Community Archivist


Each year, Invisible Histories selects 8-10 individuals/organizations to become an Invisible Histories Community Archivist (IHCA). IHCA selectees will enter a yearlong cohort to conduct at least one local community history project that will be preserved by Invisible Histories. IHCAs receive virtual training on what it means to do community archiving work, how to save materials, and memory working tools to use in the field. They also receive a free Queer History Field Kit filled with supplies they can use to document their community’s stories.

What is the purpose of IHCA?

Learn How to Preserve Your Community’s History

How to Tell Your Own Story

Contribute to the Growing Understanding of LGBTQ History in the US South

Learn, Have Fun, and Be a Part of History


Applicants must be an LGBTQ community leader, member, organizer, activist, or culture maker in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, or the Florida Panhandle. Must be willing to conduct a year long project to preserve one local collection. Invisible Histories staff will assist along the way. Must be willing to complete the following:

Outcomes & Expectations
of IHCAs

Create a Physical and/or Digital Archival Collection Related to Your Local Community

  • 1 Year Cohort
  • Completion Within One Year
  • Donation of Materials to Invisible Histories Digitally or Physically

Create a Page for the Cohort Zine

  • Mail or Scan to Invisible Histories by Assigned Date

Upload Needed Documents to Assigned Online Storage

  • Bio Sheet (not shared publicly)
  • Gift Agreement (New Donor Packet)

Memory Working Activity Review Meeting

  • 10 minute oral history practice
  • Zine making

6 Month Touch-In Virtual Meeting

  • Meet Online to Review Progress on Projects

1 Year Completion Meeting

  • Virtual Meeting to Discuss Your Project with the Cohort

Queer History Field Kits

Queer History Field Kits contain everything someone needs to begin their journey as a community archivist and public historian. Invisible Histories supplies these backpacks free of charge to all selected for the cohort. IHCAs are to use the supplies for their year long project, but are encouraged to continue to use them long after and keep documenting their community.

Want to Help Purchase Field Kits for Future Cohorts?

To sponsor an entire bag, please donate $250. You can partially sponsor a bag as well.
To do so, complete the form below.