Organization Details

GLBT Historical Society Archive

Type: archive
logophotoThe Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society collects, preserves and interprets the history of GLBT people and the communities that support them. Founded in 1985, the society is recognized internationally as a leader in the field of GLBT public history.

The society’s professionally staffed archives preserve one of the world’s largest collections of GLBT historical materials. The archives are open to researchers by appointment Tuesdays through Fridays and to all visitors two Saturdays a month.

The archives of the GLBT Historical Society contain approximately 800 collections of personal papers, photographs and organizational records. These collections include unpublished material such as letters, diaries and scrapbooks documenting the lives of both average people and community leaders. They also include the records of many community organizations, businesses and political campaigns.

In addition, the archives holds over 70 linear feet of ephemera; 5,000 periodical titles; tens of thousands of photographs; approximately 1,000 t-shirts; thousands of posters; more than 500 oral histories; approximately 1,000 hours of recorded sound; and approximately 1,000 hours of film and video. The archives also has extensive holdings of historic textiles, fine and graphic arts, and artifacts.

Some 400 hours of San Francisco Bay Area gay and lesbian radio programs from the 1970s and 1980s are available on our website. For more information and to search the programs, visit our Gayback Machine.
GLBT Historical Society Archive
(415) 777-54
657 Mission St., Suite 300 San Francisco, CA 94105