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Eresource update: Archives of Sexuality & Gender

Banner of the 'Archives of Sexuality & Gender' eresource


With material drawn from hundreds of institutions and organizations, including both major international activist organisations and local, grassroots groups, the documents in the Archives of Sexuality & Gender: LGBTQ History and Culture since 1940 present important aspects of LGBTQ life in the second half of the twentieth century and beyond.

Are you looking for:

  • An interview with Quintin Crisp when he toured his one-man show in Sydney in July 1978?
  • A full colour poster announcing the Mardi Gras costume ball in Toronto, 26 March 1983?
  • A hand-written letter from Vera Jack Holme to her darling Curlington, dated 13 July 1934?

The Archives of Sexuality & Gender database contains over 2 million documents that are about, or created by, the LGBTQ community. It includes government reports, newsletters from activist organisations, photographs, posters, personal papers and many newspaper clippings.

There is some Australian material, but it mainly contains US, UK and Canadian documents.


You can access eresources in the Library, either by using a Library computer or with your own device connected to the Library’s free wi-fi.

This eresource is also available outside of the Library, however you must be a New South Wales resident and have a current Library card.