Books & Reference



View of the main book room and SMA event space.

With our book collection of more than 14,000 titles, the Sexual Minorities Archives offers an incredible resource for anyone interested in LGBTQI lives. Of the many important books we have, one of our notable holdings is an author and artist signed 1939 first edition of Gertrude Stein’s The World is Round! Our book collection is organized by a classification system that was created in-house by the founding archivist and further developed since to encompass new genres. These catalog titles are meant to help researchers navigate the collection and understand how the books relate to LGBTQI lives. Our list of classifications can be viewed here

Our expansive reference collection provides a helpful resource for researching an array of topics related to LGBTQI subjects. Including guides, indexes, annotated bibliographies, dictionaries, travel guides, reports, publications from other archives, and other materials, this collection offers a diverse range of factual information.

You can access the SMA book catalogs by clicking on the classifications below:

You can access the SMA reference catalogs by clicking on the classifications below: