Out West features 89 collections from ONE Archives at the USC Libraries and 22 collections from the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco. These collections preserve the history of struggle for LGBTQ civil rights and give a comprehensive view of U.S. LGBTQ activists, artists, and organizations over a 50-year period. Ranging from the records of the Asian/Pacific Lesbians and Gays, Blue Max Motorcycle Club, Community United Against Violence, the Woman’s Building, and Gay Men’s Chorus to artifacts and papers documenting the life of Harvey Milk, José Sarria, Hank Wilson, and Patricia Nell Warren—these collections capture myriad facets of pre- and post-Stonewall LGBTQ experience. The collections offer a rare glimpse into the hidden origins of LGBTQ social equality movements in the 1950s and 1960s and show how California-based people and organizations had a national impact on LGBTQ civil rights.

Council on Library and Information Resources

CLIR is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning.


Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society collects, preserves and interprets the history of GLBT people and the communities that support them. Founded in 1985, the society is recognized internationally as a leader in the field of GLBT public history.


ONE Archives at the USC Libraries

ONE Archives is the largest repository of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) materials in the world. Founded in 1952, ONE Archives currently houses over two million archival items including periodicals, books, film, video and audio recordings, photographs, artworks, organizational records, and personal papers.


ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
657 Mission St., Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415.777.5455