QueerArchivingReading List

Below you will find a mix of books, articles, dissertations and theses, and links on multiple archiving and Queer history topics. Not all items on this reading list have been fully explored by Invisible Histories, but most have been gathered from syllabi, courses, and bibliographies of historians and Queer scholars or are direct links to other Queer orgs. [Note: All citations are APA, 7th edition.] Use the links below to jump to any section.

Archiving – General and Community, Queer, and Radical

Allard, D., & Ferris, S. (2015). Antiviolence and marginalized communities: Knowledge creation, community mobilization, and social justice through a participatory archiving approach (doi.org). Library Trends, 64, 360-383.

Arondekar, A., Cvetkovich, A. Hanhardt, H., Kunzel, R., Nyong’o, T., Rodriguez, J.M., Stryker, S., Marshall, D., Murphy, K.P., & Tortorici, Z. (2015). Queering archives: A roundtable discussion (doi.org). Radical History Review, 122, 211-231.

Barriault, M. (2009). Archiving the queer and queering the archives: A case study of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA). In J.A. Bastian & B. Alexander (Eds.), Community archives: The shaping of memory (pp. 97-108). Facet Publishing.

Bastian, J.A., & Flinn, A. (2020). Community archives, community spaces: Heritage, memory, and identity. Facet Publishing.

Bessette, J. (2018). Retroactive in the lesbian archives: Composing pasts and futures. Southern Illinois University Press.

Bly, L., & Wooten, K. (Eds.). (2012). Make your own history: Documenting feminist and queer activism in the 21st century. Litwin Books.

Booms, H. (1991). ‘Uberlieferungsbildung: Keeping archives as a social and political activity. Archivaria, 32, 25-33.

Brown, A. (2011). How queer ‘pack rats’ and activist archivists saved our history: An overview of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) archives, 1970-2008. In E. Greenblatt (Ed.), Serving LGBTIQ library and archives users (pp. 121-135). McFarland & Co.

Brown, R.H., & Davis-Brown, B. (1998). The making of memory: The politics of archives, libraries and museums in the construction of national consciousness. History of Human Sciences, 11(4), 17-32.

Caldera, M.A. (2013). The lesbian in the archives: An overview of the history, themes, and challenges. In T. Zanish-Belcher & A. Voss (Ed.), Perspectives on women’s archives (pp.215-245). Society of American Archivists.

Carroll, T.W. (2021). Rochester’s rainbow dialogues: Activating archives. Radical History Review, 140, 197-206.

Caswell, M. (2009). Instant documentation: cell-phone-generated records in the archives. The American Archivist, 72(1), 133-145.

Caswell, M. (2014a). Community‐centered collecting: finding out what communities want from community archives. Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 51(1), 1-9.

Caswell, M. (2014b). Seeing yourself in history: community archives and the fight against symbolic annihilation. The Public Historian, 36(4), 26-37.

Caswell, M. (2021). Urgent archives: Enacting liberatory memory work. Routledge.

Caswell, M., Cifor, M., & Ramirez, M.H. (2017). “To suddenly discover yourself existing”: Uncovering the impact of community archives. The American Archivist, 79(1), 56-81.

Caswell, M., Gabiola, J., Zavala, J., Brilmyer, G., & Cifor, M. (2018). Imagining transformative spaces: the personal–political sites of community archives. Archival Science 18(1), 73-93.

Caswell, M., Harter, C., & Jules, B. (2017). Diversifying the digital historical record: Integrating community archives in national strategies for access to digital cultural heritage (dlib.org). D-Lib Magazine, 23(5-6).

Caswell, M., Migoni, A.A., Geraci, N., & Cifor, M. (2017). ‘To be able to imagine otherwise’: community archives and the importance of representation. Archives and Records, 38(1), 5-26.

Chenier, E. (2015). Privacy anxieties: Ethics versus activism in archiving lesbian oral history online. Radical History Review, 2015 (122), 129-41.

Cifor, M. (2016). Aligning bodies: Collecting, arranging, and describing hatred for a critical queer archives. Library Trends, 64(4), 756-775.

Cifor, M., Caswell, M., Migoni, A.A., & Geraci, N. (2018). “What we do crosses over to activism”: The politics and practice of community archives. The Public Historian, 40(2), 69-95.

Cocciolo, A. (2017). Community archives in the digital era: A case from the LGBT community. Preservation, Digital Technology, & Culture (doi.org), 45.

Corvid, V. (2014). Building community through self-expression: Zines as archival materials. In T. Zanish-Belcher & A. Voss (Eds.), Perspectives on women’s archives (pp.393-410). Society of American Archivists.

Cover, R. (2019). Memorialising queer community: Digital media, subjectivity, and the Lost Gay # archives of social media (doi.org). Media International Australia, 170(1), 126-135.

Egerman, B. (2019). Looking for LGBTQ+ history on your campus or other small archives (preservationmaryland.org) [PDF].

Flinn, A. (2015). Archival activism: Independent and community-led archives, radical public history, and the heritage professions. (escholarship.org) InterActions: ICLA Journal of Education and Information Studies, 7(2).

Florêncio, J., & Miller, B. (2022). Sexing the archive: Gay porn and subcultural histories. Radical History Review, 142, 133-141.

Fosl, C., & Vivian, D. (2019). Investigating Kentucky’s LGBTQ heritage: Southern stories from the Bluegrass State (doi.org). The Public Historian, 41 (2), 218-244.

Fullwood, S.G. (2009). Always queer, always here: Creating the Black Gay and Lesbian Archive in the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. In J.A. Bastian & B. Alexander (Eds.), Community archives: The shaping of memory (pp. 235-250). Facet Publishing.

Ghaddar, J.J., & Caswell, M. (2019). “To go beyond”: towards a decolonial archival praxis. Archival Science, 19(2), 71-85.

Gillilan, A.J., Wood, S., Carbone, K., Cifor, M., & Punzalan, R. (2020). Mobilizing records: Reframing archival description to support human rights. Archival Science, 14, 397-419.

Hogan, K. (2010). “Breaking secrets” in the catalog: Proposing the Black queer studies collections at the University of Texas at Austin. Progressive Librarian, 34, 50-57.

Hughes-Watkins, L. (2018). Moving toward a reparative archive: A roadmap for a holistic approach to disrupting homogenous histories in academic repositories and creating inclusive spaces for marginalized voices. Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies, 5(6).

Kumbier, A. (2014). Ephemeral material: Queering the archive. Litwin Books.

Lewis., A.J. (2014). “I am 64 and Paul McCartney doesn’t care”: The haunting of the transgender archive and the challenges of queer history. Radical History Review, 120, 13-34..

Manalansan, M.F., IV. (2014). The ‘stuff” of archives: Mess, migration, and queer lives. Radical History Review, 120, 94-107.

McKinney, C. (2020). Information activism: A queer history of lesbian media technologies. Duke
University Press.

Nestle, J. (2015). Who were we to do such a thing? Grassroots necessities, grassroots dreaming: The LHA in its early years. Radical History Review, 122, 233-242.

Poole, A.H. (2019). The information work of community archives: A systematic literature review (doi.org). Journal of Documentation, 76(3).

Popple, S., & Prescott, A. (2020). Communities, archives, and new collaborative practices. Policy Press.

Porterfield, J.M. (2022). Appraising diversity: Pornographic contributions to an inclusive archival record. Archival Issues: Journal of the Midwest Archives Conference, 41(2), 7-17.

Punzalan, R.L. (2014). Archival diasporas: A framework for understanding the complexities and challenges of dispersed photographic collections. The American Archivist, 77(2), 326-349.

Punzalan, R.L., & Caswell, M. (2016). Critical directions for archival approaches to social justice. The Library Quarterly, 86(1), 25-42.

Rawson, K.J. (2015). Archival justice: An interview with Ben Power Alwin. Radical History Review, 122, 177-187.

Romesburg, D. (2014). Presenting the queer past: A case for the GLBT History Museum. Radical History Review, 120, 131-144.

Sheffield, R.T. (2014). The Bedside Table Archives: Archive intervention and lesbian intimate domestic culture. Radical History Review, 120, 108-120.

Sheffield, R.T. (2020). Documenting rebellions: A study of four lesbian and gay archives in queer times. Library Juice Press.

Stein, M. (2014). Canonizing homophile sexual respectability: Archives, history, and memory. Radical History Review, 120, 53-73.

Stone, A., & Cantrell, J. (2016). Out of the closet, into the archives: Researching sexual histories. State University of New York Press.

University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. (2018). A place to start: A toolkit for documenting LGBTQ heritage in Baltimore City (and beyond) (umd.edu) [PDF].

Wakimoto, D.K., Bruce,C., and Partridge, H. (2013). Archivist as activist: Lessons from three queer community archives in California (doi.org). Archival Science, 13, 293-316.

Watts, G. (2018). Queer lives in archives: Intelligibility and forms of memory (uky.edu). disClosure: A journal of
social theory, 27.

Zavala, J., Migoni, A.A., Caswell, M., Geraci, N., & Cifor, M. (2017). ‘A process where we’re all at the table’: community archives challenging dominant modes of archival practice. Archives and Manuscripts, 45(3), 202-215.

Cataloging, Subject Headings, and Language

Angell, K, & Roberto, K.R. (2014).Cataloging. TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, 1(1-2),
53-56,

Baucom, E. (2018). An exploration into archival descriptions of LGBTQ materials (doi.org). American
Archivist, 81(1), 65-83.

Burns, J., Cronquist, M., Huang, J., Murphy, D., Rawson, K.J., Schaefer, B., Simons, J., Watson,
B.M., & Williams, A. (2022). Metadata best practices for trans and gender diverse resources (zenodo.org). Trans Metadata Collective.

Colbert, J.L. (2017). GLBT controlled vocabularies and classification schemes. (ala.org) [PDF].

Digital Transgender Archive. (n.d.). Homosaurus: An international LGBTQ+ linked data vocabulary (homosaurus.org).

Drabinski, E. (2013). Queering the catalog: Queer theory and the politics of correction (doi.org). The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy, 83(2), 94-111.

Greenblatt, E. (1990). Homosexuality: The evolution of a concept in the Library of Congress Subject Headings. In C. Gough & E. Greenblatt (Eds.), Gay and lesbian library service (pp. 75-101). McFarland & Company.

Homosaurus. homosaurus.org) (2022).

Johnson, M. (2010). Transgender subject access: History and current practice (doi.org). Cataloging and Classification Quarterly, 48(8), 661-683.

Kapitan, A. (2017). The radical copyeditor’s style guide for writing about transgender people. Radical Copyeditor.

Knowlton, S. (2005). Three decades since prejudices and antipathies: A study of changes in the Library of Congress subject headings. Cataloging and Classification Quarterly, 40(2), 123-29.

Mai, J-E. (2016). Marginalization and exclusion: Unraveling systemic bias in classification. Knowledge Organization, 43 (5), 324-330.

Olson, H.A. (2000). Difference, culture, and change: The untapped potential of LCSH (doi.org). Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 29(1-2), 53-71.

Olson, H.A. (2007). How we construct subjects. Library Trends, 56(2), 509-41.

Ornelas, A. (2011). Queer as folksonomies. In E. Greenblatt (Ed.), Serving LGBTIQ library and archives users (pp. 229-239). McFarland & Company.

Peterson, Russ (2022). Queer LCSH. (emory.edu)

Roberto, K. R. (2008). Radical cataloging: Essays at the front. McFarland & Co.

Museums, Exhibits, Preservation, Interpretation

American Alliance of Museums. (2019). Welcoming guidelines for museums (aam-us.org) [PDF].

American Alliance of Museums. (2022). Interpreting transgender stories in museums and cultural heritage institutions (aam-us.org) [PDF].

Arnold, E.A. (2017). The wound is fresh: Exhibiting Orlando’s LGBTQ history in the shadow of the Pulse nightclub massacre (squarespace.com). Exhibition.

Bennett, D. (2019). Dwelling in possibility: Queering historic house museums. Tufts University.

Bush, R. (2019). Woman, southern, bisexual: Interpreting Ma Rainey and Carson McCullers in Columbus, GA (doi.org). The Public Historian, 41 (2), 94-115.

Ferentinos, S. (2014). Interpreting LGBT history at museums and historic sites. Rowman & Littlefield.

Ferentinos, S. (2019). Ways of interpreting queer pasts (doi.org). The Public Historian, 41 (2), 19-43.

Graves, D., & Dubrow, G. (2019). Taking intersectionality seriously: Learning from LGBTQ heritage initiatives for historic preservation (doi.org). The Public Historian, 41 (2), 290-316.

Hernandez, S. (2019). Resisting the museum: Archiving trans* presence and queer futures with Chris E. Vargas. American Quarterly, 71(2), 371-378.

Hommerding, C. (2019). Queer public history in small-town Wisconsin: The Pendarvis historic site and interpreting the queer past (doi.org). The Public Historian, 41 (2), 70-93.

Kassim, S. (2017, November 15). The museum will not be decolonized (mediadiversified.org). Media Diversified.

Kinsley, R., Middleton, M., & Moore, P. (2016). (Re)frame: The case for new language in the 21st century museum (squarespace.com). Exhibition.

Lowe, H.I. (2019). The queerest house in Cambridge (doi.org). The Public Historian, 41 (2), 44-69.

Middleton, M. (2017). The queer-inclusive museum (squarespace.com). Exhibition.

Middleton, M. (2020). Queer possibility (doi.org). Journal of Museum Education, 45(4), 426-436.

Middleton, M. (2022). Looking for queer possibility in the museum (margaretmiddleton.com) [PDF].

Sandell, R. (2017). Museums, moralities, and human rights. Routledge.

Sneeuwloper, M., Levin, A.K., Horstink, C., Vas Dias, Y.M. (2020). Never a small project: Welcoming transgender communities into the museum. In J. Adair & A.K. Levin (Eds.), Museums, sexuality, and gender activism (pp. 265-277). Routledge.

VanHaitsman, P. (2019). Digital LGBTQ archives as sites of public memory and pedagogy. Rhetoric and Public Affairs, 22 (2), 253-280.

Vider, S. (2019). Public disclosures of private realities: HIV/AIDS and the domestic archive (doi.org). The Public Historian, 41 (2), 163-189.

Wallace, R. (2019). Gay Life and Liberation, a Photographic Record of 1970s Belfast: Exhibiting private photographs and oral histories (doi.org). The Public Historian, 41 (2), 144-162.

Oral History

Boyd, J. (2019). Just like you want me to be?: Gay and lesbian oral history projects and the frameworks of public history (doi.org). The Public Historian, 41 (2), 269-289.

Public History

Cantwell, C.D., Hinds, S., & Carpenter, K.B. (2019). Over the rainbow: Public history as allyship in documenting Kansas City’s LGBTQ past (doi.org). The Public Historian, 41 (2), 245-268.

Jetté, M.M. (2019). Through the queer looking-glass: The future of LGBTQ public history (doi.org). The Public Historian, 41 (2). 6-18.

Scorsone, K. (2019). Invisible pathways: Public history by queer black women in Newark (doi.org). The Public Historian, 41 (2), 190-217.

Queer History & Scholarship ‐ General

Chauncey, G. (1994) Gay New York: Gender, urban culture, and the making of the gay male world, 1890–1940. Basic Books.

Cifor, M. & Rawson, K.J. (2022). Mediating queer and trans pasts: The Homosaurus as queer information activism (doi.org). Information, Communication & Society.

Compton, D., Meadow, T, & Schilt, K. (2018). Other, please specify: Queer methods in sociology. University of California Press.

Fost, C, & Vivian, D. (2019). Investigating Kentucky’s LGBTQ heritage: Subaltern stories from the Bluegrass State (doi.org). The Public Historian 41(2), 218-244.

Garber, L. (2021). Novel approaches to lesbian history. Palgrave Macmillan.

Ghaziani, A, & Brim, M. (2019). Imagining queer methods. New York University Press.

Hamilton, R. (2020). The very quintessence of persecution: Queer anti-fascism in 1970s Western Europe. Radical History Review, 138, 60-81.

Manion, J. (2020). Female husbands: A trans history. Cambridge University Press.

Mumford, K.J. (2016). Not straight, not white: Black gay men from the March on Washington to the AIDS crisis. The University of North Carolina Press.

Parkinson, R.B. (2013). A little gay history: Desire and diversity across the world. Columbia University Press.

Reis, E. (2004). Teaching transgender history, identity, and politics. Radical History Review, 88, 166-177.

Yoshino, K. (2000). The epistemic contract of bisexual erasure. Stanford Law Review, 52, 353-461.

Queer History & Scholarship ‐ Southern

Barton, B.C. (2012). Pray the gay away: The extraordinary lives of Bible Belt gays. New York University Press.

Camina, R. (Producer & Director). (2015). Upstairs inferno [Motion picture]. US: Camina Entertainment.

Capó, J. (2017). Sexual connections: Queers and competing tourist markets in Miami and the Caribbean, 1920-1940. Radical History Review, 129, 9-33.

Capó, J. (2017). Welcome to fairyland: Queer Miami before 1940. The University of North Carolina Press.

Chenault, W. (2008). An unspoken past: Atlanta lesbian and gay history, 1940–1970. (Publication No. 331898) [Doctoral Dissertation, The University of New Mexico]. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing.

Cole, A.D. (2016). ‘I wanted to be just what I was’: Documenting queer voices in the south. (Publication No. 10190938) [Master’s Thesis, Middle Tennessee State University]. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing.

Graves, K. (2007). Doing the public’s business: Florida’s purge of gay and lesbian teachers, 1959–1964 (doi.org). Educational Studies, 41(1), 7–32.

Gray, M.L. (2009). Out in the country: Youth, media, and queer visibility in rural America. New York University Press.

Gray, M.L., Johnson, C.R., & Gilley, B.J. (2016). Queering the countryside: New frontiers in rural queer studies. New York University Press.

Harker, J. (2018). The lesbian south: Southern feminists, the women in print movement, and the queer literary canon. University of North Carolina Press, 2018.

Howard, J. (1997). Carryin’ on in the lesbian and gay south. New York University Press.

Howard, J. (2001). Men like that : A southern queer history. University of Chicago Press.

Hubbs, N. (2014). Rednecks, queers, and country music. University of California Press.

Johnson, E. P. (2012). Sweet tea: Black gay men of the south. University of North Carolina Press.

Johnson, E.P. (2018). Black. queer. southern. women.: An oral history. University of North Carolina Press.

Manuel, D.C. (2014). “We are able to find pride and dignity in being gay”: Culture, resistance, and the development of a visible gay community in Lafayette, Louisiana, 1968-1989. (Publication No.1557569) [Master’s Thesis, University of Louisiana at Lafayette]. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing.

Mims, L. (2019). Drastic dykes: The new south and lesbian life (doi.org). Journal of Women’s History, 31 (4), 111-133.

Odom, Q.D. (2020). A queer past: The emergence of LGBT+ student organizations in Middle Tennessee. (Publication No. 27834358) [Master’s Thesis, Middle Tennessee State University]. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing.

Padgett, M. (2021). A night at the Sweet Gum Head: Drag, drugs, disco, and Atlanta’s gay revolution. W.W. Norton & Company.

Perez, F., & Palmquist, J. (2012). In exile: The history and lore surrounding New Orleans gay culture and its oldest gay bar. LL Publications.

Rosenthal, G. (2021). Make Roanoke queer again: Community history and urban change in a southern city (doi.org). The Public Historian, 39 (1), 35-60.

Rosenthal, G. S. (2021). Living queer history: Remembrance and belonging in a southern city. University of North Carolina Press.

Schultz, H. (2020). The southern front: Gay liberation activists in the U.S. south and public history through audiovisual exhibition. (Publication No. 27961733) [Master’s Thesis, The University of Mississippi]. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing.

Sears, J. (1997). Lonely hunters: An oral history of lesbian and gay southern life, 1948– 1968. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

Sears, J.T. (2001). Rebels, rubyfruit, and rhinestones: Queering space in the Stonewall south. Rutgers University Press.

Staffelli, P. (2021). The queer eye for Nashville: How LGBTQ people form community and make spaces and places…like everyone else. (Publication No. 28416976) [Master’s Thesis, Middle Tennessee State University]. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing.

Stone, A. (2018). The geography on LGBTQ life: Why sociologists should study the south, rural queers, and ordinary cities (doi.org). Sociology Compass, 12(11).

Thompson, B. (2010). The un-natural state. Arkansas and the queer south. University of Arkansas Press.

Wright, C.A. (2017). ‘How could love be wrong?’: Gay activism and AIDS in Charlotte, 1970-1992. (Publication No. 10680668) [Master’s Thesis, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte]. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing.

Queer, Radical, and Critical Librarianship

Alexander, L.B., & Miselis, S.D. (2007). Barriers to GLBTQ collection development and strategies for overcoming them. Young Adult Library Services, 5(3), 43-49.

Betts-Green, D. (2020). “We could do better”: Librarian engagement in LGBTQ collection development in small and rural public libraries in the Southern U.S. (doi.org). Public Library Quarterly.

Carmichael, J.V. (Ed.). (1998). Daring to find our names: The search for lesbigay library history. Greenwood Press.

de jesus, n. (2014). Locating the library in institutional oppression (inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org). In the Library with the Lead Pipe.

Downey, J. (2013). Self-Censorship in selection of LGBT-themed materials. Reference & User Services Quarterly, 53(2), 104-107.

Gorham, U., Taylor, N.G., & Jaeger, P.T. (2016). Perspectives on libraries as institutions of human rights and social justice (Advances in librarianship 41). Emerald Group Publishing.

Greenblatt, E. (Ed.). (2010). Serving LGBTIQ library and archives users: Essays on outreach, service, collections and access. McFarland & Company.

Jaeger, P.T., Taylor, N.G., & Gorham, U. (2015). Libraries, human rights, and social justice: Enabling access and promoting inclusion. Rowman & Littlefield.

Jensen, R. (2004). The myth of the neutral professional. Progressive Librarian, 24, 28-34.

Kurz, R.F. (2018). Out of the closet but not on the shelf: Questions and concerns about collection development of LGBT books for teens. Young Adult Library Services, 16(4), 20-25.

Morrone, M. (2014). Informed agitation: Library and information skills in social justice movements and beyond., Library Juice Press.

Nicholson, K.P, & Seale, M. (2018). The politics of theory and the practice of critical librarianship. Library Juice Press.

Widdersheim, M. M., & McCleary, M. A. (2016). Gender and sexuality, self-identity, and libraries: Readers’ advisory as a technique for creative (dis)assembly (doi.org). Library Trends, 64(4), 714–740.

Queer Research

Brown, K., & Nash, C.J. (2010). Queer methods and methodologies: Intersecting queer theories and social science research. Ashgate Publishing.

Guyan, K. (2022). Queer data: Using gender, sex and sexuality data for action. Bloomsbury Academic.

Strunk, K. K., Baggett, H., Riemer, A., & Hafftka, R. (2016). Community-based participatory research with LGBTQ communities in Alabama and Mississippi (doi.org). In SAGE research methods cases. SAGE Publications.

Related Theory

Broadhurst, C., Martin, G. L., Hoffshire, M., & Takewell, W. (2016). “Bumpin’ up against people and their beliefs”: Narratives of student affairs administrators creating change for LGBTQ students in the South (doi.org). Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.

Brown, E.H., & Davidmann, S. (2015). “Queering the trans* family album”: Elspeth H. Brown and Sara Davidmann, in conversation. Radical History Review, 122, 188-200.

Crenshaw, K. (1989). Demarginalizing the intersection of race and sex: A Black feminist critique of antidiscrimination doctrine, feminist theory and antiracist politics. Legal Forum, 140, 139-167.

Jones, S. (2022). Teaching the history of sexuality with images. Radical History Review, 142, 142-151.

Kavanagh, S. (2016). From contagious to resilient and beyond: A periodization of four decades of educational research on LGBTQ issues (doi.org). International Journal of Multicultural Education, 18(3), 95–113.