CLIR Supports ONE Archives Collaborative Project with GLBT Historical Society

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The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) recently awarded $203,200 to Out West: The LGBTQ Community Archive Cataloging Project, a collaborative effort to process rare archival materials held by the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives and the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco. The two archives will work together to ensure scholars can access 111 archival collections that reveal the previously hidden origins of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) social equality movements from the 1940s through the present. Included in the project are a wealth of rare materials, ranging from the suit worn by Harvey Milk when he was assassinated to early gay and lesbian wedding photos, matchbooks from 1950s gay bars, and memorabilia from José Sarria’s 1961 campaign for San Francisco city supervisor.

Out West features 89 collections from the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives of USC Libraries and 22 collections from the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco. These collections preserve the history of struggle for LGBTQ civil rights and give a comprehensive view of U.S. activists, artists, and organizations over a 50-year period. Ranging from records of the Asian/Pacific Lesbians and Gays, the Blue Max Motorcycle Club, the Community United Against Violence, and the Gay Men’s Chorus to artifacts documenting the life of Harvey Milk and the papers of pioneering activists José Sarria and Hank Wilson, novelist Patricia Nell Warren, and the Woman’s Building art center—founded in 1973 by Judy Chicago—these collections capture myriad facets of the pre- and post-Stonewall LGBTQ experience.

Archivists at ONE and GLBTHS will create an Out West website featuring rare materials from the project and providing access to finding aids for the 111 collections. Keep checking Libwire for project updates, links to finding aids, and more photographs of items uncovered by ONE and GLBTHS archivists during the two-year project.

Kate Millet with her sculpture Naked Lady at the Woman's Building art center in 1979. From the ONE Archives

Colorized photograph of activist José Sarria in his WWII-era Army uniform. From GLBT Historical Society

Empress José I, The Widow Norton, at a 1965 Imperial Court event. Sarria founded the Court System in 1964. From GLBT Historical Society

Banner from the 1979 March on Washington, highlighting the role of West Coast LGBTQ activists in the struggle for equality. From the ONE Archives

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