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.

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 The archives (viewable by appointment) contain unpublished papers and records from notable B**M activists, artists, businesses and organizations.

Operating as usual

Save the Date.....Sunday, December 5th, 1-7pm, it's the 2nd Annual Holiday Fe**sh Fair!
10/21/2021

Save the Date.....Sunday, December 5th, 1-7pm, it's the 2nd Annual Holiday Fe**sh Fair!

Save the Date.....Sunday, December 5th, 1-7pm, it's the 2nd Annual Holiday Fe**sh Fair!

Tickets are still available today and tomorrow for The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, Vol. 5- S*X! A Handbag Parody. T...
10/21/2021

Tickets are still available today and tomorrow for The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, Vol. 5- S*X! A Handbag Parody. The museum is open 11-7pm Thursday/Friday, 11-5pm Saturday, and 1-5pm Sunday. #comeifyoudare #chicagomuseums #chicagotheater

Tickets are still available today and tomorrow for The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, Vol. 5- S*X! A Handbag Parody. The museum is open 11-7pm Thursday/Friday, 11-5pm Saturday, and 1-5pm Sunday. #comeifyoudare #chicagomuseums #chicagotheater

Quote from Strette's interview on Sub-Shop.com. Photo from Bo***ge Parade No 41. Visit the @leatherarchives to see some ...
10/20/2021

Quote from Strette's interview on Sub-Shop.com. Photo from Bo***ge Parade No 41. Visit the @leatherarchives to see some Sub-Shop items in our bo***ge safety exhibit. #subshop #bo***ge

[Everyone needs to be into what is happening. As a Dom, it is my duty to make sure that my partner is not only safe but also excited. It’s not just her safety that is in my hands, it’s also her pleasure—her enjoyment. That sort of enjoyment only comes from proper attention to safety and proper understanding (or discovering) what buttons to push to really turn her on. I take that responsibility very seriously, and I enjoy it greatly. When everyone is into the scene, then the energy just builds and builds. However, if one participant is not into it, the energy just dies, and that’s a lousy way to spend time when you’re tied up or have someone in that position.]

Quote from Strette's interview on Sub-Shop.com. Photo from Bo***ge Parade No 41. Visit the @leatherarchives to see some Sub-Shop items in our bo***ge safety exhibit. #subshop #bo***ge

[Everyone needs to be into what is happening. As a Dom, it is my duty to make sure that my partner is not only safe but also excited. It’s not just her safety that is in my hands, it’s also her pleasure—her enjoyment. That sort of enjoyment only comes from proper attention to safety and proper understanding (or discovering) what buttons to push to really turn her on. I take that responsibility very seriously, and I enjoy it greatly. When everyone is into the scene, then the energy just builds and builds. However, if one participant is not into it, the energy just dies, and that’s a lousy way to spend time when you’re tied up or have someone in that position.]

Submit your zines to the community library! All zines and other self-published books related to kink or fe**sh are welco...
10/17/2021

Submit your zines to the community library! All zines and other self-published books related to kink or fe**sh are welcome. Email archives (at) leatherarchives.org or mail to our street address in Chicago.

The Teri Rose Memorial Library is open to the public Thursday-Sunday. Come browse, read, color, learn, and explore. #communitylibrary #communityarchives #zines

Submit your zines to the community library! All zines and other self-published books related to kink or fe**sh are welcome. Email archives (at) leatherarchives.org or mail to our street address in Chicago.

The Teri Rose Memorial Library is open to the public Thursday-Sunday. Come browse, read, color, learn, and explore. #communitylibrary #communityarchives #zines

Photo from the Renslow Family's White Party, established 1974, at Navy Pier. #whiteparty #lgbthistory #lgbtchicago #seve...
10/17/2021

Photo from the Renslow Family's White Party, established 1974, at Navy Pier. #whiteparty #lgbthistory #lgbtchicago #seventies

Photo from the Renslow Family's White Party, established 1974, at Navy Pier. #whiteparty #lgbthistory #lgbtchicago #seventies

Photo from the Renslow Family's White Party, established 1974. #whiteparty #lgbthistory #lgbtchicago #seventies
10/17/2021

Photo from the Renslow Family's White Party, established 1974. #whiteparty #lgbthistory #lgbtchicago #seventies

Photo from the Renslow Family's White Party, established 1974. #whiteparty #lgbthistory #lgbtchicago #seventies

Disciples of DeSade was a men's leather club founded by Jim Richards and others in 1984. They presented a series of educ...
10/16/2021

Disciples of DeSade was a men's leather club founded by Jim Richards and others in 1984. They presented a series of educational workshops with the Dallas County Health Department on B**M and safer s*x which grew into the large annual conference Beyond Vanilla. #lgbtdallas

Disciples of DeSade was a men's leather club founded by Jim Richards and others in 1984. They presented a series of educational workshops with the Dallas County Health Department on B**M and safer s*x which grew into the large annual conference Beyond Vanilla. #lgbtdallas

Shoe Ball 4 ad from 1990s, in the Michele Buchanan collection at the @leatherarchives. #nychistory #mothernyc #jackiefac...
10/15/2021

Shoe Ball 4 ad from 1990s, in the Michele Buchanan collection at the @leatherarchives. #nychistory #mothernyc #jackiefactory #impossibleheels #shoeball

Shoe Ball 4 ad from 1990s, in the Michele Buchanan collection at the @leatherarchives. #nychistory #mothernyc #jackiefactory #impossibleheels #shoeball

Quote from The Marquis De Sade: An Essay by Simone De Beauvoir (1953). Photo from Heat Nov 1991. #beauvoir #desade[In or...
10/14/2021

Quote from The Marquis De Sade: An Essay by Simone De Beauvoir (1953). Photo from Heat Nov 1991. #beauvoir #desade

[In order to derive pleasure from the humiliation and exaltation of the flesh, one must ascribe value to the flesh.]

Quote from The Marquis De Sade: An Essay by Simone De Beauvoir (1953). Photo from Heat Nov 1991. #beauvoir #desade

[In order to derive pleasure from the humiliation and exaltation of the flesh, one must ascribe value to the flesh.]

The @leatherarchives museum is open regular hours this weekend but the library will be closed Friday after 5pm and Sat/S...
10/14/2021

The @leatherarchives museum is open regular hours this weekend but the library will be closed Friday after 5pm and Sat/Sun.

Come see The Golden Girls: Vol. 5 S*x at the @leatherarchives before it's gone! Two weekends left. Visit @handbagchicago for tickets. #chicagoevents

The @leatherarchives museum is open regular hours this weekend but the library will be closed Friday after 5pm and Sat/Sun.

Come see The Golden Girls: Vol. 5 S*x at the @leatherarchives before it's gone! Two weekends left. Visit @handbagchicago for tickets. #chicagoevents

The Caldron was a private club operated by two members of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus in a converted warehouse fr...
10/12/2021

The Caldron was a private club operated by two members of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus in a converted warehouse from 1981 to 1984. #gayhistory #sfclubs #sfhistory #eighties

The Caldron was a private club operated by two members of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus in a converted warehouse from 1981 to 1984. #gayhistory #sfclubs #sfhistory #eighties

Are you on the wall? VERBOTEN: Works by REX is curated by Joseph S. Garber. #chicagomuseums #chicagoartists #lgbtqchicag...
10/10/2021

Are you on the wall? VERBOTEN: Works by REX is curated by Joseph S. Garber. #chicagomuseums #chicagoartists #lgbtqchicago

Are you on the wall? VERBOTEN: Works by REX is curated by Joseph S. Garber. #chicagomuseums #chicagoartists #lgbtqchicago

Cowtown Leathermen is a leather club founded in Fort Worth, TX in 1983. They have raised funds for charitable causes ann...
10/09/2021

Cowtown Leathermen is a leather club founded in Fort Worth, TX in 1983. They have raised funds for charitable causes annually and in the 1990s built a deck for the Fort Worth Samaritan House and started a fund for HIV-positive pet owners. #lgbtfortworth #gaytexas #leatherclubs

Cowtown Leathermen is a leather club founded in Fort Worth, TX in 1983. They have raised funds for charitable causes annually and in the 1990s built a deck for the Fort Worth Samaritan House and started a fund for HIV-positive pet owners. #lgbtfortworth #gaytexas #leatherclubs

International Mr. Bootblack 2002 Michael Lanzini and International Mr. Leather 2002 Stephen Weber. #iml #imbb #titlehold...
10/08/2021

International Mr. Bootblack 2002 Michael Lanzini and International Mr. Leather 2002 Stephen Weber. #iml #imbb #titleholders

International Mr. Bootblack 2002 Michael Lanzini and International Mr. Leather 2002 Stephen Weber. #iml #imbb #titleholders

Quote from Public Silence, Private Terror by Dorothy Allison (in Pleasure and Danger ed. Carol S. Vance, 1984). Photo of...
10/08/2021

Quote from Public Silence, Private Terror by Dorothy Allison (in Pleasure and Danger ed. Carol S. Vance, 1984). Photo of Vanessa Del Rio in Born Bi***es No 1 (1981). #vanessadelrio #dorothyallison #feminism

[What kind of women might we be if we did not have to worry about being too s*xual, or not s*xual enough, or the wrong kind of s*xual for the company we keep?]

Quote from Public Silence, Private Terror by Dorothy Allison (in Pleasure and Danger ed. Carol S. Vance, 1984). Photo of Vanessa Del Rio in Born Bi***es No 1 (1981). #vanessadelrio #dorothyallison #feminism

[What kind of women might we be if we did not have to worry about being too s*xual, or not s*xual enough, or the wrong kind of s*xual for the company we keep?]

The bar at The Gold Coast, Chuck Renslow's first, most famous Leather bar. Photo from the Chuck Renslow collection at th...
10/07/2021

The bar at The Gold Coast, Chuck Renslow's first, most famous Leather bar. Photo from the Chuck Renslow collection at the @leatherarchives. #eighties #seventies #gayhistory #leatherhistory

The bar at The Gold Coast, Chuck Renslow's first, most famous Leather bar. Photo from the Chuck Renslow collection at the @leatherarchives. #eighties #seventies #gayhistory #leatherhistory

Quote from False Promises: Anti Po*******hy Feminism by Lynne Segal (The Socialist Register, 1993). Photo from Submit Vo...
10/06/2021

Quote from False Promises: Anti Po*******hy Feminism by Lynne Segal (The Socialist Register, 1993). Photo from Submit Vol 2 No 3 (1983). #gender #fantasy #sadomasochism #pornstudies

[Even were it possible to detect some fixed positioning of identification in a person's enjoyment of fantasy, we could never generalize from that to predict that person's public status or behaviour in everyday encounters. The indulgence of heteros*xual masochistic fantasies of spanking and subordination, for example, once a favourite pastime of the Victorian gentleman, neither undermined his accompanying social and s*xual domination of women nor dented his sense of superiority to any other type of person, black or white. There is an autonomy to fantasy life which, if consuming po*******hy, may provide the setting for us to take up any number of volatile and impossible positions: active and passive, strong and weak, male and female, desired and repulsive, sacred and contemptible, pleasure-filled and suffering, and anything else as well and its opposite, all at one and the same time.]

Quote from False Promises: Anti Po*******hy Feminism by Lynne Segal (The Socialist Register, 1993). Photo from Submit Vol 2 No 3 (1983). #gender #fantasy #sadomasochism #pornstudies

[Even were it possible to detect some fixed positioning of identification in a person's enjoyment of fantasy, we could never generalize from that to predict that person's public status or behaviour in everyday encounters. The indulgence of heteros*xual masochistic fantasies of spanking and subordination, for example, once a favourite pastime of the Victorian gentleman, neither undermined his accompanying social and s*xual domination of women nor dented his sense of superiority to any other type of person, black or white. There is an autonomy to fantasy life which, if consuming po*******hy, may provide the setting for us to take up any number of volatile and impossible positions: active and passive, strong and weak, male and female, desired and repulsive, sacred and contemptible, pleasure-filled and suffering, and anything else as well and its opposite, all at one and the same time.]

Ad for Belle De Jour's theater and professional dungeon in SM Express (1979). #swhistory #newyorkhistory #newyorkdungeon...
10/05/2021

Ad for Belle De Jour's theater and professional dungeon in SM Express (1979). #swhistory #newyorkhistory #newyorkdungeon #belledejour

Ad for Belle De Jour's theater and professional dungeon in SM Express (1979). #swhistory #newyorkhistory #newyorkdungeon #belledejour

Dianne Hartwell and her husband Jay published a B**M community newspaper called SM Express in the late 1970s. They found...
10/03/2021

Dianne Hartwell and her husband Jay published a B**M community newspaper called SM Express in the late 1970s. They founded The Castle, an erotic theater and professional dungeon in New York that the Hartwells also used as a film studio. #newyorkleather #swhistory #nyunderground

Dianne Hartwell and her husband Jay published a B**M community newspaper called SM Express in the late 1970s. They founded The Castle, an erotic theater and professional dungeon in New York that the Hartwells also used as a film studio. #newyorkleather #swhistory #nyunderground

The Crypt Ad from SM Express No 10 (1977). The first Crypt store opened in San Diego in 1977. #seventies #crypt #leather...
10/03/2021

The Crypt Ad from SM Express No 10 (1977). The first Crypt store opened in San Diego in 1977. #seventies #crypt #leathershop #lgbtsandiego

The Crypt Ad from SM Express No 10 (1977). The first Crypt store opened in San Diego in 1977. #seventies #crypt #leathershop #lgbtsandiego

The @leatherarchives mail order catalog collection is open for research! We have over 800 catalogs, with four decades of...
10/02/2021

The @leatherarchives mail order catalog collection is open for research! We have over 800 catalogs, with four decades of leatherwear, B**M gear, latex fashion, cross-dressing, and s*x toys for you to browse.

We also encourage donations of both current and vintage catalogs to the collections. If you are a designer, crafter or retailer who sells online, you can donate photos and descriptions of your products.

#leathercraft #latexfashion #rubberfashion #lgbtfashion #fashionhistory

The @leatherarchives mail order catalog collection is open for research! We have over 800 catalogs, with four decades of leatherwear, B**M gear, latex fashion, cross-dressing, and s*x toys for you to browse.

We also encourage donations of both current and vintage catalogs to the collections. If you are a designer, crafter or retailer who sells online, you can donate photos and descriptions of your products.

#leathercraft #latexfashion #rubberfashion #lgbtfashion #fashionhistory

Are you on the wall? VERBOTEN: Works by REX is curated by Joseph S. Garber. #chicagomuseums #chicagoartists #lgbtqchicag...
10/02/2021

Are you on the wall? VERBOTEN: Works by REX is curated by Joseph S. Garber. #chicagomuseums #chicagoartists #lgbtqchicago

Are you on the wall? VERBOTEN: Works by REX is curated by Joseph S. Garber. #chicagomuseums #chicagoartists #lgbtqchicago

Quote from A Defense of Masochism by Anita Phillips (1998). Photo from Knotty Vol 2 No 2 (1972). #switching #vers [Enjoy...
10/01/2021

Quote from A Defense of Masochism by Anita Phillips (1998). Photo from Knotty Vol 2 No 2 (1972). #switching #vers

[Enjoying, for example, being s*xually dominated does not preclude you from also enjoying being on top. Or, for that matter, taking pleasure in all kinds of other s*xual possibilities. Masochism may be something you want to do at a particular time in your life for particular reasons, you may get what you want from it and move on. It can be part of a highly varied s*xual life, something that is part of a range of options, or the preferred one. It can also be an imaginative possibility, a springboard for artistic and spiritual engagement.]

Quote from A Defense of Masochism by Anita Phillips (1998). Photo from Knotty Vol 2 No 2 (1972). #switching #vers

[Enjoying, for example, being s*xually dominated does not preclude you from also enjoying being on top. Or, for that matter, taking pleasure in all kinds of other s*xual possibilities. Masochism may be something you want to do at a particular time in your life for particular reasons, you may get what you want from it and move on. It can be part of a highly varied s*xual life, something that is part of a range of options, or the preferred one. It can also be an imaginative possibility, a springboard for artistic and spiritual engagement.]

Toronto Leather Pride 2011 photograph by Rich Stadtmiller, from his collection at the @leatherarchives. #torontopride #l...
09/30/2021

Toronto Leather Pride 2011 photograph by Rich Stadtmiller, from his collection at the @leatherarchives. #torontopride #lgbtarchives

Toronto Leather Pride 2011 photograph by Rich Stadtmiller, from his collection at the @leatherarchives. #torontopride #lgbtarchives

Join us Tuesday, October 5th for the return of FEK Draw!
09/30/2021

Join us Tuesday, October 5th for the return of FEK Draw!

Join us Tuesday, October 5th for the return of FEK Draw!

Daddy Steve Gaynes, 2013 Leather Marshal of the SF Pride Parade. Photograph by Rich Stadtmiller from his collection at t...
09/29/2021

Daddy Steve Gaynes, 2013 Leather Marshal of the SF Pride Parade. Photograph by Rich Stadtmiller from his collection at the @leatherarchives. #sfpride #sfleather #lgbtarchives

Daddy Steve Gaynes, 2013 Leather Marshal of the SF Pride Parade. Photograph by Rich Stadtmiller from his collection at the @leatherarchives. #sfpride #sfleather #lgbtarchives

Join us this Saturday, October 2nd, at 2pm.
09/28/2021

Join us this Saturday, October 2nd, at 2pm.

Join us this Saturday, October 2nd, at 2pm.

Quote from Bear Contests by Les Wright (in The Bear Book II, 2001). Photo by Jim Stemple from American Bear No 11 (1996)...
09/26/2021

Quote from Bear Contests by Les Wright (in The Bear Book II, 2001). Photo by Jim Stemple from American Bear No 11 (1996). #bearculture #gayculture

[What do we want as bears? A bear was noted for his desire and ability to draw in and recognize his own kind, short and tall, young and old, fat and thin, hairy and hairless, all genuine men being themselves. The one thing we had in common was having to overcome the self-limiting belief that we had to conform to media images of gay male beauty, images that either we did not fit, and never would, or which were of no s*xual interest to us.]

Quote from Bear Contests by Les Wright (in The Bear Book II, 2001). Photo by Jim Stemple from American Bear No 11 (1996). #bearculture #gayculture

[What do we want as bears? A bear was noted for his desire and ability to draw in and recognize his own kind, short and tall, young and old, fat and thin, hairy and hairless, all genuine men being themselves. The one thing we had in common was having to overcome the self-limiting belief that we had to conform to media images of gay male beauty, images that either we did not fit, and never would, or which were of no s*xual interest to us.]

Quote from A Defense of Masochism by Anita Phillips (1998). Photo from Hogtie Vol 2 No 7 (1973). #powerexchange #rolepla...
09/25/2021

Quote from A Defense of Masochism by Anita Phillips (1998). Photo from Hogtie Vol 2 No 7 (1973). #powerexchange #roleplay #fantasy

[All inequalities find their way into the fantasy world of s*xual domination and submission, lending their particular flavour to the enjoyment to be had from assuming the position of being humiliated, invaded, crushed. ... The roles may be reversed, or the submissive position may be assumed in an extreme form - either could have an imaginatively transformative or even subversive potential, if one were determined to locate a political statement in such flux.]

Quote from A Defense of Masochism by Anita Phillips (1998). Photo from Hogtie Vol 2 No 7 (1973). #powerexchange #roleplay #fantasy

[All inequalities find their way into the fantasy world of s*xual domination and submission, lending their particular flavour to the enjoyment to be had from assuming the position of being humiliated, invaded, crushed. ... The roles may be reversed, or the submissive position may be assumed in an extreme form - either could have an imaginatively transformative or even subversive potential, if one were determined to locate a political statement in such flux.]

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 11am - 7pm
Friday 11am - 7pm
Saturday 11am - 5pm
Sunday 1pm - 5pm

Telephone

(773) 761-9200

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