STONEWALL NATIONAL MUSEUM & ARCHIVES

Fasana/Graham Archive

Matthew Leifheit, 2021. Courtesy of the artist.

With a focus on the last half of the 20th century to the present day, the Fasana/Graham Archive comprises over 2,700 linear feet (twice the height of the Empire State Building) of items documenting LGBTQ political, cultural and social history. It contains more than 6 million pages of materials.

The professionally organized collection, mostly cataloged with detailed descriptions in a PastPerfect database, is maintained in an environment that meets conservation and archival standards.

The Archives contain serials, papers, objects, textiles, sound recordings, and other media. While its initial focus was on Florida and Southeastern United States, the Archives contain materials from the entire country and a limited number of items of other countries.

 

Access to the Archive

While we are always happy to provide tours of the Archive to the general public, use is limited to scholars, historians, researchers, writers and artists by appointment only. If you would like access to the Archive– either for a tour or research- please send your request to Inquiry@Stonewall-Museum.org.

Donations to the Archive/Diversifying the Archive

The vast majority of items in the Archive have been donated by individuals.  We encourage you to drop off or send us your LGBTQ materials.  All magazines, newspapers, serials, papers, objects and items relating to the LGBTQ community are of interest to us.  We receive new donations several times each week.  When items are donated, they are compared against our current holdings.  The new item will be added if we are missing it, or if it is in better condition.  If your item is a duplicate, we endeavor to place it in another LGBTQ archive.

Due to the unintentional nature of our past collecting activities, we are aware of our paucity of items by/ for BIPOC.  We actively seek to improve these deficits in our collection.  We ask for your help in these efforts.

If you would like to donate materials to the Archives, please contact Executive Director Hunter O’Hanian at Hunter@Stonewall-Museum.org

Matthew Leifheit, 2021. Courtesy of the artist.

Matthew Leifheit, 2021. Courtesy of the artist.

Borrowing items from the Archive

While we do not make loans to individuals, Stonewall welcomes inquiries from other museums, libraries, and archives who wish to include archival materials in their exhibitions.  Please contact Inquiry@Stonewall-Museum.org if you are interested in a loan.

Understanding/discovering Stonewall’s Archive

The Archive is divided into seven categories (archival files, fine art, oral histories, posters, pulp fiction, serials, and textiles).  Click here to word search the current Finding Aid to see more detail.

Categories:

Archival Files – Materials gathered by a particular individual, organization or subject matter:

Individuals (partial list):

Robert A. Boyle

John Graves

Fred Fejes

Jack Nichols

Robert W. Lee

Dean Trantalis

Roger H. Brown

Frank Kameny

Tom Dalton

Elaine Noble

Joel Starkey

Andrew Eddy

Brian L. McNaught and Ray R. Struble

James T. Sears

Douglas Pew and Donald Croxton

Matthew Leifheit, 2021. Courtesy of the artist.

Organizations (partial list):

Arts United (Ft. Lauderdale)

The Center (New York)

Chicago Hellfire Club

GLSEN

Intersex Society of N.A.

Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Metropolitan Community Church (various locations)

Sunshine Cathedral (Florida)

Project Lazarus

Gay Games

SAGE of Broward County

South Florida Front Runners

Old Lesbians Organized for Change

South Florida Gay Men’s Chorus

Log Cabin Republicans

Black and Lesbian Forum

CLAGS

Gay Straight Alliance

GLAAD

Women In Network  (Broward County)

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

 Subject matters (partial list):

Matthew Leifheit, 2021. Courtesy of the artist.

AIDS/HIV

Anita Bryant

South Florida civil rights movements

Drag/transvestism

LGBTQ life, identity and culture

LGBTQ in the military

Gay politics

Proclamations

Same-sex marriage

Transgender rights

Fine Art– Prints, photographs and other objects created by LGBTQ artists (partial list):

Anderson and Lowe   

Tee Corrine       

The Hun                

George Stavrinos      

                       

Neal Bate (Blade)                  

George Platt Lynes      

Herb Ritts                  

Pavel Tchelitchew

                       

Paul Cadmus               

JEB

Sean

Posters– Commercially printed posters relating to LGBTQ causes, establishments, political efforts and locations.

Pulp Fiction– More than 2,000 books of fiction.

Serials – More than one thousand titles of magazines, newspapers and newsletters which were printed in series, either by a non-profit or for-profit entity. In some cases, we have a single issue; in others we have an entire run.

Serial organized by topics– Click on the topic below to see the serial holdings in SNMA’s archives.  If a digital source exists, it is noted:

Textiles– T-shirts, sweatshirts and other garments relating to LGBTQ organizations and entities.

Celebrity Items – Over the years, Stonewall has received objects owned or worn by individuals of note:

Rita Mae Brown  

James Obergefell        

Alan Cumming                

RuPaul              

Carsen Kressley                             

                       

Kate Clinton           

Hat Sisters              

Rev. Bill Johnson       

Lady Bunny           

Peter Paige                 

Sharon Gless

Charles Busch

Ricky Martin

Ellen DeGeneres

John Waters

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Supporters

Stonewall is grateful to the following funders for their support of our operations and programs.

Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Board of County Commissioners of Broward County, Florida, As recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.

This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida.
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed by Stonewall National Museum & Archives, do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities of the National Endowment for the Humanities.