Archive Project

Address: 317 Pleasant St.
Northampton, MA 01060

Phone: (413) 585-0369

Contact: Phil Gauthier, archivist


Hours: By appointment only.

Wheelchair Access: site is not accessible, but archivist will bring materials to an accessible site by request.


The Archive Project started ca.1991 as an outgrowth of the two local ACT UP and Queer Nation chapters. Initially, it held organizational and subject files related to these two groups. As both organizations grew in size, the archive expanded its purpose by collecting materials relating to local gay organizations and the Northampton Pride March. A news photocopy archive was set up for local gay events, and HIV/AIDS-related information and organizations. Eventually folks in the community started donating items, such as national periodicals, gay men's erotica, buttons, T-shirts and organizational files of groups that disbanded.

Information about holdings

Manuscripts: 4 standard file drawers

Organizational records: 7 standard file drawers

Printed material: approx. 300 books; 7 large boxes gay men's erotica; 10 large boxes periodicals.

Clippings/vertical files: 2 boxes AIDS journals/reports; 2 large boxes unsorted clippings (1990-present); 3 ft. photocopies of newsclippings.

Objects/ephemera: 200 buttons; 8 t-shirts.

Film/Video/Sound: 6-10 videos
Time periods/geographical regions documented:

1969-present, mostly post-1988. Pioneer Valley of Western Mass, especially Northampton-Amherst area. Some general northeastern U.S.
Significant People/organizations/subjects documented:

People: Phil Gauthier (1980-present), Sam Gianneli. Organizations: ACT UP Western Mass. (1990-94), Queer Nation (ca.1990-94), Pride March Committee (1981-96), Pioneer Valley GLB Youth (1991-present), PWA Coalition of W. Mass. (1989-1990), Dignilife (an AIDS organization, 1987-ca.1990), and Valley Gay Alliance.

Subjects: local gay events, HIV/AIDS. As an outgrowth of the archivist's personal interest, subject files relating to Radical Faeries and Needle Exchange are extensive.

Periodicals include: Metroline, Gay Community News, Outweek, Advocate, Valley Women's Voice, Outlook, VWV, Outright families, Queer Noho, Lesbian Calendar, Gay Men's Calendar, VGA Gayzette, RFD, Faeriegram, and Draghead.

Collecting interests

Materials relating to the growth of the gay communities of Western Mass. and community and institutional responses to the AIDS crisis. Also materials documenting Radical Faerie community in the U.S., and local periodicals, especially missing issues of above mentioned titles.

Use requirements

Call ahead to arrange to view the collection.


Research space, copying, audiovisual facilities, exhibitions, reference assistance on site, Internet reference (email/web), and borrowing privileges for individuals.
Other services/notes:

Copying services must be arranged; VCR and tape deck available. Internships are available.

Indices, finding aids, collection descriptions

The collection is not indexed, although filing is by subject. Some periodicals are cataloged.