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Archives Center, National Museum of American History  Search this
Becker, John M.  Search this
Gay Officers Action League. GOAL  Search this
Heritage of Pride (HOP)  Search this
Rohrbaugh, Richard  Search this
Atlantic States Gay Rodeo Association (ASGRA)  Search this
American Federation of Teachers  Search this
Department of Defense, Comprehensive Review Working Group  Search this
Gay Officers Action League. GOAL  Search this
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland  Search this
ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives  Search this
San Diego LGBT Pride  Search this
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network  Search this
Smith College  Search this
University of Connecticut  Search this
William Way Community Center  Search this
Biren, Joan E.  Search this
Bushnell, Megan  Search this
Davidson, James, Dr.  Search this
Dietrich, Joe  Search this
Exline, Gregory  Search this
Florence, Laura  Search this
Huebner, David  Search this
Jain, Shawn  Search this
Karazsia, Amy  Search this
Karazsia, William G.  Search this
Lombardi, Angela  Search this
Lynch, Patsy  Search this
Meinke, Mark  Search this
Nitz, Ryan  Search this
Reichard, Bradley  Search this
Robinson, Franklin A., Jr., 1959- (actor)  Search this
Ros, Silvia  Search this
Sabatino, Michael  Search this
Shannon, Michael A.  Search this
Sheets, Justin  Search this
Snodgrass, Adam  Search this
Voorheis, Robert  Search this
Hirsch, Leonard  Search this
Guest, Barbara  Search this
Barna, Joseph T.  Search this
Guest, Michael E.  Search this
Cruse, Howard, 1944-2019  Search this
Larson, Gordon P., 1910-1988 -- 20th century  Search this
McWaine, Dwayne, Dr.  Search this
70.2 Cubic feet (213 boxes, 22 map-folders)
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Canada -- Description and Travel
Germany -- description and travel
Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Washington, D.C. -- history
Los Angeles (Calif.)
New York, New York
1825-2023, undated
bulk 1960-2023
This collection contains a variety of periodicals, photographs, correspondence, business and advertising ephemera (corporate and non-profit, personal), organizational records and ephemera, created by, for, and in reaction to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) community.
Scope and Contents:
The Archives Center Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Collection contains periodicals, ephemera, posters, postcards, advertisements, photographs, organizational records, publications, correspondence, and other materials related to all aspects of the LGBT community and the civil rights issues pertaining thereto. The collection was created by the Archives Center to bring together materials specifically pertaining to the LGBT community. This collection contains material from communities and individuals throughout the United States. The collection is currently strongest in periodicals, newspapers and ephemera and very strong in material from California and New York. The collection continues to add new items and the researcher would be wise to take a broad view in targeting their research topics in the collection.
The collection is divided into twenty-eight series. Series 1: Periodicals, 1937-2023 Series 2: Agencies, Associations, and Organizations, 1965-2023, undated Series 3: Community Life and Subject Files, 1825-2023, undated Subseries 3.1: Photographs and Slides, 1870-2009, undated Subseries 3.2: Ephemera and Buttons, 1969-2022, undated Subseries 3.3: Posters and Prints, 1825-2018, undated Subseries 3.4: Subject Files, 1958-2023, undated Subseries 3.5: Pride, 1976-2023, undated Subseries 3.6: HIV and AIDS, 1987-2020, undated Subseries 3.7: Gay Games, 1982-2018 Series 4: Advertising, Business, and Publications, 1912-2023, undated Subseries 4.1: Advertising, 1970-2018, undated Subseries 4.2: Business, 1986-2021, undated Subseries 4.3: Television, Theater, and Motion Pictures, 1978-2023, undated Subseries 4.4: Bar ephemera and advertisement, 1979-2018, undated Subseries 4.5: Publications, 1912-2023, undated Series 5: Biren, Joan E. (JEB), 195-2018, undated Subseries 5.1: Xerographic Copies of Photoprints, 1971-1995, undated. Subseries 5.2: Posters and Oversize Advertisement, 1973-2018, undated Series 6: Dietrich, Joseph A., 1992-2010 Series 7: Mattachine Society Records, 1942-1996, undated Subseries 7.1: Correspondence, 1952-1991, undated Subseries 7.2: Board of Directors Minutes, 1954-1974, undated Subseries 7.3: Organizational Information, 1942-1993, undated Subseries 7.4: Councils, Chapters, and Committees, 1953-1965, undated Subseries 7.5: Conventions, 1953-1960, undated Subseries 7.6: Publications, 1944-1996, undated Series 8: Rainbow History Community Pioneers, 2003-2012, undated Series 9: Strub, Sean O., addendum, 1987-2011, undated Series 10: Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore (GLCCB, 1990-2014, undated Series 11: Ros, Silvia, 2009-2011 Series 12: Huebner, David, 2009-2014 Series 13: St. George, Philip, 1945-1955, undated Series 14: Will & Grace, 1995-2006 Series 15: Barna, Joseph T. and Heritage of Pride (HOP), New York, New York, 1910-2014, undated Subseries 15.1: Photographs, Photographic Negatives, and Slides, 1985-2010, undated Subseries 15.2: Heritage of Pride (HOP), 1984-2014, undated Subseries 15.3: Barna, Joseph T., 1910-2013, undated, Series 16: Becker, John M., 1999-2014, undated Series 17: Rohrbaugh, Richard, 1972-1986, undated Series 18: Guest, Michael E., 2001-2009 Series 19: The Fosters, 2013 Series 20: Pride at Work, 1990-2015 Series 21: Sabatino, Michael and Voorheis, Robert, 1980-2016, undated Subseries 21.1: Archilla, Gustavo A. and Lokkins, Elmer T., 1916-2014, undated Series 22: Gay Officers Action League (GOAL), 1982-2016, undated Series 23: Brown, Adele "Del" and Herizon's Bar, 1985-1991, undated Subseries 1: Changing Herizons, and Herizons Newsletter, 1983-1991 Series 24: Universal Fellowship Metropolitan Community Churches (UFMCC), 1957-2019, undated Series 25: The Christmas House, Crown Media Family Networks, 2020-2021 Series 26: Cones, Myra L. and Harris, G. Yvonne, 1979-2001, undated Series 27: Atlantic States Gay Rodeo Association (ASGRA), 1993-2004, undated Series 28: Hooker, Meryl, 1989-1996, undated
Historical Note:
While the quest for equal rights has been pursued by generations, it is generally acknowledged that the modern day Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) civil rights movement began in New York City in June 1969 with the Stonewall Riots. Prior to this time a number of activists, individuals, and organizations such as The Mattachine Society, Daughters of Bilitis and others, fought to bring recognition of LGBT civil rights to the forefront of American society. While the movement was primarily, and most visably, centered in New York City and San Francisco, periodicals, guide books, and ephemeral material interconnected the larger LGBT community throughout the United States. The increased visibility of the LGBT movement inspired affinity groups at odds with the LGBT community's new found visibility and quest for broader civil rights. The challenge to what was termed "traditional" values encouraged these counter-LGBT groups to define and solidfy their constituency and also become more pro-active. This collection comprises material that is generated by individuals and organizations promoting both points of view.
Related Materials:
Materials in the Archives Center Michio and Aveline Kushi Macro-Biotics Collection (AC0619) The Shamrock Bar: Photographs and Interviews (AC0857) John-Manuel Andriote Victory Deferred Collection (AC1128) Archives Center Wedding Documentation Collection (AC1131 ) Division of Science, Medicine, and Society HIV/AIDS Reference Collection (AC1134) John-Manuel Andriote Hot Stuff: A Brief History of Disco Collection (AC1184) Joan E. Biren (JEB) Queer Film Museum Collection (AC1216) World AIDS Institute (WAI) Collection (AC1266) Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) Records (AC1282) Helping Persons with AIDS (HPA) Records (AC1283) DC Cowboys Dance Company Records (AC1312) Bil Browning and Jerame Davis Papers (AC1334) David Hadley Rockwell New York Disco Ephemera Collection (AC1342) Leonard P. Hirsch Federal Globe Records (AC1357) Corbett Reynolds Papers (AC1390) Mark Segal Papers (AC1422) The Mattachine Society of Washington "Love in Action" Collection (AC1428) Academy of Washington Records (AC1458) Matthew Shepard Papers (AC1463) I'm From Driftwood Records (AC1503) The Division of Political History holds artifacts related to gay activist Franklin Kameny and a variety of political buttons. They also hold LGBT related artifacts from Joan E. Biren (JEB). The Division of Medical and Science holds objects donated from Dr. Renee Richards, Sean O. Strub, and Leonard Hirsch. The Division of Entertainment and the Arts holds objects donated by The Fosters, Will & Grace, and The Christmas House.
This collection was assembled by the Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian, beginning in 2004.
The collection is open for research use. Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves. Researchers must use reference copies of audio-visual materials. When no reference copy exists, the Archives Center staff will produce reference copies on an "as needed" basis, as resources allow. Do not use original materials when available on reference video or audio tapes.
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Women's music  Search this
Transgender people -- Identity  Search this
Sexual orientation  Search this
Political activists  Search this
Lesbianism  Search this
Lesbian and gay experience  Search this
Gay activists  Search this
Homosexuality  Search this
HIV and AIDS  Search this
Feminism  Search this
Bisexuality  Search this
Bars (Drinking establishments)  Search this
Gay Pride  Search this
Photographs -- 2000-2010
Photographs -- 20th century
Archives Center Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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