What We Do

Invisible Histories focuses on four key elements related to advancing LGBTQ Southern History:

  1. Community Engagement
  2. Archiving, Preservation, Research & Scholarship
  3. Education
  4. Professional Development & Best Practices

Invisible Histories acts as an intermediary between institutions, organizations, and everyday folks. We strive to break barriers between organizations and their local communities to ensure that preservation and research exist in a co-productive and relationship centered way. In addition to direct collection and preservation, Invisible Histories is invested in providing scholars with direct access to materials as well as creating a network of people conducting LGBTQ Southern archiving, preservation, education and research to make scholarship more accessible. We focus on providing education around the Queer South to those within and outside the region through speaking, exhibiting, online materials, and publications. Finally, Invisible Histories seeks to help develop a new generation of scholars working in the Queer South as well as work alongside other professionals in the field to develop best practices for this work.

A Newspaper Article from 1912

SHOUT: An LGBTQ Newspaper

Published 1980, in Birmingham Alabama.

How It Works


Connect Virtually or Over the Phone


Set Up In-Person Meeting


Send Paperwork

  • Archiving From Home
  • Deed of Gift
  • Biography Sheet

Collection of Materials


After-action Report & Database


Collection Pre-processing, Evaluation & Inventory


Connect with Repository


Scanning and Social Media Posts

Why You ShouldWork WithInvisible Histories

Legal Agreements with Repository Partners to Protect Collections

We Work with You to Find a Home for Your Materials

Your Materials are Protected for the Life of the Donation, if any Attempt is Made to Limit Access to them, Invisible Histories can Intervene to Fix this Problem

Invisible Histories has a Large Network Across the South of Other LGBTQ Archives & Partners

How WeUse YourCollections

Creating a Searchable Database on our Website for People to Search

Digitize Materials for Use by Community & Academic Researchers

Providing Opportunities for Students to Work with LGBTQ Archives

Completing Oral History Interviews to Add More Depth to Collections


ZCompleted Bio Form
ZLook Over and Sign Transfer of Gift
ZLocate Physical & Digital Material
ZDiscussed Repository Options with Invisible Histories
ZCreated list of important people Invisible Histories to Contact