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LGBTQ+ Related Materials at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives


The situation and history of LGBTQ+ individuals and communities have not been a priority in our 100+ years of collecting materials on "war, revolution, and peace" at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives. Nonetheless, you can find in our collections materials that may be valuable for the study of various aspects of LGBTQ+ history. The majority of them concern issues related to male homosexuality and gay men. Examples of represented themes include:

  • public and published discourse on homosexuality,
  • hostility towards homosexuals among various political and religious groups,
  • protest and activism of gay and LGBTQ+ groups,
  • discussions about the AIDS crisis, especially in the United States.

Below, you can find examples of a variety of materials in the collections of the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

Please note that tens of thousands of materials and sources on LGBTQ+ themes can be found in the collections of Stanford University Libraries. Two useful online guides facilitate your access to LGBTQ+ resources at Stanford:

LGBTQ+ Related Sources in Our Archival and Library Collections

Inventory of the Charles Patrick Carroll papers - Correspondence, notes, conference papers, and printed matter, relating to medical ethics, and to medical, legal, moral and theological aspects of euthanasia, sterilization, abortion, assisted suicide, and related issues. Includes copies of transcripts of war crime trials of Nazi doctors at Nuremberg.

Gasper (Jo Ann) papers - The collection documents the political activities of Jo Ann Gasper from 1977 to 1993. The collection is focused on her time as the editor and publisher of "The Right Woman" newsletter, as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Yarim-Agaev (Yuri) papers - Writings, correspondence, reports, notes, financial records, case files, printed matter, and audiovisual material, relating to human rights and dissent in the Soviet Union, and political conditions and the promotion of democracy in the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia.

Rector, F. (1981). The Nazi extermination of homosexuals. Scarborough House. 

Magnus Hirschfeld was a German physician and sexologist educated primarily in Germany.

New Left collection - The New Left Collection largely relates to radical movements for political and social change in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s. It is the largest resource in the archives devoted to this turbulent period in American history.

Militant photographic collection - Photographs, drawings, and printed reproductions of illustrations depicting activities of anti-war, civil rights, labor, racial justice, women's rights, and other protest movements in the United States and other countries, mainly from the 1960s through the 1990s.