USC acquires world's largest gay archive

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The University of Southern California has acquired what it calls the world’s largest archive related to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender history.

USC Libraries announced that it received the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, which includes the papers of activists and entertainers, seminal magazines and other historical materials.

The collection covers pivotal events, including the Stonewall Riots of 1969, the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, and, more recently, the legal battle over same-sex marriage in California. It also highlights the role of Los Angeles and West Coast activists in advances made by gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people.

USC Library dean Catherine Quinlan said the collection will support teaching and research in several disciplines, including history, gender studies, anthropology and literary studies. The archives will be available to the public next week.