SNMA is one of the leading gay archives in America. The Stonewall Library remains the largest LGBTQ collection in the nation, visited by thousands each year with over 28,000 LGBTQ books of fiction, non-fiction, biography, and art.
In our Archive, we have more than 2,700 linear feet of documents, totaling more than 6 million individual pages. There are more than 500 periodical titles and national LGBTQ publications as well as regional serials from more than 75 cities nationwide. Additionally, SNMA has more than 2,000 objects of critical importance to gay history—mostly from the last 50 years.
The Stonewall Archives serves as a critical source of information, aiding historians, scholars, and students in their research and study of LGBTQ history and culture. Since its inception, hundreds have benefited from the papers, serials, objects, and ephemera housed in this important collection. Items from SNMA regularly form an integral part of Stonewall’s exhibitions as well as other exhibitions nationally.
All exhibitions are drawn from the Archives, based on common themes of interest to the LGBTQ community others interested in contemporary American history and culture. Public programming is developed by an inhouse team.