Gale Announces Advisory Board for New Archive on Human Sexuality and Identity

Launching in March, First Collection will Promote Discussion on Important and Timely Topics 

Farmington Hills, Mich., January 6, 2016 — Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, announced the advisory board for the Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity, a milestone digital program that will bring together primary source content on gender, sexuality and identity. The advisory board, which consists of leading scholars and librarians in sexuality and gender studies, will help select content for inclusion and inform the development of the archives. The first part of this three-part series – LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940 – will be available in March.

“Unmatched in its scope and scale, this first archive in a continuing program on gender, sexuality and identity, is one that researchers and students worldwide have been asking us for,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager for Gale. “Gale is working directly with leading scholars, librarians, and organizations in the field to help us develop this important resource and promote discussion and scholarship.”

Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity, Part 1: LGBTQ History and Culture since 1940 will bring together and make fully-searchable rare and unique content ­from microfilm, newsletters, organizational papers, government documents, manuscripts, pamphlets and other types of primary sources. It will support research and instruction in queer history and activism, psychology, sociology, health, political science, policy studies, human rights, gender studies and more.

The noted scholars and librarians on the advisory board currently include:

  • Jason Baumann, Coordinator of Collection Assessment, Humanities, and LGBT Collections, The New York Public Library
  • Julio Capo, Assistant Professor, Department of History and Commonwealth Honors College, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Richard Godbeer, Professor of History and Director, Humanities Research Center, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Jen Manion, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History Program in American Studies, Director of LGBTQ Center, Connecticut College
  • Donald W. McLeod, MLS, Head, Book and Serials Acquisitions, Collection Development Department, Canadiana Selector, Gender Studies Selector. Liaison, Sexual Diversity Studies, University of Toronto Libraries
  • Laure Murat, Professor, Department of French and Francophone Studies, Director of the Center for European and Russian Studies, UCLA

Part one of the archive will include nearly 2 million pages of content on social, political, health and legal issues impacting LGBTQ communities around the world, including the gay rights movement and the HIV/Aids crisis. Content is sourced from major gay and lesbian organizations worldwide, the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, GLBT Historical Society, New York Public Library, Lesbian Herstory Educational Foundation, Inc., and others.

For more information on the archive or to see a demo, visit the Gale booth (#1405) at the American Library Association Midwinter meeting in Boston, Jan. 8 -11. For questions please contact Kristina Massari at [email protected].

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