From Archives move

Archives to re-open June 29

We made it! The voluminous and priceless contents of our archives have been moved into their new location at 989 Market Street in downtown San Francisco. Public access will resume on Wednesday, June 29. All visits are by appointment according to the following schedule:

Members. Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Non-members. Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

To request an appointment, please email the reference staff.


Entertainer and community emcee Donna Sachet checks out the stacks at our new archives facility.

By BART: Take any San Francisco train to Powell Station, then walk one long block west toward Sixth Street. By Metro: Take any line to Powell Station, then walk one long block west toward Sixth Street. By Streetcar: Take Line F to Market & Taylor (westbound) or Market & Sixth (eastbound). By Bus: Take Lines 6, 7, or 9 to Market & Taylor (westbound) or Lines 6, 9, or 21 to Market & Sixth (eastbound). By Car: Metered street parking is available, but may be very difficult. There is a valet lot off Stevenson Street. Self-parking is available at the Fifth & Mission civic garage.

Securing our past while planning the future

The GLBT Historical Society achieved a major goal this month with the recent move of our treasured archives to a new and expanded space in the mid-Market neighborhood of San Francisco.

So many people contributed time, energy and resources to make this move possible. In particular, I want to give a big shout-out to a few unsung heroes who made it possible: outgoing board member and archives working group chair Al Bersch, board co-chair Brian Turner, managing archivist Joanna Black, and move manager Ramon Silvestre. We deeply appreciate their dedication to the cause of protecting LGBTQ history.

The move to the new space at 989 Market Street also was made possible by contributions from the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, the Nonprofit Displacement Mitigation Program of the Northern California Community Loan Fund, the GLBT Historical Society Board of Directors, the Excelerate Foundation, the Horizons Foundation, and — most importantly — 202 individual contributors to our Indiegogo campaign.

Thank you, all! Your support has ushered in a new era for the GLBT Historical Society. We’re especially delighted that we finally have room to grow — and we’re committed to using this opportunity to strengthen the diversity of our collections, especially by expanding our documentation of the lives of people of color, women, and other groups underrepresented in the archives.

To celebrate, we want to invite all our members and all the donors to our Indiegogo campaign to a special hard-hat preview of the new archives on Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Managing archivist Joanna Black will be leading tours at the start of each hour. If you’re a member or a donor, please reserve a place (access code: GLBTHistory).

If you can’t make it to the preview, don’t worry. We’ll soon be settled in to the new archives space. The reading room will be open by appointment to researchers and other visitors in three or four weeks.

Executive Director Terry Beswick

Watch your e-mail for another special announcement later this month. We plan to share our vision for an exciting new long-term project that will fully showcase LGBTQ history and culture in San Francisco for generations to come. As with the archives move, your support will be one of the keys to its success.

Happy Pride, everyone!

The archives find a new, larger home

Our precious GLBT history is on the move! We were running out of space at our Mission Street location — and a rent hike at the end of the lease prompted us to look for a new home.

After a yearlong search, the society has found a larger, more appropriate space for our extensive archives, which preserve more than 100 years of GLBT documents, artifacts and stories. This means more room for collections, researchers, visitors and staff.

The GLBT History Museum will remain in the Castro, but the archives will now be housed at 989 Market St. in downtown San Francisco. We are planning to start the big move in May and anticipate that it will take two months.

We need your help to make the move. As you can imagine, office space in San Francisco’s real estate climate is an expensive undertaking. The expansion of our archives is crucial to preserving the stories of our lives for future generations. Below, our managing archivist, Joanna Black, tells just one story that shows how our expanding and improving our archives makes it possible to organize and properly store historical materials.

For more information on the move and to make a donation today, visit our Indiegogo fundraising page.

We’re hiring

The GLBT Historical Society seeks a temporary Move Project Manager to oversee the administrative and logistical tasks required to move a moderate sized archives. Under the supervision of the Managing Archivist, the Move Manager will work a total of 200 hours over the course of six weeks, with four weeks at full time and two weeks at part time. This position is anticipated to begin May 1 and end in mid-June. Compensation is $25 per hour.


Create and implement a master move plan, taking into account any move progress that has already been achieved by GLBT Historical Society staff and volunteers up to the starting date. Must be able to step in immediately and take over tasks and duties relating to the move of the archives and its collections, including:

  • assisting with collection inventory and location lists, moving and coordinating the movement of collection materials
  • maintaining move calendar and assisting in scheduling for the move (technical assistance, meetings, and appointments)
  • monitoring and maintaining working operation of office equipment and ordering supplies as needed for the move
  • assisting with packing of collection and office materials
  • examining collection materials and producing condition reports
  • communicating with movers, packers and third parties as related to the move
  • maintaining a location tracking system
  • performing other related duties as assigned


Completion of a college or university baccalaureate degree. MLIS or MA in museum studies, or equivalent experience managing at least one substantial move before. Familiarity with archival and museum registration techniques preferred.

To Apply

Please send cover letter, resume, and three references to Joanna Black, Managing Archivist . Deadline for applications is April 11.