About the Collections

Lambda Archives of San Diego (LASD) has been established to preserve and make available for research and educational purposes the tangible record of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) community with a special emphasis on those materials relating specifically to San Diego County and northern Baja California. LASD views all aspects of LGBTQ+ life as important to the understanding of our communities’ values, interests and issues. To this end, LASD actively seeks to acquire and preserve materials that reflect the diversity of our communities in respect to: gender and sexual identity; racial and ethnic identity; age; and the broad range of our communities’ activities and concerns including politics and social activism, social groups, support groups, athletics, spiritual groups, arts and culture, business and finance, and general community resources. LASD collects not only material related to the communities’ past history, but documents current events as well.

View our Collection Development Policy to find out more about what we collect.

These collections are kept in archival quality acid-free storage containers to insure their long life. Although most of our collections date from 1960 to the present, there are some original materials dating back to the 1920′s. If you have papers, documents, miscellaneous items of LGBTQ+ historical significance that you would like to donate to the Archives we would like to hear from you. Let us know what you have for the Archives.

What’s New?

Check out some of our amazing collections that have been digitized as part of the California Audiovisual Preservation Project.

We have a growing online photo collection on Flickr. Visit the Archives’ Flickr page.