Saturday, October 9, 2010

World's largest LGBT archives to be donated to California university

Larry Gordon of the LA Times has reported that the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, which is said to be the largest LGBT collection in the world, is being donated to the University of Southern California's library system. The collection has been housed in a University-owned facility near the Los Angeles campus for the past ten years, but has been considered an autonomous archives until now.

From the LA Times article:

"Joseph Hawkins, president of ONE’s directors, said his organization decided to give the collection to USC to ensure it a permanent home and take advantage of the university’s preservation resources. 'This protects it in a way we couldn’t protect it ourselves,' he said. His group will continue to exist to sponsor exhibits, help raise funds and find new material for the archives, he said ... Catherine Quinlan, dean of the USC Libraries, said she was delighted with the donation. 'It’s a world-class research collection,' she said, noting that it will attract scholars in such fields as sexuality, anthropology and history."

According to the ONE website, the collection includes more than 23,000 books, 11,000 films and videos, and 9,000 periodicals related to the gay liberation movement, the AIDS crisis, and other subjects that trace the history of LGBTQ lives throughout history.

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