On Campus

The Special Collections Department at UC Davis houses a number of books, serials and other research materials supporting primary research in the area of Sexuality Studies.  The Department has particularly strong resources in the area of research on GLBT issues.  Two areas where the Special Collections Department is especially able to provide support for research and instruction are the history of the gay liberation movement, and the history of lesbian and gay literature and publishing.

The Special Collections Department has the largest collection of gay and serial serials held in the UC system.  Items in the collection include an extremely rare copy of the first issue of the first lesbian serial published in America (Vice Versa, 1947), and complete or near-complete runs of a number of  pre-Stonewall gay and lesbian serials, such as  ONE Magazine (Los Angeles, 1953-1972), Mattachine Review (San Francisco: Mattachine Society, 1955-1966), and The Ladder (San Francisco/Reno: Daughters of Bilitis,1956-1972), as well as the publications of many other early gay organizations such as the Society for Individual Rights (San Francisco 1964-1976), the Association for Responsible Citizens (Sacramento 1965-1967), and the Janus Society (Philadelphia 1964-1969).  Also included are a number of the serials that sprung up immediately following the Stonewall Riots, including Gay Sunshine (San Francisco), Fag Rag (Boston), Gay Insurgent (Philadelphia), Gay Power (New York), and Gay Liberator (Detroit).  Additionally, Special Collections also houses a number of  examples of the wave of lesbian/feminist publications from organizations and publishers springing up in 1970s, such as  The Amazon Quarterly (Oakland), The Furies (Boston), Lesbian Tide (Los Angeles), and Womanspirit (Wolf Creek), to name a few.

Examples of significant literary works owned by the department, range from very early works such as sensationalized The Surprising Adventures of a Female Husband (London, ca 1746), to the hidden subtexts of works like Margaret Sweat's Ethel's Love-life (NY, 1859), to such privately published works as the Paris edition of Robert McAlmon's Distinguished Air (1925), to a number of examples from the first wave of openly gay and lesbian novels of from the late 1920s and '30s , such as G.S. Donisthorpe's Loveliest of Friends (1931), Anna Weirauch's The Outcast (1933), Gale Wilhelm's We Too Are Drifting (1935), Lilyan Brock's Queer Patterns (1935), and the anonymously published Diana: A Strange Autobiography (1939).  On a more minor (but not necessarily less significant) note, Special Collections also houses a collection of lesbian-themed pulp paperbacks from the 1950s and 1960s, which marked for many people of that generation the first readily available works to provide literary presentation of the lives of lesbian women. Also notably these works document the mores of their period through their lurid covers and tellingly sensationalized blurbs.

The Special Collection Department also has a significant amount of material supporting the broader area of gender studies.  The Department is especially strong with regard to books documenting the historic changes in society's perception of the role and place of women, as well as the historic development of the women's right movement during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.   In addition, the Department houses a number of nineteenth and early twentieth works treating such topics as sexual morality (from some very different points of view), sexual education, prostitution, birth control, and many other topics.

Contact person:
John Sherlock  
Rare Books and Special Collections Librarian, Shields Library, UC Davis

Library Databases at UC Davis

General Circulation Non-Film Resources available
on the Internet and at UCD Shields Library

Databases and resources available to the public

1. CLAGS Online Directory of LGTBQ Studies http://clags.org/certificate-in-lgbtq-studies/

2. Queer Resources Directory http://www.qrd.org/qrd/

3. QSTUDY-L: A forum for academic discussions, repository for syllabi, etc. https://listserv.buffalo.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=qstudy-l

4. Women’s Studies Database at Maryland https://archive.mith.umd.edu/mith-2020/research/womens-studies-database/

5. gender Inn: Women’s and Gender Studies database in German and English http://www.uni-koeln.de/phil-fak/englisch/datenbank/e_index.htm

6. Gay/Lesbian Politics and Law: WWW and Internet Resources http://www.indiana.edu/~glbtpol/

7. Voice of the Shuttle Gender and Sexuality Studies Page http://vos.ucsb.edu/browse.asp?id=2711

8. Gender Studies database http://www.nisc.co.za/databases?id=23

9. Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 https://documents.alexanderstreet.com/womhist

10. Documents from the Women’s Liberation Movement (archival collection) http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/wlm/

11. American Women’s History: A Research Guide includes links to many sites with primary and secondary sources http://frank.mtsu.edu/~kmiddlet/history/women.html

UC Davis Library Databases

To reach these databases, go to lib.ucdavis.edu, and click on
"Electronic Databases." They are listed alphabetically along with all
of UCD's other databases. All of UCD Library's database subscriptions
require a UC Davis e-mail account and Kerberos password.

1. Alternative Press Index (through OCLC FirstSearch)

2. America: History and Life

3. ArticleFirst

4. Arts and Humanities Citations Index

5. British Women Romantic Poets Project

6. Contemporary Women’s Issues

7. Expanded Academic Index

8. Family and Society Studies Worldwide

9. GenderWatch

10. Gerritsen Collection—Women’s History Online

11. Humanities and Social Sciences Retrospective

12. LexisNexis Academic

13. North American Women’s Letters and Diaries

14. Project Muse


16. PsychInfo

17. Sexual Diversity Studies

18. Scottish Women Poets of the Romantic Period

19. Social Science Citation Index

20. Sociological Abstracts

21. Women’s Studies International

22. Women’s Studies on disc (on CD-ROM in Library)

23. Women Writers Online

Library Databases not subscribed to by UC Davis

You may be able to access these databases through other university
libraries, or purchase an individual subscription by visiting their websites.

1. Academic Search Premier

2. Alt-Press Watch

3. Alternative Press Index Archive

4. Defining Gender, 1450-1910

5. MasterFile Premier

6. Social Issues Researcher

Film Resources

UCD Film Library/Hart Hall Media

For a description of the collection, see http://trc.ucdavis.edu/TP/filmvideo.html.  Films are purchased through Undergraduate Instructional Improvement mini-grants.  Students may only view films in the Media Distribution Lab.   If a user does not know specific information about a film (title, director, video ID, etc) s/he must perform a “description search.”  *Note:  Films owned by the Teaching Resources Center are cataloged in this database. 

Before Stonewall
The Celluloid Closet
The Conformist (Il Conformista)
Daddy & Papa
Death in Venice (Morte A Venezia)
Do–a Herlinda and Her Son
Edward II, Part 1
Human Sexuality: Homosexuality
Improper Conduct (Mauvaise Conduite)
Kiss Me Guido
La Cage Aux Folles
Maedchen In Uniform
Midaq Alley
Mujeria II: Primitive and Proud
Off the Straight and Narrow: Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, & Television
Out for a Change: Addressing Homophobia in Women's Sports
The Return of Sarah's Daughters
Scared Straight
The Silence (Tystnaden)
A Spy (Hester Reeves Does The Doors)
A Taste of Honey
Tim Miller: My Queer Body
The Times Of Harvey Milk
Two Spirits: Native Lesbians and Gays
The Watermelon Woman
Women Writers of Northern California: Judy Grahn
Word Is Out, Part 1

Shields Library

To perform this search, choose “Advanced Keyword” and, under “Format,” select “Videorecording.”  **Note, do not select “Film” because these are only reels.   Most of the films are available on a three-day loan with a valid student ID.  The most effective keyword searches are: “homosexuality,” “lesbian,” “gay.”   

After Stonewall
American Avant-Garde shorts

Andre’s Mother 
Ballot Measure 9
Before Night Falls 

Before Stonewall: The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community  
The Boys in the Band

Boys' shorts
Brincando el charco: Portrait of a Puerto Rican
The Castro: a Documentary

The Celluloid Closet 
Children Madonna and Child; Death and Transfiguration
Coming Out

Coming Out Under Fire 
Coming to Terms
De colores Lesbian & Gay Latinos: Stories of Strength, Family and Love = lesbianas y gays
Doña Herlinda y su hijo Doña Herlinda and Her Son

Edward II
Fireworks; Pruce moment; Rabbit’s moon; Eaux d’artifice; Kustom Kar Kommandos
Forbidden Love:  The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives
From a Secret Place: America’s Families Cope with Coming Out Process of Gay and Lesbian
Gay Cuba
The Gay Gene
Gifts from My Father
A History of Violence
It's Elementary: Ttalking about Gay Issues in School
Its in the Water
The Laramie Project
Latin Boys Go to Hell
Last Call at Maud's
A Litany for Survival:  the Life and Work of Audre Lorde
The Living End: an Irresponsible Film
Lone Star Hate
The Lost Language of Cranes
Mark Doty
A Meditation on Langston Hughes (1902-1967) and the Harlem Renaissance with the Poetry of Essex
Not Just Passing Through
Off the Straight & Narrow: Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals & Television
Out at Work
Out of the Past:  The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Rights in America
Parting Glances
Paul Monette: The Brink of Summer's End
Queer Son:  A Film by Vickie Seitchik
The Question of Equality
Stolen Moments
Stop the Church
Surviving Sabu
The Times of Harvey Milk
Tongues United
Urinal: a film
The Wedding Banquet
When Democracy Works
Zero Patience

LGBTQIA Resource Center

At the homepage, https://lgbtqia.ucdavis.edu/, users must select “Library” under the Resources Tab.  Students may check out films for three days. 

"Norman… is that you?"
A Chorus Line
A Man Of No Importance
Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
Adventures of Sebastian Cole
After Stonewall: From the Riots to the Millennium, the Sequel to Before Stonewall
All About My Mother
All Over Me
And the Band Played On
As Good As It Gets
Bandits (German with English subtitles)
Beautiful Thing
Before Stonewall: The Making of a Gay and lesbian Community.
Better Than Chocolate
Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss
Boys Don't Cry
The Boys in the Band
Boys on the Side
Brandon Teena Story
 Broken Hearts Club
But I'm a Cheerleader
Celluloid Closet, The
Chutney Popcorn
 Color Purple
Coming Out is a Many Splendored Thing
Coming out, Coming Home: Asian and Pacific Islander Family Stories: A Work-in-Progress
Crying game
Currency of Community: A Video to Emphasize the Importance of Lesbian Women Taking Care of Themselves...
Desert Hearts
Dos Fallopia
East Palace, West Palace
Edge of Seventeen
Edward II
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
For Better or Worse:  Same-sex Marriages in America
Fried Green Tomatoes
Frontline: Assault On Gay America
Gender Unknown
Glen or Glenda?
Gods and Monsters
The Hanging Garden
High Art
If These Walls Could Talk 2
In & Out
The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love
Intersex: Redefining Sex
It's Elementary: Talking about Gay Issues in School
k.d.lang: harvest of seven years (cropped and chronicled.)
Kiss me Guido
Kiss of the Spider Woman
Kissing Jessica Stein
KQED (Channel 9) programming: FRIDAY, JUNE 20: Out for a change: addressing homophobia in women's sports; Tomboy; News hour special report: the morning after; Hide and seek; Lights! Camera! Activism!; SATURDAY, JUNE 21: Green on Thursdays; Before Stonewall.
La Cage Aux Folles
Longtime Companion
Lost and Delirious
The Lost Language of Cranes
Love Letter
M Butterfly
Ma Vie en Rose = (My Life in Pink)
Margaret Cho: Filmed Live in Concert
Mariposa en el Andamio
Mariposas en el Andamio (Butterflies on the Scaffold)
Matthew Shepherd Candlelight Vigil in Davis, CA
Maybe We're Talking about a Different God: Homosexuality and the Church
Midnight Cowboy
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
The Music Lovers
My Own Private Idaho
NGLTF "Creating Change" 1994, November: Dr. Mel White, MCC
NGLTF "Creating Change" 1996 - Barney Frank
NGLTF "Creating Change" 1996 - Carmen Vasquez
NGLTF "Creating Change" 1996 - Cheryl Clarke
Naked Civil Servant, The
Network Q: Austin Fights the Right
Network Q: The All-Australia Issue
The Next Best Thing
Nico and Dani
Object of My Affection
On Being Gay: A Conversation with Brian McNaught
Out of the Past: The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Rights in America

Paris is Burning
Pride Week 1997 - Melinda Paras
Pride Week 2001: Justin Chin
Queer as Folk: Episodes 1&2
Red Dirt
Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute to Cole Porter to Benefit AIDS Research and Relief
Red Ribbon
 Rocky Horror Picture Show
Scout's Honor
Seen Anything GOOD lately?
Serving In Silence
Setting the Record Straight
Six Degrees of Separation
Smoke Signals
Some Like It Hot
Speaking for Ourselves: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Youth
The Substance of Fire
Surviving Friendly Fire
Susan Stryker: TG 101, Advanced Speakers Bureau Training
Teen Files: The Truth about Hate
There is No Name for This : A Video Documentary by the Visibility Campaign at Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center : Community HIV/AIDS Services, in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese, with English and Chinese subtitles
To Wong Foo: Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar
Tongues Untied
Torch Song Trilogy
The Twilight of The Golds
Two in Twenty: A Lesbian Soap Opera (episodes 1-5)
UCLGBTA 1996 -  Conference Keynote Speeches (2 copies)
UCLGBTA 2000 - Candace Gingrich, keynote address
UCLGBTA 2000 - Carla Trujillo, keynote address
UCLGBTA 2000 - Evan Wolfson, keynote address
UCLGBTA 2000 - Francisco Alarcon, Keynote Address
UCLGBTA 2000 - Kevin Jennings, Keynote Address
UCLGBTA 2000 - Phillip Bubois, Keynote Address
Under the Rainbow
The Wedding Banquet

Women's Research and Resource Center

Students should go to the main office (not the book library) and ask for the film list, which is in a binder; or, they may browse the video selections.  With a valid ID, students may keep videos for five days. 

Academy is Burning: Undergraduate Research on Gender and Sexualities Symposium, Parts I, II
Lesbian Bar Culture
Living with Pride: Ruth Ellis at 100 Years
Vagina Monologues with Eve Ensler
Vagina Monologues at UC Davis, 2/14/2002

Off Campus Resources

Libraries, Archives, and Historical Societies

The GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco

The James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center
of the San Francisco PublicLibrary

The Lesbian Herstory Archives

The National History Archive, LGBT Community Center, New York

Cornell University's Human Sexuality Collection

The Gerber/Hart Library in Chicago

Stonewall National Museum and Archives, Ft. Lauderdale

Granting Agencies

The Astraea National Lesbian Action Foundation

The City University of New York Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS)

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation

The Gill Foundation

Financial Aid and Scholarships

FinAid: Financial Aid for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Students

The Lee Dubin Scholarship 

Point Foundation LGBT Scholarship Fund

Other Resources

Sunshine Behavioral Health