June 30, 2018
ONE Archives at the University of Southern California Libraries and its independent community partner the ONE Archives Foundation, Inc. are grateful to receive and share the Institutional Award with our colleagues who are doing important work across Chicago and the United States to support African American LGBTQ communities.
The ONE Archives at the USC Libraries is the largest LGBTQ Archive in the world with over 3,000,000 items. ONE's collections chronicle the earliest history of the queer movement in the United States and have been instrumental in many of the most seminal works in American LGBTQ history. ONE Archives serves, students, researchers, historians and the LGBTQ community to help protect ensure the future of our shared histories.
The ONE Archives Foundation is the independent community partner of the ONE Archives at the Libraries, and promotes this resource cultural and educational programs that connect the rich histories of LGBTQ communities to the continual fight for equal rights and visibility. The ONE Archives Foundation's growing key initiatives include:
? Youth Ambassadors for Queer History: This new initiative launched in 2018 provides mentorship and professional training to a core group of high school student leaders from the greater Los Angeles area. Students will meet over eight months for scholarly guest lectures, field trips to significant local LGBTQ historical sites, and hands-on research projects as they document the histories of LGBTQ communities of color in Los Angeles. Their research will be shared nationally in schools and community organizations through a series of history panels produced by the ONE Archives Foundation.
? Teacher Symposiums: The ONE Archives Foundation, in partnership with community organizations, organizes high
school teacher trainings on best practices for incorporating LGBTQ history inside the classroom.
? LGBTQ Research Fellowship Program: Initiated in 2018, the fellowship program offers financial support and access to scholars engaged in research at the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries. Exploring diverse topics from Queer Visions of the Black Past: Black Gay and Lesbian Cultural Politics, 1970-1989, to transational AIDS activism, the nine selected fellows will share their findings in 2019.
? Exhibition Programs: Our exhibitions seek to educate the broader public about the queer past and current issues facing the LGBTQ community. Our current exhibition, Lost & Found: Safer Sex Activism highlights the tactics of previous generations to affirm and inspire contemporary efforts to end the ongoing AIDS crisis. While it is rarely the topic of headline news, HIV/AIDS is still a pervasive issue in the U.S., especially in communities of color. Lost & Found shows that the fight in the 1980s and 1990s to protect one another is a fight that has not ended.
We are thrilled celebrate the persistence of those doing important work with and alongside African American LGBTQ communities here in Chicago and throughout the United States. Visit website