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LGBT History in Dickinson Archives & Special Collections
Regional LGBT Community Archives
Primary Source Databases
Archives of Sexuality and Gender
Illuminates the experiences of LGBTQ individuals by providing meeting minutes, administrative records, publications, private correspondence, photographs, internal US government memoranda, and more. Materials come from major international activist organizations as well as local, grassroots groups. Gift of the Mary Moser Memorial Library Fund. Coverage: contains primary sources.
ACTUP Oral History Project
Provides PDF transcripts and video clips of interviews with surviving members of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, New York.
Digital Transgender Archive
An online hub for historical materials and information about archival holdings related to transgender history. Includes newsletters, magazines, zines, photos, court documents, oral histories, and more. Contains collections of papers and other documents from prominent trans people. Coverage: Pre-2000. Contains primary sources. Some full text.
Homophile Movement: Papers of Donald Stewart Lucas, 1941-1976 (Archives Unbound)
Contains material relating to the early homosexual civil rights movement and the San Francisco manifestation of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. Includes correspondence, meeting minutes, constitutions and by-laws, newsletters, manuscripts, financial documents, reports, statistics, legal decisions, surveys, counseling records, and funding proposals. Coverage: 1941-1976, contains primary sources. Full text.
An open access collection of magazines, journals, and newspapers of alternative press archives. Collections include GI Underground Press, Women's Alternative Press, Native American Press, African American Press, Hispanic Press, Underground Campus Press, LGBT Press, Right-wing Press, and Literary "Little" Magazines. Coverage: contains primary sources.
In Response to the AIDS Crisis: Records of the National Commission on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, 1983-1994 (Archives Unbound)
Includes briefing books, hearing and meeting transcripts, reports, and press clippings that document the activities of the National Commission on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome from 1983-1994. Coverage: contains primary sources.
LGBTQ+ Politics and Political Candidates Web Archive
An archive of websites related to LGBTQ+ political candidates and political issues and topics at various levels of government, with a focus on local and state politics. Also includes websites of political and legal organizations and media. Contains primary sources. Coverage: July 2018-present. Full text.
LGBTQ+ Studies Web Archive (Library of Congress)
An archive of web sites that document LGBTQ+ history, scholarship, and culture in the U.S. and around the world. Includes websites from nonprofit organizations, the news, and more. Contains primary sources. Coverage: May 2018-present. Full text.
An archive of queer history which aims to tell the stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Includes documents (testimony, letters, organizational publications, police reports) oral histories, visual collections, and timelines. Coverage: contains primary sources.
Politics, Social Activism and Community Support: Selected Gay and Lesbian Periodicals and Newsletters (Archives Unbound)
Focuses on newsletters issued by gay and lesbian political and social activist organizations throughout the country and on periodicals devoted to gay and lesbian political and social activist agendas—the "public" face of gay and lesbian activism. In addition, this collection includes serial literature on its "private" face, exploring the challenges and complexities of building gay and lesbian communities inside and outside of a "straight" world. Coverage: contains primary sources.
Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin: Beyond the Daughters of Bilitis (Archives Unbound)
Documents many decades of Phyllis Lyon & Del Martin’s work for and leadership of, the LGBT movement and the women’s rights movement in both in San Francisco and nationally. Includes minutes, correspondence and notes related to their work with the ACLU, San Francisco Coalition for Human Rights, and other organizations. Coverage: 1966-1984, contains primary sources. Full text.
Phyllis Lyon, Del Martin & The Daughters of Bilitis (Archives Unbound)
Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin created and helped shape the modern gay and feminist movements. They founded the first lesbian rights organization, the Daughters of Bilitis, in U.S. history. This collection provides documents by and about the Daughters of Bilitis. Coverage: 1955-1984, contains primary sources. Full text.
Women and Social Movements in the United States,1600-2000
Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S., the collection currently includes 124 document projects on topics including black women suffragists, gender bias reports, women and antislavery, commissions on the status of women, notable American women, and more. Coverage: 1600-2000, contains primary sources. Mostly Full-Text.
Primary Source Timeline
See our Primary Source Timeline to browse a selection of primary source databases organized by coverage dates and locations.