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Peabody Essex Museum

The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum holds a significant proportion of material that is unique or rare. Its collections include manuscripts, books, pamphlets, newspapers, photographs, maps, broadsides, and ephemera–a combination of primary and secondary sources that makes the library a rich and productive location for research and discovery. Its scope is global and nearly encyclopedic, and its holdings reflect the museum’s collections of art in all media and across all curatorial departments, on top of its own traditional areas of strength in subjects such as Essex County history.


Preus Museum

The Preus Museum library is a public research library for photography located in Horten, Norway. The collection consists of approximately 30,000 volumes and has a comprehensive gathering of periodicals with approximately 1,000 titles. Included in the library are works by and about Norwegian photographers and pictorial works of national and local historical interest.


Princeton University Library

Princeton University Library is one of the world's leading research libraries, serving a diverse community of 5,200 undergraduates, 2,700 graduate students, 1,200 faculty members, and many visiting scholars. Its holdings include more than 7 million printed volumes, 5 million manuscripts, 2 million non-print items, and extensive collections of digital text, data, and images.


Queer Digital History Project

The Queer Digital History Project (QDHP) is an ongoing effort to document pre-2010 LGBTQ digital spaces online. Currently, the QDHP houses collections ranging from a queer community catalog and associated archive of born-digital primary documents to interactive maps of early transgender BBS network TGNet.


Queer Zine Archive Project

The Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP) was first launched in November 2003 in an effort to preserve queer zines and make them available to other queers, researchers, historians, punks, and anyone else who has an interest in DIY publishing and underground queer communities.


RI LGBTQ+ Community Archives at Providence Public Library

RI LGBTQ+ Community Archive at PPL is a community archives initiative to collect and provide access to the current and past stories of LGBTQ+ people in Rhode Island. We are focused on ensuring the preservation of materials chronicling the social, cultural & political history of RI LGBTQ+ people and organizations. We strive to develop collections & resources that reflect the full range of the lived experiences of Rhode Island's LGBTQ+ communities. We especially aim to reflect key perspectives on the issues and experiences of those who have been historically marginalized in mainstream LGBTQ+ movements including Black, Indigenous, Latinx, disabled, trans and gender non-binary, economically disenfranchised, and otherwise marginalized people.


Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America documents the lives of women of the past and present for the future and furthers the Radcliffe Institute's commitment to women, gender, and society.


Sexual Minorities Archives

The Sexual Minorities Archives (SMA) collects, preserves, protects, and makes accessible the literature, history, and art of all sexual and gender minorities of all races and ethnicities, including transsexuals, transgender persons, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, intersex persons, queers, gender-queers, cross-dressers, BDSM/leather folk, asexuals, polyamorists, celibates, and other emerging sexual minority groups. The SMA is national in scope and is one of the oldest and largest LGBTQI archives in the United States. The SMA seeks to inform, educate, and inspire the LGBTQI community and our allies to understand the unique stories and experiences associated with our lives and our struggles for equality.


Sexual Representation Collection, Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies

The Sexual Representation Collection (SRC) is Canada’s largest university-based collection of pornography. In addition, it includes a significant collection of materials related to the social and legal regulation of sexual representations in Canada. The collection contains roughly 2,000 VHS videocassettes and DVDs, 1,000 magazines, 500 pulp novels, hundreds of 35mm slides, floppy discs, 8mm film, 8mm cassette tapes, and 267 linear feet of personal papers, legal documents, reports, art, kink objects, and unique ephemera dating from the 1950s to the present. SRC is administered by the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto. The SRC aids in the recovery and preservation of pornography and materials related to their social and legal regulation, production, circulation, and consumption. Its mission is to acquire, preserve, organize, and give public access to information and materials in any medium about sexual representation, with particular attention paid to feminist, queer, and kink material.


Sherman Grinberg Film Library

The Sherman Grinberg Film Library, located in Los Angeles, California, is the world’s oldest and biggest privately held film archive with over 40 moving image libraries, serving Hollywood and the world film community for more than 75 years. The Film Library has more than 20 million feet of classic 35mm B&W film with content dating mostly from 1895 to 1957, just before the television era began. The archive includes the historic Paramount Newsreels, first called Eyes of the World (silent era) and later Eyes and Ears of the World (the “talkies”).


Skeivt arkiv

Skeivt arkiv is the national archive and knowledge center for queer history in Norway. Skeivt arkiv is located at the Special Collections at the University Library in Bergen, and is the leading institution of its kind in Scandinavia. Skeivt arkiv has a broad focus, with materials (printed as well as unique) representing all genders and sexualities, spanning the entire 20th century. Additionally, Skeivt arkiv works to promote and conduct research on the history of sexuality, and is connected to some of the leading Norwegian academics in this field.


Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project

We are a community-based history initiative committed to researching and telling the stories of LGBTQ+ individuals and organizations in our region.


Stanford University Special Collections

The holdings of the Special Collections and University Archives at Stanford University are comprised of more than 260,000 rare, fine press, and artists’ books, and some 59 million pages of unpublished manuscripts and photographs. It currently exceeds some 60,000 linear feet of manuscript/archival material and nearly 300,000 books (antiquarian and contemporary).


Texas A&M University

The Cushing Memorial Library & Archives houses rare books, special collections, manuscripts and the Texas A&M University Archives. The historic Reading Room is open to all for research and studying.


Transas City

Transas City was created on June 10, 2013, to serve as a research and fact-based site to benefit transgender and transsexual persons and their families, friends, allies, and supporters.


Transgender Archives, University of Victoria

The University of Victoria has committed itself to the preservation of the history of pioneering activists, community leaders, and researchers who have contributed to the betterment of transgender people. The UVic Archives have been actively acquiring documents, rare publications, and memorabilia of persons and organizations associated with transgender activism since 2007. The collection began with the generous donation of the Rikki Swin Institute collection. It has been enhanced by other significant donations including the personal papers of Reed Erickson, the University of Ulster TGA collection, and the records of Zenith Foundation, among others. Donations are being co-ordinated by Founder and Academic Director Dr. Aaron Devor and managed by University Archivist Lara Wilson. The Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria is accessible to the public, and available to faculty, students, and scholars for teaching and research.


Transgender Oral History Project

No longer an active project, the Transgender Oral History Project was a community-driven effort to collect and share a diverse range of stories from within the transgender and gender variant communities. We accomplished this by promoting grassroots media projects, documenting trans people’s experiences, maintaining a publicly accessible digital archive, and teaching media production skills. The TOHP had almost 300 print materials that are now available on the DTA and the Internet Archive. These materials have since been donated to the University of Minnesota's Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies ( The TOHP shifted focus to a new project called "America in Transition," a documentary series and community engagement campaign that explores community, family, and social issues for trans people of color across the United States.