Library Adds Largest Digital Archive of LGBTQ History and Culture

For Immediate Release: June 21, 2017 Media Contact: Katherine Jardine (415) 557-4295;  Library Adds Largest Digital Archive of LGBTQ History and Culture First Collection of the Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity Now Available San Francisco, CA – Just in time for Pride month, the San Francisco Public Library has added the first part of Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity, a milestone digital program, bringing together the largest collection of primary source content on gender, sexuality and identity. The archives meet a growing interest for content to support research in these disciplines. “We are thrilled to offer access to this important and highly-relevant archive to our library patrons, particularly the rare document collections of Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin - San Francisco residents and pioneers of the feminist and gay-rights movements,” said Daniel Matsumoto, eResources librarian. “It's a wonderful and timely addition to our LGBTQIA collections.” Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin were a San Francisco lesbian couple who pioneered the modern gay rights and feminist movements. In 2004, they were the first same-sex couple to be married at San Francisco City Hall. When California legalized same-sex marriage in 2008, the couple was first to marry again at City Hall. Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity, Part I: LGBTQ History and Culture since 1940 brings together approximately 1.5 million pages of fully-searchable rare and unique content from microfilm, newsletters, organizational papers, government documents, manuscripts, pamphlets and other types of primary sources. Content is sourced from major gay and lesbian organizations worldwide – the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, GLBT Historical Society and others, and covers social, political, health and legal issues impacting LGBTQ communities around the world, including the gay rights movement and the HIV/Aids crisis. Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity supports research and instruction in queer history and activism, psychology, sociology, health, political science, policy studies, human rights, gender studies and more. Parts Two and Three are currently in the planning stages. Patrons can find the database on SFPL’s Articles & Databases landing page, using the search term “Archives of Sexuality & Gender,” or by using the direct link. The San Francisco Public Library also offers free access to LGBT Life (EBSCO), Ancestry, and historical editions of the San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times, and Los Angeles Times. Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity is a Gale Primary Sources program.  Gale is a leading provider of library resources and part of Cengage Learning. Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, technology, and services company for the higher education and K-12, professional and library markets worldwide. For more information, visit or
June 21, 2017