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LGBTQ+ History Research at the Archives & Library of the Ohio History Connection

Collection Information and Access

Our archival and print collections related to LGBTQ+ history, life, and experiences are available for researchers to use in the Ohio History Center Archives & Library. This guide provides a starting point for your research -- but know that there is more to be found by searching our online catalog and our archives catalog! Digitized materials from GOHI collections are available on Ohio Memory. Oral histories are available at

For questions related to archival collections, please contact Library Services at or (614) 297-2011.

Archival Collections

Below, you'll find a list of archival collections to get your research started. These materials have been donated by individuals and organizations, and they include correspondence, photographs, video/audio recordings, fliers, and more. They are available to view and use in our research room. 

Search our Archives Catalog to find more! Tip: use search terms like "GOHI" and "LGBTQ+"


Robert Berger Collection [MSS 1533]

Berwick Ball Collection [MSS 8710 AV]

Tim W. Brown Papers [MSS 8826 AV]

Cincinnati LGBTQ+ Pride Collection [MSS 8778]

Columbus Community Pride Collection [MSS 8726]

Columbus Eagle Bar Staff [SC 5775]

Columbus Free Press Collection [MSS 1301 AV]

Laura Cunningham photograph collection [AV 298]

Betty Eicher and Mary Parker Brown Papers [MSS 1699 AV]

First Baptist Church of Granville Collection [MSS 1469]

Flaggots Ohio, LLC Collection [AV 183]

Franklin County Marriage Checklist [VFM 6373]

Therese Frare photograph collection [AV 466]

GLBT Life in Central Ohio Panel Discussions [AV 199]

Christina Goddard Graves Papers [MSS 8543]

Lynn Greer Collection [AV 276]

H.I.S. Kings Records [MSS 1419]

Bryan Knedler Collection [MSS 8707 AV]

Deborah Kuzawa Collection [MSS 8820]

Michael O'Brien Collection [MSS 1669 AV]

Ohio State University Gay and Lesbian Alliance Records [MSS 898]

Stonewall Union Records [MSS 1150 AV]

David Zimmer Photograph Collection [AV 306]


Bryan Knedler Collection, MSS 8707 AV


The Ohio History Connection maintains a rich collection of LGBTQ+ newsletters, newspapers, and magazines from across the state. In some cases, we hold the only known issue of a publication; other titles continued publication for decades. Browse our holdings below, and find even more by searching our online catalog!

Alliance Advisor (Bowling Green, 1983)

Bar Trash (Columbus, 1996-1997)

BRAVO Bulletin Board (Columbus, 1998)

Central Heat: A Guide to Gay Ohio (Columbus, 1995)

Central Ohio Gay Newsletter (Columbus)

Columbus Gay Activist (1972)

Dignity Columbus

Dinah (Cincinnati, 1970s-1980s)

Gaybeat (Cincinnati, 1985-1995)

Gay People's Chronicle (Cleveland, 1985-2008)

GEAR Foundation Newsletter (Cleveland)

Gold (Akron-Canton, 1979-1981)

Good Times (Columbus, 1984-1988)

Greater Cincinnati GLBT News (2003-2006, 2008)

HeadLine (Columbus)

High Gear (Cleveland, 1976-1982)

In Your Pants (Westerville, 1995-1996)

Index of Gay and Lesbian News 1932-1979

Lambda (Athens, 1972)

Lavender Closet (Athens, 1984)

Lavender Starship (Columbus, 1972-1973)

Metro-nome (Columbus, 1993)

Midwest Roundup (Cincinnati, 1991-1992)

New Local Make-Up Magazine (Akron, 1996)

New Voice (Columbus, 1988)

News of the Columbus Gay and Lesbian Community (Columbus, 1979-1993)

Nouveau (Cincinnati, 1990-1991)

OFF (Columbus)

Off the Wall: Newsletter of the OSU Gay Alliance (Columbus)

Ohio Gay Guide (Columbus, 1985)

Ohio Gay Rights Coalition Newsletter (Columbus)

OUTlines (Cleveland, 1999-2001)

Outlook News (Columbus, 1999-2003)

Outlook Weekly (Columbus, 2004-2009)

Outlook (Columbus, 2009-2016)

Pride Magazine (Cleveland, 1983-1984)

PROgram/TAGALA (Toledo)

Purple Cow (Columbus, 1974-1976)

Rightfully Proud (Dayton, 1991-1992)

Santa Marian (Columbus, 1976)

Spectrum (Dayton, 1998)

Spirit: Official Newsletter of Dignity Central Ohio (Columbus, 1982)

Spotlight Magazine (Columbus, 1998-2001)

Stonewall Union Report (Columbus, 1989-1994)

Stonewall Union Journal (Columbus, 1994-2001)

Toledo's Pride Pages (1997-1998)

Tradewinds (Columbus, 1991-2000)

Valentine News (Cleveland, 1991-1992, 1996)

Wall (Columbus)

Waves (Athens)

Yellow page (Cincinnati, 1979-1985)


Museum Objects

Search our museum collections catalog to learn about GOHI objects, including political buttons, banners, clothing, and more. Note: while we prepare to move our museum collections into a new facility, objects in the GOHI Collections will not be accessible. We look forward to having you visit once the move is complete!

In the meantime, you can see images of some objects in the GOHI Collections online on Ohio Memory:

Dolly Divine silver handbag, H 99850

GOHI Starter Kits

New to LGBTQ+ research and not sure where to start? Launch your research with some suggested collections!


Interested in Pride events? Before you dive in, head to our blog to learn about the origins of Pride. Pride is one of the most visually documented topics in the GOHI collections. Try a search on Ohio Memory to check out some of the photographs we have digitized. 

MSS 1150 AV Stonewall Union Records

AV 183 Flaggots Ohio, LLC Collection

AV 276 Lynn Greer Collection

MSS 8778, Cincinnati LGBTQ+ Pride Collection 

MSS 8726, Columbus Community Pride Collection 

Photo shows a large crowd marching through downtown Columbus with rainbow flags held high.

Politics and Protest

Most GOHI collections do include some politics or protest, as unfortunately LGBTQ+ identities are politicized. However the collections below display a larger focus on the political actions of the community. You can also explore Ohio Memory for a selection of the political items we have digitized.

MSS 8826 AV Tim W. Brown Papers

MSS 1150 AV Stonewall Union Records

MSS 1301 AV Columbus Free Press Collection

VFM 6373 Franklin County Marriage Checklist

AV 276 Lynn Greer Collection

Oral history with Charmaine McGuffey

MSS 8726, Columbus Community Pride Collection 


The art of drag is centuries old and means something different to each person who performs. To learn more about this art form in Ohio check out the collections below. You can also see a selection of Dolly Divine's costume pieces on Ohio Memory.

AV 306 David Zimmer photograph collection

MSS 1419 H.I.S. Kings records

Julia Applegate and Luster Singleton of H.I.S. Kings are also featured in the oral history collection.

Photograph shows a handful of items from the H.I.S. Kings Collection.


When the rest of the world turns away, LGBTQ+ people have always found each other. Community means chosen families, safe spaces, and long standing institutions. 

SC 5775 Columbus Eagle Bar staff

MSS 1669 AV Michael O'Brien Collection

MSS 898 Ohio State University Gay and Lesbian Alliance Records 

MSS 1533 Robert Berger Collection 

MSS 8707 AV Bryan Knedler Collection


Despite discrimination and official policy, LGBTQ+ Ohioans did (and still do) serve in our nation's armed forces. In fact, David Zimmer began performing drag in the early 1950s as a way to entertain his friends during his military service. Learn more through the collections below, and check out our blog post: Oral Histories of LGBTQ+ Veterans

AV 306 David Zimmer photograph collection

VFM 6328 Christina Goddard Graves papers

Image depicts David Zimmer performing in drag during his Korean War service.


Faith Organizations

The GOHI collections are not currently strong in representing faith organizations in the LGBTQ+ community, however the resources below may assist in your research.

MSS 1469 First Baptist Church of Granville Collection 

Oral histories of Luster Singleton and Mark Matson

Black and white image depicts a young man holding a sign reading "The Lord is my Shepard and he knows I'm gay."


First Hand Accounts

When documenting the history of the LGBTQ+ community, it is important to seek out first hand accounts, as other accounts of the same story may be discriminatory. Many GOHI collections contain personal accounts, but the collections below focus more specifically on this format.

AV 199 GLBT Life in Central Ohio Panel Discussions 

GOHI Oral Histories

                Static image shows page with six video links.


Earlier Years

GOHI is striving to better document the LGBTQ+ community in the pre-Stonewall era. This time period can be very hard to document, and requires a closer look at collections OHC has held for a very long time. If you come across a collection you believe should be categorized as LGBTQ+ related, please contact us at

MSS 1669 AV Betty Eicher and Mary Parker Brown Papers

AV 298 Laura Cunningham photograph collection

Image depicts Ned Ross, as caption says "as we knew her."