Non-Australian historiographical books are also collected as well as pre-1980 LGBT-related books, particularly those that were distributed or circulated in Australia.The Archives also holds a number of special 'formed' book collections, the Ardy Tibby Collection of Lesbian Fiction, the David Mc Diarmid Collection, the Ken Hocking Collection (S/M, erotica), Colin Simpson (gay pulp, S/M and erotica - Tom of Finland, Sean, Rex etc.) and Barry Lowe Collections (gay literature, film, biography, comics and erotica).
The Newspaper Clippings collection contains ~50,000 clippings (12 shelf metres), covering Australian metropolitan dailies and regional and suburban newspapers.
Between c.19 the Collection was developed with the support of Out Rage magazine and Fr Ken Sinclair, who utilised press clippings services and subsequently donated clippings to the Archives.
The collection is strongest in holdings relating to the early gay liberation movement in Australian onwards (i.e.
1970-); however, the collection also includes earlier items such as a book of love poetry between two men from World War 1 and Monte Punshon's scrapbooks from the 1920s-1930s.
Amongst the over 40,000 photographic items, notable special collections include those of Tommy Mc Dermott and Robert Albert (Lottie) Lott and Brian Cooke documenting camp life in Melbourne from the 1940s to the 1960s; photographer collections including those by John Storey, C.
Moore Hardy, Cayte Latta, William Yang and Terrence (Terry) Bell, and John Jenner documenting LGBT life in Sydney from the 1970s-2000s; Eddy Hackenberg, Sydney-based artist and documentary photographer; Bob Buckley, S/M writer, documenting S/M and leather culture in Australia and around the world; David Johnstone, documenting Mandala gay commune and the early Radical Faeries in Australia; Ulo Klemmer, documenting saunas and beats in Sydney; organisational photographic collections, such as those of Midsumma and ALSO Foundation; and photographic collections from LGBT newspapers, including Campaign, Brother Sister, B-News (Bill Calder), Melbourne Star Observer, City Rhythm (Jay Watchorn and Leigh Klooger), and Klick (Ivan Polson), and Evolution Publishing (Melbourne Office).
The collection of ~100 mixtapes and DJ sets consists largely of recordings by DJ Stephen Allkins (Love Tattoo) and Bill Morley, with some recordings by David Mc Diarmid.
Ephemera consists largely of small printed paper items, most of which were not intended to have a long life, such as brochures, flyers, postcards circulars etc.
The Rare Books Collection holds items dating from the mid-19th century as well as association copies and artists' books.
The Archives holds over 5,000 posters dating from the 1960s to the present.
The Archives holds more than 1900 titles (approximately 50,000 items), from community newspapers and magazines, to organisational newsletters and zines from across Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Japan, Thailand etc.