Mission/History Stonewall’s Mission The Stonewall National Museum & Archives is an extraordinary publicly accessible cultural and educational resource that preserves, interprets and shares the remarkable heritage of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. More than that, we serve as an epicenter of enlightenment for our community and have played a significant role in building bridges of cultural understanding in the LGBT community and beyond.
The Stonewall National Museum & Archives provides a unique cultural and intellectual alternative in the community and through our collections, programs and services we honor and explore the past while striving to engage, inform and inspire the next generation of our community’s leaders.
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Stonewall’s History From its founding in 1973, The Stonewall National Museum & Archives has grown into the largest lending library of its kind in the United States. Our circulating library holdings now number over 18,000 books and audio-visual materials. Our archives document a century of LGBT cultural and social history with an emphasis on the southeastern United States and contain more than 5,000 items including periodicals, oral history collections, business and association records, manuscripts, and relevant ephemera. Our library and archival collections have been professionally catalogued and are maintained according to accepted conservation and preservation standards.