In 2019, the James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center received a grant from the California State Library to digitize physically at-risk materials from five different collections in the Hormel and San Francisco History Center archives. The selected materials contain personal photographs, news clippings, photographic negatives, typescripts, handwritten texts, and an audiocassette recording. Through digitization, San Francisco Public Library highlights these histories and provides wider public access to materials that exemplify how queer San Franciscans helped shape the city.
Visit the project collection on SFPL's Digital Collections website at digitalsf.org. Below, you'll find brief descriptions and links to digitized items from each of the five archival collections represented.
Local lesbian bar owner's compilation of newspaper clippings documenting the 1954 police raid on Tommy's Place and Miller's and co-owner Joyce van der Veer's subsequent arrest and trial.
One of the three tapes recorded on November 18, 1977 by Harvey Milk, discussing who would best continue his political work should he be assassinated.
Digitized negatives from BSS vice cases during the period of 1945-1969 involving adult bookstores, an art gallery, theaters, and other businesses with queer content and/or patronage.