Franklin A. Robinson Jr.


“LGBTQ archives are important to the LGBTQ community because they are the tools from which history will be written. And, if you don’t provide historians with the tools, your history will either not be written or written using someone else’s tools. As with many minority groups the LGBTQ community has to take its place at the historical table, no one is going to give it to you. You must claim it.” – Franklin A. Robinson, Jr., Archivist, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian

Franklin A. Robinson, Jr. is an Archives Specialist with the Archives Center, National Museum of American History (NMAH), Smithsonian Institution. He works with the Archive’s processing team on preparing paper and film collections for long term preservation and researcher use. He has processed the papers of songwriter Harry Warren, comic Groucho Marx, and Hollywood director George Sidney. He has processed collections dealing with agriculture, popular culture, and the performing arts. He actively collects for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Collection at the Archives Center, NMAH. Recently he has worked on the LGBT Collection at the Smithsonian. Guide to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,Transgender (LGBT) Collection – Robinson, 2009 More info

He has curated Archives Center exhibits focusing on the Stonewall 40th Anniversary, HIV and AIDS, Chocolate, Hollywood director George Sidney, and many other topics. He has authored many finding aids as well as monographs and books on local Maryland history. He is the former chair of the Charles County Historic Preservation Commission. He is a past co-chair of the Society of American Archivists Lesbian and Gay Archivists Roundtable. He is the recipient of The Maryland Historical Trust’s Preservation Service Award.

Robinson was appointed to the board of the Maryland Historical Trust by Governor Hogan in 2016. He is a board member of the Maryland Historic Districts Commission and a board member of the National Episcopal Historians and Archivists. He holds a BFA from the Catholic University of America and an MA from American University. Complete resume’