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Noah Barth






A queer archivist that always keeps receipts.

Noah is the historian for the Midwest Institute for Sexuality and Gender Diversity. With a background in studying and preserving queer history, Noah will work to recover documents, artifacts, and oral histories from past MBLGTACCs and other queer campus histories across the Midwest. Noah led a coalition of queer, trans, and allied students to host MBLGTACC 2017 and served on the Oversight Committee in 2014-2015.

Noah graduated from DePaul University with a bachelor’s in American studies and a minor in community service studies. In Chicago, Noah worked for the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois and was an HIV Prevention Counselor at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. They began their archival work in 2015 at the Leather Archives & Museum located in Chicago, researching queer sexual and organizational histories.

Noah is currently a master’s student in public history and heritage studies at the University of Minnesota. They are a project archivist and curator for the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts, where they’re processing institutional archival collections and curating exhibits for its 150th anniversary.

With experience in both grassroots and institutional archives, Noah to strives towards community centered and accessible archives for the people whose histories stewarded in these repositories--and draws attention to the absences in the archive. Knowing that the histories they study have often been suppressed on the basis of professionalism, Noah strives to break down the barriers between the professional and personal on topics from gay liberation organizations to fetish attire to institutional history.