This paper traces the collection development of the Lesbian Herstory Archives, a community based repository founded in 1974. I argue that the collection grew organically as a reflection of a dialogue between an evolving cohort of volunteer archivists and a community of donors. Primarily focusing on the first five years, this paper pinpoints key early decisions made by volunteer archivists. Specifically, I examine the Archives’ early collecting priorities and the introduction of the special collections in 1978. These decisions, I argue, laid the foundation for the Lesbian Herstory Archives and continue to shape it today, forty years later.
Corbman, Rachel F.
"A Genealogy of the Lesbian Herstory Archives, 1974-2014,"
Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies: Vol. 1
, Article 1.
Available at: https://elischolar.library.yale.edu/jcas/vol1/iss1/1