Jeffrey Escoffier and Dumont by Joe McGlone, 1976

16 LGBTQ Historical Treasures Hiding In The NYPL’s Photo Archives

We already told you about the New York Public Library’s newly digitized archives and their upcoming Remix Residency, but we were so overwhelmed by the cool artwork that we overlooked the masses of fascinating LGBTQ content in there.

Among its 188,000 items, there are four collections that really stand out: 200 photos of gay and lesbian writers (and their dogs); items from the International Gay Information Center, which ran from 1969-1988; 366 photos of protests, rallies, and other political movements by Diana Davies and, largest of all, over 900 photos from the personal collection of lesbian activists Barbara Gittings and Kay Tobin Lahusen.

Here are some of our favorite images, including photos of the trans women who started the Stonewall Riots, as well as parties and protests galore!

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Marsha Johnson picketing outside Bellevue Hospital
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Protest at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, NYC, 1969
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Gay Liberation Front picketing the offices of Time magazine, 1969
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Gay Activist Alliance dance party, 1971
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When gay activists protested Mafia control of the bar scene, counter-protesters came out in defense of Mike, owner of Christopher’s End
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The Gay Liberation Front in Times Square, 1969
Harry Hay and the Mattachine Society Christmas Party, 1951
Harry Hay and the Mattachine Society Christmas Party, 1951
The "Rockefeller Five", members of the Gay Activist Alliance, with their attorney, 1970
The “Rockefeller Five“, members of the Gay Activist Alliance, with their attorney, 1970
American Psychiatric Association Meeting, 1978
American Psychiatric Association Meeting, 1978

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Barbara Gittings
Barbara Gittings
The "Hug A Homosexual" booth at the American Library Association annual meeting
The “Hug A Homosexual” booth at the American Library Association annual meeting
Sylvia Rivera
Sylvia Rivera
Kay Tobin, "Picket At Pentagon, 1965"
Kay Tobin, “Picket At Pentagon, 1965”

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Richard Wandel, "March on Albany, 1971"
Richard Wandel, “March on Albany, 1971”

(featured image: “Jeffrey Escoffier and Dumont, Laughing” by Joe McGlone, 1976)