Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People - Archives Dept.: Researching Local LGBT History

This guide suggests how to use the Archives Department and Special Collections to study local LGBT history. It provides recommendations for search paths and search tools, and lists some pertinent collections.

Search@UW

Search the library catalog to locate archival and manuscript collections which provide sources on the history of local lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.

Use the simple search box below, which searches only the Archives Dept.'s holdings. Note that the results will include some books on the subject, but more of them will describe archival or manuscript collections.

Here are four examples of simple keyword searches.  Note that the boolean operator and is not necessary between keywords.

1. Lesbian

2. Lesbians

3. Gay Wisconsin

4. Transgender 

    Find: in keywords

    A general search hint: when reading any catalog record, follow the links found at "Subjects" to locate other material in the UWM Libraries on that same subject.

    Watch an introductory video on conducting searches at Search for and locate materials at UWM Libraries' Archives.

    Search Finding Aids

    We write finding aids, or guides, for most of our collections. These guides explain the creator, contents and dates of the collection. This information is important to you when deciding if something is useful to your research. A finding aid also provides the information you will need to request and use a collection when you visit the Archives Dept.

    All of our finding aids are included in Archival Resources in Wisconsin, a database of over 4,000 finding aids of collections held in seventeen repositories statewide.

    Search our finding aids by using the search boxes below. Be sure to select an operator (and, or or not) as appropriate, and then click on "Search." Then explore the links in the grey band that appears with each result. Note: this search is limited to our holdings here at the Archives Department, UWM Libraries, which is also known as Milwaukee Area Research Center.

    Watch our video about searching in and understanding finding aids at What is a finding aid and how does it help me?

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