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About meThe Leather Archives & Museum: Dedicated to the compilation, preservation and maintenance of leather lifestyle and related lifestyles [including but not limited to the Gay and Lesbian communities], history, archives and memorabilia for historical, educational and research purposes."

About my libraryThe Leather Archives & Museum is a library, museum and archives pertaining to Leather, fetishism, sadomasochism, and alternative sexual practices. The geographic collection scope is worldwide and includes all sexual orientations and genders. The library collection contains published books, magazines, scholarly publications, films and electronic resources related to the subject matter. The museum collection contains original erotic art and artifacts from alternative sex organizations and individuals. The archival collection contains unpublished papers and records from notable activists, artists, businesses and organizations related to the subject matter.

Notable library resources include the writings of the Marquis de Sade, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Laura Antoniou, John Preston and Larry Townsend. Complete sets of Drummer Magazine, Bound & Gagged, SandMutopia Guardian and other periodicals are also availabe in the library.

Notable museum artifacts include original works by Tom of Finland, the largest collection of original Etienne works in the world, historic sadomasochism and sexual devices, and colors (patches worn on the back of leather vests) from hundreds of existing and former Gay and Lesbian motorcycle clubs, leather clubs and sex clubs. A complete inventory of photographs taken by Kris Studios, a legendary publisher of physique photographs in the 1950s also resides at the LA&M.

Notable archival collections include the papers of Tony DeBlase, Joseph Bean, Jim Kane, Leondard Dworkin and the records of The National Leather Association, International Mr. Leather, and The Mineshaft.

GroupsAlternative Sexuality, GLBT History, GLBT Libraries, M/M Romance... A cocky li'l group

Favorite authorsJoseph W. Bean (Shared favorites)


Favorite librariesGerber/Hart Library and Archives, Leather Archives & Museum, ONE Archives at the University of Southern California Libraries, Quatrefoil Library

Other favoritesChicago History Museum


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Real nameLeather Archives

LocationChicago, IL

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Member sinceFeb 20, 2009

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