January 2021: Sexuality, Sexual Health, Sex Work

GRAPH BOOKS: PRINTED MATTER FROM RADICAL ART AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS.
FEMINIST HISTORIANS OF MATERIAL CULTURE.



Sexuality

Archive of Drag Performer Burma Taylor (1929-2004)

Monumental record of a thirty year drag career, challenging assumptions about nonbinary identities in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.

Archive of Drag Performer Burma Taylor (1929-2004)close


Monumental record of a thirty year drag career, challenging assumptions about nonbinary identities in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.



(Graphic Design) Four Typographic X-Rated Film Posters

[1985-1987]

From "the last porn theatre in Paris," Le Cinéma Béverley.

(Graphic Design) Four Typographic X-Rated Film Postersclose


From "the last porn theatre in Paris," Le Cinéma Béverley.



Archive of Leather Fraternity Membership Files

1973-1978

Exceptional research archive of confidential membership files for a gay BDSM referral service with applications, photographs and correspondence.

Archive of Leather Fraternity Membership Filesclose


Exceptional research archive of confidential membership files for a gay BDSM referral service with applications, photographs and correspondence.



34 Photographs of San Francisco Gay Motorcycle Club Events

ca. 1973-1976

Rare scenes from San Francisco's gay biker bars.

34 Photographs of San Francisco Gay Motorcycle Club Eventsclose


Rare scenes from San Francisco's gay biker bars.



Press Photo of Billy Graham in Times Square Sex Shop

1957 or 1960

Vintage print of the preacher in a Times Square sex shop.

Press Photo of Billy Graham in Times Square Sex Shopclose


Vintage print of the preacher in a Times Square sex shop.



Sous la jupe: illustré

G. Maindouce ca. 1933-1935

Detourned fetish photography from Studio Biederer and Diana-Slip (Brassaï, Kertesz, and Schall, et al.).

Sous la jupe: illustréclose


Detourned fetish photography from Studio Biederer and Diana-Slip (Brassaï, Kertesz, and Schall, et al.).



Ultra: Wrestling Gals, Bizarre Fads, Exotic Fashions. Vol. 1, No. 3.

[Hal Zucker]. H Zucca. 1958

Domination and sports fetishism.

Ultra: Wrestling Gals, Bizarre Fads, Exotic Fashions. Vol. 1, No. 3.close


Domination and sports fetishism.



On the Question of Homosexuals and the Party

ca. 1973

Marxist Leninist repudiation of homosexuality documents the mixed history of communism and LGBTQ rights.

On the Question of Homosexuals and the Partyclose


Marxist Leninist repudiation of homosexuality documents the mixed history of communism and LGBTQ rights.





Sexual Health

By the late nineteenth century an epidemic of gonorrhea and syphilis was the basis for one of the earliest nationally coordinated public health campaigns in the US. By the first world war, social reforms rooted in medical practice and a push for scientific sex instruction in school had given way to moral purity campaigns that emphasized sexual immorality, ill health, and “common sense eugenics.” Much of the material in this section documents the relationship between private, state-funded, and federal efforts to control venereal disease through various means. A few earlier items explore 18th-century medical theories about sexual dysfunction and 19th-century medical treatments.
(Sexual Health) (Religious Orders) Sammelband of Five French Medical Theses

1792-1793

Curious French Revolution-era pamphlet on sexual diseases caused by excessive or insufficient sexual activity. Not recorded in OCLC.

(Sexual Health) (Religious Orders) Sammelband of Five French Medical Thesesclose


Curious French Revolution-era pamphlet on sexual diseases caused by excessive or insufficient sexual activity. Not recorded in OCLC.



An essay on the Arbutus Uva Ursi and Pyrola Umbellata …

John Mitchell 1803

A doctoral dissertation describing the effects of Bear-berry on gonorrhea patients.

An essay on the Arbutus Uva Ursi and Pyrola Umbellata …close


A doctoral dissertation describing the effects of Bear-berry on gonorrhea patients.



Les Maladies Sans Nom. Leur Guréison Faciles et Radicale Conseils aux Medales Désespérés.

Charles-Antoin Richard [1877]

Anonymous case histories incl. sexual diseases, healed with a precursor to the first syphilis cure, an arsenic compound?

Les Maladies Sans Nom. Leur Guréison Faciles et Radicale Conseils aux Medales Désespérés.close


Anonymous case histories incl. sexual diseases, healed with a precursor to the first syphilis cure, an arsenic compound?



​(Contraception) The Dawn of Today: Let Va-Jel open the way [...]

Alpha Laboratory [ca. 1925-30]

Unrecorded Deco contraception leaflet with proto-feminist angle touting "the inalienable rights of women" and "absolute freedom from fear."

​(Contraception) The Dawn of Today: Let Va-Jel open the way [...]close


Unrecorded Deco contraception leaflet with proto-feminist angle touting "the inalienable rights of women" and "absolute freedom from fear."



(Sex Education) (Antisemitism) Collection of Anti-Sex Education and Moral Decency Literature

1956-1970

Collection of material from Christian and conservative morality campaigns, incl. John Birch Society, MOTOREDE. Some unrecorded.

(Sex Education) (Antisemitism) Collection of Anti-Sex Education and Moral Decency Literatureclose


Collection of material from Christian and conservative morality campaigns, incl. John Birch Society, MOTOREDE. Some unrecorded.



(Sexual Health) Annual Report of the Oregon Social Hygiene Society. Vols. 2-5, 9 [subtitles vary]

Oregon Social Hygiene Society 1913-1920

Nearly complete run of Oregon's highly successful anti-venereal disease public health campaign, profusely illus.

(Sexual Health) Annual Report of the Oregon Social Hygiene Society. Vols. 2-5, 9 [subtitles vary]close


Nearly complete run of Oregon's highly successful anti-venereal disease public health campaign, profusely illus.



(Sexual Health) Aux Victimes de L’Amour

Dr. A. Bertray ca. 1900

Parisian cures for "les maladies secrètes": venereal disease, erectile dysfunction, and others. This edition not recorded?

(Sexual Health) Aux Victimes de L’Amourclose


Parisian cures for "les maladies secrètes": venereal disease, erectile dysfunction, and others. This edition not recorded?



(Sexual Health) Dr. McIntosh’s Natural Uterine Supporter

Dr. McIntosh's Natural Uterine Supporter Company ca. 1876-1882

Vaginal pessary leaflet.

(Sexual Health) Dr. McIntosh’s Natural Uterine Supporterclose


Vaginal pessary leaflet.



(Sexual Health) (Education) 11 educational pamphlets and nearly complete Journal of Social Diseases

Society of Sanitary and Moral Prophylaxis; American Federation for Sex Hygiene 1911-1915

Rare early sex instruction / sex hygiene materials by the first social hygiene organization in the US.

(Sexual Health) (Education) 11 educational pamphlets and nearly complete Journal of Social Diseasesclose


Rare early sex instruction / sex hygiene materials by the first social hygiene organization in the US.



(Sexual Health) (Education) Circular Nos. 2-4

ca. 1911-1920

Chicago public health & venereal disease pamphlets. Scarce.

(Sexual Health) (Education) Circular Nos. 2-4close


Chicago public health & venereal disease pamphlets. Scarce.



(Sexual Health) (Education) (California) A Plain Explanation of the Greatest Social Evil

Wm. Lee Howard 1910

Let's talk about sex: “By secrecy we encourage mental perversion.”

(Sexual Health) (Education) (California) A Plain Explanation of the Greatest Social Evilclose


Let's talk about sex: “By secrecy we encourage mental perversion.”



(Sexual Health) (Education) Seven Booklets and Pamphlets

New York Social Hygiene Society; American Social Hygiene Association 1914-1924

Incl. well-illustrated examples of health exhibits and public information campaigns against venereal disease.

(Sexual Health) (Education) Seven Booklets and Pamphletsclose


Incl. well-illustrated examples of health exhibits and public information campaigns against venereal disease.



(Sexual Health) (Education) (Illinois) Manpower

ca. 1919

WWI-era VD pamphlet, seemingly unrecorded in OCLC.

(Sexual Health) (Education) (Illinois) Manpowerclose


WWI-era VD pamphlet, seemingly unrecorded in OCLC.



(Sexual Health) (Libraries) Two letters soliciting librarians’ help fighting venereal disease

US Surgeon General; American Library Association 1918

Librarians. Venereal Disease. User Services par excellence.

(Sexual Health) (Libraries) Two letters soliciting librarians’ help fighting venereal diseaseclose


Librarians. Venereal Disease. User Services par excellence.



(Sexual Health) (Medical Advertising) Be Healthy

Public Health Institute 1937

Enamel advertisement for the largest venereal disease clinic in the world, notorious for its challenge to Chicago Medical Society's monopoly.

(Sexual Health) (Medical Advertising) Be Healthyclose


Enamel advertisement for the largest venereal disease clinic in the world, notorious for its challenge to Chicago Medical Society's monopoly.



(Sexual Health) (Pennsylvania) Four Reports on Vice and Social Diseases

1911-193

Pennsylvanian reports on social disease and vice, including recommendations for sterilization from the Pittsburgh commission.

(Sexual Health) (Pennsylvania) Four Reports on Vice and Social Diseasesclose


Pennsylvanian reports on social disease and vice, including recommendations for sterilization from the Pittsburgh commission.



(Sexual Health) (Prostitution) (California) Transactions of the Commonwealth Club of California ...

1911; 1913

Documenting the pioneering work of the only compulsory VD clinic for prostitutes in the US.

(Sexual Health) (Prostitution) (California) Transactions of the Commonwealth Club of California ...close


Documenting the pioneering work of the only compulsory VD clinic for prostitutes in the US.



(Sexual Health) (Quackery) Letter promoting a new treatment for syphilis

[Cosden Oil & Gas Company?] 1918

Quackery? Otherwise unrecorded.

(Sexual Health) (Quackery) Letter promoting a new treatment for syphilisclose


Quackery? Otherwise unrecorded.



(Sexual Health) (Government) Six Booklets, Reports, and Pamphlets

United States Interdepartmental Social Hygiene Board, Washington, D.C. 1920

Unusual documentation of federal efforts to coordinate research and prevention of VD, policy that disproportionately impacted women.

(Sexual Health) (Government) Six Booklets, Reports, and Pamphletsclose


Unusual documentation of federal efforts to coordinate research and prevention of VD, policy that disproportionately impacted women.



(Sexual Health) (Soldiers) Keeping Fit to Fight; Sex Hygiene and Venereal Disease

War Department and American Social Hygiene Association 1918?; 1942

Two pamphlets written for enlisted soldiers, describing sex and VD. Sections on wet dreams, masturbation, etc.

(Sexual Health) (Soldiers) Keeping Fit to Fight; Sex Hygiene and Venereal Diseaseclose


Two pamphlets written for enlisted soldiers, describing sex and VD. Sections on wet dreams, masturbation, etc.



(Sexual Health) (Soldiers) Evidence in the Case of the Unwary Returnee

War Department; Third Air Force ca. 1941-1944

Illustrated stories of sexual encounters between enlisted men and licentious women. Unrecorded in OCLC.

(Sexual Health) (Soldiers) Evidence in the Case of the Unwary Returneeclose


Illustrated stories of sexual encounters between enlisted men and licentious women. Unrecorded in OCLC.





Sex Work

Antiprostitution movements, the Mann Act, sex worker advocacy, and decriminalization. (Regarding the linguistic framework of this section, we refer to sex work and sex workers in the Progressive Era as prostitutes and prostitution to preserve historical accuracy and context.)
How We are Defending the Health of Our Soldiers and Sailors: 309 Houses of Shame Closed

California State Law Enforcement and Protective League; Committee for the Redlight Abatement Bill; Hichborn, Franklin, et al. 1914-1918

Socialist antiprostitution movement ephemera together with an otherwise unrecorded illus. antiprostitution pamphlet for soldiers.

How We are Defending the Health of Our Soldiers and Sailors: 309 Houses of Shame Closedclose


Socialist antiprostitution movement ephemera together with an otherwise unrecorded illus. antiprostitution pamphlet for soldiers.



Thirteen Pamphlets, Offprints, and Reprints from the American Social Hygiene Association

1917-1942

The "white light" of scientific inquiry applied to antiprostitution and social welfare campaigns.

Thirteen Pamphlets, Offprints, and Reprints from the American Social Hygiene Associationclose


The "white light" of scientific inquiry applied to antiprostitution and social welfare campaigns.



(Antiprostitution) Report and recommendations of the Wisconsin Legislative Committee [...]

Wisconsin Vice Committee. 1914

(Antiprostitution) Report and recommendations of the Wisconsin Legislative Committee [...]close






(Antiprostitution) Report of the Commission for the Investigation of the White Slave Traffic [...]

Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Commission for Investigation of White Slave Traffic 1914

Sociological research, incl. interviews with known prostitutes and johns.

(Antiprostitution) Report of the Commission for the Investigation of the White Slave Traffic [...]close


Sociological research, incl. interviews with known prostitutes and johns.



(Antiprostitution) (Mann White-Slave Act) Group of Instructive Literature

1871-1945

(Antiprostitution) (Mann White-Slave Act) Group of Instructive Literatureclose






(Antiprostitution) (Socialism) The Social Evil: Its Cause Effect and Cure

J.H. Greer 1913

The cure for prostitution is socialism.

(Antiprostitution) (Socialism) The Social Evil: Its Cause Effect and Cureclose


The cure for prostitution is socialism.



La prostitution [...] et ses multiples aspects

Emile Armand 1933

Anarchist sexual revolution.

La prostitution [...] et ses multiples aspectsclose


Anarchist sexual revolution.



[O]n the illegality and inexpediency of segregating commercialized vice in St. Louis

Committee of One-hundred for the Suppression of Commercialized Vice in St. Louis 1914

[O]n the illegality and inexpediency of segregating commercialized vice in St. Louisclose






(Sex Work) Group of Sex Work Ephemera from Brazil, England, and the US

1975-2001

Pamphlets, fliers, and serials.

(Sex Work) Group of Sex Work Ephemera from Brazil, England, and the USclose


Pamphlets, fliers, and serials.



(Sex Work) Group of Nine American Sex Worker Zines and Magazines

1997-2019

Profusely illus., scattered OCLC holdings.

(Sex Work) Group of Nine American Sex Worker Zines and Magazinesclose


Profusely illus., scattered OCLC holdings.



Six Posters from an Advertising Campaign for the Margo St. James Task Force on Prostitution

[COYOTE] Neville De Souza and Gerard Vaglio 1995

Controversial ad campaign to decriminalize prostitution in California, unrecorded in OCLC.

Six Posters from an Advertising Campaign for the Margo St. James Task Force on Prostitutionclose


Controversial ad campaign to decriminalize prostitution in California, unrecorded in OCLC.



Women’s Forum on Prostitution Rights: Program

1984

Women’s Forum on Prostitution Rights: Programclose






De l’extinction de la prostitution: pétition au Sénat, session de 1865

Jules Meugy ca. 1865

De l’extinction de la prostitution: pétition au Sénat, session de 1865close






La Lotta Contro La Prostitutzione

Remo Pannain ca. 1929

On Italian anti-prostitution law, in response to an article about same, In Belgium.

La Lotta Contro La Prostitutzioneclose


On Italian anti-prostitution law, in response to an article about same, In Belgium.





Bonus Round

Dating, Courtship, and Marriage
(Courtship) Six Acquaintance Cards

Late 19th- or early 20th-century cards, used popularly for humorous introductions.

(Courtship) Six Acquaintance Cardsclose


Late 19th- or early 20th-century cards, used popularly for humorous introductions.



(Courtship) (Christian) How to pick a wife [...]

1953

Together with Clean Love and Courtship.

(Courtship) (Christian) How to pick a wife [...]close


Together with Clean Love and Courtship.



(Courtship) (Theater) How to Choose a Wife: Ten Tips for Men Who are Threatened with Matrimony

[Marian Fairfax] ca. 1913-1914

Satirical handbill advertising a performance of the groundbreaking screenwriter's early Broadway hit, "The Talker."

(Courtship) (Theater) How to Choose a Wife: Ten Tips for Men Who are Threatened with Matrimonyclose


Satirical handbill advertising a performance of the groundbreaking screenwriter's early Broadway hit, "The Talker."



(Dating) (Asian-American) Donahue Transcript 02244

Phil Donahue 1984

Rare transcript of show on Asian mail-order brides and Asian sexual stereotypes.

(Dating) (Asian-American) Donahue Transcript 02244close


Rare transcript of show on Asian mail-order brides and Asian sexual stereotypes.



(Dating) (Internet) A Girl’s Guide to Dating a Geek.

Omi Inouye 2007

Satirical guide with case studies, fieldwork reports, and exercises.

(Dating) (Internet) A Girl’s Guide to Dating a Geek.close


Satirical guide with case studies, fieldwork reports, and exercises.



(Dating) (Internet - Social Aspects) Collection of 13 Zines, 1999-2014

Scarce, many unrecorded. Offering broad perspective on contemporary dating and sexuality.

(Dating) (Internet - Social Aspects) Collection of 13 Zines, 1999-2014close


Scarce, many unrecorded. Offering broad perspective on contemporary dating and sexuality.



Kissing: the art of osculation, curiously, historically, humorously, and poetically considered

George Manson 1888

Uncommon 19th-century cover illustration of two men kissing.

Kissing: the art of osculation, curiously, historically, humorously, and poetically consideredclose


Uncommon 19th-century cover illustration of two men kissing.



Le Véritable Guide des Jeunes Amoureux: Nouveaux Recueil des Lettres

ca. 1902-1908

Template love letters for all circumstances.

Le Véritable Guide des Jeunes Amoureux: Nouveaux Recueil des Lettresclose


Template love letters for all circumstances.



Opal Correspondence Club Ephemera

Walter E. and Opal N. Reasoner [1919]

Otherwise unrecorded marriage agency for lower-middle-class and middle-class clients, incl. an application.

Opal Correspondence Club Ephemeraclose


Otherwise unrecorded marriage agency for lower-middle-class and middle-class clients, incl. an application.



(Trade Card) McDonnell’s Matrimonial Association.

ca. 1900

Promoting a directory of 2000+ ladies available for "amusement, mutual improvement [and] matrimony.”

(Trade Card) McDonnell’s Matrimonial Association.close


Promoting a directory of 2000+ ladies available for "amusement, mutual improvement [and] matrimony.”



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