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Welcome to the Lesbian Herstory Archives

The Lesbian Herstory Archives is home to the world's largest collection of materials by and about lesbians and their communities. Please read our History as well as our Mission and Statement of Purpose to learn more.

We are located at 484 14th St. in Park Slope, Brooklyn, between 8th Avenue and Prospect Park West. You can visit the Archives anytime we’re open, to browse through photographs or files, read a book, watch a video, listen to a CD or LP, do research or to volunteer. We also arrange group tours.

For a seven-minute snapshot of what the Archives is all about, watch this segment from In the Life. Just click on the image to the right.

How to Use this Website

Take the Virtual Tour
While there is nothing like visiting the Archives in person, through our virtual tour you can get an introduction to the Archives, as well as an overview of our building and collections floor by floor.

The collections section of the virtual tour will provide you with information and photos from the varied parts of the Archives as well as information on how you can start creating your own special collection. Be sure to check out subject files, for an alphabetical listing of over 1000 subjects that the Archives has materials on.

Sample our Exhibits and Newsletters
We have created several exhibits that travel around the world. One of the most popular is "Queer Covers," from our collection of lesbian pulp novels.

Check out our Digital Collections
Our latest video is from the LHA Daughters of Bilitis collection in which Edith Eyde talks about her life growing up in rural southern California, moving to Los Angeles and discovering the lesbian culture there. She discusses publishing Vice Versa, one of the first lesbian magazines, and her music career. The digital collections also include wonderful collections of audio tapes and photographs.

Since 1975, the Lesbian Herstory Archives has sent out nearly 20 newsletters to members of our community. This section of this website includes a digital copy of each and every newsletter. It is a wonderful snapshot of how the Archives, and the lesbian community, have changed over the years.

The archives is a non-profit, volunteer run organization. We rely on contributions from the lesbian communities and our allies. Learn about how you can contribute to the Archives, whether through financial donations, donations of your materials and/or donating your time by becoming a volunteer. We also welcome students seeking internships.

Upcoming Events

March with the Archives in the following marches:

Brookly Pride March: 7:30pm, Saturday June 14th, Brooklyn. Meet on Douglas Street between 4th and 5th Aves by 6:45 for check-in.

Dyke March: 5pm, Saturday June 28th, Bryant Park 6th Ave & 42nd st., Manhattan

Saturday June 7th, 2014 8:30 pm

Panel on Lesbian History at the Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art

Coordinators of the Lesbian Herstory Archives will be presenting at the Brooklyn Museum's First Saturday Celebration of LGBT Lives.  more info.

Saturday June 14th, 2014 12-5 pm

Annual Brooklyn Pride Day "Books Plus" Sale   more info.

Saturday June 28th, 2014 12-3 pm

Annual Open House and Tours  more info.

Visit our calendar for more events and open hours.


Our website was created by the efforts of so many. The content was first discussed and then written and edited by the coordinating committee, with inspiration and pointers from many other women. Saskia searched the Archives collection to find the photographs used on the site. All the photographs came from the Archives collection. We can give credit to some photographers but others are not known... help if you can! Heather Stewart, our fabulous webmistress, pulled the presentation together in the format you are viewing now, and Carrie Moyer created our beautiful logo. Our thanks go out to so many of you who have been involved with the Archives in so many different ways - previous coordinators, interns, volunteers, staffers, researchers, visitors, friends, lesbians in the community and lesbians around the world. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

From the current Archives coordinators (in no particular order): Joan Nestle, Deb Edel, Teddy Minucci, Maxine Wolfe, Amy Beth, Saskia Scheffer, Paula Grant, Desiree Yael Vester, Devin Lindow, Shawnta Smith, Mimi Lester, Gabrielle Korn, Leni Goodman, Rachel Corbman, Flavia Rando and Kayleigh Salstrand.