Collecting Queer in Northern California
“An overview of the holdings gathered by the GLBT Historical Society during the three decades since it was founded, with a focus on evolving strategies for defining collections development, identifying and addressing gaps in the archives, and imagining future directions for acquisition.
The talk will highlight how the society’s position as a community-based institution creates distinctive opportunites for collecting LGBTQ historical materials and for supporting innovative uses of those materials and how exhibitions and programs at the society’s GLBT History Museum create a vital space for intersectional dialogue and representation.”
Gerard Koskovich is a San Francisco–based historian, curator, writer and book dealer. A founding member of the GLBT Historical Society, he has worked with the institution in a variety of capacities over the past 31 years. He is currently serving as curator of an exhibition about Magnus Hirschfeld for the society’s GLBT History Museum.
Koskovich’s articles on LGBTQ history have been published in the United States and Europe, and he has given talks on queer history, archives and museums, and historic preservation around the U.S. and in England, France and Germany. As a book dealer, he has helped numerous research libraries develop their LGBTQ holdings.
Founded in 1985, the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco advances respect for sexual and gender diversity by supporting the production and transmission of historical knowledge about LGBTQ individuals, their communities and the cultures they create. Internatiionally recognized for its initiatives in the field of LGBTQ public history, the society maintains one of the largest collections of LGBTQ archival materials in the United States and operates the GLBT History Museum in the Castro District.
Gerard will be part of the “This Moment of Collecting in the USA: Identifying and Addressing Gaps in the Archives” roundtable on day 3 of the conference