Locked Away No Longer, Rare Access to Unique Historical Content
The third collection in the award-winning series Archives of Sexuality & Gender broadens the scope from a specific focus on LGBTQ history and culture in Part 1 and Part II to the study of sex and sexuality. Part III makes available approximately one million pages of content that’s been locked away for many years, available only via restricted access. With a date range of 1600-1940, some content remains difficult to access, having been dispersed among broader collections. Now, this major collection of rare and unique material is available to support students, researchers, and faculty exploring areas such as medicine, biology, anthropology, law, the classics, art, and erotic literature.
DISCOVER A WEALTH OF PREVIOUSLY FORBIDDEN CONTENT
Monographs, manuscripts, correspondence, and ephemera, covering a wide range of previously taboo topics, provide context to the twentieth-century materials covered in Parts I and II with unique perspectives on history, society, social mores, and changing views of sexuality.
IMPORTANT TOPICS EXPLORED
The topics of sexuality and gender have been chronicled through the ages yet the availability of content has often been compromised due to its subject matter. Now, content demands across areas of study has made academic faculty and scholars alike recognize its importance. Archives of Sexuality & Gender, Part III provide a window into how sexuality and gender roles were viewed and changed through the years.
SUPPORT INTER-DISCIPLINARY STUDIES
With documents dating back to the 16th century, the collection examines patterns of fertility and sexual practice; prostitution; religion and sexuality; the medical and legal construction of sexualities; the rise of sexology and more. Exploring Archives of Sexuality & Gender, Part III through Gale’s Digital Scholar Lab, researchers of all levels can quickly build corpora of analysis-ready text data sourced from Gale’s unrivalled digital collection of primary source material.
Platform Features & Tools
Researchers can see the frequency of search terms within sets of content to begin identifying central themes and assessing how individuals, events, and ideas interact and develop over time.
By grouping commonly occurring themes, this tool reveals hidden connections within search terms—helping to shape research by integrating diverse content with relevant information.
Search across the content of complementary primary source products in one intuitive environment, enabling innovative new research connections.
Subject indexing at article level to aid searching by author, topic and region.
Reviews & Testimonials
Best eProduct/ Best in Humanities
The program, which brings together about 1.5 million pages of rare and unique primary source content, is continuing to make an impact. It has become one of the most commercially successful Gale archives and can be found in institutions all around the globe. It recently won the PROSE award for "Best eProduct/Best in Humanities", presented by the Professional and Scholarly Publishing unit of the Association of American Publishers.
"The importance of individuals having access to these materials through local and university library subscriptions cannot be overstated. For many queer people, looking up homosexual or transgender at the library is a first step to self-knowledge—it certainly was for me—and it’s one that’s usually met with somewhat frightening clinical descriptions. With access to this resource, searchers will find themselves awash in a much richer—and inspiring—history than they might otherwise have encountered."
“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.”
“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.”
"Together, the collections comprise an essential resource to the study of human sexuality, erotic literature, sociology, and a range of other academic fields. Highly recommended for academic libraries."