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Boots worn by one of the marshalls of the NYC Dyke March
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As you go through the double doors at the top of the outside stairway,
you enter a small hallway with a community bulletin board and other materials
of interest, including copies of the Archives’ newsletters,
always available for free. Then through the next door you enter the main
indoor hallway. On its walls you’ll find an exhibit that
continues up the inner staircase walls and, depending on its size, into
the front parlor and dining room as well. On the bench beneath the large
mahogany framed mirror in the front hallway is the visitor’s book, where
you can read what other visitors have said about their experience at the
Archives. We hope you’ll add your own entry before you leave. You
can also add your name to our mailing list. At the back of this hallway
is the wheelchair accessible bathroom.
The first floor has two large rooms you enter from the hallway.
As with the rest of the rooms in the Archives, “lesbiana”
adorn the shelves and any spare inch of space not taken up
by the collections. There are photographs, postcards, buttons,
pasties worn by a lesbian stripper and shoes worn by a lesbian
who marshaled the NYC Dyke March for several years, among
other odds and ends.
The large front parlor, with its floor to ceiling bookshelves
covering three of the four walls, houses most of our books
including the Red Dot Collection
and the reference collection. There are more bookshelves on
the fourth wall, above our subject files which are, housed
in four, five drawer horizontal file cabinets.
Through the archway into the original “dining room”,
you’ll find more books including our pulp collection,
photographs and slides, the graphic flat files, some of our
CDs and DVDs as well as our media equipment- a TV, a CD/ DVD
player, and a VCR. There’s also our workstation and
our main computer, containing the database catalogs for several
parts of the collection.
The small hallway at the back of the dining room has built in shelves
holding our international book collection. It leads to another bathroom
and our kitchen, where you are welcome to fix yourself some coffee, tea
or lunch. You can also browse through our collection of videos or use
the photocopier, both of which are located here. In nice weather you might
go out the back door to sit in the small garden.
The staircase to the garden also leads downstairs to the basement processing
and storage area. On this level there is a small room for special collections
and a larger space with shelving which holds our music collection and
spoken word cassettes. The basement level is also the place
we bring new donations before processing them and we have storage space
there as well.
2nd floor bathroom with buttons
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Back to the front hallway and up the stairs to the second
floor. The small back room and several large closets on this
floor house the main part of our special collections.The large
back room (also known as the Yellow Wallpaper room) contains
the organization, conference, biographical, and geographical
files as well as unpublished papers, humor, cartoon, and comic
books and some zines. It also houses books from the Marge
Across from the original marble sinks and mirrors, in the closets lining
the interior passageway leading to the two front rooms, you’ll find
artwork, more special collections, our T-shirt collection, and assorted
lesbiana, including buttons, banners, board games, calendars, and various
articles of clothing.
The two front rooms hold our periodical collection, which includes a large
number of U.S. journals, newsletters and newspapers, a sampling of international
periodicals and the “archives” of the Archives. You’ll
also find unpublished poetry and short stories here as well as boxes of
overflow subject files stored in the closet.
And, out into the hallway again you will pass another bathroom in which
we keep a screen covered with buttons. As you might have noticed, we use
every inch of space we have!
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