This is the wiki for the Houston Area Rainbow Collective History, or Houston ARCH. ARCH was established as a coalition of Houston archivists to preserve and document Houston lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer history.


In many communities, local LGBT history has remained largely inaccessible to researchers, educators, the general public, and even the LGBT community itself. Documentation of the queer experience in general is often fragmentary and scattered. However, our history DOES it in old photo albums or scrapbooks, letters and journals, boxes of memorabilia and keepsakes left behind by others, or the tall tales and stories held in the collective community memory. These personal treasures often go unrecognized despite the important community history they contain. While the Houston ARCH project has many facets, the overarching goal is to uncover and preserve the collective community memory so that our stories can be told. 



Who is Houston ARCH?




 Botts Collection

 The Botts Collection of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History, Inc.  (Botts Website)






Charles W. Botts Memorial Research Library of GLBT Studies 

 A privately owned collection, currently unavailable to the public 






Gulf Coast Archive and Museum of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender History, Inc (GCAM Website) 






Houston Public Library / Houston Metropolitan Research Center / 

The African American Library at the Gregory School






Rice University-Special Collections 

Provided through the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality 





TFA Archive

the Transgender Foundation of America Archival Collection. This collection is currently looking for a permanent home and is temporarily inaccessible.







University of Houston-Special Collections 





Learn more about Houston ARCH's mission.

Download the Houston ARCH brochure.

View a timeline of Houston ARCH activities, including minutes and publicity.

We've also compiled a list of selected repositories, archives, libraries, and museums specializing in LGBT History.



Community History Subject Areas








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