Lambda Archives of San Diego
Formerly Lesbian and Gay Historical Society of San Diego
Preserving and Teaching Our History

About the Archives

Lambda Archives of San Diego

Jess Jessop incorporated the Lesbian and Gay Archives of San Diego (now Lambda Archives of San Diego) in 1987, starting the collection with materials that he and Doug Moore had gathered earlier. Lambda Archives primary focus is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) history and culture in the San Diego County (California)/Tijuana (Baja California Norte, Mexico) Region. We are an all-volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.


The Value of History

The vast majority of gay men and lesbians grow up with a strong sense of cultural isolation. They, along with the rest of the world, are generally unaware of the significant contributions made by gay men and lesbians in a broad range of fields among which are science, medicine, the arts, education, and government. Additionally, it is important that lesbians and gays come to realize that their everyday lives are a vital part of the fabric of history, thereby providing them with a sense of belonging and self-worth.

History is best served by the records and cultural artifacts of those people who are directly involved in its events, not by the observations and prejudices of others. Original documents provide the foundation for an accurate historical account. Without them, history is reduced to gossip. The Lambda Archives (founded as the Lesbian and Gay Archives of San Diego) has dedicated itself to preserving and interpreting this important historical record.


  • Our collections are made available to researchers on a regular basis or by special appointment.

  • Lambda Archives has provided extensive exhibits for the San Diego Pride Festival, the San Diego Public Library, and the Lesbian and Gay Men's Community Center, as well as smaller exhibits for other groups.

  • A speakers bureau provides qualified speakers to schools and community organizations.

  • A newsletter was published several times a year and includes information about LASD activities, interviews, and articles of historical interest.