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.
Celebrate the Lesbian Herstory Archives 40th Year!
Join the Archives this fall for a celebration of our Fabulous 40th Year. And help us get ready for the next 40!
The Archives began in the apartment of two of its founders, Joan Nestle and Deb Edel, as seen in the photo on the right. We now inhabit our own brownstone in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Created and maintained entirely by volunteers since the beginning, the Archives has always relied on support from the community and allies to keep the doors open.
Please visit our special
40th Anniversary Website for a listing of our special Anniversary Events (including film screening, cabaret, and an auction) and to learn how you can help us keep the lights on and the doors open for another 40 years!
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
Since 1975, the Lesbian Herstory Archives has sent
out nearly 20 newsletters
to members of our community. This section of this website
includes a copy of the cover and description 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.
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.