What We Are Looking For

IHP Scope of the Collection: What Are We Looking For?

Please take a look at the list below for the scope of what the project can and cannot accept as a donation.

Paper Documents

  • Minutes of meetings
  • Personal letters
  • Photos
  • Newsletters
  • Flyers/posters
  • Interoffice communications
  • Brochures/pamphlets
  • Scrapbooks
  • Yearbooks
  • Books: with a specific connection to the donation/donor
  • Magazines (local only, no national unless containing
    articles about the South)
  • Newspapers
  • Dissertations: This would also include the work, or notes for the project
  • Interview transcripts
  • Art: unframed
  • Signage (acceptance of donation based on size and available storage space)
  • Research related to the Alabama Queer community
  • Art over 18×24 or framed art (conditional)
  • Journals
  • Certificates/awards

Items & Ephemera

  • Flags
  • Significant event memorabilia
  • T-shirts
  • Buttons/pins
  • Give-a-ways/swag
  • Banners
  • Large textiles (dresses, costumes, etc.), clothing
  • Protest signs
  • Political yard signs
  • Awards/trophies (sashes, medals, crowns, ribbons, plaques)
  • Non-paper Materials/Promotional Materials
  • Quilts/blankets
  • Board games (with an LGBTQ focus)
  • Signage (acceptance of donation based on
    size and available storage space)
  • Office materials (excluding generic office supplies and electronics)

Recorded Materials*

  • Tapes: Audio, Visual
  • CDs
  • DVDs
  • Reel to reel tapes
  • LPs/Vinyl
  • Digital files: Audio, Video
  • Oral histories

*All material in this category must be directly related to the LGBTQ community or someone/organization from the community

Exclusion List

  • Furniture
  • Appliances/desktop electronics
  • Generic office supplies
  • Items not relating directly to the LGBTQ people in the US South
  • National runs of magazines or generic books (reviewed on a case by case basis and considering repository needs)