(In light of June being Pride month i have chosen to highlight important and historical LGBTQ people, places, terms, etc as a means of education/open discussion along with my outfit posts)
The Sexual Minorities Archives is one of the oldest LGBTQ archives in America. Founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1974 and relocated to Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts in 1979 where it currently resides. It is a grassroots, multimedia collection housed in archivist Ben Power’s (a disabled, transgender historian) residence in Holyoke, Massachusetts and includes more than 12,000 books, 800 periodical titles with 17,000 individual issues, thousands of subject files, personal collections, organizational collections, oral histories, independent research and academic papers, audio and video cassettes, CDs, DVDs, slideshows, vinyl record collection, print and e-newsletters, posters, art, comic books, t-shirts, buttons, photographs, correspondence, and ephemera. I found out about the SMA when I started delving more into the history of Leslie Feinberg (I did a post about hir last week) and found that in 2016, the SMA added The Leslie Feinberg Library consisting of 1,000+ donated books, pamphlets, and other materials that were the personal research library of the late transgender author and activist. The SMA is open to visitors and researchers by appointment at no fee, however photocopies do run a small cost. They are always accepting donations.