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.

Recently Added Items

Coll.121: Greater Boston Business Council Collection

Coll.121 - Greater Boston Business Council Collection.pdf

The Greater Boston Business Council is a non-profit organization which began in 1990 to foster and promote the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender…

Coll.75: LGBTQ Religious Groups Collection

Coll.31 - Dignity Collection Finding Aid.pdf

The LGBTQ Religious Archives Collection has been created over the years by The History Project and consist of various letters, flyers, newletters and…

Coll. 086: Fran's Place Collection Finding Aid

Coll. 86 - Fran's Place Collection Finding Aid.pdf

One of the oldest bars in Massachusetts, Fran's place had a long and vibrant life in the city of Lynn. John Collin's opened the tavern in sometime in…