The Library of Congress is the largest single repository of world knowledge in a single place. In addition to having the mission of acquiring and preserving this exponentially growing body of knowledge, the Library of Congress is responsible for making all of its vast collection accessible to all.
The Library’s numerous collections contain many books, posters, sound recordings, manuscripts and other material produced by, about and for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. The contributions of members of the LGBT community are preserved as part of our nation’s history, and include noted artistic works, musical compositions, and contemporary novels. The Library’s American collections range from the iconic poetry of Walt Whitman through the manuscripts of the founder of LGBT activism in Washington, D.C., Frank Kameny. The Library’s month-long celebration demonstrates how Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Americans have strengthened our country, by using their talent and creativity to help create awareness and goodwill.
The legacy of LGBT individuals is being discovered by interested readers and seasoned researchers perusing unparalleled global collections. The acquisition of historic material and the ongoing program of copyright deposits will continue to enrich the Library’s holdings of LGBT materials.
James H. Billington
Librarian of Congress
|| 2014 Events ||
Veterans History Project Event. Breaking the Silence: Our Military Stories (Whittall Pavilion, LJ-WH, 12pm)
LGBT Poetry Celebration (LJ-119, 12pm)
LC-GLOBE Founders Panel & 20th Anniversary Celebration (Law Library Multimedia Room, LM-240, 12pm)
LGBT Rare Book Open House (Rosenwald Room, LJ-205, 3-4:30pm)
Film Screening: All the Way through Evening & Conversation with Pianist Mimi Stern-Wolfe Pickford Theater; LM-302, 12pm)
|| Recent Acquisitions ||
Lilli Vincenz Papers
Gay civil-rights pioneer Lilli Vincenz has donated to the Library of Congress her collection of papers, photographs, 16-mm films and memorabilia, collected over a period of 50 years in the gay and lesbian civil-rights movement.
Carol Highsmith Photos
Photos from the 2012 San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration, part of the Jon B. Lovelace Collection of California Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America Project.