The History Project is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization that was founded in 1980 in order to document and preserve the history of Boston's LGBTQ communities, and to share that information with the world. Since the documentation of the LGBTQ experience is fragmentary and scattered, it has remained largely inaccessible to researchers, educators, the general public, and even the gay community itself. Through its mission, THP seeks to provide an accurate portrayal of the contributions our community has made to the political, cultural and economic life of the region.

One way we make Boston's LGBTQ history accessible is through our archival collections. Volunteer archivists are building this site in order to provide access to our collection finding aids and highlight selections from the collections housed in THP's archives.

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Abe Rybeck and Damien Thibodeaux in costume for a performance of "Pure PolyESTHER"


Pure Polyesther is a hilarious and subversive retelling of the Old Testament story of Esther. The Theater Offensive's purimspiel mixes slapstick,…

Stephen Harrington, Abe Rybeck, and Scottie Madden of Theater Offensive, posing with puppets


Stephen Harrington, Abe Rybeck, and Scottie Madden of the Theater Offensive standing in a row with five puppets. Each man is speaking into a…

Four performers, including Abe Rybeck, from United Fruit Company pose in costume


Four men, including Abe Rybeck (second from the right), wearing dresses pose dramatically in front of a banner that reads: "United Fruit."