Leather Archives & Museum

Leather Archives & Museum Leather Archives & Museum (LA&M) is a library, museum and archive located on the North Side of Chicago. Our mission is to make leather, kink, B**M, and fe**sh accessible through research, preservation, education and community engagement.
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All s*xual orientations and genders are included, and the scope is worldwide! The library houses twelve thousand books and fourteen thousand magazines, plus scholarly publications, films and electronic resources. As for the museum collection, it's full of original erotic art and artifacts from alternative s*x organizations and individuals. The archives (viewable by appointment) contain unpublished papers and records from notable B**M activists, artists, businesses and organizations.

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Gusti worked as a waitress at Ochsengarten in Munich before taking over the business in 1967 and turning it into a leath...
07/04/2021

Gusti worked as a waitress at Ochsengarten in Munich before taking over the business in 1967 and turning it into a leather bar. Gusti traveled to the USA for the first time in 1971 and was hosted by Cycle MC in New York and Boston. She was the only honorary female member of Cycle MC. Photos from Cycle MC's newsletter. #gusti #lgbtqmunich #leatherbars #leatherwomen

Gusti worked as a waitress at Ochsengarten in Munich before taking over the business in 1967 and turning it into a leather bar. Gusti traveled to the USA for the first time in 1971 and was hosted by Cycle MC in New York and Boston. She was the only honorary female member of Cycle MC. Photos from Cycle MC's newsletter. #gusti #lgbtqmunich #leatherbars #leatherwomen

Quote from Suffering for Spirit: Empowerment Through Ordeal by Thista Minai (2020). Photo still from USSM/ONE by Drummer...
07/03/2021

Quote from Suffering for Spirit: Empowerment Through Ordeal by Thista Minai (2020). Photo still from USSM/ONE by Drummer/Zeus, in Mach 20 (1990). #ordealpath #ordeal #ritual

[We grow through ordeal because it hurts. We cannot seek empowerment through ordeal by minimizing, dismissing, or ignoring that hurt, because the hurt itself is the source of empowerment. The very definition of ordeal requires suffering, and what we learn about ourselves arises from how we engage with that suffering. Thus, ordeal is not and /cannot be/ about looking for the proverbial silver lining in every cloud. It's not "a good thing" that you suffered. Ordeal experiences are valuable because they were /not/ good.]

Quote from Suffering for Spirit: Empowerment Through Ordeal by Thista Minai (2020). Photo still from USSM/ONE by Drummer/Zeus, in Mach 20 (1990). #ordealpath #ordeal #ritual

[We grow through ordeal because it hurts. We cannot seek empowerment through ordeal by minimizing, dismissing, or ignoring that hurt, because the hurt itself is the source of empowerment. The very definition of ordeal requires suffering, and what we learn about ourselves arises from how we engage with that suffering. Thus, ordeal is not and /cannot be/ about looking for the proverbial silver lining in every cloud. It's not "a good thing" that you suffered. Ordeal experiences are valuable because they were /not/ good.]

Quote from Only the Literal: The Contradictions of Anti-Pornography Feminism by Lynne Segal (in More Dirty Looks, 2004)....
07/02/2021

Quote from Only the Literal: The Contradictions of Anti-Pornography Feminism by Lynne Segal (in More Dirty Looks, 2004). Photo by Thorn from Extreme Fe**sh June 1998. #s*xposfem #feminism #fantasy #petplay

[There is simply no straightforward connection between the dynamics of desire in fantasy and the satisfactions sought in material reality. Fantasy is its own object, in the sense that it allows for multiple identifications across different people and positions, or for any other indulgence of the logically impossible.]

Quote from Only the Literal: The Contradictions of Anti-Pornography Feminism by Lynne Segal (in More Dirty Looks, 2004). Photo by Thorn from Extreme Fe**sh June 1998. #s*xposfem #feminism #fantasy #petplay

[There is simply no straightforward connection between the dynamics of desire in fantasy and the satisfactions sought in material reality. Fantasy is its own object, in the sense that it allows for multiple identifications across different people and positions, or for any other indulgence of the logically impossible.]

Today is the birthday anniversary of Dom “Etienne” Orejudos, a talented artist, successful business man, and Emmy-winnin...
07/01/2021

Today is the birthday anniversary of Dom “Etienne” Orejudos, a talented artist, successful business man, and Emmy-winning ballet dancer and choreographer. Etienne died of AIDS complications in 1991, and his work formed the initial collections of Leather Archives & Museum where is legacy is preserved for future study and enjoyment. Visit us on Twitter for more images and fewer black boxes,
http://Twitter.com/leatherarchives

Today is the birthday anniversary of Dom “Etienne” Orejudos, a talented artist, successful business man, and Emmy-winning ballet dancer and choreographer. Etienne died of AIDS complications in 1991, and his work formed the initial collections of Leather Archives & Museum where is legacy is preserved for future study and enjoyment. Visit us on Twitter for more images and fewer black boxes,
http://Twitter.com/leatherarchives

Drawing by Domino from the @leatherarchives. "My adult fe**shes come from my teenage thrills of slyly observing these ro...
06/30/2021

Drawing by Domino from the @leatherarchives. "My adult fe**shes come from my teenage thrills of slyly observing these rough working men in their leather belts and boots, jeans, flannel shirts, uniforms, rubber overshoes, undershirts" (1979, Domino interviewed by Jack Fritscher).

Drawing by Domino from the @leatherarchives. "My adult fe**shes come from my teenage thrills of slyly observing these rough working men in their leather belts and boots, jeans, flannel shirts, uniforms, rubber overshoes, undershirts" (1979, Domino interviewed by Jack Fritscher).

Many thanks to Alexander Prestia for sharing this piece he created during tonight’s FEK Draw. The studio drawing worksho...
06/30/2021

Many thanks to Alexander Prestia for sharing this piece he created during tonight’s FEK Draw. The studio drawing workshop will go on a summer hiatus, returning in September. Stay tuned for details!

Many thanks to Alexander Prestia for sharing this piece he created during tonight’s FEK Draw. The studio drawing workshop will go on a summer hiatus, returning in September. Stay tuned for details!

One of our long-term members proudly showing off his new LAM Membership pin. Thanks for your support!
06/30/2021

One of our long-term members proudly showing off his new LAM Membership pin. Thanks for your support!

One of our long-term members proudly showing off his new LAM Membership pin. Thanks for your support!

Time to clean out that car with our filthy fun LAM Kinky Carwash. July 31, 12-3pm.
06/29/2021

Time to clean out that car with our filthy fun LAM Kinky Carwash. July 31, 12-3pm.

Time to clean out that car with our filthy fun LAM Kinky Carwash. July 31, 12-3pm.

Chuck Renslow was an LGBT community activist, entrepreneur, and co-founder of the @leatherarchives with Tony DeBlase. He...
06/29/2021

Chuck Renslow was an LGBT community activist, entrepreneur, and co-founder of the @leatherarchives with Tony DeBlase. He created the International Mr. Leather contest with Dom Orejudos, an outgrowth of the Mr. Gold Coast contest held at Renslow's leather bar, one of the first.

Chuck Renslow was an LGBT community activist, entrepreneur, and co-founder of the @leatherarchives with Tony DeBlase. He created the International Mr. Leather contest with Dom Orejudos, an outgrowth of the Mr. Gold Coast contest held at Renslow's leather bar, one of the first.

Be a part of history and submit your Pride photos to the archives. Both print and digital photos are welcome!Email archi...
06/28/2021

Be a part of history and submit your Pride photos to the archives. Both print and digital photos are welcome!

Email archives (at) leatherarchives.org if you have photos, video, flyers, or other ephemera related to Pride to send to the archives.

💸 Venmo @LeatherArchives 💌💋🏳️🌈

💸 Online with a card (link in bio):
https://the-leather-archives-and-museum.networkforgood.com/projects/115958-support-the-leather-archives-museum

Photo by Rich Stadtmiller from his collection at the @leatherarchives.

#leatherbelongsatpride #kinkbelongsatpride #pride #lgbthistory #q***rhistory #q***rarchives

Be a part of history and submit your Pride photos to the archives. Both print and digital photos are welcome!

Email archives (at) leatherarchives.org if you have photos, video, flyers, or other ephemera related to Pride to send to the archives.

💸 Venmo @LeatherArchives 💌💋🏳️🌈

💸 Online with a card (link in bio):
https://the-leather-archives-and-museum.networkforgood.com/projects/115958-support-the-leather-archives-museum

Photo by Rich Stadtmiller from his collection at the @leatherarchives.

#leatherbelongsatpride #kinkbelongsatpride #pride #lgbthistory #q***rhistory #q***rarchives

Quote from Beyond the Valley of the Fag Hags by Carol Queen (in PoMoSExuals, 1997). Photo from Wicked Women Vol 2 No 6 (...
06/27/2021

Quote from Beyond the Valley of the Fag Hags by Carol Queen (in PoMoSExuals, 1997). Photo from Wicked Women Vol 2 No 6 (ca 1987). #q***r #gender #lgbtqhistory

[I do not want this community to be simply an alliance; alliances can be broken. I want it to be a deep, dizzying, expectation-defying love affair.]

Quote from Beyond the Valley of the Fag Hags by Carol Queen (in PoMoSExuals, 1997). Photo from Wicked Women Vol 2 No 6 (ca 1987). #q***r #gender #lgbtqhistory

[I do not want this community to be simply an alliance; alliances can be broken. I want it to be a deep, dizzying, expectation-defying love affair.]

06/27/2021
Save an additional 40% on all clearance merchandise through July 5th. Visit http://shop leatherarchives.com and use coup...
06/27/2021

Save an additional 40% on all clearance merchandise through July 5th. Visit http://shop leatherarchives.com and use coupon code “explosivesale” at checkout.

Save an additional 40% on all clearance merchandise through July 5th. Visit http://shop leatherarchives.com and use coupon code “explosivesale” at checkout.

Quote from Leathers*x: A Guide For The Curious Outsider And The Serious Player by Joseph W. Bean (1994). Photo from a Ma...
06/26/2021

Quote from Leathers*x: A Guide For The Curious Outsider And The Serious Player by Joseph W. Bean (1994). Photo from a Male Hide Leathers ad in DungeonMaster 38 (1989). #b**m #leather

[A bottom may dislike and even refuse to bear any pain, and still be a bottom, just as a Top may not enjoy inflicting pain, and may refuse to become involved in a pain scene of any sort.]

Quote from Leathers*x: A Guide For The Curious Outsider And The Serious Player by Joseph W. Bean (1994). Photo from a Male Hide Leathers ad in DungeonMaster 38 (1989). #b**m #leather

[A bottom may dislike and even refuse to bear any pain, and still be a bottom, just as a Top may not enjoy inflicting pain, and may refuse to become involved in a pain scene of any sort.]

Ads from The Leather Journal No 129 (Dec 2000). #leatherbars #leathercommunity
06/26/2021

Ads from The Leather Journal No 129 (Dec 2000). #leatherbars #leathercommunity

Ads from The Leather Journal No 129 (Dec 2000). #leatherbars #leathercommunity

The @leatherarchives collects and preserves material from Leather/SM/Fe**sh communities and events, including Pride. We ...
06/25/2021

The @leatherarchives collects and preserves material from Leather/SM/Fe**sh communities and events, including Pride. We accept both print and digital photos, video, or documents.

When you donate material to the archives, it becomes a resource for historians and part of our shared community history. Add your Pride photos and memories to the archives so we can show that Leather and kink have always belonged at Pride.

Email archives (at) leatherarchives.org if you have photos, video, flyers, or other ephemera to donate.

💸 Venmo @LeatherArchives

💋 Memberships 💋
https://leatherarchives.org/support/become-a-member

Photo of a d***s on bikes at Seattle Pride, from the George Nelson collection at the @leatherarchives.

#leatherbelongsatpride #kinkbelongsatpride #pride #lgbthistory #q***rhistory #q***rarchives

The @leatherarchives collects and preserves material from Leather/SM/Fe**sh communities and events, including Pride. We accept both print and digital photos, video, or documents.

When you donate material to the archives, it becomes a resource for historians and part of our shared community history. Add your Pride photos and memories to the archives so we can show that Leather and kink have always belonged at Pride.

Email archives (at) leatherarchives.org if you have photos, video, flyers, or other ephemera to donate.

💸 Venmo @LeatherArchives

💋 Memberships 💋
https://leatherarchives.org/support/become-a-member

Photo of a d***s on bikes at Seattle Pride, from the George Nelson collection at the @leatherarchives.

#leatherbelongsatpride #kinkbelongsatpride #pride #lgbthistory #q***rhistory #q***rarchives

T-shirt from MATES Leather Weekend (est. 1994), from the @leatherarchives collections. #mates #provincetownkink #leather...
06/25/2021

T-shirt from MATES Leather Weekend (est. 1994), from the @leatherarchives collections. #mates #provincetownkink #leatherevents

T-shirt from MATES Leather Weekend (est. 1994), from the @leatherarchives collections. #mates #provincetownkink #leatherevents

Mistress Kenny started working as a do******ix in 1970 in The Netherlands. She worked in Rotterdam and The Hague until h...
06/24/2021

Mistress Kenny started working as a do******ix in 1970 in The Netherlands. She worked in Rotterdam and The Hague until her retirement in 1997. A retrospective on Mistress Kenny's career was featured in DDI No 52. Photo from The Mistresses of Holland. #swhistory #prodom

Mistress Kenny started working as a do******ix in 1970 in The Netherlands. She worked in Rotterdam and The Hague until her retirement in 1997. A retrospective on Mistress Kenny's career was featured in DDI No 52. Photo from The Mistresses of Holland. #swhistory #prodom

Quote from The Bitch of Psychological Twist by Jill Carter in The Leather Journal No 81 (Apr 1996). Photo from Classic B...
06/23/2021

Quote from The Bitch of Psychological Twist by Jill Carter in The Leather Journal No 81 (Apr 1996). Photo from Classic Bound and Gagged Vol 3 No 2. #bo***ge #boundandgagged

[Restraints free the bottom of guilt associated with surrender to fantasy.]

Quote from The Bitch of Psychological Twist by Jill Carter in The Leather Journal No 81 (Apr 1996). Photo from Classic Bound and Gagged Vol 3 No 2. #bo***ge #boundandgagged

[Restraints free the bottom of guilt associated with surrender to fantasy.]

Leather pride float at the 1989 Dallas Pride Parade. #dallaspride #leatherbelongsatpride #kinkbelongsatpride
06/22/2021

Leather pride float at the 1989 Dallas Pride Parade. #dallaspride #leatherbelongsatpride #kinkbelongsatpride

Leather pride float at the 1989 Dallas Pride Parade. #dallaspride #leatherbelongsatpride #kinkbelongsatpride

Have you taken photos of people out in Leather, kink, and fe**sh gear at Pride, this year or in the past? We'd love to s...
06/20/2021

Have you taken photos of people out in Leather, kink, and fe**sh gear at Pride, this year or in the past? We'd love to see them! The @leatherarchives collects and preserves material from Leather/SM/Fe**sh community events, including Pride. The archives accepts both print and digital photos, video, or documents.

When you donate material to the archives, it becomes a resource for historians and part of our shared community history. Add your Pride photos and memories to the archives so we can show that Leather and kink have always belonged at Pride.

Email archives (at) leatherarchives.org if you have photos, video, flyers, or other ephemera related to Pride to add to the archives.

💸 Venmo @LeatherArchives 💌💋🏳️🌈

💸 Online with a card (link in bio):
https://the-leather-archives-and-museum.networkforgood.com/projects/115958-support-the-leather-archives-museum

Photo by Rich Stadtmiller from his collection at the @leatherarchives.

#leatherbelongsatpride #kinkbelongsatpride #pride #lgbthistory #q***rhistory #q***rarchives

Have you taken photos of people out in Leather, kink, and fe**sh gear at Pride, this year or in the past? We'd love to see them! The @leatherarchives collects and preserves material from Leather/SM/Fe**sh community events, including Pride. The archives accepts both print and digital photos, video, or documents.

When you donate material to the archives, it becomes a resource for historians and part of our shared community history. Add your Pride photos and memories to the archives so we can show that Leather and kink have always belonged at Pride.

Email archives (at) leatherarchives.org if you have photos, video, flyers, or other ephemera related to Pride to add to the archives.

💸 Venmo @LeatherArchives 💌💋🏳️🌈

💸 Online with a card (link in bio):
https://the-leather-archives-and-museum.networkforgood.com/projects/115958-support-the-leather-archives-museum

Photo by Rich Stadtmiller from his collection at the @leatherarchives.

#leatherbelongsatpride #kinkbelongsatpride #pride #lgbthistory #q***rhistory #q***rarchives

Show Daddy some love today! #leatherarchives #daddy #daddi #fathersday #kink #fe**sh
06/20/2021

Show Daddy some love today! #leatherarchives #daddy #daddi #fathersday #kink #fe**sh

Show Daddy some love today! #leatherarchives #daddy #daddi #fathersday #kink #fe**sh

Lenny Waller prepares Lois Hiers' NAMES quilt panel, from the Waller collection at the @leatherarchives. #namesquilt #ne...
06/18/2021

Lenny Waller prepares Lois Hiers' NAMES quilt panel, from the Waller collection at the @leatherarchives. #namesquilt #newyork

Lenny Waller prepares Lois Hiers' NAMES quilt panel, from the Waller collection at the @leatherarchives. #namesquilt #newyork

Leather bar ads from Drummer 79 (1984). #eighties #leatherbars
06/16/2021

Leather bar ads from Drummer 79 (1984). #eighties #leatherbars

Leather bar ads from Drummer 79 (1984). #eighties #leatherbars

Quote from Reflections on Sadomasochism and Race by Don Perry (in Black Leather in Color Fall 1994). Photo from Tied Vol...
06/13/2021

Quote from Reflections on Sadomasochism and Race by Don Perry (in Black Leather in Color Fall 1994). Photo from Tied Vol 1 No 1 (1997). #b**m #rope #theos*x

[Think of it as labor which gives birth to a joint consciousness and connects two lives at the intersection of their spirits. This is a realness of feeling and emotion that approaches true ecstasy. This is the whole aim of SM, to enable mere mortal flesh to touch God. To create an authenticity of feeling and emotion that allows one to feel the living Spirit which resides in all things.]

Quote from Reflections on Sadomasochism and Race by Don Perry (in Black Leather in Color Fall 1994). Photo from Tied Vol 1 No 1 (1997). #b**m #rope #theos*x

[Think of it as labor which gives birth to a joint consciousness and connects two lives at the intersection of their spirits. This is a realness of feeling and emotion that approaches true ecstasy. This is the whole aim of SM, to enable mere mortal flesh to touch God. To create an authenticity of feeling and emotion that allows one to feel the living Spirit which resides in all things.]

International Ms. Leather Pam Meyer at Pride in ca 1999. #pride #leatherbelongsatpride #imsl
06/13/2021

International Ms. Leather Pam Meyer at Pride in ca 1999. #pride #leatherbelongsatpride #imsl

International Ms. Leather Pam Meyer at Pride in ca 1999. #pride #leatherbelongsatpride #imsl

Quote from Sexuality by Jeffrey Weeks (2003). Photo by Wolf Levine from On Our Backs (Winter 1987). #onourbacks #hists*x...
06/12/2021

Quote from Sexuality by Jeffrey Weeks (2003). Photo by Wolf Levine from On Our Backs (Winter 1987). #onourbacks #hists*x

[Sexuality has a history, or more realistically, many histories, each of which needs to be understood both in its uniqueness and as part of an intricate pattern. Thirdly, we must abandon the idea that we can fruitfully understand the history of s*xuality in terms of a dichotomy of pressure and release, repression and liberation. Sexuality is not a head of steam that must be capped lest it destroy us; nor is it a life force we must release to save our civilization. Instead we must learn to see that s*xuality is something which society produces in complex ways. It is a result of diverse social practices that give meaning to human activities, of social definitions and self-definitions, of struggles between those who have power to define and regulate, and those who resist. Sexuality is not a given, it is a product of negotiation, struggle, and human agency.]

Quote from Sexuality by Jeffrey Weeks (2003). Photo by Wolf Levine from On Our Backs (Winter 1987). #onourbacks #hists*x

[Sexuality has a history, or more realistically, many histories, each of which needs to be understood both in its uniqueness and as part of an intricate pattern. Thirdly, we must abandon the idea that we can fruitfully understand the history of s*xuality in terms of a dichotomy of pressure and release, repression and liberation. Sexuality is not a head of steam that must be capped lest it destroy us; nor is it a life force we must release to save our civilization. Instead we must learn to see that s*xuality is something which society produces in complex ways. It is a result of diverse social practices that give meaning to human activities, of social definitions and self-definitions, of struggles between those who have power to define and regulate, and those who resist. Sexuality is not a given, it is a product of negotiation, struggle, and human agency.]

Address

6418 N Greenview Ave
Chicago, IL
60626

Directions to the LA&M The Leather Archives & Museum is located at 6418 N. Greenview Ave. Just 2 doors north of the corner of Devon Ave. & Greenview Ave. We are nextdoor to the Citgo gas station @ Devon and Greenview. The closest major intersection is Clark St. & Devon Ave. Greenview is 2 blocks east of Clark St. Via Public Transportation CTA Bus #s 36-Broadway, 151-Sheridan and 155-Devon stop at the corner of Devon and Greenview. CTA Red Line – Loyola street stop. About a 10 minute walk to the LA&M, or board the #155-Devon bus westbound at the Loyola stop. Walking : Out of the El station, walk south (under the L tracks) on Sheridan Road. At the second stoplight, Devon Ave., turn right. Walk about 6 blocks to Greenview Ave. Turn right at the corner of Devon and Greenview. Via Car From the loop or boystown : Get onto Lake Shore Drive northbound. Take Lake Shore Drive until it ends at Sheridan Rd. Turn right onto Sheridan, so you'll be heading north. Sheridan will curve to the left. Stay in the left lane, as Sheridan Road becomes Devon Ave. Continue west for 6 blocks to Greenview Ave. Parking is available on the street. From the north or west : Take I-294 or I-94 to Touhy Ave. Take Touhy Ave. east to Western Avenue. Go right on Western to Devon Ave. Go left on Devon Ave. to Greenview Ave. Turn left on Greenview Ave. Parking is available on the street.

General information

The 10,000 sq. foot, two-story building holds eight exhibition galleries; a climate controlled archival storage space; a 164-seat auditorium; the G.A.G. Contemporary Fe**sh Gallery, with rotating exhibits by renowned and emerging fe**sh artists from around the world; and a 600 sq. foot reading library to store the research collections.

Opening Hours

Thursday 11:00 - 19:00
Friday 11:00 - 19:00
Saturday 11:00 - 17:00
Sunday 13:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(773) 761-9200

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All sexual orientations and genders are included, and the scope is worldwide! The library houses twelve thousand books and fourteen thousand magazines, plus scholarly publications, films and electronic resources. As for the museum collection, it's full of original erotic art and artifacts from alternative sex organizations and individuals. The archives (viewable by appointment) contain unpublished papers and records from notable BDSM activists, artists, businesses and organizations.