Gerber Hart Library and Archives

Gerber Hart Library and Archives Gerber/Hart is an LGBT library, archives and cultural center- one of the largest such organizations in the United States. Gerber/Hart is also an entirely volunteer-run organization

Gerber/Hart Library and Archives was founded in 1981 to be a depository for the records of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified (LGBTQ) individuals and organizations, and for other resources bearing upon their lives and experiences in American society. Gerber/Hart Library and Archives has since grown into being the Midwest’s largest LGBTQ circulating library with over 14,000 volumes, 800 periodical titles, and 100 archival collections. Hosting various programs and events that support its beliefs that knowledge is the key to dispelling homophobia and that affirming information about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons is critical to fostering pride and self confidence, Gerber/Hart Library and Archives seeks to not only preserve and protect items of LGBT individuals and organizations, but to be a conduit for change. Recently relocated in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, Gerber/Hart Library and Archives serves the research and recreational reading needs of the Chicago metro area and the Midwest, and through participation in the Interlibrary Loan program, people throughout the U.S.

We’re open! Stop by from 11-3 today for our open exhibit day and pop up book sale. All free - come learn about Chicago’s...
06/15/2019

We’re open! Stop by from 11-3 today for our open exhibit day and pop up book sale. All free - come learn about Chicago’s LGBTQ history!

Opening this Saturday! Check here for tickets:  https://form.jotform.com/91057222700143.Out of the Closets & into the St...
05/28/2019

Opening this Saturday! Check here for tickets: https://form.jotform.com/91057222700143
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Out of the Closets & into the Streets
Power, Pride & Resistance in Chicago’s Gay Liberation Movement
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Tickets are still available for the exhibition opening, Saturday, June 1, 7:00 p.m., featuring remarks by Gary Chichester, co-founder of the Gay Liberation group Chicago Gay Alliance, and the exhibit curators. Drinks and desserts will be served. Opening tickets start at $15.
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The 1969 riots that began at New York City’s historic Stonewall Inn are widely considered to be the catalyst for the nationwide gay liberation movement. But the landmark event initially went unnoticed in Chicago, where a convergence of increased police harassment and homophile activism had collided earlier at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, mobilizing the gay community. A younger generation of LGBTQ activists emerged and began demanding “liberation” from society’s oppression, and homophile organizations like Mattachine Midwest, Chicago’s authoritative voice of gay rights at the time, became seen as too closeted and conservative to lead the way. Throughout the 1970s, this new movement of gay liberation would propel the conversation of gay rights “out of the closets and into the streets.”
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Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, this exhibit traces the Gay Liberation Movement’s presence in Chicago from its beginnings in the late 1960s to the city’s first large gay rights protest in 1977 at the historic Medinah Temple in downtown River North. As new organizations and events sprouted up on college campuses and a rising number of lesbian and gay publications emerged, the voice of the movement and the LGBTQ community grew louder and more visible, producing a rich portrait of gay liberation in Chicago that survives today. This exhibit offers a closer look at the tools and organizers of the Gay Liberation Movement, providing a glimpse into the national issues that Chicago’s LGBTQ community faced and their intersection with other societal and cultural movements of the time.
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The exhibit will run through September 2019
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Gerber Hart Library and Archives's cover photo
04/10/2019

Gerber Hart Library and Archives's cover photo

Booksale & Drag Story Time - https://mailchi.mp/ff3811883e04/booksale-drag-story-time
04/08/2019
Booksale & Drag Story Time

Booksale & Drag Story Time - https://mailchi.mp/ff3811883e04/booksale-drag-story-time

Our annual booksale will be Saturday, April 27, 10:30 am-2:30 pm in the Atrium (down the hall from the library). The sale includes LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ fiction and non-fiction books, videos, and erotica. Proceeds from the sale go support the operations and mission of Gerber/Hart. The popular by-the-b...

02/14/2019

Tomorrow night, part two in my series of talks on the history of LGBTQ activism - from Stonewall to the start of the AIDS epidemic. 6:30 at Gerber/Hart - free and open to everyone! Hope to see you there.

12/01/2018

If you haven't seen it yet, drop by to see our exhibit on the history of drag performance in Chicago. It's fun, eye-opening, informative, and full of surprises!

Help Preserve LGBTQ History -
11/29/2018
Help Preserve LGBTQ History

Help Preserve LGBTQ History -

Another year ending. Another year added to the archives of LGBTQ history. And another year in which the Gerber/Hart Library and Archives has much to be proud of. An end-of-year donation from you can help us make 2019 as productive and creative as this last year has been.

Welcome to November!
11/02/2018

Welcome to November!

10/30/2018

I just got a copy of Rebecca Makkai's novel The Great Believers, which has gotten a large and enthusiastic readership. It is a fictional recreation of the AIDS epidemic in Chicago in the 1980s, providing a sense of the tragedy and loss. In reading the acknowledgments, I saw that she effusively praises the Gerber/Hart Library as a major source of information that was very helpful to her as she did research for the book. Gerber/Hart matters!

Gerber Hart Library and Archives's cover photo
10/11/2018

Gerber Hart Library and Archives's cover photo

It's October!  You know what that means!
10/05/2018

It's October! You know what that means!

09/27/2018

We’re excited to announce our next exhibit opening on November 10, “The City that Werqs: A History of Chicago’s Drag Revolutionaries!”
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While Chicago has the reputation as one of the most segregated cities in the country, the drag scene in Chicago has always held within it a diversity of performance and style. From anarchists and vaudeville queens at the Dil Pickle Club and the legendary Finnie’s Balls to the racially integrated club scenes of the 1960’s to the rise of the Miss Continental competition in the 1980’s and into the vibrant scene of today. Chicago is the city that works, because Chicago is the city that werqs.
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Join us at our opening reception on Saturday, November 10, at 6:30pm for a magical evening of history and entertainment. Stay tuned for more details of our celebration of Chicago’s drag culture, and how you can be a part of it!
https://www.instagram.com/p/BoNhg6rguJV/?taken-by=gerberhart

Join in opening our future -
09/10/2018
Join in opening our future

Join in opening our future -

Our Annual Fall Benefit is almost here Over the past few years the volunteer staff at Gerber/Hart has been making great accomplishments in preserving the collections and making them accessible for use. While many of these accomplishments are not too noticeable to most library users, it is much easie...

Photos from Gerber Hart Library and Archives's post
08/31/2018

Photos from Gerber Hart Library and Archives's post

Do you love true crime? Do you love queer history?  Here's both in one book!
08/11/2018

Do you love true crime? Do you love queer history? Here's both in one book!

Photos from Gerber Hart Library and Archives's post
08/10/2018

Photos from Gerber Hart Library and Archives's post

05/19/2018

Open and waiting.

I don’t know about you, but us folks at the GH love us some buttons! So much in fact, that we’ve made some specially for...
04/16/2018

I don’t know about you, but us folks at the GH love us some buttons! So much in fact, that we’ve made some specially for our Gay is Good event this Saturday, April 21st! These will be free for attendees so be sure to get your tickets at the link and for now here’s a little pin preview. Dig those sweet 60s slogans!

https://www.facebook.com/events/725600537829363/?ti=icl

Five Days until Gay is Good and there will be buttons too -
04/16/2018
Five Days until Gay is Good and there will be buttons too

Five Days until Gay is Good and there will be buttons too -

Reproductions of homophile buttons will be available for the taking. Slogans on the buttons include: Equality for Homosexuals, Folk You, It’s a Gay World, Pray for Sex, I’m for Sexual Freedom, Chaste Makes Waste, Sex is My Bag, and Let’s Lock Loins.

Gerber Hart Library and Archives's cover photo
04/12/2018

Gerber Hart Library and Archives's cover photo

04/12/2018

Throwback Thursday! Want to know more about The Ladder? Check out our new exhibit, Gay is Good: Homophile Activism Before Stonewall! The exhibit will open next Saturday on April 21st at 7PM with remarks by LGBTQ historian John D'Emilio. Check our website for tickets!
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bhbn3yIHDoD/?taken-by=gerberhart

Just some “before” pics of the exhibit space as we prepare to set up Gay is Good! We can’t wait to fill this room with a...
04/05/2018

Just some “before” pics of the exhibit space as we prepare to set up Gay is Good! We can’t wait to fill this room with all the cool stuff we’ve collected! We have some magazines, some newspapers, some catty correspondences and some sassy buttons among so many other things! Can’t wait to show you all on April 21st!

For more info and to buy tickets, go to http://www.gerberhart.org/gay-is-good

So thrilled to see everyone excited for our event next month! In the meantime, why not give us a follow on instagram as ...
03/23/2018
Gerber/Hart Library & Archives (@gerberhart) • Instagram photos and videos

So thrilled to see everyone excited for our event next month! In the meantime, why not give us a follow on instagram as well! We’re always digging through the archives to share unique and intriguing stuff!

1,524 Followers, 969 Following, 678 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Gerber/Hart Library & Archives (@gerberhart)

Good news! Tickets for our "Gay is Good" opening night event are on sale now! http://www.gerberhart.org/gay-is-good
03/23/2018
Gay is Good

Good news! Tickets for our "Gay is Good" opening night event are on sale now! http://www.gerberhart.org/gay-is-good

Gay is Good When we think of LGBTQ activism in the United States we often think of the Stonewall Riots of 1969 as the spark that created a movement. In reality the events at the Stonewall Inn were an explosion of radical activism that has been building in the country since the 1920’s and had alrea...

New display.
02/23/2018

New display.

What would you suggest from our stacks?
12/01/2017

What would you suggest from our stacks?

Queer Genre Fiction Oct - Jan reading list.  October 20th: Romancing The Inventor - Gail Carriger  http://gailcarriger.c...
09/29/2017
Romancing the Inventor - Gail Carriger

Queer Genre Fiction Oct - Jan reading list.

October 20th: Romancing The Inventor - Gail Carriger

http://gailcarriger.com/books/romancing-the-inventor/

November 17th: The Seafarer's Kiss - Julia Ember

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MUJHWTO/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

December 15th: Carol of the Bellskies - Astrid Amara

https://www.amazon.com/Carol-Bellskis-Astrid-Amara-ebook/dp/B00381AL3Y/ref=sr_1_8?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1506706080&sr=1-8&keywords=Astrid+Amara

January 19th: Fried Green Tomatoes at The Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg

https://www.amazon.com/Fried-Green-Tomatoes-Whistle-Stop-ebook/dp/B004CFAWK2/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1506706115&sr=1-1&keywords=fried+green+tomatoes+at+the+whistle+stop+cafe+by+fannie+flagg

The home page of author Gail Carriger: comedic, urban fantasy, steampunk, historical, romance, mystery, and more sub-genres than one can shake a parasol at. Books include Soulless and Changeless.

Call for SubmissionsLocal writer/historian Owen Keehnen is seeking photos, drawings, and written submissions for A Place...
07/07/2017
A Place for Us: LGBTQ Life at the Belmont Rocks

Call for Submissions

Local writer/historian Owen Keehnen is seeking photos, drawings, and written submissions for A Place for Us: LGBTQ Life at The Belmont Rocks. Pictures and artwork as well as short essays, personal recollections, memories, and anecdotes of up to 500 words are currently being accepted for consideration in the upcoming collection. If the Belmont Rocks were a meaningful part of your life, please consider contributing anything which captures what The Rocks meant to you. With your help we can let future generations of LGBTQ Chicagoans know the significant role this gathering place had in our history. Preserving our past is our responsibility.

Send submissions to [email protected] and put The Rocks on the subject line. For more info check out FB page: A Place for Us: LGBTQ Life at the Belmont Rocks. Deadline for submissions is 10/1/2017.

https://www.facebook.com/A-Place-for-Us-LGBTQ-Life-at-the-Belmont-Rocks-1962452347335386/

A Place for Us: LGBTQ Life at the Belmont Rocks is a project for remembering LGBTQ Life at the Belmont Rocks.

Play Ball!   July 2017 display
06/30/2017

Play Ball! July 2017 display

Play Ball! July 2017 display

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6500 N Clark St
Chicago, IL
60626

General information

Exciting News and Events: http://www.gerberhart.org/news.html Mission Statement: Gerber/Hart Library believes that knowledge is the key to dispelling homophobia. A lesbian and gay library, archives, and cultural center, Gerber/Hart Library is dedicated to meeting the information needs of its unique community in a safe atmosphere that promotes research, exploration, and discovery. As a library, Gerber/Hart Library is committed to acquiring, preserving, and disseminating materials that embody the culture and history of gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people. As an archives, Gerber/Hart Library is the repository for the records, papers, and other realia of lesbian and gay life, focusing primarily in the Chicago metropolitan area and the Midwest. As a cultural center, Gerber/Hart Library makes its collection active and accessible to the public through displays, talks and lectures, workshops and classes, as well as performance, video, and film. Gerber/Hart Library's collection and programming reflect the diversity and rich history of the lesbian and gay community. A permanent institution, Gerber/Hart Library is committed to the sound management of its resources.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 18:00 - 21:00
Thursday 18:00 - 21:00
Friday 12:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(773) 381-8030

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