Brown is archiving gay pulp fiction to preserve a moment of LGBTQ history

July 3, 2019 |

“Biker Lust.” “The Book of Studs.” “Astrogay.” The John Hay Library at Brown University seems more suited to stately, leather-bound tomes than books with titles like those. But the university keeps almost 5,000 paperbacks in its gay pulp fiction archive.

Brown’s collection, which includes books from the 1950s to the 1990s, isn’t just a few thousand dirty books. The archive preserves one way LGBTQ people made art, explored their identities and shared in community before it was accepted in the mainstream.

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