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The Archives, Libraries, Museums and Special Collections (ALMS) Conference is an international event focussed on the work by public, private, academic, and grassroots organisations which are collecting, capture and preserving archives of LGBTQ+ experiences, to ensure their histories continue to be documented and share

The first GLBT ALMS Conference was held in Minnesota in 2006, co-hosted by the Tretter Collection and the Quatrefoil Library. The London conference in 2016 focused on exploring margins, borders, barriers and intersections of LGBTQ+ historical research and collecting,[1] while the 2019 conference in Berlin focused on exploring the potential of generating audiences for queer archives, libraries, museums and special collections, with a special emphasis on the arts and artistic interventions.[2]


The first GLBT ALMS Conference was held on May 18–21, 2006, and presented by the Quatrefoil Library,[3][4] the University of Minnesota Libraries and the Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies.[5]

The mission of the conference:

"GLBT ALMS 2006 is the first formal world conference for professional and anyone involved with GLBT archives, libraries, museums and special collections, and collectors of LGBT materials. Led by experts from the field, the conference will explore a range of current professional topics, including:

  • Censorship and sexually-explicit material
  • Integrating GLBT collections into the classroom
  • Preservation issues
  • Working with the media and more..."[3]

Keynote speakers included Barbara Gittings[3] and Frank Kameny.[6]

Past Conferences[edit]

2006 GLBT ALMS Conference

2008 GLBT ALMS Conference

2011 LGBT ALMS Conference

2012 LGBTI ALMS Conference: "The Future of LGBTI Histories"

2016 LGBTQ+ ALMS Conference: "Without Borders"

2019 LGBTQ+ ALMS Conference: "Queering memory"

  • Berlin, 27–29 June
  • Hosted by Magnus-Hirschfeld-Gesellschaft, Feministisches Archiv, and Haus der Kulturen der Welt
  • Sponsored by Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin, and Bundesstiftung Magnus Hirschfeld


  1. ^ "About | LGBTQ+ Archives, Libraries, Museums and Special Collections". lgbtqalms.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-05-02.
  2. ^ "ALMS 2019 Berlin: Queering Memory. Archives, Libraries, Museums und Special Collections: An International LGBTIQ+ Conference". schwulesmuseum.de/presseaktuell/alms-conference-berlin-2019/?lang=en. Retrieved 2019-08-07.
  3. ^ a b c "GLBT ALMS 2006 Conference Program". GLBT ALMS 2006 Conference Program. 2006.
  4. ^ Keim, Adam (2011). History of the Quatrefoil Library. Golden Valley, MN: Friends of the Bill of Rights Foundation. p. 103. ISBN 978-0-9668828-2-7.
  5. ^ Greenblatt, Ellen (2011). Serving LGBTIQ library and archives users : essays on outreach, service, collections and access. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland and Company. p. 147. ISBN 9780786448944.
  6. ^ "Andersen Library hosts international GLBT materials archiving conference". Minnesota Daily. 2006-05-24. Archived from the original on 2016-08-12. Retrieved 2016-06-18.

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