Stonewall National Archives currently contains more than 30,000 items, spanning more than two thousand linear feet, that document a century of LGBT cultural and social history.

The professionally-catalogued archive is maintained according to strict conservation standards. It is used by scholars, writers, documentarians, community leaders, historians, researchers, and members of the general public.


Among the many treasures in the archives are our extensive pulp fiction collection; organizational records of local, national and regional LGBT organizations; our large serials collection; personal records of local and national personalities; gay erotica –pictorial works; and LGBT ephemera, film, audio and oral histories.


Recent contributions of museum items have included generous donations from celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres, Michael Sam, Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Lane, Sharon Gless, Terence McNally, Harvey Fierstein, and Jerry Herman.


More museum and archival acquisitions have included significant gifts from the Brian R. McNaught and Raymond L. Struble Historical Collection, correspondence from US Congressman Gerry Studds, framed Polaroid portfolio prints of male nudes by Robert Mapplethorpe and photographs and negatives of noted activist and photo journalist Jim Marks, documenting decades of LGBT culture.

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