Last night, at a special event honoring the 45th anniversary of The Washington Blade, the Newseum accepted a donation of eight historic editions of the pioneering LGBT paper, including the inaugural Oct. 6, 1969, edition and an issue that contained the first mention of the HIV epidemic.
“The Newseum is a fitting home for these historic editions of the Blade,” said editor Kevin Naff. “The paper’s staff has worked for decades chronicling the LGBT rights movement both locally and nationally and their work deserves to be preserved and appreciated by future generations.”
The Blade event also celebrated the launch of a new non-profit entity, the Washington Blade Foundation, which will raise money to digitize the paper’s archive and fund academic and journalistic research into LGBT topics.
The donated editions of the Blade will join the Newseum’s 35,000 piece print news collection, which dates back to 1493 and traces history through the headlines.