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
For a seven-minute snapshot of what the Archives is all about,
watch this segment
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.
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
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
Covers," from our collection of lesbian pulp
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
of your materials and/or donating your time by becoming
We also welcome students seeking internships.
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
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.