Catalog Search

The keyword search engine below will allow you to browse our entire catalog, including archival collections, periodicals, and oral histories. Use this information when you book your appointment to visit the archives.

While the vast majority of the material in the archives is not available digitally, a few of our collections have been digitized and are available online. Click here to consult the digital collections.

Information on the keyword search engine

We recommend that you begin your search with a couple of keywords. You could try “activism” and “AIDS,” for example. The name of a person, organization, or journal is especially useful.

Try a couple of different searches to see which is the most effective. Keyword results will be sorted into three sections—archival holdings, periodicals, and oral histories—and will include a brief description of each collection.

Results in the archival holdings will very frequently point you to a finding aid or container list, which break a collection down into specific segments and often have reference information for individual boxes and/or file folders. Some of these finding aids are in PDF format; others are housed directly on the Online Archive of California and will be linked.

These finding aids can be of immense value in helping you to hone in on the areas of the collection that most interest you, so we strongly suggest that you peruse them carefully if they are available. If your search turns up oral histories, many have transcriptions that are available online, which will be linked.

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Where do you want to look?

  • Archival collections
  • Periodical collections
  • Oral histories

What are you looking for?

Collection Listings

Collections list

This listing only contains collections that have been formally accessioned by the staff and made available to researchers. Some donated collections may not be listed because they have not yet been fully processed by the staff.

Periodicals list

This listing details the periodicals we have in alphabetical order.

Ephemera collections

The following finding aids are available on the Online Archive of California.

Biography Ephemera Collection

Business Ephemera Collection

General Subjects Ephemera Collection

Groups Ephemera Collection

Digitized media list

This list details audiovisual materials that have been digitized. Some may be available online; others are only available on site in the reading room. For information regarding access, contact us at

Online Collections

A small number of our collections are available online. Click below to explore the online collections.

Photo: Crawford Wayne Barton, Kissing on the steps, 1977, Crawford Wayne Barton collection (1993-11), GLBT Historical Society