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ENG 286: The Gay '90s: LGBTQ Archives & Digital Collections

Issues of Queer Archives

That gay and lesbian history even exists has been a contested fact, and the struggle to record and preserve it is exacerbated by the invisibility that often surrounds intimate life, especially sexuality. Even the relatively short history (roughly “one hundred years”) of homosexuality as an identity category has created the historiographical challenge of not only documenting the wide varieties of homosexual experience but examining documents of homophobia along with earlier histories of homoeroticism and same-sex relations.

Ann Cvetkovich in An Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures, p. 242

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Queer Archives & Primary Source Collections

Some of the archives listed below have portions of their collections digitized and available online for researchers. Material that has not been digitized is usually available in person. Contact the reference archivists at these institutions for research help and/or for use of materials in research projects.

The Lesbian and Gay Archives Roundtable of the Society of American Archivists has also compiled the Lavender Legacies Guide, a comprehensive list of LGBTQ collections in the United States and Canada. Click here for the full Lavender Legacies Guide.

Databases with News Sources

You can use the publication date limiter on the results page to find historical evidence about a person, event, movement, cultural artifact, etc. Limit by content type to newspaper or magazine articles to look at evidence in the popular or alternative press.

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