Try Archives of Sexuality and Gender until the 30th of April

The Library currently has a trial with Archives of Sexuality and Gender until the 30th of April. Follow the link and log in with your Kent IT Account details.

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The Archive of Sexuality and Gender provides a wealth of primary sources dating back to the sixteenth century for the historical study of sex, sexuality and gender. Explore how sexual norms have changed over time, the rise of sexology, changing gender roles and social movement and activism.

Available in three parts the archives covers:

LGBT History and Culture since 1940 Part I:  Including historical records of political and social organizations founded by LGBTQ.  The archive also contains personal correspondence and interviews with numerous LGBTQ individuals, among others as well as 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.

LGBT History and Culture since 1940 Part II: Provides coverage of the development, culture, and society of LGBTQ groups in the latter half of the twentieth century. It provides new perspectives on a diverse community and the wealth of resources available in the archive allow for creating connections amongst disparate materials.

Sex and Sexuality: Sixteenth to Twentieth Century: It is made up of more than 5,000 rare and unique books covering sex, sexuality, and gender issues across the sciences and humanities and throughout history. This archives examines topics such as patterns of fertility and sexual practice; prostitution; religion and sexuality; the medical and legal construction of sexualities; and the rise of sexology. It not only offers a reflection of the cultural and social attitudes of the past, but also a window into how sexuality and gender roles were viewed and changed over time.


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6 responses to “Try Archives of Sexuality and Gender until the 30th of April

  1. I opened the Sex and Sexuality archive bit of this with interest and high hopes, but have to agree with Ambrogio that I was a bit disappointed by the format and content – seems a bit lazy, hard to navigate, and very eclectic in scope. Depending on how much resource is being proposed, I think we’d need to know a bit more about how researchers(/students?) might be supported to use it, and what features in here are unavailable through careful searches in other digital domains. For example, what works can’t be found in Early English Books or Eighteenth Century Collections etc.

    1. Thanks for your feedback, this is really useful. We will take into account all the feedback that we have received when evaluating whether this is a valuable addition to our collection.

  2. I agree that the resource would be potentially useful but it doesn’t seem to work very well and does not deliver what it promises. Many of the images and books are available on alternative websites. I’m not sure the university should pay for something that is neither unique nor particularly well structured. Also despite the name there is hardly anything on pre-20th century period… only three collections of dubious value pre-1900. I wish that the bibliotheque de l’enfer or the Bastille collection of documents would be digitised this would represent a major resource.

    1. Thank you for your feedback on this resource – this will be taken into account when making a decision whether to purchase.

  3. Although this is not directly one of my research areas, I can strongly see the need for this resource, especially for any researcher (student or staff) who is working in the areas of gender and sexuality. I think the resource has strong interdisciplinary potential since it would provide primary material useful for researchers working in history, literature, sociology, law, politics, human geography and cultural/media studies.

    1. Thank you for your feedback on this resource – this will be taken into account when making a decision whether to purchase.

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