LA as Subject

Collectively preserving, archiving and sharing the rich history and culture of Los Angeles

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives

909 West Adams Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Contact: Ms. Loni Shibuyama, Archivist
Phone: (213) 821-2771
Fax: (213) 741-0220

Institution Type: Archive, Arts Institution/Center, College/University, Community Organization, Cultural Institution, Gallery, Library, Museum, Non-profit Organization, Research Center/Institution

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Archives and Collections

Founded in 1952, the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives in Los Angeles is the oldest continuously-operating GLBT organization in the United States and the largest archive in the world dedicated to collecting and preserving GLBT humanities materials. Our collection comprises over 30,000 volumes of books and monographs; over 7,000 titles of GLBT periodicals; 5,000 linear feet of manuscript and photograph collections; 15,000 items of audiovisual and moving image materials; and over 100,000 items of other materials, including posters, banners, textiles and ephemera. In total, ONE’s collection contains over two million items. Collected for over 60 years by ONE and historian Jim Kepner, ONE’s materials span over a century and are international in scope.

In 2010, the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives became a part of the University of Southern California Libraries, which provides operational support to ONE for preserving and improving access to its collections. The USC Libraries actively support the discovery, creation, and preservation of knowledge with collections and services that encourage the academic endeavors of faculty, students, and staff. Library collections include more than 4 million volumes, 5.8 million microforms, 3.1 million visual materials, 98,700 serial titles, and 48,500 linear feet of manuscripts and archives.

Regions Covered: Our collections are international in scope, with a focus on Los Angeles GLBTQ history

Type of Materials: Artworks, Audio Recordings, Books, Cultural Artifacts, Materials & Objects, Diaries/Journals/Personal Papers, Digital Files, Directories, Ephemera, Films/Videos/Moving Images, Institutional Publications, Institutional Records, Manuscripts, Memorabilia, Newspaper Clippings, Newspapers, Oral Histories, Photographs, Press Releases, Printed Works, Prints/Posters, Rare Books, Scripts, Serials, Slides

Time Periods: 1900-1920, 1921-1949, 1950-1963, 1964-1980, 1981-Present

Languages: English, French, German, Spanish

Sectors of the Population: Artistic Communities, Business, Clubs/Service/Social Organizations, College/University Faculty, Community Service Organizations, Education, Employment, HIV/AIDS, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Musicians, Politics/Government, Professional, Religious, Seniors, Sports, Students, TV/Film/Radio, Veterans, Youth, Multiethnic


Catalog System: Archivists' Toolkit, InMagic
Repository/Depository: Yes
Loan To Others: Yes
Exhibited: Yes
Exhibition Frequency: Ongoing
Outreach: Brochures/Flyers/Pamphlets, Conferences/Conventions, Directories, Exhibitions, Festivals, Internet, Library Events, Mailings, Meetings, Newsletter, Newspapers, OCLC/RLIN, Public Lectures & Programs, Publications, Radio/TV/Video, Telephone, Word of Mouth