During the course of his research on the history of LGBT people in Nevada LGBT scholar, Jeff Auer, discovered a lack of primary source material available to him. Much of LGBT material has either been scattered across the country in other museums and private collections, or lost over time. Because LGBT history is not likely to be passed down through parents and family members, as in many ethnic cultures, and might not be seen by archivists as important to document in collections, the LGBT community faces unique challenges to tracing its lineage.
Even keeping an oral history has its challenges as many of our leaders were lost in the 1980s and 1990’s during the AIDS epidemic or were lost later to the disease. To rectify this situation the Nevada LGBT archive has been formed as a centralized holding place within the state for Nevada’s LGBT history. In addition to this the archive will work on collecting oral histories and scanning other items unique to Nevada’s LGBT history that are at other institutions so that they are preserved digitally as well.