BALA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We are a grassroots, community-run archives. We are committed to building community, fostering intergenerational dialogue and keeping a culture of activism vibrant in the lesbian community.


Some of our offerings to the community include an author series, a variety of cultural events, archiving workshops, presentations to community organizations, mobile exhibits, oral history interviews, and community meetings.

BALA was founded in 2014 by curator, photographer and filmmaker Lenn Keller, who recognized the critical need for Bay Area lesbian history to be preserved. Lenn’s vision was a physical and online archives dedicated to the preservation of the richly diverse lesbian history of the Bay Area -- an archives where anyone could access materials about a community that contributed so much to the Bay Area. A core group of women who shared Lenn Keller’s vision came together to help make the archives a reality.



Friends, family and allies have always been an integral part of lesbian community. Unless clearly stated, no assumptions should be made about the past or present sexual orientation, or gender identity of persons depicted on this website.

Any images, graphics, text, audio or video may be protected by copyright and other intellectual property laws. Be aware that entities other than the Bay Area Lesbian Archives may own the copyright to the material. Materials from the website can be used for educational or non-profit purposes only. Any copies printed or otherwise displayed must have a copyright notice included. Except as provided above, you may not post, re-publish, reproduce, transmit or distribute any material from this website in any digital or physical form without the permission of the copyright owner. For more information, please contact the Bay Area Lesbian Archives.

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