Herstories:  Audio/Visual Collections of the LHA

Welcome to the Lesbian Herstory Audio/Visual Collections 

The Lesbian Herstory Archives is home to the world's largest collection of materials by and about lesbians and their communities.  “Herstories: Audio/Visual Collections” contains digitized copies of some of the 3,000 oral history cassettes in the Archives' Spoken Word Collection and 950 videotapes in the Video Collection. There are a variety of ways to browse the extensive collection of material on the site. The “Browse the Collections” page allows you to browse each of the five main digitized collections separately, and look at the Collection Tree, an outline of material within the collection. “View all Items” presents individual items from the collections. No matter what way you navigate the site, you will find a wealth of material.

About the Collections

The oral histories and other recordings on this site bring to life the rich stories of some of the lesbians for whom we have audio cassettes and VHS tapes in our collection. Some materials were contributed as part of personal collections; others were interviews done by members of the Archives or our communities. Some were part of research projects and still others were recorded at public events by individuals who then donated them to the Archives. These oral histories represent only a small part of the material in our collection.

The Lesbian Herstory Archives

The Lesbian Herstory Archives is dedicated to collecting and preserving the history pertaining to the lesbian community. Located in Brooklyn, New York, the Lesbian Herstory Archives is not only one of the oldest archives dedicated to the history of lesbians but one of the largest, housing more than 10,000 volumes, 1,400 periodicals, 12,000 photographs, 500 pulp novels, and many collections of original manuscripts and personal archival material.

This website was developed by graduate students at Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science. If you have any questions for us or feedback on our project, we welcome your comments. Please contact us at herstories@prattsils.org.

To learn more about the Lesbian Herstory Archives, please visit our main website.