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New Zealand LGBTTFIQ archives

PrideNZ.com - premier digital archive for the New Zealand rainbow communities, particularly for audio.

GayNZ.com (2011-2017): At midnight on May 31, 2017 GayNZ.com in its original form was retired. After sixteen years of linking, reflecting, entertaining and informing New Zealand's glbti communities their THREE core volunteers decided it was time to relinquish this role. A section in PrideNZ.com has links to the original categories, article titles and text captured from GayNZ.com before it ceased. Each entry has a link to the text of the article, and many also have links to the original articles held in the Internet Archive. Note: A new entity has revived the GayNZ.com (2019 - ) site as a digital hub of the LGBTQ+ community in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Charlotte Museum for the collection and preservation of lesbian history & artifacts (Auckland)

Tony Millett's Bibliography on Homosexuality in New Zealand, 1770-2012
The Bibliography is regularly updated and is freely available online in the National Library of New Zealand's findNZarticles datebase

LGBT Collection at NZ on Screen showcasing Aotearoa Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender screen production.

Queer Resources Aotearoa - the first queer web directory in New Zealand.

New Zealand Archives

Community Archive - National Register of Archives and Manuscripts (NRAM) - Being disestablised from 4 May 2020, as announced by Archives New Zealand in April 2020.
NRAM is used by archivists and researchers to signpost archival collections held in museums, local government bodies, libraries, historical societies, community repositories, and in-house business, educational, religious and sporting archives throughout New Zealand.

Directory of Community Archives (Archives New Zealand) - Directory of local community collections across New Zealand. It includes small local organisations, through to larger national institutions. LAGANZ has an entry.

Archives New Zealand (Wellington) - New Zealand's government archives. The website includes a useful Links page

Te Papa Tongarewa, the Museum of New Zealand has a growing collection of LGBTTFIQ artifacts; images of some of them can be viewed online - a sample search for gay lesbian.

Gay and Lesbian Archives


Archives Gaies du Québec (Montreal, Canada) - French language site of the Gay Archives of Quebec. Includes bibliographies e.g. “Bibliography of Homosexuality in Quebec before 1990” (in French).

Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (Toronto, Canada) - CLGA's large site includes lists of digital resources.

United Kingdom

Hall Carpenter Archives in the London School of Economics (LSE).
The Hall Carpenter Oral History Project is housed in the British Library Sound Archive.

The Women's Library (previously the Fawcett Library). Held at the London School of Economics Library, the Women's Library collections include papers from women, some of whom were lesbian.

Lesbian Archive and Information Centre (LAIC) - set up in London in 1984, the LAIC is now housed in the Women's Library in Glasgow. It contains the largest and most significant collection about lesbian lives and organisations in the UK.

Brighton Ourstory Archives - the collections include significant oral histories and written materials from the Brighton lesbian and gay communities.

United States

One Institute & Archives: The International Gay and Lesbian Heritage/Research Center (Los Angeles, CA) A significant collection housed in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California. The collections include One magazine, correspondence and holdings.

Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest (Portland, OR)

James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center (San Francisco, CA)
Part of the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library. Visitors can search the SFPL catalogue - select Collection MAIN - 3rd Floor - Gay-Lesbian Center.
The Center at SFPL also houses archival collections of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society of Northern California which has its own website.

Human Sexuality Collection (Cornell University, NY) The Collection’s books are catalogued and searchable online using the Cornell University Library catalogue.

LGBT Community Center National History Archive (New York, NY)

Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas (Austin)
Holds significant LGBTTI collections, including the letters of Radclyffe Hall to her lover Souline, and papers from several LGBTTI organisations.

Lesbian Herstory Archives in New York is one of the oldest and most comprehensive archives. Founded by Joan Nestle and Deb Edel, the archives now own a building in Brooklyn, and runs regular events. Visit here for a omprehensive view of S lesbian herstory, and some international records.

Lesbian Legacy Collection - a special lesbian collection, housed in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, containing records from California.

June Mazer Archives - a special lesbian collection, housed in Los Angeles, mainly containing records from California.


Homodok-Lesbian Archive (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
The Archive has an English version of its website which includes an on-line book catalogue.

Haeberle-Hirschfeld-Archives of Sexology (Berlin, Germany) - housed in the Humboldt-Universitatät zu Berlin's library

South Africa

Gay and Lesbian Archives of South Africa (GALA) the archive of the Centre for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) culture and education in (South) Africa. The website has a number of useful resources and a detailed index to the archives. Founded in 1997, the GALA collections are housed at the University of Witwaterstand, Johannesburg.


Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives (ALGA)
The Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives were founded in 1978, and are housed in Melbourne. Website includes a list of periodicals held in the archives and a bibliography..




Last updated: 5 Sep 2020

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