So, when I think of archives throughout the world the National Archives of the United States, Library of Congress, the Library of Vatican City and the many archives in universities and colleges throughout the world. So when I heard of the LGBT + Archives of Louisiana I was intrigued about what type of material that was collected, where this information was stored, and who would have access to the information.
I began wondering after I attended a fundraising event for the LGBT + Archives of Louisiana and thought that it was a unique and interesting endeavor I requested an interview with Frank Perez, President of the archives, and I walked away with a greater appreciation of the work that he and many involved do for the LGBT community.
“The purpose of the archives is to promote and encourage the protection and preservation of materials that chronicles the culture and history of the LGBT community”. To collect material that tells a story; this might include periodicals, books, journal articles, pictures, films and other related documents. Another important aspect of the work that they do is help individuals preserve documents and assist anyone to include in their trust and/or will the donation of materials.
It’s important that we preserve the cultural aspect of our daily lives, and while we think of archives as a storage for old material, this isn’t the case for the Archives Project; they want to include material old and new. To provide a directory of resources that can be accessed by researchers and the public; and to help provide financial resources that assist in the preservation of all LGBT material.
Individuals such as Prank Perez, Samantha Bruner, Erick Wallace, Steward Butler, Mark Gonzalez, Leon C. Miller, Rip Naquin, Wayne Phillips, Jessica Troske, Grey Sweeney Perkins, Jeanne Brooks, and Annie Peterson all work together to help raise funds, and awareness of the impertinence of the Archives Project, educate the public and allow future generations access to the history of the LGBT community in New Orleans.
The LGBT + Archives of Louisiana are located at area libraries that have committed themselves to the preservation of the LGBT culture:
Amistad Research Center, Tulane University
Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans
William Research Center, Historic New Orleans Collection
Louisiana Research Collection, Tulane University
Louisiana State Museum
Monroe Library, Loyola University
Newcomb Archives, Tulane University
New Orleans Public Library
Like all projects this cost money, and throughout the year the LBGT + Archives of Louisiana hold various fundraising events. The money goes directly to the preservation of important documents, and helping keeping the documents safe. If you would like more information about the LGBT + Archives of Louisiana Project visit their website, you can also make a donation at: lgbtarchivesla.org.
Image: Purchased Photobucket, 2015