Lesbians have been excluded from the official historical record, but their experiences tell a great deal about the past. They reveal what it meant for a woman to desire and love other women, and to survive and resist against a culture that treated them as sinful and deviant. Their stories open a window onto a world that once was, and help us imagine a world that might yet be.
The Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony was founded in 2010. We digitize and make available online lesbian oral testimonies. Testimonies come in many forms; material in the Archives includes oral history audio tapes, radio and television program tapes, as well as video and film produced by documentary filmmakers, and home video and film. The archives and the web site is supported by and operates out of Simon Fraser University’s Library. Some of the original interview tapes are archived here at Simon Fraser University, and some of the collections hosted here are housed in other archives. Information about copyright, ownership, and location of the material on this site can be found in the descriptions of each interview.