Devoted to Issues Impacting the LGBTQ Community
As part of the Archives of Sexuality and 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. The 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 Truly global in scope, LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940 features historical documents published in more than 35 countries, with over 15 languages represented.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
"This product is extremely easy to use—the basic search can be used with no help documentation whatsoever, the results are very fast, and it is clear from the results and the use of the individual documents that more information, limitations, and facets are available to a student or researcher who wants to go further. . . If you only have purchase power for one LGBTQ product this year, this should be the product you buy."
- The Charleston Advisor, January 2017
- Gender & Women's Studies
- Humanities & Social Sciences
- U.S. History
- Current Events
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.
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 extent of the collections is truly outstanding overall, and individual collections range from a few hundred to a quarter million items. Archives of Sexuality & Gender is an unparalleled resource for access to primary source documents of concern to LGBTQ scholars and activists alike.”
The searchability, ease-of-use of this product, and reasonable price point make this an excellent addition for academic and public libraries in a growing area of research.
"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.”