Lesbian Elders Oral Herstory Project

We are proud to announce an engaging new project at the Lesbian Herstory Archives! For nearly 50 years, LHA has thrived as a grassroots community archive upheld by a diverse, multi-generational team of volunteers and supporters from the LGBTQ community. This high level of activity is evidence of a vibrant community, as well as the strength of our founding principles.

In this spirit, we are focused on enhancing our collection and connecting Lesbian activism to its broad community base. Supported by a two-year Mellon Grant, we are creating The Lesbian Elders Oral Herstory Project which seeks to continue the Archives’ commitment to collecting and sharing all Lesbian stories reflecting the diversity of the community.  These oral histories of Lesbian Elders will offer experiential insight into the history of Lesbian culture and activism, complementing LHA’s already rich collection. We seek to include include all voices, especially those that can bring a diversity of perspective to reflect upon the lesbian community at large. For a unifying theme we would like if you could share your experiences with LHA as part of your life history. For the purposes of this project, Elders includes those ages 60 and up. The oral history interviews will be posted on this website or will be available on-site only at the Lesbian Herstory Archives. Join the project here or for more information please visit the FAQ page.


We are entering the final months of the Mellon grant-funded Lesbian Elders Oral Herstory Project. We are so thankful to those who have already participated and look forward to including more voices, especially those that can bring a diversity of perspective to reflect upon the lesbian community at large. In particular, we encourage Lesbian Elders…

Oral Herstory Interviews—Posted!

As we are coming to the end of the first year of this project we are happy to share on our Herstories page some of the amazing oral herstory interviews that have been collected so far. These interviews are just the beginning of what we hope will be a large, rich archive of stories. Please…

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