Human Sexuality Collection

Human Sexuality Collection Support Cornell Library's work to protect and provide a better historical record of sexuality. Discover collections, travel grant opportunities, & more. To see & use items: [email protected] To offer items: Curator Brenda Marston, [email protected]
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There’s no way to say everything or show everything. Here are a few photos of my mother, Gwendolyn Joy Marston (née Mill...
04/17/2020

There’s no way to say everything or show everything. Here are a few photos of my mother, Gwendolyn Joy Marston (née Miller), who died one whole year ago.

It goes without saying that I love her very much and am so grateful for all we shared and lived through together.

Me coming out was not our easiest time, but we had the time to get through it and learn to know each other as adults.

Yes, those are her hands on the sides of my brother’s head. Photobombing was not beneath her.
❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️💜

Love and gratitude to all her friends and empathetic medical people who helped us through what would be her last year.

And that’s her sister Amber Joy, my dear Auntie Am.
Though different in many ways, cut from the same cloth. My 2 pillars. Standing on my own now.

Following the last post about my 2017 trip to the Mercer Museum with my mom, three years earlier, she travelled to Ithac...
04/17/2020

Following the last post about my 2017 trip to the Mercer Museum with my mom, three years earlier, she travelled to Ithaca to see my Speaking of Sex exhibition marking the 25th anniversary of the #humansexualitycollection at @cornell_library.

Here she is on May 16, 2014, with The Nation magazine in her Coach bag, wearing the Merrells I gave her 15 years earlier, trying to figure out why I loved the Loneliness case featuring Radclyffe Hall and the Five Lesbian Brothers.

Her memory is indeed a blessing.
Gwendolyn Joy Marston, the #liberatedquiltmaker, lived a full and beautiful life. It ended at her home on Beaver Island, MI, a year ago today. April 17, 2019. Love you, mom.

A personal post from the curator behind the Cornell Human Sexuality Collection posts.A year ago today, my beloved mother...
04/17/2020

A personal post from the curator behind the Cornell Human Sexuality Collection posts.

A year ago today, my beloved mother Gwendolyn Joy Marston (née Miller) died.

I didn’t know what I would do today, but when I woke up, I knew part of it. I am sharing a few photos from the last official lecture of her career. The Mercer Museum in Pennsylvania brought her to give the opening lecture to the traveling exhibition of Mary Schafer’s quilts from MSU.

Mary was my mom’s primary mentor in the art that was the passion of her life. My mom wrote an award-winning biography of Mary and arranged for her quilts to be preserved at the @msumuseum who created a stunning traveling exhibit with them.

I traveled with her to this event, and we both had a fabulous time on the drive, overnight in the hotel, exploring the empty museum before it opened, and then through the exhibition opening.

I loved seeing her talk, in her prime, comfortable and generous with the audience, personal and insightful about Mary’s life and importance. She followed in her father’s footsteps in public speaking with her focus on connecting with and giving something to the people in the audience.

I edited mom’s books Liberated Quiltmaking I and II. I didn’t become a quilter, but I know all about it. Ask “what pattern is this?” and I’ll be the first one with my hand up.

You can see how much fun she had at the event and agreeing to pose with Mr. Mercer. You can see how much fun I had getting to fulfill my fantasy of being a museum docent. They agreed to let me wear a docent vest and direct people.

Thank you, Mercer Museum! @mercerandfonthill

#liberatedquiltmaking #liberatedquilter
#liberatedmom

Thanks for reading,

Brenda Marston, the daughter of the #liberatedquiltmaker @ Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle

Lesbian and Gay Caucus at the 1976 Democratic National ConventionSite: New York, New York, United StatesID Number:  7301...
04/14/2020

Lesbian and Gay Caucus at the 1976 Democratic National Convention

Site: New York, New York, United States
ID Number: 7301.184.33_01

Go online to our digital collections and see many photos of life before physical distancing.
#crowds #politicalconvention #lesbianandgaycaucus #democraticparty #nativeamericanlesbian
#humansexualitycollection #cornelldigitalcollections #CornellRAD #archivesofinstagram
📷 @thetaskforce

Rest in Peace and in Power, Phyllis Lyon. She died of natural causes at her home in San Francisco on April 9, 2020, at t...
04/10/2020

Rest in Peace and in Power, Phyllis Lyon. She died of natural causes at her home in San Francisco on April 9, 2020, at the age of 95.

As a tribute, I share 2 snapshots from a 1968 article by Helen Sanders in The Ladder, a journal edited by Phyllis Lyon from its beginning in 1956 through 1963.

Sanders refers to Lyon and her longtime partner and wife Del Martin as the “most outstanding ‘pair’... Del and Phyl (or Phyl and Del.)”

“Phyllis Lyon originated THE LADDER as a small mimeographed 8-sheet and nurtured it to a point where others might take on the task and reap the glory. Phyl took her broad experience in true journalist and scaled it down to the work at hand and made do with what was available, yet never did she falter in principle. It was several years of her effort that has made today’s LADDER possible.”

Sanders concludes “If medals are to be struck, they should probably be made for Phyllis Lyon...”

By 1968 she had made her mark, and she didn’t stop there. Read all the obituaries that will be coming out to chronicle her remarkable life of fearless activism and love.

Thank you, Phyl. And Del.

#phyllislyon

Sanders, Helen. "What Price Two-Ness?" The Ladder, vol. 12, no. 11-12, Sept. 1968, p. 15+. Archives of Sexuality and Gender, Gale.

THANK YOU! To the medical professionals on 2 busses heading from Ithaca to New York City this morning.Banner by Ann Mors...
04/08/2020

THANK YOU! To the medical professionals on 2 busses heading from Ithaca to New York City this morning.

Banner by Ann Morse

My Cornell Big Red hockey jersey is keeping me going.
#LGR @cornellwhockey @cornellmenshockey

#inthistogether #nursesareheroes #doctorsareheroes
#covi̇d19

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#Shoutout to fantastic photographer JEB (Joan E. Biren) Her papers are at the Sophia Smith Collection of Women’s History...
04/08/2020

#Shoutout to fantastic photographer JEB (Joan E. Biren)

Her papers are at the Sophia Smith Collection of Women’s History @smithlibraries

On instagram, she shares her powerful work. I recommend following @jebmedia

#repost by #humansexualitycollection
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In 1987, I photographed Sandra Lambert (@sandragaillambert) as she worked at Charis Books and More in Atlanta, Georgia. Sandra is the author of “A Certain Loneliness: A Memoir” that addresses disability, queerness, and female desire with frankness and humor. Maybe you would like to order it online from Charis (@charisbooksandmore), an independent feminist bookstore since 1974. Like all small businesses, they want to support the staff now and hang on until they can re-open their brick and mortar location. #lesbianphotographer #queerphotography #queerculture #queerhistory #lgbthistory #gayhistory #lesbianart #lgbtlove #dyke #feminist #1980s #sandragaillambert #charisbooksandmore #feministbookstore

UPDATE: Typically Zwicker grants have supported travel expenses. We still welcome such applications and look forward to ...
04/07/2020
Phil Zwickler Memorial Research Grants – Rare and Manuscript Collections

UPDATE: Typically Zwicker grants have supported travel expenses. We still welcome such applications and look forward to the day we can re-open our reading room and welcome visitors. This year, we also invite Cornell scholars to apply for a Zwickler grant to digitize part of our collection for use in your research and teaching.

We extended the application deadline to June 1. Any researcher with a project that can be augmented by research with the Human Sexuality Collection and related sources is eligible to apply. Preference is given to projects that have a high probability of publication or other public dissemination. We invite applications from playwrights and other artists.
https://rare.library.cornell.edu/phil-zwickler-memorial-research-grants/
Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies History Department at Cornell University

Phil Zwickler Memorial Research Grants PLEASE NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 disruptions, this year we have extended the application period to Monday, June 1.Since 2002, Cornell University Library has been able to offer select scholars financial assistance for expenses incurred when they come to conduct....

#shoutout to The AIDS Memorial for all the profound, beautiful, and important stories you share. I look forward to readi...
04/04/2020

#shoutout to The AIDS Memorial for all the profound, beautiful, and important stories you share. I look forward to reading each one.

This is one that ties lessons learned from the AIDS crisis to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I hope when this is over your fear tolerance increases. It’s going to take courage and dedication to change those things about us that need changing so we never end up so unprepared again. Bring the sword, the one you forge now during this pandemic; let it cut down anything that gets between you and what you’re scared of most. Let it come down and slaughter fear and ignorance until there’s nothing left between you and your neighbor but compassion, equanimity, love and grace.” By Matt Ebert

#Repost
Go to the original to read the whole text.
#historyofsexuality #whatisrememberedlives
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— “This photo is from 1995 when I was told I had only a few years to live. I’d just found out I was positive. There was no cure. One year later, combination therapy broke through, so many lives were saved. I tell you this to remind you to stay courageous, don’t give up or give in to panic and fear. I remember 1995 so well and the terror of illness.
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Maybe COVID19 is coming for me now but I’m impervious to that same fear. Once, fear burned so hot in my blood, it boiled out and left in me a sword so mighty, I wouldn’t fear death. This isn’t to say I want to die or lost the ability to protect myself, I’m just grateful for the life I got. I knew its worth because so many had died.
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I hope when this is over your fear tolerance increases. It’s going to take courage and dedication to change those things about us that need changing so we never end up so unprepared again. Bring the sword, the one you forge now during this pandemic; let it cut down anything that gets between you and what you’re scared of most. Let it come down and slaughter fear and ignorance until there’s nothing left between you and your neighbor but compassion, equanimity, love and grace.
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There’s nothing different about any of us....
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May the souls of all the dearly departed friends and lovers lost to AIDS be the Army of spirits to rally our senses and give us love, valor and compassion for our pain.

04/03/2020

Trying out a video message to Cornell students. @cornelluniversity students, can you hear me?
Sincerely,
One of your librarians.

Curator of the #humansexualitycollection @cornell_library #CornellRAD #onlinelearning

Q: What’s available when our vaults are closed? A: Our digital collections!For instance, here’s Minouche, one of the sta...
04/01/2020

Q: What’s available when our vaults are closed?
A: Our digital collections!

For instance, here’s Minouche, one of the stars of Madame Arthur, a leading female-impersonation cabaret of Paris in the 1950s–1960s.

In this 1955 studio shot, Minouche, who was white, impersonates a black performer in the style of Eartha Kitt.

Photographer: Paul Koruna.

14 x 9 centimeter postcard, gelatin silver, no inscription on verso.

You can find this and 441 other postcards with images of female and male impersonators and cross-dressing in the first half of the 20th century in Cornell University Library’s Digital Collections.
https://digital.library.cornell.edu/collections/impersonator-postcards

#musichall #frenchmusichall #femaleimpersonator #earthakitt
#studiophotography #20thcentury #France

Cornell University Library #CornellRAD #CornellRADonline #ArchivesUnVaulted

Cornell students, faculty & staff: while all Cornell University Library buildings remain closed due to COVID-19 mitigati...
03/31/2020
COVID-19 Library Service Updates for Spring 2020 | Cornell University Library

Cornell students, faculty & staff: while all Cornell University Library buildings remain closed due to COVID-19 mitigation, chances of finding an e-book version of the title you're looking for have vastly improved. We will start providing online access to about half of our print collections through our membership in HathiTrust. This access is possible as long as the current public health crisis keeps our physical facilities closed. Within a few days, all of the links will be active. Access e-books through the library catalog.

An additional 6.7 million full-text books can be explored at HathiTrust Digital Library.

Keep checking the webpage below for updates in our services.

We are committed to providing excellent remote services during the current public health crisis. Tell us how we can help you and feel free to Ask a Librarian! Online collections To access our extensive online collections start at https://library.cornell.edu, or, if you are used to going to your favo...

RIP Tomie dePaola, children’s author and brave sissy like his character Oliver Button. September 15, 1934 - March 30, 20...
03/31/2020

RIP Tomie dePaola, children’s author and brave sissy like his character Oliver Button. September 15, 1934 - March 30, 2020.

Image: a page from Oliver Button is a Sissy.

Summary: His classmates' taunts don't stop Oliver Button from doing what he likes best.

Orlando : Harcourt, 1979.
Human Sexuality PZ7.D439 O45 1979

"Human Sexuality Collection Young Adult and Children's Books."

Image 2: section from “Oliver Button is a Sissy: A Sweet Vintage Celebration of Difference and the Courage to Withstand Stereotypes,” by Maria Popova. Brain Pickings.
https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/08/07/oliver-button-is-a-sissy-tomie-depaola/ .

Image 3: My home copy of The knight and the dragon, one of my favorite books I shared with my children.

Summary: A knight who has never fought a dragon and an equally inexperienced dragon prepare to meet each other in battle.

New York : Putnam, 1991.
Also in #rarecornell
PZ7.D439 K6 1991 +

#tomiedepaola #oliverbutton #knightsanddragonsgetalong #humansexualitycollection @cornell_library #RADcornell #childrensbooks #genderroles @ Cornell University Library

While we are closed as part of efforts to stop the coronavirus, you can view online descriptions of our collections and ...
03/30/2020

While we are closed as part of efforts to stop the coronavirus, you can view online descriptions of our collections and plan your future research. The Health at Every Size records will open for research as soon as our doors re-open. Consider incorporating them into your application for a Zwickler Memorial Research Grant (deadline moved to June 1).

Shown here: the front cover of DIMENSIONS, November 1989.
Human Sexuality BX1795.H66 D58

And a golden scale with the message “Worth your weight in gold” covering the numbers.

Dr. Barbara Bruno, Cornell B.A.'68 in English, helped form Health at Every Size (HAES) after many years of size acceptance activism, mental health counseling, teaching, and writing. She continues to teach, speak, consult, and write as a HAES advocate. She is on the Advisory Board of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA) and former education co-chair for the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH).

The Health at Every Size (HAES) approach has been proposed to address weight bias and stigma in individuals living with obesity. It is also a movement working to promote size-acceptance, to end weight discrimination, and to lessen the cultural obsession with weight loss and thinness.

Thank you to Eileen Keeting for working to acquire the collection and to Ben Wrubel for processing it!
https://rmc.library.cornell.edu/EAD/htmldocs/RMM08748.html
@Cornell_Library

03/26/2020

The 2020 cycle of the
Phil Zwickler Memorial Research Grants
is still
ON.

#tipoftheday There are multiple ways to watch this “shocking true story of love so strong it sparked a revolution” made ...
03/25/2020

#tipoftheday There are multiple ways to watch this “shocking true story of love so strong it sparked a revolution” made by JEB (Joan E. Biren). See details from her below.

I am looking into adding to these options by getting online access at Cornell Library since we can’t circulate the DVD now.

@cornell_library #RADcornell #watchadocumentary #learn #lesbianhistory

Repost @jebmedia
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My film, No Secret Anymore: The Times of Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, is available for your stay-at-home viewing pleasure. It has won lots of awards and reviewers say: “It is a must see for queers of all ages,” and “fun and funny…sheer delight.” If you want to see it again and again, it is available for home purchase from Frameline.org for $20. Otherwise, rent for $4.99 on Vimeo or watch for free if you are an Amazon Prime member. Enjoy an hour with the founders of the lesbian movement! #lesbianphotographer #lesbianfimmaker #queerphotography #queerculture #queerhistory #lgbthistory #gayhistory #lesbianart #lgbtlove #dyke #feminist #NoSecretAnymore #DelMartin #PhyllisLyon

Following yesterday’s post about @sacree_frangine , here is another #repost from them that offers their drawings for you...
03/25/2020

Following yesterday’s post about @sacree_frangine , here is another #repost from them that offers their drawings for you to color. #stayhome #trysomethingnew #dowhatyoulove #hanginthere
Love from the #humansexualitycollection

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nos illustrations, vos couleurs - parce que colorier c’est quand même mieux que de s’ennuyer, retrouvez 7 de nos designs à peindre ou à colorier à la main ou digitalement 🎨 N’hésitez pas à les signer et à nous partager le résultat, on a hâte de découvrir vos interprétations ! Lien du téléchargement à retrouver dans la bio de @pomeloparis (merci à elles 🧡) et dans notre story à la une. Enjoy!
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our illustrations, your colors - because coloring is still better than being bored, here are 7 of our designs to paint or color by hand or digitally 🎨 Feel free to sign them and share us the result, we can't wait to discover your interpretations! Download link in @pomeloparis bio (thanks to them 🧡) and in our highlight story. Enjoy and stay safe! @ Cornell University Library - Rare and Manuscript Collections

A break from posts about the #humansexualitycollection to share something I discovered while staying at home and wanderi...
03/24/2020

A break from posts about the #humansexualitycollection to share something I discovered while staying at home and wandering through the art and messages people are sharing in response to the pandemic. Through @wellreadblackgirl , I found the beautiful art of Aline and Célia of @sacree_frangine reposted here along with their advice to stay home, do squats, read a book and take care of yourself and others. I recommend adding exploring their art to your list of things to do.

#Repost @sacree_frangine with @make_repost
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et bois un thé, écoute un poadcast, dessine, chante, écris des mots d’amour, ris, appelle ta maman, fais un shampooing, regarde Naruto sur Netflix, nourris tes plantes, médite, fais des squats, mange des céréales, lis un livre, travaille ou reste sous ta couette, prend soin de toi et protège les autres 🧡 force à vous et bisous de Bali 💪🏽
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#stayathome #staysafe #colors #art #illustration #inspiration #minimalism #sacreefrangine

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Collaboration of 2 Cornell archives: human sexuality and fashion industry......love that women and machinery image.....something queer / labor here
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