Haud Nominandum collection of over 30,000 LGBT+ books gifted to Senate House Library
Last year, Senate House Library was gifted the remarkable collection of over 30,000 books and archives from Jonathan Cutbill, one of the founders of the Gay's The Word Bookshop and a leading LGBT+ rights activist. The collection, which dates from 1760 to the 2010s, is now one of the largest and richest collections of queer literature in the UK.
In an interview for the BBC, Maria Castrillo, Head of Special Collections and Engagement at Senate House Library, said the collection would help fill "fundamental gaps" in LGBT+ history. She added that the Library "recognises the unique qualities of the collection and would like to develop it" and hoped it would be a catalyst for research and community engagement.
You can read more about the history of queer publishing and the life and work of Jonathan Cutbill, in this Senate House Library blogpost.
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