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Collection Development Policy Statement: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender

Analysis of the Subject Field


A. Chronology of the subject: Emphasis/Restrictions

Primarily Twentieth-Century and current materials, but including 19th century material on sexologists, sexual advice, friendship, Walt Whitman, Edward Carpenter, Oscar Wilde, etc.

B. Languages of resources collected

Primarily English language materials, but including some Mexican, South American and European publications in their original languages as well as in translation.

C. Geography of the subject

International, but with primary emphasis on United States and Canada, as well as Great Britain, Europe and other nations in the Western hemisphere.

D. Format of the resources collected and treatment of the subject

Printed materials: serials, monographs and ephemeral publications Some videorecordings; most are sent to the audiovisual library. Most sound recordings are sent to the Vincent Voice or Fine Arts libraries.

E. Date of publication of resources collected

Primarily 1850-present; see remarks under chronology of subject matter, III-A.

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