Cambridge University Library has recently acquired the LGBTQ Archives of Sexuality and Gender. This is sure to be really useful for Philosophy students, as it enables users to browse primary source material relating to gender, sexuality, and LGBT+ issues across four centuries and around the world. Students on Part II Paper 10 will be especially interested, as the archive contains many resources relevant to feminism, masculinity and femininity, trans issues, and intersectionality.
The archive can be accessed directly at tinyurl.com/ASGCambuni (requires Raven authentication).
The archive is a four-part series of rare primary source material including monographs, newspapers and periodicals, correspondence, and ephemera. It is intended to give voice to LGBT+ groups that weren’t previously well represented in academic resources.
Part one is the largest, with 1.5 million pages devoted to LGBT+ history and culture since 1940. Part two has 1 million pages focusing on underrepresented communities (e.g. Lesbian nuns) since 1940. Part three provides over 1 million pages of material, going beyond LGBT+ issues to the study of sex and sexuality from the 17th to the 20th century, including perspectives from medicine, anthropology, biology, law, and erotic literature. Part four provides international perspectives on LGBT+ activism: mostly dating from 1970-2016, these 0.5 million pages focus on underrepresented populations and regions (such as South African LGBT+ groups).
Browsing and searching across the archives is easy, with a powerful advanced search tool to pinpoint specific items and numerous filters and facets to refine results. Users can search across all four sections of the archive or limit their searches to a particular one.
In addition, the archive provides a link to other collections on the Gale Primary Sources platform. This allows users to search the same terms across numerous ranges, in order, for example, to compare the portrayal of specific events between the LGBT+ and mainstream presses.
If you have any questions or need any assistance with using the Archives of Sexuality and Gender, feel free to get in touch with a member of Library staff. And check out the LibGuide for LGBT+ resources and collections at Cambridge University!