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DISCOVER NEVADA’S UNTAPPED NATURAL RESOURCE, THE LGBT COMMUNITY.

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.

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The Nevada LGBT Archive Current Holdings

Size and Content: Approx. 8.75 linear feet

  1. Manuscript material (personal papers)
  2. Film, video, or sound
  3. Organization records
  4. Photographs
  5. Printed (books, journals, etc.)
  6. Clippings or vertical files
  7. Objects and ephemera (key chains, bumper stickers, graffiti, t-shirts, etc.)

The anticipated growth of The Nevada LGBT Archive is 3.5-8.75 linear feet per year for the first five years.

What is an Archive?

Archives are a universal way of recording history and preserving original historical documents. 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.  Preserving our LGBT history is especially important so that it can be drawn upon by current and future students, researchers, and historians. Because LGBT youth and our allies may not have a historical LGBT narrative passed down to them, learning about the LGBT history in Nevada can be a source of pride and empowerment.  Uncovering these untold histories and heroes celebrates the LGBT community in the Silver State.

Founded in 2016, the Nevada LGBT Archives currently houses over twelve thousand archival items including periodicals, books, film, video and audio recordings, photographs, artworks, organizational records, and personal papers.

What can be archived?

Architectural records, Art, Articles of incorporation, Audio recordings, Awards, Budgets, By-laws and revisions, Certificates, Clippings, Constitution and revisions, Correspondence of officers, Directories, Handbooks, Histories, Financial statements, Legal documents, Memoranda, Minutes of meetings, Motion picture film and videotape, Newsletters and other publications, Organizational charts, Pamphlets, brochures, flyers, etc., Photographs, Planning documents, Press releases, Reports (annual, committee) Rosters, Scrapbooks, Speeches, Surveys, Subject files, Tax returns.

What do you do with all that stuff?

After our staff has categorized, cataloged, inventoried, and processed each item for posterity, that collection becomes a digital and traveling exhibition.

HELP US CURATE THE HISTORY OF OUR COMMUNITY.