentations at local and national conferences and through our online virtual museum at www.LatinoGLBTHistory.org.

 

Leather Archives & Museum

The Leather Archives & Museum is dedicated to the compilation, preservation, and maintenance of leather, kink, and fetish lifestyles. Our museum galleries serve to present educational and historical material to an adult audience. Our reading library and archive serve to support researchers and community members in accessing materials and documentation relevant to the history and culture of leather.

 

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center

The LGBT Community Center National History Archive serves to preserve the history of our community and its rich heritage. Founded in 1990 by volunteer archivist Rich Wandel, the archive provides a look into the lives and experiences of LGBT people throughout the years.

 

Lili Elbe Archive

The Lili Elbe Archive – Inter, Trans, Queer History is a recently founded independent institution committed to the preservation of unique documents in the sphere of German and international history of transgenderism.

 

London Metropolitan Archives

The London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) are home to an extraordinary range of documents, images, maps, films and books about London. The LMA is free to use and open to everyone. Whether you’re tracing your family history or researching the history of your neighbourhood, if you’re interested in London or Londoners, LMA is the place to visit.

 

ONE Archives at the USC Libraries

ONE Archives at the USC Libraries is the largest repository of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) materials in the world. Founded in 1952, ONE Archives currently houses over two million archival items including periodicals, books, film, video and audio recordings, photographs, artworks, organizational records, and personal papers. ONE Archives has been a part of the University of Southern California Libraries since 2010.

 

Queer Zine Archive Project

The Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP) was first launched in November 2003 in an effort to preserve queer zines and make them available to other queers, researchers, historians, punks, and anyone else who has an interest DIY publishing and underground queer communities.

 

Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America documents the lives of women of the past and present for the future and furthers the Radcliffe Institute's commitment to women, gender, and society.

 

Sexual Minorities Archives

The Sexual Minorities Archives (SMA) collects, preserves, protects, and makes accessible the literature, history, and art of all sexual and gender minorities of all races and ethnicities, including transsexuals, transgender persons, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, intersex persons, queers, gender-queers, cross-dressers, BDSM/leather folk, asexuals, polyamorists, celibates, and other emerging sexual minority groups. The SMA is national in scope and is one of the oldest and largest LGBTQI archives in the United States. The SMA seeks to inform, educate, and inspire the LGBTQI community and our allies to understand the unique stories and experiences associated with our lives and our struggles for equality.

 

Skeivt arkiv

Skeivt arkiv is the national archive and knowledge center for queer history in Norway. Skeivt arkiv is located at the Special Collections at the University Library in Bergen, and is the leading institution of its kind in Scandinavia. Skeivt arkiv has a broad focus, with materials (printed as well as unique) representing all genders and sexualities, spanning the entire 20th century. Additionally, Skeivt arkiv works to promote and conduct research on the history of sexuality, and is connected to some of the leading Norwegian academics in this field.

 

Texas A&M University

The Cushing Memorial Library & Archives houses rare books, special collections, manuscripts and the Texas A&M University Archives. The historic Reading Room is open to all for research and studying.

 

Transas City

Transas City was created on June 10, 2013, to serve as a research and fact-based site to benefit transgender and transsexual persons and their families, friends, allies, and supporters.

 

Transgender Archives, University of Victoria

The University of Victoria has committed itself to the preservation of the history of pioneering activists, community leaders, and researchers who have contributed to the betterment of transgender people. The UVic Archives have been actively acquiring documents, rare publications, and memorabilia of persons and organizations associated with transgender activism since 2007. The collection began with the generous donation of the Rikki Swin Institute collection. It has been enhanced by other significant donations including the personal papers of Reed Erickson, the University of Ulster TGA collection, and the records of Zenith Foundation, among others. Donations are being co-ordinated by Founder and Academic Director Dr. Aaron Devor and managed by University Archivist Lara Wilson. The Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria is accessible to the public, and available to faculty, students, and scholars for teaching and research.

 

Transgender Oral History Project

The Transgender Oral History Project is a community-driven effort to collect and share a diverse range of stories from within the transgender and gender variant communities. We accomplish this by promoting grassroots media projects, documenting trans people’s experiences, maintaining a publicly accessible digital archive, and teaching media production skills. The TOHP had almost 300 print materials that are now available on the DTA and the Internet Archive. These materials have since been donated to the University of Minnesota's Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies (https://www.lib.umn.edu/tretter).

 

University of South Florida

The University of South Florida Libraries Special Collections houses rare, fragile, and unique materials ranging from a 4,000 year old Sumerian tablet to early printed books, photographs and prints, sheet music, ephemera, and history and literature collections.

 

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)

UTSA Special Collections builds, preserves, and provides access to distinctive archival, photographic, and printed materials, with a particular commitment to documenting the diverse histories and development of our region. We embrace the changing digital landscape by actively exploring new ways to enhance access to our collections. We support the university's ascent to premier research university status by building nationally recognized collections that inspire new knowledge, serving researchers at UTSA and from around the world.

 

The University of Winnipeg

Located in the heart of Treaty 1 Territory and the traditional lands of the Metis Nation, the University of Winnipeg is a diverse, multicultural urban campus committed to academic excellence, community engagement, and social and environmental sustainability. The University of Winnipeg Archives’ collection mandate aligns with this mission statement in its efforts to document the history of the University of Winnipeg, the local community, as well as support the research interests of Faculty and staff, including reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, social justice, and human rights.

 

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

The Archives Department at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee has the two-fold mission of documenting the history of UWM and providing access to primary sources, largely from the metropolitan Milwaukee area, that have long-term research and instructional value for UWM academic programs. We serve as an Area Research Center for the Wisconsin Historical Society, providing access to primary sources from all around the state.

 

Wearing Gay History

Wearing Gay History is home to the digitized t-shirt collections of numerous lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender archives across the United States.

 

Yale University

Yale University Library contains a collection of nearly 15 million print and electronic volumes that are housed in 15 libraries, including Sterling Memorial, Beinecke, and Bass libraries, the Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI), as well as many other school and departmental libraries. Our collections range from ancient papyri and early printed books to digital collections and electronic databases; and they transcend a wide array of formats including text, photographs, video, audio, data, maps, and ephemera. The library includes over 10 special collections units, two of which, Beinecke and Manuscripts and Archives have significant holdings documenting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history. In building its magnificent collections over the last three centuries, Yale has committed to assist in the preservation of human knowledge.