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Irish Queer Archive

The main aim of the Irish Queer Archive is to collect, protect, interpret and display materials that document the gay/lesbian, bisexual and transgendered communities in an island-wide remit; and to improve general knowledge of the history of the communities. IQA is a permanent, living institution and aims to make its collection as accessible as possible to the general public.
Our reading room and reference library is open (by appointment) to all visitors who need to do research. The archive contains a number of important collections and also maintains Ireland’s single largest holding of homo-related press clippings (over 250,000), dating from the 1960s. There is a considerable selection of audio-visual materials, and most lesbian/gay media published on the island of Ireland since 1975. IQA also maintains a library of international titles and monographs, the oldest being a gay christian periodical (U.S.A.,1955). As an educational resource the Archive also offers slide shows and exhibitions on aspects of its work and collections.

IQA is funded in the main by private donations through its Friends’ scheme and by the National Lesbian & Gay Federation, a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, registered company no. 322162/charity ref. CHY12070. IQA has also received funding from the Heritage Council of Ireland.

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