Resources for LGBT Studies

I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about where to find resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) studies and history.  The UConn Libraries have a lot of resources available.

Flyer from the Mattachine Society, New York, July 1969. Part of the Alternative Press Collection, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries.

The Libraries’ research guide for LGBTQ studies is here.  It features tips on finding peer reviewed articles, books, and suggestions for library databases to try searching.

Some of the best for LGBT studies include: 

  • LGBT Life with Full Text
    Covers gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues. Topics include civil liberties, culture, employment, family, history, psychology, religion, sociology and more. varies; some back to 1950s-current.
  • Project Muse
    Full-text of over 200 journals in classics, education, history, literature, math, philosophy, politics, religion, and visual and performing arts.
  • PsycINFO
    Scholarly articles in psychology, plus medicine, psychiatry, education, social work, criminology, social science, business, & organizational behavior.  1881- present.
  • Alternative Press Index (current) and Alternative Press Index Archive (1969-1990) 
    Indexes journals covering cultural, economic, political & social change. 1969-present.
  • Women’s Studies International (EBSCO) 
    Core topics in women’s studies as well as current topics in feminist research. Includes sociology, history, political science, public policy, business, and education. Indexes journals, newspapers, newsletters, books, proceedings, and dissertations. 1972-current.

You can also browse the stacks in Babbidge.  Books on LGBT Studies can usually be found at HQ 71- HQ 78, on level 2.   Search for specific titles and subjects in HOMER, or UConn WorldCat

The Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center also have a sizable collection of primary resource materials on gay history in the United States. 

The Alternative Press Collection (APC): thousands of newspapers, serials, books, pamphlets, ephemera and artifacts documenting activist themes and organizations. The APC contains materials pertaining to gender, sexual orientation, and includes an array of publications, newspapers, books, and other ephemera documenting gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, transexual, and queer life.

Foster Gunnison Papers: Nationally recognized collection containing letters, manuscripts, photographs and printed materials which document the homophile and gay liberation movements of the 1960s and 1970s.

The Daniel Campbell Papers:  Memoirs of life as a gay student at the University of Connecticut from 1967-1968.

Mayer Collection of Fat Liberation:  Correspondence relating to fat Americans and strategies for their liberation, including information on societal restraints and sexuality.

Allen Collection of Frank O’Hara Letters:  Typewritten transcriptions by Donald Allen of Frank O’Hara letters. Allen collected and transcribed the letters while preparing and editing “The Collected Poems of Frank O’Hara.”

John Wieners Papers: Born in 1934, near Boston, John Wieners studied at Black Mountain College from 1955-1956. An associate of the San Francisco and Beat Writers, he is an American poet and gay activist.

Haymarket People’s Fund Records:  an activist-controlled foundation committed to radical social change; the collection contains materials from the Greater Hartford Lesbian/Gay Task Force and other Connecticut-based LGBTQ organizations.