Digital Resources

Some of our collections have been digitized and catalogued elsewhere. Explore them here!

Metal shelves containing archival and file boxes.

Since 1979, the Lesbian Herstory Archives has collected personal papers and organizational records donated by Lesbian individuals and groups. The more than four hundred collections that compose the Archives’ special collections help to document and preserve a diverse cross section of Lesbian herstory.

Pink t-shirt that reads

T-shirts have been catalogued, and the database can be searched by keywords in each field including the text, graphic, year, event, organization, city, state, country, focus (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, Feminist, AIDS) and by two subject descriptions (e.g., political, AIDS). We code the style, the color of the shirt, the print and design and, if known, the designer, donor, and any information about the story behind the T-shirt.

Tall shelves filled with VHS tapes in the corner of a room.

Herstories: Audio/Visual Collections contains digitized copies of some of the 3,000 oral herstory cassettes in the Archives’ Spoken Word Collection and 950 videotapes in the Video Collection.

Two Black dykes sitting on a motorcycle at a march with people waving rainbow flags in the background.

The Lesbian Herstory Archives is home to the largest collection of materials about Lesbians in the world. Our photo collection, which we are now starting to digitize, reflects the growth of the Archives since 1974. Much of the materials came to us from women who simply wanted their images saved and their lives remembered. The collection holds snapshots, professional photography, found images and everything in between.

Side-by-side newsletter covers, one featuring a graphic of two Lesbians and one featuring a variety of pin-on buttons.

Our own LHA newsletters are a wonderful source of information. They are published by us, and provide news, updates, information and all kinds of resources. Many of them contain bibliographies on specific Lesbian topics, letting the community know what is available for research.