Archives Month: Celebrating LGBT History

With October  serving as both “American Archives Month” and  “LGBT History Month” this is the perfect time to announce a new on-line research guide about Washington University and St. Louis LGBT History.   The guide lists numerous primary sources available at University Archives,  such as:

  • Women’s Movement and Gay Liberation Fliers distributed on campus from 1969-72,
  •  independent publications collected by the Women’s Resource Center (‘Coming Out’, ‘Les Talk’ and more),
  • documents from the 1977 Men & Masculinity Conference held on campus, and
  •  correspondence between the Magnolia Committee and the Mayor of St. Louis about the 1980 Gay Pride Parade.

Also included are published secondary sources for broader historical context, and links to other area archives with LGBT history resources.

Interested in seeing documents listed on the guide or in any of our finding aids?  Just contact University Archives — we are open to all, and welcome visitors.




For researchers looking to explore LGBT History beyond the St. Louis and Missouri area, the Lavendar Legacies is an excellent guide to historical collections throughout North America.

Published on-line by the Society of American Archivists’ Lesbian and Gay Archives Roundtable (LAGAR), Lavender Legacies is organized geographically and includes “community-based and state historical societies, religious archives, college and university libraries, and public libraries.”1  

Resources for teaching about LGBT History are available from the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).






1 “Lavender Legacies Guide: Introduction.” (accessed October 2, 2012).

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