$750,000 awarded by the California State Library for the preservation and digital accessibility of California’s LGBTQ+ history


Of California State Library:

California State Library announces $750,000 in grants to protect and share important documents from California’s LGBTQ+ history. This funding will be used by museums, universities state non-profit institutions and organizations to ensure the physical and digital preservation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer material relevant to the LGBTQ+ movement, culture, experience, and/or history in California.

“California has a rich and important history to preserve,” said California State Librarian Greg Lucas, “This funding will help Californians see and hear the past come to life through digitized publications, videos, speakers community series and events.

Collections to be curated must be California-based, have research value, must be California LGBTQ+ relevant history and culture, and accessible to the public. These can be monographs, serials, manuscripts, archives ]documents, maps, architectural drawings, sound recordings, photographs, moving images and newspapers. HHowever, they cannot include the conservation of works of art on paper, paintings, sculptures or other objects.

The following organizations received grants:

  • University of Southern California ($134,947) – Preservation and sharing via the USC Digital Library and Calisphere historical collections document diverse LGBTQ+ experiences held by ONE Archives and identify LGBTQ+ collections held by members of “LA as Subject”.
  • California State University at Dominguez Hills Foundation ($100,000) – Cataloging and digitization of LGBTQ fundraising related to work, activism and publications as well as fundraising for an LGBTQ speaker series.
  • GLBT Historical Society ($100,000) – Creation of 10 new digital collections, processing and digitization of elements of the historical society’s LGBTQ film and video collection and hosting two public events that offer instructions on the use of digital resources and introduce the material available at GLBT Historical Company.
  • McPherson Center Museum of Art and History ($91,029) – In partnership with Diversity Center, digitizing and publishing online a collection of photographs, printed and audiovisual documents components that document LGBTQ+ leaders, communities, and activism in Santa Cruz County from 1974 to present.
  • The Lesbian Archives of June L Mazer ($88,935) – Cataloging and making available to the public 297 cubes unique lesbian and feminist material feet.
  • San Diego Lambda Archive ($71,835) – Preservation and wider public access to materials and stories that document California’s LGBTQ history, sharing knowledge and skills to help other LGBTQ+ people community organizations are beginning to preserve other collections; and establishing a network of workflow of basic archiving processes for digital and analog documents.
  • BAYMEC Community Foundation ($61,250) – Public awareness and access to Silicon Valley rich but largely undocumented queer political and social history by cataloging and digitizing documents significant people in the local LGBTQ movement.
  • Autry Museum of the American West ($57,056) – Preservation and access to the California Gay Rodeo the documents kept at the Musée d’Autry through archival processing, cataloguing, digitization, programming, a research grant, the installation of an exhibition and a social media campaign.
  • University of California, Davis ($18,000) – Digitize and preserve rare and historic LGBTQ+ newspapers, magazines and other periodicals preserved in gay and lesbian history and culture in the UC Davis Library Collection.
  • Compton Color ($15,000) – Hosting programs focused on LGTBQ+ discovery and exploration Compton’s story, as well as providing young people with the opportunity to explore and create a collaboration, generational archive of Compton’s LGTBQ+ history.
  • Louise Lawrence Transgender Archive ($11,948) – Cataloging, preservation, digitization and online sharing the newsletters, photographs, and ephemera of the educational transvestite chain and its successor, Transgender San Francisco.

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