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New York, NY 10011
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COMMUNITY HISTORY

The LGBT community has made tremendous contributions to culture, society, legislation and countless other facets of life, both in NYC and around the world. As part of our commitment to our community, we provide access for those who want to better understand how LGBT life and media have evolved, whether for personal enrichment or research needs. Find out more about our collections below.

LGBT ARCHIVE

The National Archive of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender History serves to preserve the history of our community and its rich heritage. Founded in 1990 by volunteer archivist Rich Wandel, the archive provides a look into the lives and experiences of LGBT people throughout the years.

The collection includes thousands of papers, periodicals, correspondence, and photographs donated by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and organizations. For information on how to donate papers and ephemera, contact The Center.

Archive Facts

  • The archive preserves our LGBT history from 1920 to the present.
  • Its growth and relevancy relies on materials donated by our LGBT community.
  • The Center showcases archive materials regularly in exhibits and publications.
  • Countless researchers, academics, historians and filmmakers consult our archive.
  • The collection is accessible weekly and by appointment.

THE CENTER LIBRARY

Named in honor of individuals who championed LGBT causes in their professional and personal lives, The Pat Parker/Vito Russo Center Library is a valued and unique community resource. It was founded in 1991 to expand access to LGBT literature and to encourage and facilitate research of LGBT issues. Visitors come to research topics, browse the collection and borrow books and videos.

Library Facts

  • Pat Parker (1944-1989) was a poet, LGBT activist and civil rights advocate.
  • Vito Russo (1946-1990) was a LGBT activist, film historian, author and co-founder of GLAAD.
  • The library was founded by Stan Levanthal, Kevin Jenkins and Brian Phillips.
  • In 2002, the library made its catalog available to the public via the Web.
  • The library is a member of the American Library Association and the Metropolitan New York Library Council.