Followed by a panel discussion with filmmaker Megan Rossman, Lesbian Herstory Archives co-founder Deborah Edel, Arizona Queer Archives founding director Jamie Lee, and distinguished historian Elizabeth Kennedy.

“A defining mantra of feminism, “The personal is political,” resonates loud and clear in Rossman’s sensitive, discerning chronicle…” – Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter

Founded in the 1970s in a New York City apartment, The Lesbian Herstory Archives is now the world’s largest collection of materials by and about lesbians. For more than 40 years, the all-volunteer organization has striven to combat lesbian invisibility by literally rescuing history from the trash.

Frustrated by misogyny and homophobia within academia, Deborah Edel and Joan Nestle co-founded the archives for those conducting research, both professional and personal. Over the years, the organization has witnessed many of the major milestones in LGBTQ+ history and has weathered several storms. Today, with its founders in their seventies, the archives are facing new challenges, including a change in leadership and the rise of digital technology.

Exploring the fascinating origins of the organization, The Archivettes is a tribute to second-wave feminism and intergenerational connection, as well as an urgent rallying cry for continued activism in a politically charged moment. (Dir. by Megan Rossman, 2018, USA, 61 mins., Not Rated)

This is a rental of The Loft Cinema, presented by Lesbian Looks, with support from the Hanson FilmTV Institute.