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We have pulled together non-comprehensive lists of LGBTQ-related archival resources from the US and Canada. We hope these lists demonstrate the important work that is being done and provide inspiration as we build the Arizona Queer Archives together.

The lists are broken up into the following categories:

LGBTQ Archives

Oral History and Documentary Projects

Trans* Centered Archives and Historical Projects

LGBTQ People of Color Centered Archives and Historical Projects

Lesbian and Queer Women Centered Archives and Historical Projects

Online Exhibits

Community Archive and Collector Resources

LGBTQ Archives

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives

Los Angeles, CA

http://www.onearchives.org/

he largest repository of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) materials in the world. Founded in 1952, ONE is the oldest active LGBTQ organization in the United States. In 2010, ONE deposited its vast collections with the USC Libraries. Today, the organization is dedicated to promoting this important resource through diverse activities including educational initiatives and range of public programs.

GLBT Historical Society

San Francisco, CA

http://www.glbthistory.org/

Often referred to as San Francisco's "queer Smithsonian," the GLBT Historical Society houses one of the world's largest collections of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender historical materials. The society's GLBT History Museum is the first full-scale, stand-alone museum of its kind in the United States.

The History Project

Boston, MA

http://www.historyproject.org/

The History Project — established in 1980 by a group of historians, activists and archivists — is the only group focused exclusively on preserving the history of Boston’s LGBT community, and on making that history accessible to future generations.

Latino GLBT History Project

Washington, D.C.

http://www.latinoglbthistory.org/

The Latino GLBT History Project’s Archival Collection is among handful of repositories entirely dedicated to documenting the unique intersection of Latino activism and queer identity. We have the largest collection of materials covering over 25 years of Latino Activism in the Washington area’s LGBT Community. Our collection, which consists of records and other documentation concerning the work of local and national leaders, artists and performers, organizations and events in history such as historic marches, Pride activities and the AIDS epidemic.

University of Victoria Transgender Archives

Victoria, Canada

http://transgenderarchives.uvic.ca/

The University of Victoria believes that the history of pioneering transgender activists and the work they have done on behalf of their communities must be preserved. UVic Archives is actively acquiring documents, rare publications, and memorabilia of persons and organizations that have worked for the betterment of transgendered people.The Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria is accessible to the public, and available to faculty, students, and scholars for teaching and research.

Lesbian Herstory Archives

New York City, NY

http://www.lesbianherstoryarchives.org/

The Lesbian Herstory Archives is home to the world's largest collection of materials by and about lesbians and their communities.

Black Gay and Lesbian Archive

New York City, NY

http://www.nypl.org/locations/schomburg
http://archives.nypl.org/scm/21212

The Black Gay and Lesbian Archive (BGLA) was developed for the expressed purpose of documenting black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, Same Gender Loving, queer, questioning and in the life cultures

Leather Archives & Museum

Chicago, IL

http://www.leatherarchives.org/home.htm

The Leather Archives & Museum is a library, museum and archives pertaining to Leather, fetishism, sadomasochism, and alternative sexual practices. The geographic collection scope is worldwide and includes all sexual orientations and genders. The library collection contains published books, magazines, scholarly publications, films and electronic resources related to the subject matter. The museum collection contains original erotic art and artifacts from alternative sex organizations and individuals. The archival collection contains unpublished papers and records from notable activists, artists, businesses and organizations related to the subject matter.

Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies

Minneapolis, MN

https://www.lib.umn.edu/scrbm/tretter

The Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies houses over 100,000 items in a wide variety of media. The collection is international in scope and has materials in approximately 58 languages.

Stonewall National Museum and Archives

Fort Lauderdale, FL

http://www.stonewallnationalmuseum.org/

The Stonewall National Museum & Archives is an extraordinary publicly accessible cultural and educational resource that preserves, interprets and shares the remarkable heritage of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Gerber/Hart Library and Archives

Chicago, IL

http://www.gerberhart.org/

Gerber/Hart Library and Archives was founded in 1981 to be a depository for the records of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) individuals and organizations, and for other resources bearing upon their lives and experiences in American society. Gerber/Hart Library and Archives has since grown into being the Midwest's largest LGBT circulating library with over 14,000 volumes, 800 periodical titles, and 100 archival collections.

Transgender Foundation of America’s (TFA) Archive

Houston, TX

http://tgarchive.org/

The Transgender Foundation of America’s (TFA) archive of transgender history and research library is the beating heart of the transgender center located in Houston, Texas. For far too long, transgenders lived without a sense of history as a people. The Houston Transgender Archive addresses this by actively searching out and acquiring transgender history. The TFA research library includes journals, studies, biographies and more, both current and obscure. The library includes both the most current information on transgender issues as well as delicate books that are hundreds of years old.

Digital Transgender Archive

http://www.digitaltransgenderarchive.org/

The DTA will provide a centralized hub for transgender-related historical materials, including born-digital materials, materials contributed by independent projects, and information on archival holdings throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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Oral History and Documentary Projects

Trans Oral History Project

http://transoralhistory.com/

The Transgender Oral History Project is a community-driven effort to collect, preserve and share a diversity range of stories from within the transgender and gender variant communities.

The Visibility Project

http://www.visibilityproject.org/

A national portrait + video project dedicated to the Queer Asian American Women, Trans, and Gender non-conforming communities. The Visibility Project breaks barriers through powerful imagery and storytelling.

Mobile Homecoming

http://www.mobilehomecoming.org/

Mobile Homecoming is an innovative and loving response to a deep craving for intergenerational connection. A craving that lives in the hearts of queer black same gender loving elders and visionaries. A craving that has taken over the minds of two young queer black women. Julia Wallace of Queer Renaissance and Alexis Pauline Gumbs of Broken Beautiful Press have decided to dedicate the next phase of their lives to collecting and amplifying the social organizing herstories of black women, trans men, and gender queer visionaries who have been refusing the limits of heteronormativity and opening the world up by being themselves in the second half of the 20th century.

The Queer Oral History Project

http://qohp.org/

The Queer Oral History Project records our communities’ stories as told by the queer people who lived them as a living history created and shared across generations. The project is a celebration and a commemoration of the diversity of lived experiences in the queer community and is dedicated to preserving those experiences well into the future.

Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project

http://mandmcentral.com/olohp/

The Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project seeks to find and document the lives of old lesbians who were born in the early years of the last century. The lives that they led were difficult and in many way difficult for us, today, to understand. There were no LGBT publications, institutions or even personal examples to help guide their lives. They had to make it up as they went along. We seek to record their oral histories, known here as their herstories, to preserve what will soon be lost when they are all gone.

The Untitled Black Lesbian Elder Project

http://ubleproject.tumblr.com/

The Untitled Black Lesbian Elder Project (UBLEP)-{working title} is a feature-length documentary film highlighting interviews with black lesbian elders in their 60s, 70s and 80s from across the United States. UBLEP situates the elders’ stories within a range of historical movements, spanning the decades between the 1930s and the 1980s. Featuring 8-10 profiles of elders, UBLEP will reveal rare images of black lesbian life and history through the use of accompanying archival footage and personal ephemera. UBLEP will also bring to light a number of black lesbian underground movements, solidifying a black lesbian presence within overall American black history.

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Trans* Centered Archives and Historical Projects

University of Victoria Transgender Archives

Victoria, Canada

http://transgenderarchives.uvic.ca/

The University of Victoria believes that the history of pioneering transgender activists and the work they have done on behalf of their communities must be preserved. UVic Archives is actively acquiring documents, rare publications, and memorabilia of persons and organizations that have worked for the betterment of transgendered people.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 Foundation of America’s (TFA) Archive

Houston, TX

http://tgarchive.org/

The Transgender Foundation of America’s (TFA) archive of transgender history and research library is the beating heart of the transgender center located in Houston, Texas. For far too long, transgenders lived without a sense of history as a people. The Houston Transgender Archive addresses this by actively searching out and acquiring transgender history. The TFA research library includes journals, studies, biographies and more, both current and obscure. The library includes both the most current information on transgender issues as well as delicate books that are hundreds of years old.

Trans Oral History Project

http://transoralhistory.com/

The Transgender Oral History Project is a community-driven effort to collect, preserve and share a diversity range of stories from within the transgender and gender variant communities.

The Visibility Project

http://www.visibilityproject.org/

A national portrait + video project dedicated to the Queer Asian American Women, Trans, and Gender non-conforming communities. The Visibility Project breaks barriers through powerful imagery and storytelling.

Mobile Homecoming

http://www.mobilehomecoming.org/

Mobile Homecoming is an innovative and loving response to a deep craving for intergenerational connection. A craving that lives in the hearts of queer black same gender loving elders and visionaries. A craving that has taken over the minds of two young queer black women. Julia Wallace of Queer Renaissance and Alexis Pauline Gumbs of Broken Beautiful Press have decided to dedicate the next phase of their lives to collecting and amplifying the social organizing herstories of black women, trans men, and gender queer visionaries who have been refusing the limits of heteronormativity and opening the world up by being themselves in the second half of the 20th century.

Digital Transgender Archive

http://www.digitaltransgenderarchive.org/

The DTA will provide a centralized hub for transgender-related historical materials, including born-digital materials, materials contributed by independent projects, and information on archival holdings throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art

http://www.sfmotha.org/

MOTHA is dedicated to moving the hirstory and art of transgender people to the center of public life. The preeminent institution of its kind, the museum insists on an expansive and unstable definition of transgender, one that is able to encompass all trans and gender non-conformed art and artists.

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LGBTQ People of Color Centered Archives and Historical Projects

Black Gay and Lesbian Archive

New York City, NY

http://www.nypl.org/locations/schomburg
http://archives.nypl.org/scm/21212

The Black Gay and Lesbian Archive (BGLA) was developed for the expressed purpose of documenting black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, Same Gender Loving, queer, questioning and in the life cultures

Latino GLBT History Project

Washington, D.C.

http://www.latinoglbthistory.org/

The Latino GLBT History Project’s Archival Collection is among handful of repositories entirely dedicated to documenting the unique intersection of Latino activism and queer identity. We have the largest collection of materials covering over 25 years of Latino Activism in the Washington area’s LGBT Community. Our collection, which consists of records and other documentation concerning the work of local and national leaders, artists and performers, organizations and events in history such as historic marches, Pride activities and the AIDS epidemic.

The Visibility Project

http://www.visibilityproject.org/

A national portrait + video project dedicated to the Queer Asian American Women, Trans, and Gender non-conforming communities. The Visibility Project breaks barriers through powerful imagery and storytelling.

Mobile Homecoming

http://www.mobilehomecoming.org/

Mobile Homecoming is an innovative and loving response to a deep craving for intergenerational connection. A craving that lives in the hearts of queer black same gender loving elders and visionaries. A craving that has taken over the minds of two young queer black women. Julia Wallace of Queer Renaissance and Alexis Pauline Gumbs of Broken Beautiful Press have decided to dedicate the next phase of their lives to collecting and amplifying the social organizing herstories of black women, trans men, and gender queer visionaries who have been refusing the limits of heteronormativity and opening the world up by being themselves in the second half of the 20th century.

The Untitled Black Lesbian Elder Project

http://ubleproject.tumblr.com/

The Untitled Black Lesbian Elder Project (UBLEP)-{working title} is a feature-length documentary film highlighting interviews with black lesbian elders in their 60s, 70s and 80s from across the United States. UBLEP situates the elders’ stories within a range of historical movements, spanning the decades between the 1930s and the 1980s. Featuring 8-10 profiles of elders, UBLEP will reveal rare images of black lesbian life and history through the use of accompanying archival footage and personal ephemera. UBLEP will also bring to light a number of black lesbian underground movements, solidifying a black lesbian presence within overall American black history.

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Lesbian and Queer Women Centered Archives and Historical Projects

Lesbian Herstory Archives

New York City, NY

http://www.lesbianherstoryarchives.org/

The Lesbian Herstory Archives is home to the world's largest collection of materials by and about lesbians and their communities.

The Visibility Project

http://www.visibilityproject.org/

A national portrait + video project dedicated to the Queer Asian American Women, Trans, and Gender non-conforming communities. The Visibility Project breaks barriers through powerful imagery and storytelling.

Mobile Homecoming

http://www.mobilehomecoming.org/

Mobile Homecoming is an innovative and loving response to a deep craving for intergenerational connection. A craving that lives in the hearts of queer black same gender loving elders and visionaries. A craving that has taken over the minds of two young queer black women. Julia Wallace of Queer Renaissance and Alexis Pauline Gumbs of Broken Beautiful Press have decided to dedicate the next phase of their lives to collecting and amplifying the social organizing herstories of black women, trans men, and gender queer visionaries who have been refusing the limits of heteronormativity and opening the world up by being themselves in the second half of the 20th century.

The Untitled Black Lesbian Elder Project

http://ubleproject.tumblr.com/

The Untitled Black Lesbian Elder Project (UBLEP)-{working title} is a feature-length documentary film highlighting interviews with black lesbian elders in their 60s, 70s and 80s from across the United States. UBLEP situates the elders’ stories within a range of historical movements, spanning the decades between the 1930s and the 1980s. Featuring 8-10 profiles of elders, UBLEP will reveal rare images of black lesbian life and history through the use of accompanying archival footage and personal ephemera. UBLEP will also bring to light a number of black lesbian underground movements, solidifying a black lesbian presence within overall American black history.

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Online Exhibits

Queer Music Heritage

http://queermusicheritage.us/

Queer Music Heritage" is both a radio show and a website, and the goal of both is to preserve and share the music of our culture. Started in January of 2000, it has become the resource on the net for the history of LGBT music.

History Project Exhibits

http://www.historyproject.org/exhibits/exhibits.php

The History Project's exhibits represent the most groundbreaking and compelling displays of Boston GLBT history ever assembled. They range from Public Faces/Private Lives, which drew tens of thousands of visitors to the Boston Public Library, to smaller-scale exhibits focusing on Boston's under-documented communities.

GLBT History Museum Online Exhibits

http://www.glbthistory.org/museum/index.html

The GLBT Historical Society and The GLBT History Museum have mounted or sponsored several exhibitions available for viewing on an ongoing basis on the Web.

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Community Archive and Collector Resources

Start An Archives!

http://startanarchives.wordpress.com/

Start an Archives! is a blog about the trials and tribulations of starting a community archives.

Community Archives and Heritage Group Resources

http://www.communityarchives.org.uk/content/resources/resources

Community Archives and Heritage Group supports and promotes community archives in the UK and Ireland.

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