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LGBT Thought and Culture

LGBT Thought and Culture

LGBT Thought and Culture is an online resource hosting the key works and archival documentation of LGBT political and social movements throughout the 20th century and into the present day. The collection contains 150,000 pages of rare archival content, including seminal texts, letters, periodicals, speeches, interviews, and ephemera. 

The Premiere Archive of LGBT History

The resource provides a unique look into LGBT life from the late 19th to the early 21st centuries, creating research opportunities and course material for educators of cultural studies, history, women's and gender studies, political science, sociology, and more.

Exclusive Content

A significant portion of this collection is available exclusively through Alexander Street, including:
  • The Pat Rocco Collection: Acquired from the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, this collection features ephemora and correspondence from gay rights organizer and filmmaker Pat Rocco, documenting his impact in Southern California and Hawaii in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Includes letters from SPREE (The Society of Pat Rocco Enlightened Enthusiasts)
  • The Jeanne Cordova Papers: The collection offers ephemera documenting the 1970’s activism of editor Jeanne Cordova. It includes correspondence regarding her magazine The Lesbian Tide, and other letters that provide insight into her role as a leader for Los Angeles-based LGBT and feminist movements.
  • The Magnus Hirschfeld Collection, including the professional correspondence, publications, confidential reports, news clippings, court documents, and other materials from renowned German sex researcher Magnus Hirschfeld (1868–1935).

Refined Interface Tools

Alexander Street’s interface provides a series of tools designed for researchers seeking new insight into their subjects.
  • For those who own our other product LGBT Studies in Video, the two collections are cross-searchable through a single interface, allowing for new research opportunities.
  • Users can narrow searches precisely using a range of criteria including content type, date published, author, person discussed, and more.

World-Renowned Partners

Alexander Street is proud to partner with the top names in LGBT Studies, including:
  • The ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
  • The Kinsey Institute Archive and Library
  • Windy City Media Group
  • The National Archives at Kew
  • Flinders University
  • Cleis Press 
  • RedBone Press

Diverse Research Materials

LGBT Thought and Culture will include archival material from local and national organizations as well as the personal papers of notable figures. Understanding the transnational nature of the evolution of the LGBT community and political movement, the collection will also include published works and archival materials from around the world, with a particular focus on Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Latin America.

Featured content includes:

  • Case papers for a number of indecent publication trials, including the 1928 obscenity trial for The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall.
  • The Damron Guides: The collection includes the 1965-1980 runs of this pocket-sized National Directory that documents LGBT-friendly places, presenting insight into the evolution of pro-LGBT establishments in the United States and Canada.
  • The editorial files and books of Tracy Baim a key LGBT and feminist reporter since 1980.
  • Outlines (1987?2000), a newspaper serving Chicago's LGBT community, featuring LGBT and AIDS coverage, news, interviews, photos, events, and community features.
  • Blacklines (1996?2006), a monthly newspaper covering African American LGBT issues with a focus on gay media.
  • En La Vida (1996?2006), a monthly newspaper addressing Latino/a LGBT issues and culture.
  • Rare books and major winners of the Stonewall Book Awards and Lambda Literary Awards, many of which are no longer in print.

Expertly Curated Database

To ensure the highest caliber, most relevant inclusions, the collection is cultivated by an advisory board that includes: 
  • Michael Bronski, Dartmouth College and Harvard University
  • Linda Garber, Santa Clara University
  • Todd Gilman, Yale University Library
  • Gerard Koskovich, Queer Antiquarian Book Dealer and Independent Scholar
  • Lisa Johnston, Eckerd College Library
  • Dennis Altman, LaTrobe University
  • And additional advisors representing Europe and Australia

Acquisition Options

LGBT Thought and Culture is available worldwide through annual subscription or one-time purchase of perpetual rights, with prices scaled to institutional size and budget.


The content here is unusual and exceptional...LGBT Thought and Culture will be a useful acquisition for libraries serving serious researchers in anthropology, cultural studies, history, human rights, philosophy, political science, psychology, and queer studies.