Reading and Viewing List

(Compiled by Jackie Stacey, Sabine Sharp and Janelle Hixon)

Suggested Reading:

  • Anim-Adoo, Joan (2008) Imoinda: Or She Who Will Lose Her Name: A Play for Twelve Voices in Three Acts, Mango Publishing.  
  • Arondekar, Anjali (2009) For the Record: On Sexuality and the Colonial Archive in India, Duke University Press.
  • Bauer, Heike (2017) The Hirschfeld Archives: Violence, Death, and Modern Queer Culture, Temple University Press.
  • Clarke, Danielle (2004) ‘Finding the Subject: Queering the Archive’, Feminist Theory 5, 1: 79-83.
  • Cvetkovich, Ann (2003) An Archive of Feeling: Trauma, Sexuality and Lesbian Public Cultures, Duke University Press.
  • Derrida, Jacques (1998 [1995]) Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression, The University of  Chicago Press.
  • Farge, Arlette (1989; trans. 2013) The Allure of the Archive, Yale University Press. 
  • Hartmann, Saidiya (2019) Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous  Black Girls, Troublesome Women and Queer Radicals, Serpent’s Tail.
  • Hemmings, Clare  Considering Emma Goldman: Feminist Political Ambivalence and the  Imaginative Archive (2018) Duke University Press.
  • Imma, Z’étoile (2017) ‘Black, Queer, and Precarious Visibilities: Simon Nkoli’s Activist Image in South Africa’s Exit Newspaper’, Callaloo 40, 3: 61-74.
  • Kumbier, Alana (2014) Ephemeral Material: Queering the Archive, Litwin Books
  • Robinson, Franklin A. (2014) ‘Queering the Archive’ QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking 1, 2: 195-199. 
  • Rosenberg, Jordy (2018) Confessions of the Fox, Penguin, Random House.
  • Singh, Julietta (2018) No Archive Will Restore You, Punctum Books.
  • Steedman, Carolyn (2001) Dust, Manchester University Press.
  • Stoler, Ann Laura (2009)Along the Archival Grain: Epistemic Anxieties and Colonial Common  Sense, Princeton University Press.
  • Zepeda, Lizeth (2018) “Queering the Archive: Transforming the Archival Process’ disClosure: A  Journal of Social Theory 27: 94-102.

Special Journal Issues:

  • Radical History Review (2014) Issue 20, Queering Archives: Historical Unravelings. 
  • TSQ: Trangender Studies Quarterly (2015) 4, 2, Archives and Archiving. 
  • The Public Historian (2019) 41, 2, Commemorating Queer History.

Suggested Viewing

  • Homecoming: A Short Film about Ajamu (1995, Topher Campbell) featuring not only Ajamu but also Stuart Hall, Kobena Mercer and Sonya Boyce; free to watch on BFI player.
  • The Achivettes (2018, Megan Rossman) A documentary about the Lesbian Herstory Archive in NYC, founded in 1970.
  • Out on Tuesday (Channel 4) 1990 Episode 10 on ‘Outing’ (introduced by Simon Fanshawe and  roundtable discussion with Linda Bellos, Fioan Cooper, John Gill, Michelangelo Signiorile, Chris Smith MP, Jackie Stacey, Lois Weaver)
  • Rebel Dykes Documentary (forthcoming). Trailer can be viewed here
  • Sisterhood and After. A project by the British Library. Watch and listen to a series of interviews of feminists working at the forefront of the Women’s Liberation Movement in the 1970s and 1980s.
  • The Watermelon Woman (1996, dir. by Cheryl Dunye) – available on Kanopy (free with institutional access).
  • Screaming Queens (2005, Victor Silverman and Susan Stryker). Documentary about the 1966 Compton’s Cafeteria Riot, with interviews from transgender and transsexual rights activists and allies and scenes from the Gay and Lesbian Historical Society. available free to watch on YouTube

Suggested Listening

  • A Walk in the Park” Whitworth Art Gallery Podcast Series, Episode 2 explores the gallery’s ‘Queering the Whitworth” project led by Dominic Bilton.  ‘Queering the Whitworth’ started as an online project, via social media, in the summer of 2018.  The project examined works of art from the Whitworth’s Collection that have an LGBTQ+ connection.  The Whitworth’s collection spans centuries and is prime placed to tell the history of the LGBTQ+ community through history.
  • Making Gay History: LGBTQ Oral Histories from the Archive Podcast
  • One From the Vaults. A trans history podcast by Morgan M. Page.

Online resources

You may also find the following list of queer archives compiled by the University of Warwick, Dept of History useful. The original listing can be accessed here

LGBT Magazine Archive

This collection provides access to the archives of 26 of the most influential, longest-running serial publications covering LGBT interests. Includes the pre-eminent US and UK titles – The Advocate and Gay Times, respectively. Chronicles more than sex decades of the history and culture of the LGBT community.

Archives of Sexuality & Gender

The largest collection available in support of the study of gender and sexuality, enables scholars to make new connections in LGBTQ history and activism, cultural studies, psychology, health, political science, policy studies, and other related areas of research.

Glasgow Women’s Library – The Lesbian Archive

Glasgow Women’s Library is home to one of the most significant LGBT Historical collections in the UK. With material spanning from the 1920s to the present day, the collection holds some really significant archives and artefacts of UK and International LGBT History.

rukus! Black Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Cultural Archive

Launched by rukus! Federation Limited in 2005 and deposited with London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) in 2010, the archive documents the Black LGBT community’s contribution and ‘lived experience’ in London, the UK and internationally. Cataloguing was achieved through a three-year volunteer project hosted at LMA 2011-2014.

LGBT Archive UK

Formerly the LGBT UK History Project founded June 2011. Collaborative venture to produce a comprehensive archive of LGBT people, places, events, and organisations in the UK from the earliest times to the present day. Organised along similar lines to Wikipedia.

The National Archives – Sexuality and Gender Identity History

This guide will help you find records relating to sexuality and gender identity history.

Homosexuality in Eighteenth-Century England – A Sourcebook Compiled by Rictor Norton

Resource for homosexuality in eighteenth-century England.

Old Bailey Online – Guide

For the eighteenth century, the Proceedings provide vibrant and detailed evidence of the sophisticated worlds and subcultures of London’s homosexual communities. Until the 1780s trials for sodomy provide extensive accounts of the otherwise hidden world of molly houses and homosexual prostitution. In the last decade of the eighteenth century, and throughout the nineteenth century, however, the details of these trials are censored, and the Proceedings give only the barest facts of each case. From this period onwards, the best details of behaviour and attitudes within the Gay community can be found in trials for blackmail, and in the incidental accounts that emerge in trials for other crimes.

London School of Economics – LGBT Collections

This collection contains primary source material mainly relating to gay and lesbian rights. The collection is particularly strong for campaigning from the late 1950s to the 1990s. LSE Library’s main LGBT collection is called the Hall-Carpenter Archives in honour of Radclyffe Hall and Edward Carpenter, although there is no material relating to these two people in this archive.

Bishopsgate Institute – UK Leather Archive

Seeks to document and celebrate the history and heritage of the Gay/Bi leather, rubber and fetish communities in the UK, and to provide access to the archive to researchers, students and the general public for education and research.

London Metropolitan Archives – LGBT Community Archives

This guide explores collections relevant to the research of LGBT history from 17th century to the present day.

Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony

The Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony was founded in 2010. We digitize and make available online oral histories and testimony of same-sex and same-gender attracted women, inclusive of Two Spirit, queer, bisexual, and lesbian women, transmen, and others.

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