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Gerber/Hart Library and Archives
6500 North Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60626
(773) 381-8030

archives mission statement

special collections
special collections mission statement

general collections
lending policies
searching the collections remotely


The Gerber/Hart archives is comprised of the papers of individuals, organizations, and businesses. Primarily a post-Stonewall collection, the archives documents the life and activities of LGBT individuals and enterprises in Chicago, Illinois and the Midwest and is particularly strong in collections pertaining to the political development of the Chicago LGBT community.

The archives are open to the public, but use of the archives is by appointment only. To make an appointment, call the library at (773) 381-8030.

Archives Mission Statement

Special Collections

Gerber/Hart Library and Archives's remarkable special collections houses, safeguards, and provides access to library materials and artifacts that document the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, both nationally and internationally, with a particular emphasis on Chicago and the Midwest. Highlights include exceptional pre-Stonewall periodicals; international journals and newsweeklies from over one hundred cities and nearly twenty-four countries; uncommon, early histories and novels by and about the LGBT community; as well as T-shirts, buttons, posters, and ephemera recording local and national LGBT organizations. Special collections is also the repository for the library's erotica collection, which includes several rare and important pre-Stonewall titles.

Special collections is open to the public, but collection's usage is by appointment only. Please call the library at (773) 381-8030 to make an appointment.

Special Collections Mission Statement

General Collections

The library's general collections explore not only LGBT histories and cultures, but also specific aspects of relationships, health issues, occupational and workplace concerns, fincancial matters, educational environments, spirituality and religious issues, and family and parenting concerns of LGBT people. The collection includes a large selection of fiction that reflects the LGBT experience, including works in almost every genre. The collection also has a small selection of books written for children, including picture books, chapter books, novels for teens, and informational works.

In addition to material in book format, the library collects sound recordings (including books on tape and musical cassette tapes and CDs) and visual materials (documentaries, feature films, and television programs on videocassette and DVD). Most books, sound recordings, and visual materials in the general collections circulate to members.

Also housed in the library's general collections is our extensive post-Stonewall (post-1969) periodical collection, invaluable to researchers investigating post-Stonewall LGBT life in the United States, especially in Chicago and the Midwest. Periodicals do not circulate, but a photocopier is available for making photocopies for personal research use.

The library's general collections are open to use by the public and available during regular library hours.

Lending Policies

Searching the Collections Remotely