With material spanning from the s to the present day, the collection holds some really significant archives and artefacts of UK and International LGBT History. It was funded by the Greater London Council supporting the wages of one full time and two part time workers to develop and sustain a collection of UK Lesbian History and culture. In the early years the archive collection mainly comprised of lesbian books including literature, pulp fiction and a significant amount of lesbian and gay as well as feminist non-fiction. The collection ranges from organisational records and personal archives to journals and ephemera. Like many of its sister organisations, the archive went through turbulent periods in its history.
The Lesbian Archive
How to look for records of gay, lesbian and bisexual history
Use of the collections is free during regular business hours. In , ONE Inc. Since the organization has operated solely as a LGBT archive. ONE, Inc. The ruling in the case, One, Inc. Olesen , not only allowed ONE to distribute its magazine, but also paved the way for other controversial publications to be sent through the U.
Liberate the Bar! Queer Nightlife, Activism, and Spacemaking
We can either copy our records onto paper or deliver them to you digitally. Visit us in Kew to see original documents or view online records for free. This guide suggests potentially useful documents and search terms, but is not exhaustive.
Reviews the development of the gay and lesbian movement. The theoretical foundations for gay and lesbian archives and libraries are discussed, together with the way in which their mission statements reflect concerns for their history, heritage and the need to correct the past neglect of the gay and lesbian role in society. The problems faced by the archives and libraries include funding and that they rely mainly on volunteer help.