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“Our history was disappearing as quickly as we were making it.”

With that realization, Deborah Edel and Joan Nestle co-founded the Lesbian Herstory Archives, the world’s largest collection of materials by and about lesbians.


For more than 40 years, through many of the major milestones in LGBTQ+ history, the all-volunteer organization has literally rescued history from the trash.


Now the co-founders are in their mid-70s, and the group faces a number of challenges: A transfer of leadership. The rise of digital technology. A renewed call to activism in a politically charged moment. 


“The Archivettes” is a documentary film that explores how this group came together to combat lesbian invisibility and create “a place that says yes.”

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  • Runtime
    61 minutes
  • Director
    Megan Rossman