A treasure trove of sources supporting gender and sexuality research.

Gale’s Archives of Sexuality and Gender programme spans the sixteenth to the twentieth century and is the largest digital collection of primary source materials relating to the history and study of sex, sexuality and gender. Documentation covering social, political, health and legal issues impacting LGBTQ communities around the world is included, as well as rare and unique books on sex and sexuality from the sciences to the humanities. Selection of materials for this milestone digital programme is guided by an advisory board consisting of leading scholars and librarians in Sexuality and Gender Studies.

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In these videos, created by the University of Birmingham library (UK), Dr Moulton, Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Birmingham, explores why Gale's Archives of Sexuality and Gender can be useful for teaching and research.

Why is the archive useful for your teaching and research?


How has the archive been useful for teaching LGBTQ+ History?


Does the archive speak to LGBTQ+ History in the local area?



Archives of Sexuality and Gender is a Platinum Award winner of the 2023 Modern Library Awards. Winners are judged by librarians in the LibraryWorks database who are actual users of the entries.

“A phenomenal resource on a hitherto neglected subject, containing an incredible wealth of unknown and underutilized primary texts.” –MLA judge

Product Features & Tools

Term Frequency

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.

Topic Finder

By grouping commonly occurring themes, this tool reveals hidden connections within search terms—helping to shape research by integrating diverse content with relevant information.

Cross-Search Capability

Search across the content of complementary primary source products in one intuitive environment, enabling innovative new research connections.

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