About the LA&M

The Leather Archives & Museum was founded by Chuck Renslow and Tony DeBlase in 1991 as a community archives, library, and museum of Leather, kink, fetish, and BDSM history and culture. See Plan Your Visit for hours and admission information. 

Mission Statement

Making leather, kink, BDSM, and fetish accessible through research, preservation, education and community engagement.

Tax ID (FEIN): 36-3841874

Tax Exempt Information

The LA&M is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a charity under the 501(c)(3) provisions. This means that monetary donations as well as donations to the collections are tax deductible subject to IRS rules and regulations. While the LA&M is pursuing grant opportunities, we rely on the community whose history is being preserved for support. The LA&M operational expenses consist of archival and exhibit supplies, utility bills necessary to maintain appropriate environmental conditions, exhibit freight expenses, and administrative expenses. 501(c)3 Documentation

Board of Directors Meeting

All LAM members are invited to attend these meetings. The meetings will be held at the Leather Archives & Museum in the Etienne Auditorium at the following times:

  • Saturday, January 25,2020 11am-1pm CST
  • Sunday, March 29, 2020 11am-1pm CST
  • Saturday, June 20, 2020 11am-1pm CST
  • Sunday, October 18, 2020 11am-1pm CST

For more information, please contact our staff.

Joining the Board of Directors

The LA&M is governed by a Board of Directors whose primary role is the long-term sustainability of the organization. Board members bring their unique perspectives to the discussions around LAM priorities, strategic planning and budget allocation, and provide guidance and support to the LAM Executive Director. Board members are appointed to a 3-year term which must be ratified by the LAM membership. Board members must participate in 4 meetings each year, three of which are virtual. The 4th meeting is a weekend planning meeting held in person in Chicago each Fall. Board members must also maintain an active LAM membership. 

Board service is open to anyone with a passion for the organization's mission to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of leather kink, fetish and BDSM. LAM is especially interested in new board members from marginalized and under represented communities. For more information, please reach out to us using our online contact form, or call us at 773-761-9200.

Policies of the LA&M