The Archivettes: Founding of the Lesbian Herstory Archives
“OUR HISTORY WAS DISAPPEARING AS QUICKLY AS WE WERE MAKING IT.”
With that realization, Deborah Edel and Joan Nestle co-founded the Lesbian Herstory Archives, the world’s largest collection of materials by and about lesbians. For more than 40 years, through many of the major milestones in LGBTQ+ history, the all-volunteer organization has literally rescued history from the trash. Now the co-founders are in their mid-70s, and the group faces a number of challenges: A transfer of leadership. The rise of digital technology. A renewed call to activism in a politically charged moment.
“The Archivettes” is a documentary film that explores how this group came together to combat lesbian invisibility and create “a place that says yes.”