Using This Archive

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Want to learn about lesbian history?

This archive is hosted on Omeka S, which allows for in-depth descriptions and searching capabilities. Here is an outline of the common search techniques you can use to find what you need. Please note that these searches will provide you with links to magazine issues, not specific articles. In-magazine search instructions are also provided below.

Clicking on the Search bar on the top right of the website allows you to search the Full Text of all magazine issues as well as by the following Values:

  • Title – i.e. “Curve Vol.9 No.04 September 1999”
  • Volume or Issue number
  • Date issued
  • Description - Search for article titles and author names using this value. Each issue’s Description contains the: Table of Contents, the cover person, and whether or not it is an issue of note (i.e. Sports Issue, Pride Issue, Holiday Issue)
  • Subject– examples of Subject terms are: “dykes on bikes” “lesbian chefs” “lesbian literature” “sex education” and “LGBTQ+ personal and family law”

The Full Text search is useful as a catch-all for any topic or name that might have appeared in the actual text of Curve magazine. Below are a few examples of things to search:

  • Celesbian names — examples: “Linda Villarosa” “Lea Delaria” “Margaret Cho” “Alison Bechdel” “Sheryl Swoopes” “Cherrie Moraga” “Leslie Feinberg” (to name a few!)
  • Historic Events & Groups — examples: “Dyke Parade” “Obergefell v. Hodges” “Lesbian Avengers”
  • Musicians — examples: “Meshell Ndegeocello” “The Indigo Girls” “Melissa Etheridge”
  • Entertainment (TV, film, literature) — “The L Word” “Chutney Popcorn” “Itty Bitty Titty Committee”

In-magazine searching is possible only when visiting an individual magazine issue. To do so, press Command + F and a search bar will open up. You can then search the magazine text and it will jump to wherever the searched term is found.


***Language and Description Disclaimer***

We acknowledge that these historical records may contain outdated and/or harmful language, especially regarding gender and sexual identities. Some original language has been retained in the archival descriptions to promote searchability and discoverability of the collections, as well as to inform historical context. The use of this description is not an endorsement of the language it contains. After consulting pertinent literature and colleagues in the queer archive field, we made the choice to remove any deadnames from archival descriptions. They do, however, remain in the archival material itself.  If you come across any oversights in this catalogue regarding deadnames or otherwise harmful language, please reach out to us at

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