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Human Sexuality Collection Support our work to protect and provide a better historical record of sexuality. Discover Cornell Library's collections, travel grant opportunities, and more. For reference help: [email protected]. Curator Brenda Marston: [email protected]

A stack of sex education books recommended by Christine Lemoine, co-owner of the bookstore Violette and co. « La famill...
07/04/2019

A stack of sex education books recommended by Christine Lemoine, co-owner of the bookstore Violette and co. « La famille dans tous ses états » (The family in all its states) seems to include “the grumpy family.”

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#sexeducation
#newacquisitions for the #humansexualitycollection @rarecornell @cornell_library
#iglibraries @ Librairie Violette and Co

A stack of sex education books recommended by Christine Lemoine, co-owner of the bookstore Violette and co. 📚There’...
07/04/2019

A stack of sex education books recommended by Christine Lemoine, co-owner of the bookstore Violette and co.
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There’s one for adolescents and one with a theme that seems good for everyone: « Sexe sans complexe » (sex without complex).
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#sexeducation
#newacquisitions for the #humansexualitycollection @rarecornell @cornell_library
#iglibraries @ Librairie Violette and Co

A stack of sex education books recommended by Christine Lemoine, co-owner of the bookstore Violette and co. « Ceci n’...
07/04/2019

A stack of sex education books recommended by Christine Lemoine, co-owner of the bookstore Violette and co.

« Ceci n’est pas un livre de SEXE » (This is not a book about SEX) seems a winning title.

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#sexeducation
#newacquisitions for the #humansexualitycollection @rarecornell @cornell_library
#iglibraries

07/03/2019

4 part series about an American who shows up to visit his husband’s brother in Japan to better understand his husband’s culture and identity. First edition published in Japan. Second edition in France. Le mari de mon frère, by Gengoroh Tagame.
#childrensbooks #diversefamilies #crossculturalunderstanding #gayinlaws
#collectiondevelopment #newacquisitions from Librarie Les Mots à la Bouche in Paris. #iglibraries

07/03/2019

4 part series about an American who shows up to visit his husband’s brother in Japan to better understand his husband’s culture and identity. First edition published in Japan. Second edition in France. Le mari de mon frère, by Gengoroh Tagame.
#childrensbooks #diversefamilies #crossculturalunderstanding #gayinlaws
#collectiondevelopment #newacquisitions from Librarie Les Mots à la Bouche in Paris. #iglibraries

07/03/2019

4 part series about an American who shows up to visit his husband’s brother in Japan to better understand his husband’s culture and identity. First edition published in Japan. Second edition in France. #childrensbooks #diversefamilies #crossculturalunderstanding #gayinlaws

#collectiondevelopment #newacquisitions from Librarie Les Mots à la Bouche in Paris. #iglibraries

What function do these paper cut-out clothes serve? To dress anti-sexist super heroes, bien sûr. But of course!#newacqu...
07/03/2019

What function do these paper cut-out clothes serve?
To dress anti-sexist super heroes, bien sûr. But of course!

#newacquisitions #supermoi #égalisator #SuperMe #equalizer

Wrapped up the international gathering devoted to preserving LGBTQIA+ histories with a discussion of intersectional pers...
06/29/2019

Wrapped up the international gathering devoted to preserving LGBTQIA+ histories with a discussion of intersectional perspectives and conundrums. In addition to the presenters listed below, Jonathan Dorey talked about "Bounded Memories and Fractured Communities in Queer Montréal." We discussed good questions about how to achieve intersectionality.

ALMS 2019 Berlin: Queering Memory. Archives – Arts – Audiences

Rita Paqvalen kicks off our last session:

“Whose Collections? Intersectional Perspectives & Conundrums“

Chair: Brenda Marston

Rita Paqvalen - Beyond Queer: Queering Finnish Archives and Museums from an Intersectional Perspective ·

Ladislav Zikmund-Lender - The Will to Preserve: Is Collecting Queer? (Society for Queer Memory, Czech Rep.)

Birgit Bosold & Vera Hofmann - The Year of the Women* at Schwules Museum Berlin: A Case Study of Power Dynamics within ‘Queer’ Politics of Memory ·

Jonathan Dorey - Bounded Memories and Fractured Communities in Queer Montréal ·

The curator of Cornell's Human Sexuality Collection, Brenda Marston, is in Berlin facilitating conversations about creat...
06/29/2019

The curator of Cornell's Human Sexuality Collection, Brenda Marston, is in Berlin facilitating conversations about creative approaches to LGBTQIA+ history.

Here, she is with Nicole Verdes, President of Lambda Archives of San Diego, and Talia Meer and Alex Müller from the University of Cape Town, talking about using zines, comic books, and podcasts to capture and tell the histories of LGBTQIA+ youth.

Left to Right:
Brenda Marston, Cornell University
Nicole Verdes, Lambda Archives of San Diego
Talia Meer, University of Cape Town
Alex Müller, University of Cape Town
Attending ALMS 2019 Berlin: Queering Memory. Archives – Arts – Audiences

With Daniel Sander of the @schwulesmuseum who graciously gave me and visitors from South Africa an insightful tour of th...
06/28/2019

With Daniel Sander of the @schwulesmuseum who graciously gave me and visitors from South Africa an insightful tour of the collection.

A big shout out to conservateur Michele Hamill who prepared these 6 print for their safe overseas trip and the many other hands at Cornell Library who worked with Joe Rodota and others on this loan.

@ Schwules Museum

The black and white pieces we lent from Don Bachardy’s Mariposa Portrait Series were striking on display with other Ba...
06/28/2019

The black and white pieces we lent from Don Bachardy’s Mariposa Portrait Series were striking on display with other Bachardy pieces in vibrant color.

#humansexualitycollection #MariposaPortraitSeries #donbachardyportrait @ Schwules Museum

Long-anticipated @schwulesmuseum visit! Today Schwules staff guided me through their realized vision for “My dearest s...
06/28/2019

Long-anticipated @schwulesmuseum visit!

Today Schwules staff guided me through their realized vision for “My dearest sweet love: Christopher Isherwood & Don Bachardy,” an idea hatched 5 years ago when painter Don Bachardy visited them.

The years of research and curatorial effort bring a vibrant slice of history to life, and I saw items on loan from Cornell’s Collection in a new light.

Early in the exhibit, I saw young Don Bachardy with Marilyn Monroe. @ Schwules Museum

Resisting successive efforts at criminalization has been a continual part of the gay rights movement, long before and lo...
06/28/2019

Resisting successive efforts at criminalization has been a continual part of the gay rights movement, long before and long after Stonewall. This quarter card distributed at the 1994 @nycpride responded to efforts at the time to criminalize aspects of being HIV positive.
#Stonewall50 #resistance #longhistory

Salute to Marsha P. Johnson (August 24, 1945 – July 6, 1992) today on the 50th anniversary of her resisting police har...
06/28/2019

Salute to Marsha P. Johnson (August 24, 1945 – July 6, 1992) today on the 50th anniversary of her resisting police harassment. #stonewall50

Proud to play a small role in preserving her history. This image comes from video recordings in Larry Mitchell’s papers, #humansexualitycollection #7820 @cornell_library #rarecornell
#archivesofinstagram #iglibraries

To honor #Stonewall50 and the drag queens at the center of that act of resistance and self-preservation, we launched a d...
06/28/2019

To honor #Stonewall50 and the drag queens at the center of that act of resistance and self-preservation, we launched a digital collection of postcards featuring male and female impersonators from the early 20th century. Both the text on the back and the photographs on the front of these postcards from 10 countries are now easily accessible worldwide. As Prof. Dagmar Brunow said at the #QueeringMemory #ALMS2019 conference yesterday, “Cultural memory requires circulation.” Originally sent through the German mail in 1914, we are glad to put “? Asta ?” and all these other postcards back in circulation today!

Read more and view the collection online: http://tinyurl.com/CornellPostcards.


“? Asta ?” Nordische Kunstanstalt Ernst Schmidt & Co., Lübeck, Germany, 1914.
RMM07636_B01_006_01 and _02 @ Berlin, Germany

Wherever you are celebrating, Happy #Stonewall50, Cornell University's LGBT Alumni Association (CUGALA)! Take a moment t...
06/28/2019

Wherever you are celebrating, Happy #Stonewall50, Cornell University's LGBT Alumni Association (CUGALA)! Take a moment to be proud of your history:

Cornell University students formed a homophile organization before Stonewall, in 1968! They knew gay activists in New York City, and the year after the Stonewall riots, they became the CU Gay Liberation Front and designed this t-shirt for the 1st Christopher Street and New York City Pride celebration.
http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/EAD/htmldocs/RMA01589.html
#CUGALA #lgbtqhist

Resistance to efforts to criminalize and police queer lives was a necessity before Stonewall and since. This card comes ...
06/27/2019

Resistance to efforts to criminalize and police queer lives was a necessity before Stonewall and since. This card comes from the 1994 Pride Parade and resistance then to criminalizing AIDS. #Stonewall50

HIV criminalization laws began in 1990, when the federal Ryan White CARE Act passed. That law mandated that states criminalize intentional transmission of HIV in order to get funding for treatment and prevention programs. Ohio’s law imposes harsher sentences for exposure to (not transmission of) HIV than for vehicular homicide or manslaughter. The laws have disproportionately affected African-American men, and public health officials warn that the laws are a barrier to testing and treatment.

This red “HIV IS NOT A CRIME” card was distributed at the 1994 New York pride parade, and was part of the "Want and Wanted:
Desire and Criminalization" section of Cornell's 2014 Speaking of Sex exhibition.
http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/speakingofsex/exhibition/want/index.html

You know this sticky note drew me over like a magnet. Thanks to Västerbotten Sweden, some of these buttons will be comi...
06/27/2019

You know this sticky note drew me over like a magnet. Thanks to Västerbotten Sweden, some of these buttons will be coming home with me to be added to the @Cornell_Library Human Sexuality Collection.
#ALMS2019 #QueeringMemory conference in Berlin.
#alwayscollecting @ Haus der Kulturen der Welt

To honor #Stonewall50 and the drag queens at the center of that act of resistance and self-preservation, we just launche...
06/26/2019
Stonewall anniversary inspires digitized postcard collection | Cornell Chronicle

To honor #Stonewall50 and the drag queens at the center of that act of resistance and self-preservation, we just launched a digital collection of postcards featuring male and female impersonators from the early 20th century. Read the story in the Cornell Chronicle and also view the collections online: https://digital.library.cornell.edu/collections/impersonator-postcards

Cornell University Library has released a digitized collection of postcards meant to deliver important lessons regarding sexuality. The release coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

We sent these six Don Bachardy portraits of gay and lesbian rights pioneers to Berlin to be viewed at the Schwules Museu...
06/25/2019

We sent these six Don Bachardy portraits of gay and lesbian rights pioneers to Berlin to be viewed at the Schwules Museum as part of the exhibition "My Dearest Sweet Love: Christopher Isherwood & Don Bachardy." I'm on my way there now too for the ALMS 2019 Berlin: Queering Memory. Archives – Arts – Audiences conference and will get to see them in the gallery. It does my heart good to see queer history out in the world in public spaces. I'll send updates from Berlin.
- Brenda Marston
https://www.schwulesmuseum.de/ausstellung/my-dearest-sweet-love-christopher-isherwood-don-bachardy/?lang=en

In 1980, biologist and activist Bruce Voeller commissioned Don Bachardy to create a series of portraits of twelve leaders of the gay and lesbian rights movement. Bachardy made ink drawings of Charles Brydon, James Foster, Barbara Gittings, David Goodstein, Franklin Kameny, Morris Kight, Phyllis Lyon, Del Martin, Elaine Noble, Jean O’Leary, Troy Perry, and Voeller himself. Many were high-profile business-people, politicians, and publishers as well as influential activists. Bachardy’s partner Christopher Isherwood privately referred to Voeller’s circle as the ‘Gay Elite’. Sittings were largely arranged in Bachardy’s home town of Los Angeles, although a handful were done during a trip he made to New York in October 1980. Voeller’s partner Richard Lucik donated the complete portrait series to Cornell University in 1995.

Berlin's Schwules museum featured six of the portraits in their exhibition My Dearest Sweet Love: Christopher Isherwood & Don Bachardy, 15 June 2019 – 26 August 2019.

https://www.schwulesmuseum.de/ausstellung/my-dearest-sweet-love-christopher-isherwood-don-bachardy/?lang=en

In 1980, biologist and activist Bruce Voeller commissioned Don Bachardy to create a series of portraits of twelve leader...
06/25/2019

In 1980, biologist and activist Bruce Voeller commissioned Don Bachardy to create a series of portraits of twelve leaders of the gay and lesbian rights movement. Bachardy made ink drawings of Charles Brydon, James Foster, Barbara Gittings, David Goodstein, Franklin Kameny, Morris Kight, Phyllis Lyon, Del Martin, Elaine Noble, Jean O’Leary, Troy Perry, and Voeller himself. Many were high-profile business-people, politicians, and publishers as well as influential activists. Bachardy’s partner Christopher Isherwood privately referred to Voeller’s circle as the ‘Gay Elite’. Sittings were largely arranged in Bachardy’s home town of Los Angeles, although a handful were done during a trip he made to New York in October 1980. Voeller’s partner Richard Lucik donated the complete portrait series to Cornell University in 1995.

Berlin's Schwules museum featured six of the portraits in their exhibition My Dearest Sweet Love: Christopher Isherwood & Don Bachardy, 15 June 2019 – 26 August 2019.

https://www.schwulesmuseum.de/ausstellung/my-dearest-sweet-love-christopher-isherwood-don-bachardy/?lang=en

What was up in the U.S. 50 years ago in 1969? After the beginning of Pres. Nixon’s term came the moon landing, Woodsto...
06/14/2019

What was up in the U.S. 50 years ago in 1969? After the beginning of Pres. Nixon’s term came the moon landing, Woodstock, the television premieres of Sesame Street and the Brady Bunch, anti-Vietnam war protests, Chicago police killings of Black Panthers Fred Hampton and Mark Clark while asleep in their beds, the occupation of Alcatraz, and, at Cornell, protests against racial injustice and the Willard Straight Hall takeover.

People challenged sexual norms from different directions and put their ideas out in new newspapers, cheap paperbacks, and on typed manifestos. The Pill was out and people were discussing sex before marriage, women’s rights, and sexual liberation. The language of homophile groups turned to gay power. And on June 28-29 in Greenwich Village in New York City, Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and others were fed up with the police raids on bars with gay clientele and instigated the Stonewall riots.

Last weekend, Cornell alumni stopped by to delve into this history together, and we viewed our video footage of Marsha P. Johnson.
#Protest #stonewall50 #pride #lgbtqhistory
Cornell University's LGBT Alumni Association (CUGALA)
#humansexualitycollection #rarecornell @cornell_library

Another image from the National LGBTQ Task Force photo archive that we put online this month. These smiling men sitting ...
06/07/2019

Another image from the National LGBTQ Task Force photo archive that we put online this month.

These smiling men sitting together are only known at this point as "unidentified people" in the Miscellaneous section of Task Force photos, no date. If you can help identify people and dates in this or any other photo, click the "send us feedback" button and help us out!

Check out the whole @thetaskforce Photo Archives here:
https://tinyurl.com/NGLTFphotoarchives

#youmakehistoryWekeepitalive
#humansexualitycollection @cornell_library
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All those conversations! @thetaskforce contingent at the 1977 NYC Pride Parade. Supporting #gayveterans #pride🏳️‍...
06/06/2019

All those conversations!
@thetaskforce contingent at the 1977 NYC Pride Parade. Supporting #gayveterans #pride
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#prideparade #lgbtqhistory #earthshoes
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The National LGBTQ Task Force photo archive is now available online:

https://tinyurl.com/NGLTFphotoarchives

Image 7301.184.28_01

#youmakehistoryWekeepitalive
#humansexualitycollection @cornell_library #rarecornell
#archivesofinstagram #iglibraries

Was it a picnic organizing for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights? Sometimes.Treat yourself to a browse thro...
05/30/2019

Was it a picnic organizing for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights? Sometimes.

Treat yourself to a browse through the new online photographic archives of the National LGBTQ Task Force, an organization active today and formed in 1973 by activists ready to take the issues of the time to a national level. The 605 images are here: https://tinyurl.com/NGLTFphotoarchives

See yourself or people you know? If you can help identify people and dates, click the "send us feedback" button.

The approach of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots ought to bring massive attention to the history of LGBTQIA+ culture and activism. We're ready and excited. You make history. We keep it alive.

Shown here: Jean O'Leary, Achebe Betty Powell and other Task Force Board members working on the grass. Circa 1973-79. Image 7301.182.03.02.

Before leaving for the summer, Tina Mitchel ’21, stopped by Cornell Library’s Rare and Manuscript Collections to lea...
05/24/2019

Before leaving for the summer, Tina Mitchel ’21, stopped by Cornell Library’s Rare and Manuscript Collections to leave a record of the intentional living community, Yag Barn, she and others created this academic year. Now people in the future will be able to know about this experiment in forming supportive living space for queer women and non-binary Cornell students. The donation includes the constitution for and the originals of two issues of Crass, a queer zine they published.

The constitution states: “The purpose of Crass as an organization is to publish a Zine featuring art, poetry, essays, writings, and other works by queer students at Cornell. As a publication, we aim to always be Personal, Powerful, and Political, as well as anti-racist, anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist, and to fight for restorative justice and liberation through the creation of art. Crass must not shy away from difficult subjects of sex, sexuality, race, class, disability, or gender, among others, and must always aim to make those who are powerful uncomfortable.”

Thank you for saving this slice of student life and activism from the 2018-2019 academic year. And happy summer!

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