Below is a list of archival collections related to LGBTQ+ history, life, and experiences available for research in the Archives & Library at the Ohio History Connection. This list is not meant to be exhaustive, but rather a starting point for research. Collections may include correspondence, personal papers, photographs, video/audio recordings, publications, and more. All collections listed are linked to the Archives Online Collections Catalog for more information. Digitized materials from GOHI collections are available on Ohio Memory. Oral histories are available at GOHI.org.
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Below is a list of archival collections to get your research started.
Betty Eicher and Mary Parker Brown Papers [MSS 1699 AV]
Christina Goddard Graves Papers [MSS 8543]
Columbus Eagle Bar Staff [SC 5775]
Columbus Free Press Collection [MSS 1301 AV]
David Zimmer photograph collection [AV 306]
First Baptist Church of Granville Collection [MSS 1469]
Flaggots Ohio, LLC Collection [AV 183]
H.I.S. Kings Records [MSS 1419]
Lynn Greer Collection [AV 276]
Michael O'Brien Collection [MSS 1669 AV]
Robert Berger Collection [MSS 1533]
Stonewall Union Records [MSS 1150]
Search our Online Archives Collections Catalog for additional archival collections.
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Interested in Pride events? Before you dive in, head to our History 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.
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, or check out this blog post from Ohio activist Julia Applegate (Julia is also featured in the oral history 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.
Julia Applegate and Luster Singleton of H.I.S. Kings are also featured in the oral history 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. You can check out the History Blog to learn how Midwestern queer folks have used GOHI to find community in modern times or read about Michael O'Brien's Not Ready For Prime Time Bowling League (NRFPTBL), founded in 1978.
Despite discrimination and official policy, LGBTQ+ Ohioans did (and still do) serve in our nation's armed forces. In fact, David Zimmer began his drag performance as a way to entertain his friends during his military service. Learn more through the collections below.
Our oral history collection includes conversations with Christina Goddard Graves, Joshua Hoffman, Jennifer Isenstadt, and Stephen Snyder-Hill
The GOHI collections are not currently strong in representing faith organizations in the LGBTQ+ community, however the resources below may assist in your research.
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.
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 email@example.com.