Archives of Sexuality & Gender: LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940, Part I

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Discover primary sources devoted to issues impacting the LGBTQ community.

As part of the Archives of Sexuality & Gender series, this collection enables students, educators, and researchers to thoroughly explore and make new connections in subjects such as LGBTQ history and activism, cultural studies, psychology, sociology, health, political science, policy studies, human rights, gender studies, and more. Selection of materials for this milestone digital collection is guided by an advisory board consisting of leading scholars and librarians in sexuality and gender studies.

This unique fully-searchable collection brings together approximately 1.5 million pages of primary sources on social, political, health, and legal issues impacting LGBTQ communities around the world. Rare and unique content from newsletters, papers, government documents, manuscripts, pamphlets, and other types of primary sources sheds light on the gay rights movement, activism, the HIV/AIDS crisis, and more. Truly global in scope, Part I: LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940 features historical documents published in more than 35 countries, with over 15 languages represented.

Documents are sourced from top libraries and archives, including:

  • GLBT Historical Society
  • New York Public Library
  • Lesbian Herstory Educational Foundation, Inc.
  • Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives
  • National Library of Medicine (United States)
  • British Library of Political and Economic Science at the London School of Economics
  • Women’s Energy Bank
  • and others

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Subjects Covered
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • Social Studies
  • Liberal Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology
  • U.S. History
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Reviews & Testimonials

“With a combination of grassroots, local, national, and international full-text primary source content, this archive is recommended to academic libraries serving scholarly researchers in LGBTQ and gender studies.”

Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, 2016

“Created for students and researchers . . . the product offers rare and unique documentation, including organizational papers, government documents, newsletters, photographs, and private correspondence...This is an ambitious beginning to another robust tool from Gale.”

Booklist, April 2016

“This is a very unique resource and represents a major and meaningful effort to support the study of LBGTQ issues. It is highly recommended for academic and large public libraries. It is carefully and thoughtfully constructed and enhanced with advanced search tools.”

American Reference Books Annual, June 2016