Leather Archives and Museum

The Leather Archives & Museum (LA&M), based in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, USA, has much information and details on the beginning of the leather subculture and BDSM community. The 10,000 sq ft (930 m2), two-story building houses:

  • Eight exhibition galleries;
  • A 1,425 sq ft (132.4 m2) climate controlled archival storage space;
  • A 164 seat auditorium;
  • A 600 sq ft (56 m2) reading library to house the research collections;
  • Various other spaces which serve as working space for staff, volunteers and researchers.

In addition to activities in Chicago, the LA&M serves the leather world by preserving material from all leather communities, sending “traveling” exhibits around the country, and providing email and telephone research assistance.
In May 2009, the LA&M announced that International Mister Leather (IML) would be placed in a trust to benefit the museum. All proceeds from IML would go towards preserving leather history.