The Lehigh Valley LGBT Community Archive exists to collect, preserve, and provide access to the rich LGBTQ community history of the Lehigh Valley. The archive is a program of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center offered to the community in partnership with Trexler Library at Muhlenberg College. This collection documents local and regional LGBTQ life and activism. It includes publications, organizational records, personal papers, oral histories, and artifacts.
Today, the archive includes 17 collections:
- Above Ground Magazine
- Gaydar Magazine and papers of its publisher Stephen Libby
- Valley Free Press / Valley Gay Press
- Panzee Press
- The Le-Hi-Ho library
- Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center records
- Pride of the Greater Lehigh Valley Valley records
- Metropolitan Community Church of the Lehigh Valley (MCCLV) records
- FACT Lehigh Valley records
- Pennsylvania Gay & Lesbian Alliance records
- Pennsylvania Diversity Network records
- A Chorus Celebrating Women (ACCO) records
- Diamond Nite Club and Restaurant collection
- Candida's Bar collection
- The Charles Versaggi Campaign collection
- The Harold and Roberta Kreider Collection
- Papers from Adrian Shanker
- Papers from Frank A. Whalen and Bob Whitman
For access to the archive, please contact Special Collections and Archives at [email protected]. If you are interested in donating materials to the Lehigh Valley LGBT Community Archive, please contact the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center at [email protected] or Special Collections and Archives at [email protected]
Resilience, Activism, and Community Reflection
40 Years of Public Health in the LGBTQ Community:
Collecting and Curating Local LGBTQ Health Experiences
From HIV/AIDS to COVID-19
This oral history collection weaves together 40 years of public health in the Lehigh Valley's LGBTQ community, reflecting on both the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the COVID-19 pandemic. You can view the virtual exhibit below or clicking HERE.
This project is sponsored in part by the Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium, with generous support provided by a grant to Lafayette College from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Pride Guides and the Early Years of Lehigh Valley Pride
For more than two decades, Pride festivals in the Lehigh Valley gathered community members together to celebrate LGBTQ culture, history, and visibility to advocate for LGBTQ regional and national policy changers; and to honor the ongoing work of local LGBTQ organizations and leaders. The exhibition Pride Guides and the Early Years of Lehigh Valley Pride looks at the first eleven years of Lehigh Valley's pride festivals (1994-2004) from the lens of the printed pride guide publications.
This exhibit was organized by Mary Foltz, Malaika Gutekunst, Mel Kitchen, Robin Lee, Maggie Tarmey, and Alysse Weinberg and was sponsored by Lehigh University's Office of Creative Inquiry and Southside Initiative, Muhlenberg College's Trexler Library, and Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center.
Collection Development Projects
Oral History Collection
In partnership with Lehigh University and Muhlenberg College, and with a grant from the Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is collecting oral histories from LGBTQ older adult activists in the Lehigh Valley. This initial grant makes it possible for the center to collect ten oral histories.
Digitization of Archival Materials
Made possible by a generous individual donor and a Mountaintop Grant from Lehigh University, the archives are working to digitize print material to make materials available for online access for researchers, students, and community members.