Universal Declaration on Archives

Archives record decisions, actions and memories. Archives are a unique and irreplaceable heritage passed from one generation to another. Archives are managed from creation to preserve their value and meaning. They are authoritative sources of information underpinning accountable and transparent administrative actions. They play an essential role in the development of societies by safeguarding and contributing to individual and community memory. Open access to archives enriches our knowledge of human society, promotes democracy, protects citizens’ rights and enhances the quality of life.

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WIMIN—Women in Movement in New Mexico

Beginning in the late 1980s, WIMIN produced women’s music and an annual festival for over 25 years in New Mexico. These are organizational documents of shows, t-shirts, groups, participants, collective minutes and discussions.

Neil and Sharon Isbin

Correspondence and a scrapbook of these two sibling advocates for the LGBT community. These documents will compliment the Neil Isbin Papers held at the Fray Angelico Chavez Library in Santa Fe.

New Mexico National Association of Social Workers—LGBT Caucus

Workshops, conferences and teaching materials of this mid-1990s group that represented New Mexico’s LGBT issues to the National Association of Social Workers.

Lavender Heights Community Group

A gay and lesbian neighborhood organization in upper Manhattan in the 1980s. Included are speaker’s series flyers, newsletters and the organization’s founding documents.

Daughter of Bilitis

Lyn Jones, a photographer with DOB, donated assorted copies of The Ladder, women’s lib pamphlets, and the journal and correspondence of two lesbians in a long-term relationship spanning decades—a modern day Charity and Sylvia.

The Normal Heart Newspaper and Organization

The Normal Heart was published in southern New Mexico from 1987 to 2015. This includes a full run of the paper, and organizational documents from the southern New Mexico Lesbian and Gay Film festival, hundreds of letters to the editor, and incorporation documents.

Old Lesbians Organizing for Change—New Mexico Chapter

This national organization began in 1990 and is still in existence. The New Mexico chapter of Old Lesbians Organizing for Change was founded in the mid-1990s, and membership is for women 60 years and older. Included are the founding organizational documents, minutes, group discussions and promotional literature.

Kathryn Bryce-Videographer of LGBT Events in New Mexico

Kathryn Bryce created videos for a show called “Gay Times” produced at the College of Santa Fe. These 55 VCR tapes (1990’s to 2000’s) include Pride and a myriad of footage with people, organizations, and events.

Common Bond and OUT! Magazine

Ross Porter cleaned out his closet and found documents related to the 1980s on Common Bond, AIDS organizing, and New Mexico AIDS Services. Ross was a writer for OUT! and involved in organizing during the AIDS crisis.

Old Lesbian Oral History Project-New Mexico Oral Histories

This national herstory project was founded in 1997 by Arden Eversmeyer. Now, every state has lesbians conducting oral histories to preserve the stories of lesbians 70 years and older. Included are over 40 stories of New Mexican subjects.

Jim and Jean Genasci Advocacy Papers

Jim and Jean were involved in LGBT civil rights for over 40 years. This large collection includes national and local New Mexico PFLAG material, correspondence, clippings, diversity trainings and conferences. In these documents, we have a significant part of New Mexico’s LGBT history.