The LGBTQ+ collection began in the 1970s with the work of bibliographer Anne E. Tracy. The collection currently holds material that ranges from popular literature, periodicals, ephemera, audio visual, and archival records.
Historic pamphlets, leaflets, manifestos contain topics such as the gay liberation movement, AIDS activism, same-sex domestic partnerships and marriage equality. Our archival collections include records of local and regional organizations, as well as personal papers of members of the Michigan LGBTQ+ community. Popular literature and community centered issues can be found in the form of fiction, graphic novels, zines, and graphic art.
The collection continues to grow and evolve. Our aim is to collect individual voices of the LGBTQ+ community in order to capture the past and present of each of the individual communities within the larger umbrella of the LGBTQ+ community.