The archive illuminates the experiences not just of the LGBTQ community as a whole, but of individuals of different races, ethnicities, ages, religions, political orientations, and geographical locations that constitute this community. Historical records of political and social organizations founded by LGBTQ individuals are featured including Act Up, as well as publications by and for lesbians and gays, and extensive coverage of governmental responses to the AIDS crisis.
The archive also contains personal correspondence and interviews with numerous LGBTQ individuals. The archive 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. In addition, the archive encompasses extensive material related to feminism, women's rights, and women's concerns.
Documents span from 1940 to 2014, with the bulk from 1950 to 1990. You can learn more about the collection here.
You can access the Archive of Human Sexuality and Identity-Part 1: LGBTQ history and culture since 1940 here or go to the Databases tab on the Library homepage and search for "Archive of Human".