In this episode of Trojan Tales, we explore a part of the USC library system that many, if not most, students don’t know about: the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives. The collection—which is comprised of items like books, letters and tapes—is believed to be the largest repository of LGBT materials in the world.

Housed in a building about a five-minute drive from USC’s main campus, ONE is primarily used today for research by students, scholars, and even filmmakers, and at one time served as an advocacy organization for gay rights. Joseph Hawkins, the archive’s director, talked to us about why it’s important the community continue to support the efforts of ONE, and how the library and its contents do much more than provide a place to learn about gay history.
An at-home electro shock therapy machine, Bug in the Ear, is kept at ONE Archives. It was used on people with homosexual tendencies in the 1970s.
An at-home electro shock therapy machine, Bug in the Ear, is kept at ONE Archives. It was used on people with homosexual tendencies in the 1970s.