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Manuscripts and Archives (Repository) Sexuality Subject Guide  

Guide to resources in Manuscripts and Archives on sexuality and gender.
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John Boswell papers - Boswell, John, 1947-1994
Call Number: MS 1974
The papers primarily consist of correspondence, lectures, research notes, writings, biographical records, subject files, and memorabilia. The papers document Boswell's personal life, from childhood to adulthood, as well as his professional life as an openly gay professor of history at Yale and pioneering author of Christianity in the Middle Ages: Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1980) and Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe (New York: Villard Books, 1994).

Stephen Gendin papers - Gendin, Stephen, 1966-2000
Call Number: MS 1963
This collection comprises the papers of HIV/AIDS activist and writer, Stephen Gendin. The materials document both Gendin's activism as well as his personal and family life, and include correspondence; photographs; writings; address and appointment books; student papers; notes; audio and video recordings; and electronic files. Many of the organizations with which Gendin was affiliated are represented in the collection, including the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP); the AIDS Prevention Action League (APAL); Community Prescription Service (CPS); POZ Magazine ; and Sex Panic!.

John Glines papers - Glines, John
The papers primarily consist of correspondence, writings, theatrical production files, biographical and financial records, memorabilia (including awards and scrapbooks), photographs, photo albums, and audiovisual materials documenting Glines’s personal and professional life as a writer for stage and screen, actor, and producer of gay theater. The Glines, the oldest professional gay theater production company in the United States, founded in 1976 by John Glines, Barry Laine, and Jerry Tobin, is also documented.


What's Here


The Manuscripts and Archives Sexuality Subject Guide is an annotated list of personal papers and organization records in Manuscripts and Archives related to gender, sexuality, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender lives and culture. The guide, though not comprehensive, lists the most substantive sources. The guide is organized in rough chronological order.  Choose a particular time period or view a list of all the collections by choosing the appropriate tab above.  

Additional information about each collection is available in the catalog record in ORBIS, the Yale University Library online public catalog, and/or a finding aid. (Finding aids are more detailed than the annotations in this guide.  They provide context for the materials described as well as a contents list, usually to the box and folder level and sometimes to the item level.) Click on the highlighted titles to access the finding aid.

While the subject content of several of the collections described is exclusively or primarily sexuality and gender, the majority of the collections contain additional materials relevant to a broad spectrum of other research topics.  Additionally, many of our collections not listed in this guide may be relevant to research in gender and sexuality.

Information about additional sources on gender and sexuality in the Yale University Library is available in the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Subject Guide and Research Resources page of the Yale Research Initiative on the History of Sexualities site.


About Manuscripts and Archives (Repository)

Manuscripts and Archives is a major center for historical inquiry and also serves as the documentary memory of Yale University. All members of the Yale community as well as those outside the university are welcome to use the resources and services of the department.



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