Guest post: ALMS conference 2006 – 2016 and beyond… Lisa Vecoli

This is a guest blog post by Lisa Vecoli:


In May 2006 the Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies, the University of Minnesota Libraries, and Quatrefoil Library hosted the first international GLBT ALMS conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota drawing more than 120 attendees from 7 countries. The conference continues to be focused on the work of public, private, academic, and grassroots organisations which are collecting, capturing and preserving archives of LGBTQ+ experiences. The conference brings together archivists, activists, librarians, museums professionals and academics from around the world to share success stories and discuss challenges involved in recording, preserving and researching LGBTQ+ lives.


In the last ten years this innovative and exciting gathering has established a growing legacy. ALMS has been hosted at the City University of New York Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (2008), the June L. Mazer Archives in Los Angeles / UCLA Library – Center for Women (2011), and IHLIA (International Gay and Lesbian Information Centre and Archives) Amsterdam (2012). This year it has come to London.

Where will ALMS take place in 2018?

We were delighted that Lisa Vecoli, one of the founders of ALMS, will be with us for its 10th anniversary in July. Huge thanks to Lisa for sharing these scans of the programme from the original ALMS conference.

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