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Gender and Sexuality Studies

Welcome to the Gender and Sexuality Studies Guide - giving you information on library resources and services relating to gender and queer studies.

News, Film and Visual Media

The Queer Britain collection, accessible for free via the BFI Player, explores screen representations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lives over the past century.

Use these databases to search for and view documentaries, interviews, films, and other moving pictures:

Queer Studies Databases

The LGBT Magazine Archive accessible via ProQuest

The following databases provide access to a wide range of historical documents relevant to learning, teaching and research in queer history e.g. government documents, newspapers, pamphlets, legal documents, personal papers and other primary sources.

Online Resources for Queer Studies

School of Scottish Studies Archives: LGBTQ+ Research Guide

The School of Scottish Studies Archives and Library have recently created a Research Guide to LGBTQ+ literature in their collection. You can download this resource from the attachment below. For more information about the SSSA and it's collections, please visit their webpages: 

School of Scottish Studies Archives & Library

You can also find out more about LGBTQ+ resources in the Centre for Research Collections using the information found on their web pages:

LGBTQ+ Sources at the CRC


Reference works for Queer Studies

Queering the Archive

The School of Scottish Studies Archives team are working on an initiative entitled 'Queering the Archive'

From their inaugural blog post on the topic: 

This initiative aims to increase representation of LGBT+ records within our collections. Progress Pride flag: A rainbow flag of six coloured bars run horizontally across the image (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple) and to the left of the image a chevron or right-pointing striped arrow made up of the colours white, pink, light blue, brown and black direct across the rainbow section.

Queering the Archive will hope to investigate the gaps in our collections and cataloging to improve LGBT+ representation with aims for further development and active archiving in the future. The initiative is a part of our 70th Anniversary plans and will be included in a series of events over the rest of the year. The initiative will allow us to go forward in improving marginalised and underrepresented voices and material. 

The blog posts published thus far contain a range of resources from the archive and discussions regarding the representation of LGBT+ people in the Galleries, Museums, Archives and Libraries (GLAM) sector, and contain many references to further material. You can find much more information about this work on the SSSA blog under the Queering the Archive tag, or contact information for the Archives team can be found on the School of Scottish Studies web pages. Alternatively, staff and students may request access to the Queering the Archive sharepoint site (UoE login required). 

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