Online Queer and Feminist Resources

This page features a small selection of queer archives and databases which offers a rich array of art historical and biographical information about queer and feminist artists.

Lesbian Herstory Archives in Brooklyn, New York is home to the world’s largest collection of materials by and about lesbians and their communities. The Lesbian Herstory Archives exists to gather and preserve records of Lesbian lives and activities so that future generations will have ready access to materials relevant to their lives. The process of gathering this material will uncover and collect our herstory denied to us previously by patriarchal historians in the interests of the culture which they serve. We will be able to analyze and reevaluate the Lesbian experience; we also hope the existence of the Archives will encourage Lesbians to record their experiences in order to formulate our living herstory.

MEDIAQUEER.CA. The goal of the Queer Media Database Canada-Québec Project is to maintain a dynamic online catalogue of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) Canadian film, video and digital works, their makers, and related institutions. This is a bilingual online research and curatorial tool that provides free access to researchers, students, artists, academics, curators, cinephiles, critics, and community members to a rich array of art historical and biographical information about queer moving image works from the 1930s to today looking to program, enjoy, and explore hundreds of works from this diverse encyclopedia.

Unstraight Museum, Sweden. A group of people connected to museums either by working in, or by visiting, or just by loving museums and collections, decided in 2007 to do something about the fact that most museums neglect to tell the stories of Unstraight people, and started to form a new museum focused on collective collecting: The Unstraight Museum. The collection of the Unstraight Museum is an online collection of images and stories. This museum does not collect physical artifacts.

Women Artists of the American West (WAAW) features the vital contributions that women have made to the art and history of the American west. The site is designed as an interdisciplinary resource and a distance learning course. The WAAW Internet archive currently contains 17 collections, arranged according to four themes: community, identity, spirituality and locality. It is the home of famous lesbian photographer Tee A. Corinne’s Lesbian Photography on the U.S. West Coast: 1972-1997 which presents a series of lesbian photographers.