LGBTQ resources

Details of archives and rare books held at Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections


This is a guide to LGBTQ related archives and rare books held at the Cadbury Research Library, at the University of Birmingham.

Items in this resource list have been found using our catalogues and indexes, and suggestions from staff members and researchers, but it is not exhaustive. If you come across other useful sources during the course of your research, we would be pleased to hear about them.

You can search our archive catalogue and our book catalogue online. Find out about visiting us should you wish to consult any of the items we hold.

We feel it is important to acknowledge there may be people listed in this guide that were not ‘out’ or might not have associated with an LGBTQ identity during their lifetime. There may also be instances where people have identified themselves as LGBTQ but the books or archives we hold about them are not specifically LGBTQ related.

At present, whilst we have the title ‘LGBTQ resource guide’, there are no known Trans references listed. Please contact us if you know of items that could be included. One known transgender archive is held at The Royal Society of Medicine.

The National Archives, Kew, also has compiled a useful starting guide for researchers wishing to research records relating to sexuality and gender identity history.

The Cadbury Research Library would like to thank members of the University of Birmingham’s staff LGBTQ group ‘Rainbow Network’ for their help and support in the creation of this resource guide.

This LGBTQ resource guide can be download as a PDF - 289KB or DOCX - 1645KB.