National History Archives

Learn more about local and national LGBTQ+ archives and sites dedicated to preserving our history.

GLBT History Museum in San Fran 
We all have that young twink friend who thinks being LGBTQ means nothing more than getting on Grindr and waiting for an older man to give him a compliment. These children need to be educated, and it is earlier generations’ responsibility to teach them. A great place to start: Gay,

Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender History Museum in San Francisco, a.k.a. the “queer Smithsonian,??? where interactive exhibits and performances highlight the fight for equality in the U.S. Admission: $5, but give more if you can afford it.

GERBER/HART Libary of Chicago, IllinoisGerber/Hart Library and Archives was founded in 1981 to be a depository for the records of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified (LGBTQ) individuals and organizations, and for other resources bearing upon their lives and experiences in American society. Gerber/Hart Library and Archives has since grown into being the Midwest’s largest LGBTQ circulating library with over 14,000 volumes, 800 periodical titles, and 100 archival collections.

The Chris Gonzalez Library & Archives of Indianapolis, IN
The Chris Gonzalez Library & Archives is located in the Indy Pride Office Building, located at 429 East Vermont Street, in the basement level of The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis building. The Library is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 noon until 6:00 p.m. or by appointment. The Gonzalez Community Library currently has over 10,000 individual titles. The Library & Archives contain items of interest to the community (i.e., back issues of LGBT publications, video tapes of local LGBT events, t-shirt, memorabilia, photos, art work).

Rainbow History Project  of Washington, D.C Frustrated by failed attempts to identify archives and sources of information on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered history in metropolitan Washington DC, Mark Meinke placed a notice in the Washington Blade for community discussion about the problem. On November 4, 2000 Charles Rose, Bruce Pennington, Jose Gutierrez, and James Crutchfield met with Meinke at the CyberStop Cafe, formerly at 1534 17th Street NW.  The outcome of the discussions was to create the Rainbow History Project which would work to preserve our community’s memories.

Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection of Minneapolis, MinnesotaThe Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies houses over 3,000 linear feet of material about the GLBT experience. It includes published material, organizational records, personal manuscripts, informational files, films, music, textiles, posters, and other items. The collection is international in scope and has materials in approximately 58 languages.

John J. Wilcox, Jr. LGBT Archives of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The William Way LGBT Community Center encourages, supports and advocates for the well-being and acceptance of sexual and gender minorities in the Greater Philadelphia region through service, recreational, educational and cultural programming. 

In these challenging times, the William Way LGBT Community Center, and what it represents, has evolved to meet the needs of the diverse people it serves 365 days a year.

In the past year alone, the center has developed and strengthened its programming for LGBT refugees, intimate partner violence awareness and prevention, and programs for the senior and trans communities. These are in addition to the Center’s long established arts, culture and community programming initiatives.

The strength of the William Way is greatly enhanced when community members like you engage with our staff, connect with other members and participate in our vital programming. We invite your feedback and ideas, so can continue to find new ways to serve our community.

New York Public Library of New York
Many publications on LGBTQ+ Books and reference. 

Gulf Coast Archive and Museum of Houston, Texas
The Gulf Coast Archive and Museum of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender History, Inc. is a 501-c-3 organization that was formed in Houston, Texas, by a group of concerned activists so that our collective histories could be saved – as well as be available for educational uses – through the utilization of a museum or similar venue. Although we have had to close the museum space, our archives are still available by appointment. Appointments can be made for access to parts of the archives through Judy by calling 832-722-5785. Additionally, we do have a few satellite exhibits throughout the city and arrangements can be made for temporary ones for special functions.

UTSA Libraries Special Collections of San Antonio, Texas
About UTSA Libraries Special Collections
Our vision is to bring national recognition to the university for distinctive research collections documenting the diverse histories and development of San Antonio and South Texas.

Our collecting priorities include the history of the African-American and LGBTQ communities in our region, the history of women and gender in Texas, Mexican-American activism and advertising, the Tex-Mex food industry, and urban planning.

James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center of San Francisco, California
The James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center is the gateway to the Library’s broader collections documenting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual and allies’ history and culture, with a special emphasis on the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Center also collaborates with other library departments and community organizations to sponsor a diverse array of exhibitions and public programs. The Hormel Center Reading Room on the 3rd floor of the Main Library serves as the home-base of the Center and houses a selection of non-circulating books and magazines.

GLBT Historical Society of San Francisco, California
Founded in 1985, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society is recognized internationally as a leader in the field of LGBTQ public history. Our operations are centered around two sites: our GLBT Historical Society Museum, located since 2011 in the heart of San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood; and our Dr. John P. De Cecco Archives and Research Center, open to researchers in the Mid-Market district.

USM Special Collections of Portland, Maine
Special Collections, part of the University Libraries, collects and preserves rare materials, including books, manuscripts, photographs, and artifacts. The Department is made up of three meta-collections: General Rare Books and Manuscripts, the University Archives, and the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine.  Special Collections supports the academic mission of the University by inviting classes to use its collections in hands-on exercises where students learn research skills. For a more in-depth history of Special Collections, click here.

Gay Pioneers
Gay Pioneers is the story of the first organized annual “homosexual” civil rights demonstrations held in Philadelphia, New York and Washington, DC from 1965-69. When few would publicly identify themselves as gay, these brave pioneers challenged pervasive homophobia.

Equality Forum
The quality Forum coordinates LGBT History Month, produces documentary films, undertakes high-impact initiatives and presents the largest annual national and international LGBT civil rights summit.

Equality Forum produces these innovative events in collaboration with learning institutions, professional associations, research centers, for profit companies and nonprofit organizations. 

LGBTQ Heritage Featured Places – National Park Service
The National Park Service cares for America’s more than 400 national parks…and works in almost every one of her 3,141 counties. We are proud that tribes, local governments, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individual citizens ask for our help in revitalizing their communities, preserving local history, celebrating local heritage, and creating close to home opportunities for kids and families to get outside, be active, and have fun. Find a few selected important places outside the parks here and explore the links for more.

Then explore what you can do to share your own stories and the places that matter to you. Many places have an LGBTQ history, but it is not mentioned in their interpretations. For those sites, visit the LGBTQ America HistoryPin project. Mapping these places helps to make this heritage more visible.  Out History was founded in October 2008 by Jonathan Ned Katz, author of the groundbreaking Gay American History (1976) and other books on the history of sexuality. When the Internet became part of the everyday life of millions – even billions – of people in the 21st century, Katz understood that the work of archiving, establishing LGBTQ chronologies, and highlighting new discoveries begun in Gay American History should continue on a digital platform.

LGBTQ+ community center history project
In 2004, a strategic planning group begin exploring the concept of a regional LGBTQ+ community center, bringing key stakeholders together and gathering input from community members under the guidance of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC).

In 2006, based on the information gathered from the community needs assessment, the LGBT Community Center Coalition of Central PA was formed, a Board of Directors identified, and a mission statement adopted – all supported by TFEC.

In 2009, the LGBT Center merged with Common Roads, an LGBTQ+ youth-serving organization that had been in existence since 1993, bringing the missions, programs, and operations of the two organizations together as one 501(c)(3) organization.

In 2012, the LGBT Center moved to its current physical location at 1306 N 3rd Street in Midtown Harrisburg. After previously using space at other organizations, this was the Center’s opportunity to have our first space of our own.

Today, the LGBT Center serves over 2,000 people each year across Dauphin, Cumberland, York, and Lancaster counties, and seeks to be responsive to the changing needs of our communities in our programming and our strategic priorities.

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries is the largest repository of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) materials in the world. Founded in 1952, ONE Archives currently houses over two million archival items including periodicals, books, film, video and audio recordings, photographs, artworks, organizational records, and personal papers. ONE Archives has been a part of the University of Southern California Libraries since 2010. Find information on the ONE Archives Foundation, Inc., the independent, community-partner of ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, here.

The ONE Archives Foundation, Inc., the independent community partner that supports the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the University of Southern California (USC) Libraries, the largest repository of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) materials in the world. Founded in 1952 as ONE Inc., the publisher of ONE Magazine, the ONE Archives Foundation, Inc. is the oldest active LGBTQ organization in the United States. In 2010, the ONE Archives Foundation, Inc., deposited its vast collection of LGBTQ historical materials with the USC Libraries. Today, the organization is dedicated to promoting this important resource through diverse activities including educational initiatives, fundraising, and range of public programs.

Find information related to ONE Archives’ collections, as well as exhibitions and additional programs, here.

The Center NYC fosters a welcoming environment where everyone is celebrated for who they are. We offer the LGBTQ communities of NYC advocacy, health and wellness programs; arts, entertainment and cultural events; recovery, parenthood and family support services. Visit The Center to find out more—we’re open 365 days a year!


The History Project: Boston, MA

Latino GLBT History Project

LGBT History Project: Baltimore, MD

LGBT History Month

Wisconsin GLBT History Project

The Gay History Project iPhone App

Polk Street: Lives in Transition

The Long Beach LGBT History Project

Southern California LGBT History Project

Chicago Gay History

Oberlin College LGBT Community History Project

Northwest Lesbian and Gay History Museum Project

Grand Rapids LGBTQ People’s History Project

RICHES of Central Florida

GLBT History Museum of Central Florida

Philadelphia LGBT History Project

Committee on LGBT History, with the American Historical Association

Brooks Fund History Project: Middle Tennessee

Trans Oral History Project

Shoulders to Stand On Documentary Project Program of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley 

in Rochester, NY

Country Queers

Kentucky Equality Federation StoryCorps

Queer Appalachia Oral History Collection

LGBT Appalachian Oral History Project

Talking Across the Lines: GLBT Stories

StoryCorps Out Loud: Coast to Coast

Various projects listed at Rainbow Gray

Archive of Lesbian Oral History Testimony

UW Archives and Records Management: Madison’s LGBTQ Community