Special Collections began collecting Gay and Lesbian material in the 1970s thanks to the work of bibliographer Anne E. Tracy. Since then, the collection has evolved to collect the individual voices of the LGBTQ+ community in order to capture their past and present.
The LGBTQ+ collection currently holds material that ranges from archival records, periodicals, popular literature, ephemera, audio visual material, and zines. Historic pamphlets, leaflets, manifestos contain topics such as the gay liberation movement, AIDS activism, same-sex domestic partnerships and marriage equality. Our archival collections include records of local and regional organizations, as well as personal papers of members of the Michigan LGBTQ+ community.