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Houston ARCH (Houston Area Rainbow Collective History) Collection

Identifier: MS 569
Finding aid note: Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Scope and Contents

The Houston ARCH Collection, includes DVDs of oral history interviews, written and electronic transcriptions of the interviews, and research materials including newsclippings related to the interviews and the history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Houston, Texas.


  • 1981 - 2020


Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Conditions Governing Access

The majority of oral histories in this collection have been digitized and access copies are available online in the Institutional Repository:

Unedited versions of the oral histories on video or complete transcripts are also available for most of the oral histories via nearline access. Please contact for more information.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Houston ARCH (Houston Area Rainbow Collective History) Collection must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

Historical note

The organization whose sponsorship led to the formation of this collection is Houston ARCH, Houston Area Rainbow Collective History, a seven-member consortium formed to preserve the LGBT past and to improve intellectual access to materials collected by the constituent member organizations and institutions.

The items in this collection are the result of a particular community research project, the work of Rice University students earning credit for the course SWGS 201, “Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies.” Students taking the course from 2007 through 2015 were required to select interviewees from a list of hundreds of Houstonians who have made contributions to the LGBT community and volunteered to be interviewed. Each group of students spent a month researching their chosen individuals. When background reports were completed, they conducted interviews with these subjects and subsequently prepared written transcripts of the interviews.


1.75 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

54.8 Gigabytes (Nearline access: MS0569aip_001 - MS0569aip_052)

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The collection contains oral history interviews documenting the history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Houston, Texas. It contains DVDs of the interviews, written and electronic transcripts, and research materials and bibliographies used for the project.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated to the Woodson Research Center by Rice University's Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality in 2010-2014. More accruals are expected.
Guide to the Houston ARCH (Houston Area Rainbow Collective History) Collection, 1981-2020
Mary Tobin and Trevor McNally
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA