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LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Asexual) Studies

What is an archive or special collection?

An archive is a collection of historical records and/or primary sources documents which have been collected and preserved for their cultural or historical value.  Examples of items contained in archives are:

  • family histories
  • letters
  • oral histories
  • personal papers
  • photographs
  • records

Archives can be located in businesses, historical societies, museums, and libraries.

You often need to make an appointment when visiting an archive and you have to examine the materials on-site (unless they are digitized).

Special Collections

Photo courtesy of the Lesbian Herstory Archives (LHA photocollection, marches 70s folder)

A select list of archives and special collections:

Find an Archive

Use these databases to search for archival collections on specific topics

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