Reference Archives

Learn more about other LGBT Archives from around the US.

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GLBT History Museum, San Francisco
GLBT History Museum, San Francisco

We all have that young twink friend who thinks being LGBTQ means nothing more than getting on Grindr and waiting for an older man to give him a compliment. These children need to be educated, and it is earlier generations’ responsibility to teach them. A great place to start: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender History Museum in San Francisco, a.k.a. the “queer Smithsonian,??? where interactive exhibits and performances highlight the fight for equality in the U.S. Admission: $5, but give more if you can afford it. 

GERBER/HART Libary of Chicago, Illinois

Gerber/Hart Library and Archives was founded in 1981 to be a depository for the records of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified (LGBTQ) 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 LGBTQ circulating library with over 14,000 volumes, 800 periodical titles, and 100 archival collections.

The Chris Gonzalez Library & Archives of Indianapolis, IN

The Chris Gonzalez Library & Archives is located in the Indy Pride Office Building, located at 429 East Vermont Street, in the basement level of The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis building. The Library is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 noon until 6:00 p.m. or by appointment. The Gonzalez Community Library currently has over 10,000 individual titles. The Library & Archives contain items of interest to the community (i.e., back issues of LGBT publications, video tapes of local LGBT events, t-shirt, memorabilia, photos, art work).

Rainbow History Project  of Washington, D.C

Frustrated by failed attempts to identify archives and sources of information on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered history in metropolitan Washington DC, Mark Meinke placed a notice in the Washington Blade for community discussion about the problem. On November 4, 2000 Charles Rose, Bruce Pennington, Jose Gutierrez, and James Crutchfield met with Meinke at the CyberStop Cafe, formerly at 1534 17th Street NW.  The outcome of the discussions was to create the Rainbow History Project which would work to preserve our community’s memories.


the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection of Minneapolis, Minnesota

the John J. Wilcox, Jr. LGBT Archives of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

the In the Life Archives (Schomburg Center) of Harlem, New York

the New York Public Library of New York

the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum of Houston, Texas

the UTSA Libraries Special Collections of San Antonio, Texas

the James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center of San Francisco, California

the GLBT Historical Society of San Francisco, California

the USM Special Collections of Portland, Maine

Additional Site to source:

Equality Fourm

National Park Service:

The History Project: Boston, MA
Latino GLBT History Project
LGBT History Project: Baltimore, MD
LGBT History Month
Wisconsin GLBT History Project
The Gay History Project iPhone App
Polk Street: Lives in Transition
The Long Beach LGBT History Project
Southern California LGBT History Project
Chicago Gay History
Oberlin College LGBT Community History Project
Northwest Lesbian and Gay History Museum Project
Grand Rapids LGBTQ People’s History Project
RICHES of Central Florida
GLBT History Museum of Central Florida
Philadelphia LGBT History Project
Committee on LGBT History, with the American Historical Association
Brooks Fund History Project: Middle Tennessee
Trans Oral History Project
Shoulders to Stand On Documentary Project Program of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley in Rochester, NY
Country Queers
Kentucky Equality Federation StoryCorps
Queer Appalachia Oral History Collection
LGBT Appalachian Oral History Project
Talking Across the Lines: GLBT Stories
StoryCorps Out Loud: Coast to Coast
Various projects listed at Rainbow Gray
Archive of Lesbian Oral History Testimony
UW Archives and Records Management: Madison’s LGBTQ Community