RESEARCHING LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, & QUEER (LGBTQ) HISTORY
Each year Undergraduate students in the History Faculty produce their own research projects – the Final History thesis – on LGBTQ histories. The range of possible topics is limited only by the imagination and the available source bases. National collections of LGBTQ archival material, Women’s History material, and Transgender materials, can be accessed, often through London-based institutions but also regional ones. LGBTQ organisations and notable people appear in local archival collections (County archives, university collections) as well as national ones. For those with foreign languages, international collections offer another avenue to explore, with significant European collections in Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris and elsewhere. North American collections are often well resourced and some are digitised.
RESOURCES IN THE UK
An excellent guide to the dimensions of LGBT history that are possible to explore in the collections of the British state, especially useful for criminality, state regulation, bodies like the Wolfenden Comittee on Homosexual Offences and Prostitution.
London School of Economics. Records of LGBT movement, voices, activists, pioneers. National and local organizations, campaigns, publications. International resources too.
LESBIAN AND GAY NEWSMEDIA ARCHIVE:
Bishopsgate Institute, City of London. Houses over 200,000 cuttings taken from the non-gay press on all LGBT matters since the late Nineteenth Century, badges, t-shirts, reference library.
GLASGOW WOMEN’S LIBRARY
HOUSES – LESBIAN ARCHIVE, estd in London 1984; transferred to GWL, 1995. Numerous Lesbian publications, pulp fiction, personal papers.
GAY’S THE WORD BOOKSHOP:
66 Marchmont St, London WC1N 1AB
HOMODOK IHLIA NETHERLANDS, AMSTERDAM
Europe’s largest collection of LGBT archives.
ARCHIVES RECHERCHES CULTURES LESBIENNES, PARIS:
Papers, journals, photos and archival fonds of the lesbian movements in France since the 1970s.
ARCHIVES HOMOS, PARIS:
Holdings for the gay and lesbian movement in France.
See also: CENTRE D’ARCHIVES ET DOCUMENTATION LGBT EN FRANCE:
For collections in Paris, Marseilles and elsewhere.
CANADIAN LESBIAN & GAY ARCHIVES, TORONTO
The largest national collection in Canada.
TRANSGENDER ARCHIVES, VICTORIA, BC, CANADA:
ARCHIVES OF LESBIAN ORAL TESTIMONY (ONLINE):
ONE ARCHIVES, LOS ANGELES
LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER ARCHIVES, NEW YORK CITY
LGBT AT THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY, NEW YORK CITY
E. Crawford, Women’s suffrage movement: a reference guide 1866-1928 (1999/2006) [available via SOLO].
B. Kanner, Women in context: two hundred years of British women autobiographers, a reference guide and reader (1997).
B. Kanner, Women in English social history, 1800-1914: a guide to research (3 vols, 1987-1990).
Offen, Hellerstein & Hume (eds), Victorian women : a documentary account of women’s lives in 19thC England, France and the United States (1981) [document collection with useful introductory sections].
P. Gordon, D. Doughan, Women, clubs and associations in Britain (2006).
P. Gordon, D. Doughan, Dictionary of British Women’s Organisations, 1825-1960 (2001).
David Doughan ‘Periodicals By, For and About Women in Britain’, Women’s Studies International Forum, Vol. 10, No.3 (1987).
A. Bourke, et al (eds.), The Field Day Anthology of Irish Women’s Writing and Traditions, 2 volumes (2001).
In the First Person: an index to letters, diaries, oral histories and personal narratives http://www.inthefirstperson.com/firp/index.shtml
Old Bailey Online: http://www.oldbaileyonline.org
British and Irish Women’s Letters and Diaries 1500-1950: http://solomon.bwld.alexanderstreet.com
Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000: http://asp6new.alexanderstreet.com/wam2/wam2.index.map.aspx [via Oxlip]
North American Women’s Letters and Diaries to 1950: http://solomon.nwld.alexanderstreet.com
Defining Gender, 1450-1910: http://www.gender.amdigital.co.uk/index.aspx
Yalom, Marilyn, ‘Women’s autobiography in French, 1793-1939: a selective bibliography’, French Literature Series, 12 (1985), 197-205.
Gerritsen Collection – printed materials on women: http://gerritsen.chadwyck.com/home.do
John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera – handbills, prospectuses, all manner of printed material, some of which relates to women: http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/johnson
Bodleian – Opie Collection of Children’s Literature: http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/bodley/finding-resources/special/catalogues/opie_collection_of_childrens_literature
Women’s work in the USA 1800-1930: http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/ww/
JSTOR Ireland Collection: http://www.jstor.org/action/showJournals?browseType=collectionInfoPage&selectCollection=ireland
Public Record Office of Northern Ireland: Guide to Sources for Women’s History: http://www.proni.gov.uk/guide_to_sources_for_womens_history_-_may_2013.pdf
National Archives of Ireland: http://www.nationalarchives.ie/research/research-guides-and-articles/guide-to-sources-on-womens-history/
Irish Times, 1859-2012: http://search.proquest.com/hnpirishtimes/index?accountid=13042
Irish Newspaper Archive: http://archive.irishnewsarchive.com/Olive/APA/INA.Edu/Default.aspx
Irish Bureau of Military History – Women’s Witness Statements: http://www.bureauofmilitaryhistory.ie/
Irish Military Archives – Military Service Pensions collection: http://www.militaryarchives.ie/collections/online-collections/military-service-pensions-collection