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The Leather Archives & Museum Announces Partnership with StoryCorps®

The Leather Archives & Museum (LA&M) is announcing a partnership with StoryCorps, one of the largest oral history projects of its kind.  The LA&M will work with StoryCorps to preserve the stories and memories of Chicago’s Leather/BDSM/kinky communities.  On Friday, February 27th 2015 between 9am and 5pm, the LA&M will be scheduling six (6) interviews (two or more people per interview) to record at StoryCorps’ Storybooth inside of the Chicago Cultural Center.

If you live in the Chicago area and would like to participate in a Leather / Fetish / BDSM subject related interview with a friend or family member, please
 contact Archivist/Collections Librarian Jakob VanLammeren at by Saturday, January 31st 2015.

Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 50,000 interviews from more than 80,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Millions listen to their weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition and on StoryCorps’ Listen Page. 

A StoryCorps interview is 40 minutes of uninterrupted time for meaningful conversation with a friend or loved one. What are the questions you want to ask and the memories you want to preserve? No matter how well you know your storyteller, a little preparation will improve the quality of your interview enormously. The LA&M and StoryCorps will provide participant packet information, and a staff member from the LA&M will be on-site at the Chicago Cultural Center on the recording day. 

When you arrive at your session with a friend or loved one, a trained StoryCorps Facilitator will meet you to explain the process, make you feel comfortable in our recording space, and sit with you during the interview session. You can learn more about the recording session on the StoryCorps website.
About Leather Archives & Museum
The Leather Archives & Museum is a library, museum and archives pertaining to leather and alternative sexual communities. The geographic collection scope is worldwide and includes all sexual orientations and genders. The library collection contains books, magazines, scholarlypublications, films and electronic resources related to the subject matter. The museum collection contains original erotic art and artifacts from alternative sex organizations and individuals. The archival collection contains unpublished papers and records from notable activists, artists, businesses and organizations related to the subject matter.  For more information about the LA&M, please visit

Leather Archives & Museum
Rick Storer, Executive Director
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