Libraries, Archives, and Museums

Resources in Gender and Sexuaity Studies (Brown University)

Gender and Sexuality Studies Information Resources Librarian, Sarah Evelyn (Brown University) 

Libraries, Archives, and Museums

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives 
The Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives (ALGA) is a non-profit organization committed to the collection, preservation and celebration of material reflecting the lives and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex LGBTI Australians. It has over 150,000 items, constituting the largest and most significant collection of material relating to LGBT Australians and the largest collection of LGBT material in Australia, and the most prominent research center for gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans* and intersex history in Australia.

Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives in Toronto
The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) collects LGBT historical records, personal papers, publications, art, photographs, posters, and artifacts. The CGLA also features exhibits throughout the archive and in the gallery.

Center for Sex and Culture Library and Archive
The collection is unique in its dedication to collecting and preserving information about sex as we have known it, do know it, and continue to learn about it, worldwide.

The Chris Gonzaelez Collection

In existence for over 25 years, the Chris Gonzalez Library and Archives served as a place where LGBTQ+ people could access materials specific to their community. Curated by Michael Bohr, the library was comprised of over 7,000 titles, mostly from donations from community members.

In 2017, Indy Pride entered into a partnership with The Indianapolis Public Library to receive most of the book and video materials, curate. The now-named Chris Gonzalez Collection is housed at Central Library, with extra copies of items floating throughout the system. IndyPL is committed to building on the foundation of the Chris Gonzalez collection and to continually growing our collection at a higher level of inclusiveness for people of color, women, non-binary, transgender, and lesbian/bisexual/queer/+ authors, as well as people at the intersections of these identities.

Feminist and Lesbian Periodical Collection at the University of Oregon
The Feminist and Lesbian Periodical Collection contains 482 lesbian and feminist periodical titles including 36 Oregon titles and 31 international titles. Approximately 80 percent of the entire collection contains titles published during the 1970s.

Gerber/Hart Library and Archives
Gerber/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.

GLBT History Museum in San Francisco
The GLBT Histoty Museum from the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco features art, objects, and publications from the 1940s to today. The museum also hosts events throughout the year with artists, activists, and authors.

IHLIA LGBT Heritage was established in 1999, and is an international archive of over 100,000 LGBT books, journals, magazines, films, documentaries, photographs, and objects.

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
The Leslie-Lohmann Museum has a permanent collection of 1300 objects from incredible LGBT artists including Rober Mapplethorpe, Catherine Opie, and David Hockney. 

Leather Archives & Museum 
The Leather Archives & Museum in Chicago is dedicated to the preservation of leather, kink, and fetish lifestyles.

June Mazer Lesbian Archives
The June L.  Mazer Archives is the largest major archive on the West Coast dedicated to preserving and promoting lesbian and feminist history and culture.

Les Archives gaies du Québec
The GQI is a non-profit, community-based organization that is mandated to receive, preserve and preserve all handwritten, printed, visual, audio, and other documents that bear witness to the history of gays and lesbians in Quebec

Lesbian Herstory Archives
The Lesbian Herstory Archives is home to the world's largest collection of materials by and about lesbians and their communities.

Kinsey Institute Library & Special Collections
The Kinsey Institute's library and collections chronicle more than 2,000 years of human history, with publications, objects, art, and data from around the world.

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries
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.

Schwules Museum
The Schwules Museum opened in 1985, and was originally located above a gay nightclub. The museum has become one of the world’s largest and most significant LGBTQ museums.

Stonewall National Museum and Archives
An extensive pulp fiction collection; organizational records of local, national and regional LGBT organizations; large serials collection; personal records of local and national personalities; gay erotica –pictorial works; and LGBT ephemera, film, audio and oral histories. 

Transgender Archive and Research Library at the Transgender Center
Currently, the archive holds transgender magazines dating back to 1750, transgender statuary from diverse cultures such a China, Africa and Europe, original newspapers recording transgender history dating back to the early 1700s, rare transgender books dating back to the 1600s, original transgender photos dating back to before the Civil War and other transgender artifacts dating back as far as the Roman Empire.