As a community-focused archives, the Arizona Queer Archives uses and pulls the concept of queer into the ways records are collected, preserved, and shared with researchers and communities. AQA archivists, staff, interns, and volunteers work closely with diverse LGBTQI communities throughout Arizona to develop the archives that is for, by, and about those it represents. An archives that is flexible and playful is a fuller account of lives having been and being lived.
P. Carl Eyeglasses Collection
The Arizona Queer Archives of the Institute for LGBT Studies at the University of Arizona works in collaboration with the heterogeneous lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI), gender non-conforming, and Two Spirit communities throughout Arizona to identify, preserve, and make available records, papers, and ephemera of enduring (and endearing) value that document the distinct histories of these communities.
Its mission is twofold:
- to collect and maintain individual stories, papers, photos, videos, oral histories, home movies, artwork, apparel, leathers, mapping/geographies, and other distinct multi-dimensional records that highlight lived insights and knowledges. Areas of collecting interest are specified in a separate Collection Development Policy.
- to collect and maintain records and geographies of enduring value from organizations, community groups, safe spaces, and identified organizational efforts to support LGBTQI lives throughout Arizona. The Arizona Queer Archives recognizes that the LGBTQI communities are diverse and heterogeneous and hold complicated, contradictory, as well as complementary histories that can all come together here as valid everyday knowledges and truths. The Arizona Queer Archives works to engage with communities to creatively collect, preserve, and share these many histories and memories.
The Arizona Queer Archives of the Institute for LGBT Studies at the University of Arizona collects materials that are relevant to LGBTQ individuals, groups, and organizations that work to support LGBTQ lives. Items collected include stories, papers, records, ephemera, photos, videos, born-digital materials, and three-dimensional artifacts, such as art, crafts, and apparel. So as not to duplicate Arizona collecting efforts, the Arizona Queer Archives will share connections and select finding aids for other LGBTQ collections being preserved throughout Arizona. As a steward of and conduit for shared LGBTQ histories, the Arizona Queer Archives will work in cooperation with other collectors to assist researchers and community members in identifying collections as needed. THANK YOU TO FINANCIAL SUPPORTERS OF AQA (list who has donated and how people can donate.)
AQA ARCHIVAL COLLECTIONS
Photo of Leslie Carlson, SW Feminists Reunite Group Collection, donated by Leslie Carlson
- Arizona LGBTQ Storytelling Project (INDIVIDUAL, DIGITAL MEDIA ORAL HISTORIES)
- Institute for LGBT Studies (ORGANIZATION)
- Wingspan, Southern Arizona's LGBT Community Center (ORGANIZATION)
- Southwest Feminists Reunite (COMMUNITY, DIGITAL MEDIA ORAL HISTORIES)
- The Fly Away Zine Mobile (COMMUNITY, Adela C. Licona Collection)
- Made For Flight ~ Kite Collections (COMMUNITY, MEMORIAL FOR TRANSGENDER AWARENESS)
- Tucson Gay Community Services (ORGANIZATION 1970s-1980s)
- Lesbian Looks Film Festival Materials (COMMUNITY, Bev Seckinger Collection)
- Arizona Human Rights Fund (ORGANIZATION 1990s)
- P. Carl Eyeglasses Collection (INDIVIDUAL, 28 pairs of eyeglasses spanning transformative years of P. Carl's life)
- Jay Kyle Petersen (INDIVIDUAL)
- Pat Mail (INDIVIDUAL, UA FACULTY)
- Monique Wittig (INDIVIDUAL, UA FACULTY)
- Myra Dinnerstein (INDIVIDUAL, UA FACULTY)