What exactly is Retro-Scope anyway?
Here, anyone can see and share memories, stories, photos, memorabilia, and more! Together we are establishing our LGBTA history and preserving it forever. We invite you to peruse the collection and delight in seeing the riches of what we, as a diverse community, have been blessed: the dazzling parties, fantastic performers, beloved places and unforgettable friends. Feel proud of the artists and change-makers that came before us, those that paved the way for the freedom which we enjoy today. Plus check out the map of memorable locations—some gone but not forgotten–that have been important to our LGBT community— now on Retro-Scope preserved for all time.
What you will find on the RS site:
Retro-Scope currently contains approximately 1,000 scaned images and counting – collections of personal artifacts, 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 These collections include unpublished material such as letters, diaries and scrapbooks documenting the lives of both average people and community leaders. Our archive will also include the records of many community organizations, businesses and political campaigns. The archives house thousands of photographs, news clippings and other documents.
Searchable items and collections:
Our collections can be searched right from this site. Retro-Scope focuses its collections on gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer life in New Hope, Bucks County Pennsylvania area. Currently, we are seeking accessions to fill particular gaps in our archives. We seek materials documenting LGBT life from the 1920’s – 1980’s, as well as LGBT people of color, lesbian and bisexual women of all social/cultural backgrounds, LGBT working class communities, and bisexual and transgender people. To inquire about donating a collection or for more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org