Michigan State University

Collection Development Policy Statement: Special Collections LGBTQ+ collection

Collecting Priorities

A. Activism
Continue to collect material that documents political and social change movements. Including but not restricted to the homophile movement, gay liberation movement, AIDS activism, trans rights, land back movement, body positivity, death positivity, reproductive rights, same-sex marriage, and sex worker rights.

B. Archival collections 
Continue to collect records of LGBTQIA2S+ organizations, as well as personal papers of members of the LGBTQIA2S+ community active in Michigan and/or within the MSU community.

C. Art and Photography
Continue to collect a representative and affirming messages from artists, photographers, and other content creators.

D. Comic Art/Zines
Continue to collect comic art by LGBTQIA2S+ artists, and comic art produced by and intended for the LGBTQIA2S+ community

E. Popular Fiction
Continue to collect current and out of print material that include LGBTQIA2S+ subject matter within popular fiction. Areas of strength include gay and lesbian "pulp paperbacks" from the 1950’s-1970’s, and LGBTQIA2S+ small press fiction.

F. Rare Books
Continue to collect primarily first edition copies of significant titles relevant to the LGBTQIA2S+ community. Examples include works by expatriate writers of the 1920s, milestone titles, or editions published by fine presses in limited editions.

G. Serials/Periodicals
Continue to collect through subscriptions, out of print purchases, and donations. Serial publications collected reflect the broad spectrum of the LGBTQIA2S+ community.