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While the collection has not been fully indexed, approximately 9, articles have been indexed to date. As well as a range of smaller collections of photographs in personal papers. Geographical and cultural context The Archives' focus is Australia, however, we hold ificant international holdings, in particular from the United States of America, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Indonesia. Collection[ edit ] ALGA's collection includes a broad range of library, archive, museum and gallery material, including personal papers and organisational records, periodicals, books, posters, photographs, audio-visual betamax, VHS, 8mm film, DVD etc.
Programs[ edit ] Queer Youth Education Project[ edit ] The Queer Youth Education Project was established to provide workshops about Australian queer history to youth groups and school groups based on the Archives' collection. It is a volunteer, community-based organisation The Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives gratefully acknowledges the support of Thorne Harbour Health formerly VAC Acknowledgment of Country We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which Melbourne today stands — the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation and acknowledge the historic injustices to which they have been subjected.
Banners[ austfalian ] The Archives holds approximately banners, documenting LGBT activism and community organisations from the late s through towith banners from Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales.
You can also read our past annual reports. Notable holdings include extensive material relating to the Sydney Mardi GrasFeast Festival and Midsummaincluding a comprehensive collection of posters from each festival as well as posters lrsbian protests surrounding the arrests of the first Mardi Gras in Additional venues are documented progressively, with priority given to those that are being renovated or closed. The Project also takes archival collection material out of the Archives for workshops for youth services and schools.
Substantial holdings include events such as the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Midsumma and Feast Festival; as well as conferences such as Queer Collaborations; venues such as nightclubs; and theatre programs.
T-shirts[ edit ] The Archives holds over T-shirts dating from the early s gay liberation period to the present. Buildings Holdings The Archives' holdings extend over shelf metres, and include over archival collections. Events[ edit ] ALGA undertakes a range of activities and events, including stalls at various pride festival fair days around Australia, Queer History Walks,  in particular during Melbourne's annual Midsumma gay and lesbian festival; the annual Homosexual Histories Conference; the annual honours thesis prize; regular Open Days; and exhibitions.
The Archives is the only community group in Australia that actively collects and preserves LGBTIQ material from across the country, and makes it readily accessible.
In addition to archival collections, the Archives also maintains extensive collections of periodicals, photographs, books, posters, oral history and audio recordings, ephemera, newspaper clippings, audio-visual, artwork, badges, t-shirts and miscellaneous textiles, costumes, banners and objects. The Rare Books Collection holds items dating from the midth century as lsbian as association copies and artists' books.
We are based in Melbourne and operate with the assistance of members and supporters interstate.
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Also amongst the collection are a large are a of posters printed and deed at community print workshops in the s and s, including posters produced at Earthworks Poster Collective, Redback Graphix, Redletter Press, Megalo Access Arts Megalo Print StudioHarridan Posters etc. The works of writers, artists, photographers, and performers; the papers of leaders; the records of community organizations; the posters, flyers, buttons, matchbooks of political movements or trends or bars and other venues; the stories that record our own lives and those of our lovers and friends … all these document the history of our community and of the individuals who form it.
Artwork[ edit ] The Archives' collection of artwork consists largely of photographs, collages and paintings, as well as original poster and costume des, cartoons and comics.
Exhibitions[ edit ] ALGA has an increasingly active exhibition program, developing exhibitions both in-house, as well as contributing loans and expertise to exhibitions around Australia, in-house exhibitions including: Forbidden love, bold passions: an exhibition of lesbian stories s to s — touring exhibition curated by History Inverted and the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives ificant moments lesbjan, developed by the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives with support from Pride March.
Additional clippings, particularly those from before have been actively copied from the national and state libraries.
Organisation stories. Posters[ edit ] The Archives holds over 5, posters dating from the s to the present.
Since its establishment inthe collection has grown to overitems, constituting the largest and most ificant collection of material relating to LGBT Australians, and the largest collection of LGBT material in Australia. The Collection has been photocopied onto paper and is sorted chronologically into binders. The Archives was established in The badges are largely Australian, but with notable holdings of badges produced in America and New Zealand. Ephemera[ edit ] Ephemera consists largely of small printed paper items, most of which were not intended to have a long life, such as brochures, flyers, postcards circulars etc.
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Frank Brittain, — the first 'gay' movie to be made in Australia;  and 96 Australia, — — Australia's first soap, and the first to lesbbian a gay character;  we hold 5 episodes as a sample of the series. All items reproduced online are copyright to the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives and are available for research purposes, they are not to be reproduced without the Archives' permission.
While the majority of badges have been integrated into the general collection, some personal collections have been kept intact, including those of key activists as well as collections such as those of Noel Lewington, covering Australian, American and European motor bike clubs. Non-Australian historiographical books are also collected as well as pre LGBT-related austraian, particularly those that were australjan or circulated in Australia.
Photographs[ edit ] Amongst the over 40, photographic items, notable special collections include those of Tommy McDermott and Robert Albert Lottie Lott and Brian Cooke documenting camp life in Melbourne from the s to the s; photographer collections including those by John Storey, C.
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Oral history and audio[ edit ] The Archives' oral history and audio collections are extensive and include over oral history recordings, over audio recordings from Australian LGBT radio programs and LGBT subjects on mainstream radio, and over australizn sound recordings including mixtapes and lesnian of DJ sets, and over 50 published music recordings relating to LGBT music.
Records management and collecting policies The Archives collects and preserves material documenting the lives of Australian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, brotherboy and sister girl people.
From the time of the Gold Rush to the battles against AIDS, the collections save our rich and diverse histories for us and future generations. A of collections of personal papers also contain subject-based newspaper clippings files, including those of Geoff Allshorn and Graham Willett.
The Archives preserves these materials and makes them accessible to students, historians, and anyone else who is interested. Also included are a small of off-air recordings leabian interviews relating to LGBT-subjects on mainstream radio programs.
Approximately 25 titles have been indexed in whole or in part, amounting to over 14, article references. Holdings include The Set Australia, prod. The collection has a strengths in documenting gay liberation and activists, but also holds a wealth of stories of everyday lesbians, gay men and trans men and women. Between c.