Subject Files Our 1,569 fascinating Subject
Files fill the drawers of four, five drawer horizontal
file cabinets plus overflow boxes. Think of these files
as “Lesbians and…”. The first file
is “Abortion” and the last is “Youth”.
In between are such topics as “African -Ancestral
Lesbians”, “Bars”, “Health Care”,
“Marriage”, “Music Festivals”,
“Publishers”, “Religion”, “Theatre”,
and “Violence”. We have a complete listing
of these files with cross-referencing plus a thesaurus
to help you locate information related to your interest.
Each file contains an assortment of papers – flyers,
legal briefs, photocopies of newspaper articles, copies of
the table of contents of books, event programs, and so on.
a particular topic, for e.g. Theatre” has a large number
of file folders which are full to the brim, we move the overflow
to large boxes stored upstairs. Subject files give you a good
introduction to, and overview of a topic and point you towards
other parts of the Archives’ collections if you want
We worked with Primary Source Microfilms, a subsidiary
of Thompson Gale, on a project in which they microfilmed
all of our subject files. We have a copy of the set
of 175 microfilm reels as well as a digitized version
that we will be able to use to create exhibits on our
website. In addition, the set of 175 reels is now available
and we will receive royalties for each set that is sold.
Below, as a sample, we have one folder available free
for download in PDF format:žAfrican Ancestral Lesbians:
History. We hope to add more files to this website in