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The LGBT Community Center National History Archive is a community-based archive that collects, preserves and makes available to the public the documentation of LGBTQ lives and organizations centered in and around New York. Through our collections, we enable the stories and experiences of New York’s LGBTQ people to be told with historical depth and understanding.

Materials in the collections run from as early as 1878 to the present day, and are made up of a variety of media, including paper, scrapbooks, photographs, audio and video recordings, pamphlets and printed materials, posters and born-digital records. Holdings consist of personal papers created by individuals and records of organizations; periodicals (newspapers and magazines); organization files (printed matter created by organizations for their membership bases) and the organizational records of The Center.

Black & white photo, circa 1950, Gay Beach Photographs, c. 1950-c. 1980 (Collection 017)

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