The Leather Archives & Museum (LA&M, www.leatherarchives.org)–based in the Rogers Park neighborhood, on the north side of Chicago, and dedicated to preserving artifacts of Leather/Fetish/B&D/S&M history, which it often takes to other venues and events in its road show—celebrates the 20th anniversary of its founding on August 28. To mark that milestone, it has established a “kinky time capsule,” of items that could be important to the community in the future, which will be stored in the museum and opened in 2021, on LA&M’s 30th anniversary.
Through the end of 2011, according to Director of Operations Jeffrey Storer, LA&M is accepting oral and written histories, photos, artwork, publications and articles, leather club and organization colors, patches, vests and meeting minutes, books, and manuscripts. Electronic submissions will not be accepted, but CDs and DVDs may be included with the physical donation, which can be no larger than 12 inches by 12 inches by 12 inches; should be accompanied by a single sheet of paper, describing the item, giving the donor’s name and email or mailing address, and a message to the 2021 community; and should not be perishable, such as foods or liquids. Items should be delivered to the Leather Archives & Museum, 6418 North Greenview Avenue, Chicago IL 60626. Space in the time capsule is limited, so LA&M will accept items on a “first come first saved” basis.
The two buildings of the archives contain exhibition galleries, climate-controlled archival space, an auditorium, a library to house research collections, and additional work space.
For more information, email the LA&M at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 773/761-9200.