Columbia and Barnard Research Guides

Library staff at Columbia and Barnard have produced numerous invaluable online research guides. Consulting these guides can help you frame research questions and direct you to supplementary material not included in the archival collections described in this research guide. While the following guides are most directly related to the history of sexuality, browsing the full list of research and course guides for the Columbia libraries and the Barnard Library and Academic Information Services may prove helpful.


Columbia University Archives: LGBT Student Groups (Research Guide)

This research guide  explains how to access archival material pertaining to the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender student groups at Columbia University. The guide specifies which Historical Subject Files, Central Files from the Office of the President Records, and Office of the Provost Records contain LGBT-related material and offers links to digitized campus publication archives including the Daily Spectator, the University Record, and Blue and White. This page provides a concise introduction and jumping-off point for research into Columbia’s Student Homophile League and other subsequent LGBT student organizations and initiatives.


Gender and Sexuality in African History

This research guide provides a litany of key reference links with tips and recommendations for more effective searching in the catalog as well as databases, a selected bibliography with CLIO links to key titles in the field, full text databases, statistical resources, current and historical news sources, and other complementary Columbia research guides.


Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

This research guide provides an extensive introduction to searching for books in the catalog, historical and contemporary articles, audio, video, and image sources, full text primary sources databases, microform collections, relevant reference works, key Columbia archival collections, and citation assistance.


Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Resource Guide (Barnard Library)

This research guide provides links and instructions to seeking information on women, gender, and sexuality through articles from periodicals and databases, statistics and data, primary sources, local campus and community resources, and accessing library staff.