The Leather Archives & Museum is a premier research collection for people seeking to learn about leather, kink, BDSM and fetish. The social and cultural histories of individuals and organizations who have been marginalized are scarce and fractured, often discarded and overlooked by other institutions. The LA&M was founded in 1991 to provide a place for these collections, and to ensure that these stories continue to be collected, preserved and made available to anyone curious to learn more.

Chicago is the physical home to the archives, and visitors come from all over the world to explore our galleries and use the collections. I am always happy to see someone discover us for the first time, and we welcome anyone over the age of 18 to visit us. At the same time, we know that many will not have the opportunity to come to Chicago and it is important to us that our collections be available to a wider audience beyond our local area. To accomplish this, I am happy to unveil the new LA&M Online.

Our new website provides a fresh look for the LA&M, making it easier to learn more about us and the work we do. In addition, our new site will bring more of our unique collections online for the first time. We hope you’ll take a few moments to explore and learn more about leather, kink, BDSM and fetish culture and history.

As with everything we do, this new site is a true community effort. Funding was provided by a grant from the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board, and through the generous support of the Centaur MC in Washington DC.