Donate to Our Archives

Ready to donate? Fill out the Donation Form.

Why We Collect

We are seeking materials that demonstrate the diversity of the Washington DC LGBTQ communities and their experiences. If you have materials that you think would help us teach others about our community, or that would help researchers to understand our past, please consider donating to us.

What We Collect

We are interested in items related to:

  • places, spaces, and meeting points
  • gay businesses, organizations, and associations
  • meetings, rallies, activities and events
  • political organizing, social activism, and legal rights issues
  • LGBTQ cultural production (art, music, literature, etc.)
  • discrimination against us (and by us)
  • trans experiences (biographies, transitioning, family relations, workplace discrimination, violence, and more)
  • immigration and non-English speaking issues
  • and any other aspects of daily life in our community.

We collect diverse types of items including:

  • artwork
  • audio and video recordings
  • photographs, albums, and scrapbooks
  • textiles and ephemera (banners, flags, buttons, pins, clothes with community logos, etc.)
  • texts (letters, newsletters, paperwork, journals, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, etc.)
  • works on paper (posters, flyers, protest signs, etc.)

Who Should Donate

  • Anyone who has something about the LGBTQ communities of DC, MD, and VA
  • People of all ages, backgrounds, and affinity groups
  • All genders, all sexualities, all ages are important
  • Community leaders, organizations heads, activists
  • People who weren’t active leaders, but collected materials from the community
  • Don’t assume your materials are not important or that we’ll say no. Most LGBTQ-related materials are very scarce and extremely important to be preserved.
  • Don’t think we don’t want to include your story. We do!

About the Donation Process

What you do while you have the materials:

  • Fill out the Donation Form.
  • We’ll contact you and chat about what you have, what we can do, and the donation process.
  • An RHP-trained archivist can make a home visit to assess the materials, advise on next steps, and make a plan you’re comfortable with.

What we do after you transfer the materials to us:

  • RHP volunteers and archivists will meet to organize and describe the material – you are welcome to join us and help us understand what you gave and how to describe it.
  • We’ll get the material arranged to archival standards and create a professional inventory and research guide.
  • You can review our descriptions to make sure we have the information correct.
  • Once organized, the materials will be ready for permanent storage and use by researchers, students, and activists.
  • We’ll scan some of the material to place online for the world to see – and to create buzz about your collection and our history!