Human Sexuality Collection, Cornell University Library Rare and Manuscript Collections



Cornell University


The Human Sexuality Collection's mission is to build and promote the use of an extensive collection of primary sources on social and political aspects of sexuality. We document LGBT politics and lives and the politics of pornography on a national level. Our collecting is guided by an interest in how definitions of sexual identity shift over time and the way in which personal choices and public discourse about sexuality evolve. We pay particular attention to under-documented people and issues, in the interests of making the historical record more complete, and we welcome input from activists and researchers about issues that need to be documented. Books date mostly from the mid-1800s on; manuscripts and periodicals date mostly from the 1950s on; and audio-visual materials date mostly from the 1970s on.

peer reviewed

Audrey J. Li



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