The archives are temporarily closed while we move into our new location at 989 Market Street in San Francisco. As a result, researchers and guests are unable to visit the archives but can still access our online catalog as well as select research guides and digitized materials through our website, the Online Archive of California, and Calisphere. During this time, telephone and email responses will be extremely limited. Patron services, including reproduction requests, are also suspended during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience. Please watch our website for our reopening date and new contact information.
The following subject guides cover frequently researched topics in our collections; these guides are by no means comprehensive, but intended to showcase some of our collections’ offerings as well as outside resources.
The archives of the GLBT Historical Society contain approximately 800 collections of personal 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 These collections include unpublished material such as letters, diaries and scrapbooks documenting the lives of both average people and community leaders. They also include the records of many community organizations, businesses and political campaigns. The archives hold over 70 linear feet of ephemera; 5,000 periodical titles; tens of thousands of photographs; approximately 1,000 t-shirts; thousands of posters; more than 500 oral histories; approximately 1,000 hours of recorded sound; and approximately 1,000 hours of film and video. The archives also has extensive holdings of historic textiles, fine and graphic arts, and artifacts.
The GLBT Historical Society focuses its collections on gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer life in the wider San Francisco Bay area and Northern California. Currently, we are seeking accessions to fill particular gaps in our holdings. We seek materials documenting LGBT life prior to the 1970s, 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 Joanna Black.
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Managing archivist Joanna Black shares her latest finds among the media collections.