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 Sites of General Interest: Resources

SexBiblio: Bibliography of the History of Western Sexuality, 1700-1945
A bibliographic data base containing about 16,600 titles of the non-belletristic primary and secondary literature of the history of sexuality in Europe and Northern America from 1700 to 1945. Also includes important titles in sexual history of antiquity and the middle ages, as well as contemporary times, and titles on non-Western societies.

The History of Rape : A Bibliography

The International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society (IASSCS)
to provide a forum for expanding and developing sexuality as a legitimate area of scholarship.

The Magnus Hirschfeld Gesellschaft, Berlin
and now has an
online exhibition about the Berlin Institute for Sexual Science, 1919-1933

The Freud Museum

Magnus Hirschfeld Archive at Humboldt University: formerly the Archive for Sexology, Berlin
In English and Spanish: includes a chronology of sex research, full text of Vern Bullough's Science in the Bedroom, papers on historical aspects of sexology, and many original historical documents about the German-Jewish pioneers of sexology. Also a freely available online course, other courses, two full-text sexological encyclopedias and a critical dictionary of sexology. Plus a world-wide directory of sexological institutions, organizations, resource centers, training programs, and scientific journals.

History of Love and Marriage
Historical Institute, Leiden University

Scissors and Paste Bibliographies
A site on authors and publishers (and library holdings) of erotic literature by Patrick J. Kearney, author of The Private Case (1981), on the erotica collection of the British Library

Center for Gender Studies
University of Chicago

Museum of Sex, New York.

Canadian Committee on the History of Sexuality:
variety of resources for teaching and research, CFP and publishing opportunities, information about annual article prize, and the online version of annual newsletter, how to join mail-list.

gender Inn, the Women's and Gender Studies Database on the Internet
A searchable database providing access to over 7,500 records pertaining to feminist theory, feminist literary criticism and gender studies focusing on English and American literature

Online with Project Gutenberg
Havelock Ellis, Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Vols 1-6
Sigmund Freud, Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex

International Otto Gross Society
'The Otto Gross phenomenon symbolizes the search for a better society, for the dissolution of repressive relationships between the sexes, for utopias in times that lack strong concepts and meaning.'

History of Circumcision

Critical issues in Sex and Sexuality project

Critical Sexology:
'a London-based, interdisciplinary seminar series for psychologists, psychoanalysts, medical doctors, literary and cultural studies scholars, philosophers, artists, lawyers and historians with a critical interest in the construction and management of gender and sexuality in the medical, discursive and cultural spheres'

Sites of General Interest: Research Centers

Strathclyde Centre in Gender Studies

Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

National Sexuality Research Center, San Francisco State University

AHRB Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality
A partnership between the Universities of Kent, Keele and Westminster.

Centre for Research into Gender in Culture and Society
University of Wales Swansea

Centre for the Study of Sexuality and Culture
University of Manchester

The Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men
at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY

Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies

Annual Summer Institute on Sexuality, Society and Culture
International School for Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam

Critical Issues in Sex and Sexuality

Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies (CIGS), University of Leeds

Annual National Sexuality Resource Center Summer Institute, San Francisco

Institute for Gender Studies
Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands

The Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, Toronto

Journals / Publishers

In several cases these links go to the home page of the publisher rather than directly to the page for the journal in question

'Mundane Sex' issue (Vol 3 no 1) of Journal of Mundane Behavior, 'a blind peer-reviewed scholarly and publicly-oriented journal devoted to the study of the "unmarked" -- those aspects of our everyday lives that typically go unnoticed by us, both as academics and as everyday individuals'

Journal of the History of Sexuality

Sexualities: studies in culture and society
founded in 1998, with a 'broad, interdisciplinary perspective'.

Journal of Family History

Continuity and Change
Population and demographic history

Culture, Health and Sexuality

Social History of Medicine
Articles, reviews, and information on source materials, including quite a bit on matters relating to sexual and reproductive health (birth control, abortion, STDs, etc) as well as questions of gender in health care.

Studies in Gender and Sexuality
'Growing out of the traditions of feminist scholarship, postclassical and postmodern psychoanalytic theory, developmental research, and cultural studies, Studies in Gender and Sexuality provides a forum for examining gender and sexuality that is both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary.'

Gender and History

The Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality
produced by the
Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, San Francisco

Sexuality Research and Social Policy: Journal of NSRC (online)

gender forum: an internet platform for gender and women's studies (online)

Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies
'a peer-reviewed, online journal committed to publishing insightful and innovative scholarship on gender studies and nineteenth-century British literature, art and culture'

Manchester University Press
Has a good history list with a strong interest in sex and gender issues, and published Franz Eder, Lesley Hall, and Gert Hekma's Sexual Cultures in Europe: National Histories and Themes in Sexuality [

Continuum International (formerly Cassell Academic)
Strong gender/gender studies list, good coverage of lesbian/gay issues.

Haworth Press
publishes Journal of Homosexuality, Journal of Lesbian Studies and Journal of Bisexuality as well as books in these areas, also journals and books on Human Sexuality, Marriage and the Family, Women and Feminist Studies (though mostly from a contemporary social science/social policy perspective)

The Gay Review
'Founded in 1990, TGR is a quarterly of essential homophilics'

Transformations: online journal of region, culture and society:
Issue No. 8 (July 2004) - Regions of Sexuality

Romanticism on the Net:
Issues 36-37 (November 2004-February 2005): Special Guest-Edited Issue 'Queer Romanticisms'.

InterAlia : new international electronic journal of queer studies published in Poland and peer-edited by scholars based in Poland, Germany, and the U.S.

Lesbian /Gay /Transgender / Queer

The Edward Carpenter Archive
includes online texts of My Days and Dreams, Intermediate Types Among Primitive Folk, The Intermediate Sex and Iolaus: an anthology of friendship, as well as biographical and bibliographic information, and material on his music (a neglected aspect of this poly-facetted figure)
and now includes Carpenter's unpublished biography of his partner,
George Merrill

The Hall-Carpenter Archives,
which now has a
Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive

ONE Institute and Archives: The International Gay and Lesbian Heritage/Research Center

Gay and Lesbian Studies at the University of Amsterdam

The Knitting Circle
Resources on lesbian and gay issues with special emphasis on higher education. Includes art, biography, film, government, history, law, literature, music, poetry, psychology, science, sociology, sports, and other related topics. Incorporates the
Rowse History Centre.
'an introduction to the stories and the people of modern gay history (1700-1973). The site is an ongoing project and most articles about gay male history from 1700-1900 have been completed.'

Essays on Gay History and Literature; The John Addington Symonds Pages
Two useful sites put up by Rictor Norton

E-Directory of GLBT Scholars
The E-Directory helps lesbigay and transgendered scholars connect regarding on-going manuscripts, conferences, and other scholarly projects. The full Directory is available to all who agree to be listed, and only to them. This is not a discussion list but rather, a resource list. The above link goes to its webpage.

Celebration 2000: Karl Heinrich Ulrichs
Early proponent of the view that homosexuality was neither sinful nor a crime.

The Lesbian and Gay Studies Project
of the Center for Gender Studies of the University of Chicago

Breaking the ice - lesbian and gay studies in Sweden
by Jens Rydstrom

The Androphile Site
The World History of Male Love

An Electronic Journal for the Exchange of Information on Current Research, Publications and Productions concerning Oscar Wilde and his Circle

The Oscar Wilde Literary Trust
Promotes 'knowledge, appreciation and study of Oscar Wilde's life, personality and works by holding occasional public events'

Giovanni Dall'Orto's website (in Italian) on gay history and culture
'the best online resources integrated with the best visual and textual resources in Queer Culture, Queer Theory, Queer Studies, Gender Studies and related fields'

The Old Dyke
A useful personal website on lesbians in history

Queer Studies in Poland

We Raise our Voices: Gay and Lesbian Pride and Politics in Boston
Online exhibition from the social justice collections at Northeastern University
'Outing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer American History'

Larry Kramer Initiative for Lesbian and Gay Studies at Yale
Current exhibition, 'The Pink and the Blue: Lesbian and Gay Life at Yale and in Connecticut, 1642-2004'

Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS), New York
'university-based research center in the United States dedicated to the study of historical, cultural, and political issues of vital concern to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and communities. Offers conferences and other public programming, awards fellowships.'

International Resource Network
'aims to link up researchers (from both academic and community bases) in areas related to diverse sexualities and genders.'

Transgender Law and Policy Institute
'dedicated to engaging in effective advocacy for transgender people in our society.'

Out in the Redwoods
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender History at the University of California, Santa Cruz, 1965-2003

Daniel Guérin (1904-1988)
'Writer, historian, revolutionary theorist and activist, anticolonialist, syndicalist activist, campaigner for gay rights'

Bibliography of GLBTQ literature 1800-2004 (Swedish site)

ACT-UP Oral History Project

International Institute of Social History
Research Projects 'Homosexuality in the Netherlands in the 20th century'
Queer studies events at King's College London

Proud Heritage
'Proud Heritage is the new national agency for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans history, heritage and lived experience. Our goal is to create a national museum at first online and then as a physical institution, reflecting the diverse experiences of LGBT people across the country and through time.

Demography, Reproduction, Birth Control, and Eugenics

World Population: A Guide to WWW by Richard Jensen
Links to do with demography, population, reproductive health, etc, mainly contemporary but some with historical relevance.

Global reproductive health forum
'aims to encourage the proliferation of critical, demographic discussions of reproductive health, rights and gender on the net'. Includes research library, discussion groups and forums. Predominantly contemporary in its coverage.

Eugenics Archive: Image Archive on the American Eugenics Movement
'can serve as a model for other online projects on the history and social interpretation of modern science - especially those involving the release of sensitive documents'. Impressive.

American Experience Online Presents The Pill

History of the Pregnancy Test

Planned Museum for Contraception and Abortion, Austria (site in German)

The Galton Institute, London


Family and Childhood

Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge
formerly the Child Care and Development Group

Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure

The Centre for Research on Family, Kinship and Childhood, Leeds
Established to forge interdisciplinary links with researchers and practitioners from a varied range of disciplines with a principal focus on family life structure, kinship patterns and the changing nature of childhood.

Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, University of Edinburgh

An e-mail list for exchange of ideas and resources among teachers and researchers of childhood and family history in Britain and Europe

H-Child: History of Childhood and Youth

Institute of Psychohistory
'Psychohistory, the science of historical motivation, combines the insights of psychotherapy with the research methodology of the social sciences to understand the emotional origin of the social and political behavior of groups and nations, past and present. The center of psychohistorical research around the globe is The Institute for Psychohistory, which is headquartered in New York City and has 18 branches in other countries.'

Archives of H-Psychohistory
moderated discussion list now defunct


Syphilis and Aids: lessons from history

Electronic Forums and E-Mail Lists

Gender-Related Electronic Forums
An extremely compendious, annotated and frequently updated site by Joan Korenman

SandS - Socialism and Sexuality Discussion List



Burston, Paul and Colin Richardson, eds. A Queer Romance: Lesbians, Gay Men and Popular Culture. New York: Routledge, 1995.


Good collection of essays on various ways that gays and lesbians have been represented in and have responded to popular culture.

Creekmur, Corey K, and Alexander Doty, eds. Out in Culture: Gay, Lesbian and Queer Essays on Popular Culture. Durham: Duke University Press, 1995.


Wide-ranging collection of analyses by academics, journalists, and artists examining representations of non-conforming sexuality in various genres, styles and forms of pop culture.

Doty, Alexander. Making Things Perfectly Queer: Interpreting Mass Culture. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1993.


Witty re-reading of popular figures from Jack Benny to Laverne and Shirley as having a “queer” subtext.

Gamson, Joshua. Freaks Talk Back: Tabloid Talk Shows and Sexual Nonconformity. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998.


The best book on the strange and wondrous phenomenon of Jerry Springer-style “tabloid” talk shows, and its ambiguous celebration/exploitation of sexual non-conformists.

Gaspar de Alba, Alicia. Chicano Art Inside/Outside the Master’s House: Cultural Politics and the CARA Exhibition. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1998.


Brilliant interpretation of a major Chicano art retrospective that raises key questions about the construction of high art vs. popular art among marginalized ethno-racialized groups, and issues of gender and sexuality in Chicano art and political movements.

Russo, Vito. The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies. New York: Harper and Row, 1981.


Classic study of the history of homosexual representation in Hollywood film.

Walters, Suzanna Danuta. All the Rage: The Story of Gay Visibility in America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001.


An excellent book looking not only at gay visibility in film but in all forms of media up to its publication in 2001. While this book focuses primarily on television, it does pick up where Russo (above) left off.