LGBT Archives

LGBT Archives

noref_image_php(1)The mission of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Archives is to foster greater understanding of the region’s LGBT history by documenting the lives of Northeast Ohio’s LGBT residents and organizations and their contributions to our community. We collect and preserve the papers, documents, photographs, oral history interviews, and memorabilia of LGBT individuals, organizations, institutions, and businesses in Northeast Ohio. These materials are available to researchers. The LGBT Archives began in 1991 as a volunteer-led partnership with the Lesbian/Gay Community Services Center with the goal of collecting, preserving, and documenting the region’s rich LGBT history. Our partnership grew to include a community-based oral history project as the decade progressed. This significant venture involved recording and transcribing more than two-dozen interviews with people from our community.

Our holdings include these significant collections:

  • The AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland Papers
  • Douglas Braun Papers
  • Cadillac Lounge Murals
  • Vincent Carotenuto Papers
  • Andrew (Drew) Cari Papers
  • Chevrei Tikva Papers
  • The Community of Pride March and Festival Papers
  • Jane Daroff/PFLAG Papers
  • The Brynna Fish Papers
  • Gay Educational Awareness Resources Papers
  • Gay & Lesbian March on Washington Papers
  • The Gay People’s Chronicle Papers
  • Gay Wave’s Recordings
  • Bob & Karen Gross/Transfamily Papers
  • Victor Karp Papers
  • Kenneth J. Kolesar Papers and Photographs
  • The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center of Greater Cleveland Papers
  • Midwest Gay Pride Photographs
  • Northeast Ohio LGBT Oral History Project Recordings and Transcripts
  • Richard J. Pohl Papers
  • Stonewall: Cleveland Papers
  • Aubrey Wertheim Papers

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Contact Us

Western Reserve Historical Society
10825 East Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Margaret Roulett, Archives & Special Collections Manager or 216-721-5722 x1519.