Today marks 51 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality through The Sexual Offences Act 1967, and we are pleased to announce that, as part of our e-resources, you can now access over 1.5 million pages from various library collections across the globe dating back to the 1940s.
The Archives of Sexuality & Gender: LGBTQ History and Culture has been added to our e-recourses collection so that members can easily research through one portal. There's a wealth of primary source material, digitised from the archives of organisations and library collections and includes gay and lesbian newspapers from more than 35 countries, reports, policy statements, and other documents related to gay rights and health, including the worldwide impact of AIDS, materials tracing LGBTQ activism in Britain from 1950 through 1980, and more.
The e-resource will allow researchers from all levels to explore the social and political change for LGBTQ communities in the 20th century spanning from 1940 to 2014, with the bulk from 1950 to 1990. Although most materials are in English, the archive contains periodicals in German, Polish, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, French, Italian, Hebrew, Indonesian, and other languages. Four collections are sourced from the Lesbian Herstory Archives, the largest lesbian-focused archives in the world; two are sourced from the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society. Others are sourced from the New York Public Library; the London School of Economics; and from the National Institutes of Health.
For more information and detail on the collection, read the blog by our E-Resources Manager.