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LGBTQ+ Resources : Histories

This guide is a starting point for resources available through USA Libraries, the University, and surrounding community.

Alabama Mosaic

AlabamaMosaic is a repository of digital materials on Alabama's history, culture, places, and people. Its purpose is to make unique historical treasures from Alabama's archives, libraries, museums, and other repositories electronically accessible to Alabama residents and to students, researchers, and the general public in other states and countries.

Materials in AlabamaMosaic are primarily browsable as collections from individual institutions. For example, the Birmingham Public Library has a specific collection for LGBT Documents that features digital copies of three queer publications: The Alabama Forge, TAF Press, and Noise Magazine. Should patrons already know what materials they're looking for, searching by collection might be the best starting point.

For patrons wanting a more general start, they might try making a general search with relevant keywords (ex. LGBT, gay, lesbian, transgender, etc.). For example, searching the term "LGBT" provides not only a selection of relevant materials, but also relevant collections (ex. Miller-Stephens GLBTQ UA Student Organization Collection from University of Alabama). 

The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library

The McCall Archives has a vast collection of archival material, from family papers to manuscripts to photographs. Of their various collections, there are multiple relevant to LGBTQ+ studies and personal histories. 

The McCall Library is located on the 3rd floor of the Marx Library on USA's main campus. Call (251) 341-3900 or email to schedule your visit. An appointment is required to ensure that a staff member is available to assist you. Parking passes may be requested from Library Administration in advance or at the time of your visit.

LGBTQ+ Mystic Societies

While New Orleans might be the Mardi Gras capital of the U.S., Mobile is widely considered the birthplace of this holiday. There are over 80 mystic societies in Mobile, with more than 38 of them parading during the 2 ½ weeks leading up to Mardi Gras Day. Two of those societies are proudly all-inclusive, with deep roots in the local LGBTQ+ community. 

Invisible Histories Project

Selection of Relevant Books

Selection of Relevant eBooks

Biographies & Memoirs: Books

Biographies & Memoirs: eBooks