Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand

The Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand Te Pūranga Takatāpui o Aotearoa (LAGANZ) collects, preserves and makes available for research the records and personal papers of LGBTTFIQ people and organisations in New Zealand.

What’s LAGANZ?

The LAGANZ archive is housed in the Alexander Turnbull Library within the National Library building in Wellington. The collection is owned and managed by a community trust.

LAGANZ website

The archive includes over 700 manuscript collections from organisations and individuals, several thousand books and hundreds of serial titles from all over the world.

It also holds a wide range of ephemera such as posters, flyers and buttons, as well as sound and video recordings.

Some areas of common research interest are:

  • the gay liberation movement
  • lesbian feminism
  • sexual law reform
  • human rights and discrimination
  • sexuality / sexual orientation
  • HIV / AIDS,
  • censorship.

Definition of LGBTTFIQ

In the LAGANZ Trust’s deed we use LGBTTFIQ to mean lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, takatāpui, fa’afafine, intersex or queer and includes any same-sex attracted, transgender or intersex members of any indigenous community of the Pacific.

Access the LAGANZ collections

The LAGANZ website is the primary finding aid to the archive. It lists the manuscripts and serials collections contained in the collection. The website also gives access to the logs of sound recordings about the campaign for homosexual law reform in 1985 – 1986 through an audio database.

LAGANZ website
Audio data base — LAGANZ website — logs of sound recordings about the campaign for homosexual law reform in 1985 – 1986

The National Library Catalogue also contains some records for the LAGANZ book collection. Use the search term 'LAGANZ' to bring these records up.

National Library Catalogue - LAGANZ search results

Contact us before you visit

Contact us to discuss access to the LAGANZ collections and any research requirements before your visit. Use our "Ask a librarian" service to get in touch.

To access to LAGANZ collections you will need to come to the Alexander Turnbull Library Reading Rooms on the 1st floor of the National Library building, corner of Molesworth and Aitken Streets.

Ask a librarian

If you would like to donate material to the LAGANZ collection use our 'Ask a librarian' service.

Ask a librarian

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