LGBTQI Archive Collections

LGBTQI archive collections play a crucial role in preserving the histories and experiences of LGBTQI communities. These archives store personal stories, cultural artifacts, and historical documents that provide insights into the lives and contributions of LGBTQI individuals and communities to society. By maintaining these collections, they document the struggles and achievements of LGBTQI communities, ensuring that their experiences are represented in historical records. These archives are valuable resources for researchers, educators, and activists, offering material that supports studies in LGBTQI history and culture. They also help foster a more inclusive understanding of the past by including the perspectives of LGBTQI individuals.

North America

  1. The Lesbian Herstory Archives (LHA) – Brooklyn, New York, USA
  2. ONE Archives at the USC Libraries – Los Angeles, California, USA
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  3. The ArQuives: Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Archives – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  4. GLBT Historical Society Archives and Museum – San Francisco, California, USA
  5. Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria – Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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  6. Stonewall National Museum & Archives – Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

South America

  1. Arquivo de Identidade (LGBT+ Archives) – São Paulo, Brazil
  2. Centro de Documentación y Archivo de la Diversidad Sexual y de Género (CeDAd) – Buenos Aires, Argentina
  3. Movilh (Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual) – Santiago, Chile


  1. The Schwules Museum – Berlin, Germany
  2. LAGNA: Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive – London, United Kingdom
  3. The LGBT Foundation Archives – Manchester, United Kingdom
  4. Irish Queer Archive – Dublin, Ireland
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  5. IHLIA LGBT Heritage – Amsterdam, Netherlands
  6. Bishopsgate Institute’s LGBTQIA+ Archives – London, United Kingdom


  1. GALA Queer Archive (GALA) – Johannesburg, South Africa
  2. Gay and Lesbian Archives of South Africa (GALA-SA) – Johannesburg, South Africa
  3. The Other Foundation – Johannesburg, South Africa
  4. Doundou Report by ISDAO (Initiative Sankofa d’Afrique de l’Ouest) – West Africa
  5. Friends of the Rainbow – Nairobi, Kenya


  1. Tokyo Rainbow Archive – Tokyo, Japan
  2. Humsafar Trust – Mumbai, India
  3. Blue Diamond Society – Kathmandu, Nepal


  1. Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives (ALGA) – Melbourne, Australia