Collection LGBTQ + PERIODICALS - LGBTQ+ Periodical Collection

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LGBTQ+ Periodical Collection


  • 1925 - 2011 (Accumulation)

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Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL) has been providing information, resources and services since 1991. It developed from a broad-based arts organisation called Women in Profile, which was set up in 1987 with the aim of ensuring the representation of women’s culture during Glasgow’s year as the European City of Culture in 1990.

Since 1991 thousands of women have contributed to the growth and success of the Library. The collection has been largely donated and there have been scores of women involved in managing its projects, volunteering and contributing their time, expertise, visions and energies.

Despite the absence of revenue funding and a complete reliance on volunteers, GWL was quickly established as the central general information resource about and for women in Glasgow. People from all sections of the community donated books, magazines, journals and ephemera and by 1994 GWL’s rapid growth, both in terms of collection size and user numbers, resulted in the need to relocate to larger premises. Consequently, the organisation moved to Glasgow City Council-owned premises at 109 Trongate where it continued to expand and develop, providing learning opportunities informally in the context of the lack of any funding for this purpose.

The Library is a unique resource in Scotland but has always sought inspiration, support and links with sister organisations world-wide. Many of the Library projects, policies and initiatives have developed after peer group visits, contacts or discussions.

Over the Library’s history we have held hundreds of events, undertaken research, training and partnerships, visited and hosted workshops, conferences and exhibitions. We have visited international sister projects as well as making firm links with local and national women’s initiatives.
In 2000, GWL secured its first project funding, enabling the employment of workers for the first time. This was followed by further successful funding bids to facilitate new projects focusing on the provision of Lifelong Learning opportunities and an Adult Literacy and Numeracy Project aimed at women.

During a key period of development between 2002 and 2006, GWL secured its status as a Linked Library to the Scottish Parliament, appointed a Librarian and a Writer in Residence, undertook several research commissions on behalf of public bodies and launched its Women Make History Project. This period saw further growth in user numbers, with more than 10,000 people a year accessing the ever-expanding collection of materials and range of services.

In 2007, GWL was decanted from 109 Trongate to temporary accommodation at 81 Parnie Street (due to the development of 109 Trongate for visual arts organisations) pending a negotiated and agreed relocation to permanent self-contained premises at the Mitchell Library, for which the organisation worked towards a planned £1.5 million refurbishment. Whilst some archive materials and artefacts remained in storage at Parnie Street, project work continued and in April 2008, a new learning initiative aimed at Black and Minority Ethnic Women was launched. The new Women Make History Project researched, developed and delivered its first Women’s Heritage Walk and has since developed a further four.

In June 2008 GWL was successful in its bid for funding to the Heritage Lottery Fund and was awarded £410,000 to create a purpose-built archive space within the Mitchell Library premises and to employ an Archivist for three years to train volunteers in archive-related skills, conserve the collection and co-ordinate a programme of related public events. In addition, the Scottish Government agreed three years funding to develop GWL’s Lifelong Learning Programme at national level.

Like 109 Trongate, the temporary Parnie Street premises were also designated in 2010 as being required for visual arts project development, resulting in GWL having to move once again and take occupation of the Mitchell Library space in advance of planned renovation works. This move revealed, in fact, that the space could no longer meet GWL’s operational and strategic requirements in terms of size, functionality, vision and ambition. In the five years between the offer of these premises and the temporary move into them GWL’s growth had been significant, having increased its paid staff cohort three fold from four to 12 and doubling its number of core projects from four to eight. GWL worked with Glasgow Life to identify suitable new premises, and the former public library building in Landressy Street in Bridgeton was identified as an option for GWL by Glasgow Life as a result of the relocation of their public library service into the refurbished Olympia Building. With the support of Clyde Gateway the Library worked hard to raise money for the essential renovations needed to make Bridgeton Library fully fit for our purposes.

Having relocated to permanent premises at 23 Landressy Street in 2013, a major £1.4 million capital refurbishment project was completed in November 2015, when the Rt. Hon. Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland opened the new premises, publically declaring GWL as ‘truly a national treasure.’ This was followed in December by GWL being awarded the prestigious status of ‘Recognised Collection of National Significance’ by Museums Galleries Scotland and the Scottish Government, further cementing its status as the only Accredited Museum dedicated to women’s history in the whole of the UK.


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Ache 1988-1993
Arcadie: Mouvement Homophile de France 1976-1982
Archives Recherches et Cultures Lesbiennes 1984-1992
Artemis: For Women Who Love Women 1983
Atlanta 1998-1992
Bay Windows 1983-1988
Bi-monthly 1984
Black Lesbian and Gay Centre (project) 1986-1993
The Body Politic: a magazine for gay liberation 1978-1985
Bollettino del C.L.I: Collegamento fra le lesbiche italiane 1982-1993
The Bristol Radical Lesbian Feminist Magazine 1986-1990
Capital Gay 1983-1995
Contact magazine: Britain’s national lesbian monthly 1985-1987
Common lives: Lesbian lives, a lesbian quarterly 1981-1995
Curve 2005-2008
Deneuve : The Lesbian Magazine 1992-1995
EFFE 1974-1978
Gay Community News: The Weekly for Lesbians and Gays 1982-1987
Gay Left 1975-1979
Gay News 1972-1983
Gay Scotland 1983-2003
Gemma Newsletter 1980-2006
Gen 1987
Kenric Newsletter (The nationwide social network for lesbians run by members for members) 1987-2000
The Ladder: A Lesbian Review 1963-1971
Lesbian Contradiction 1986-1994
Lesbian Feminist Circle 1973-1985
Lesbian and Gay Socialist 1984-1989
Lesbian Herstory Archives News 1975-1988
Lesbian Information Service Newsletter 1987-1990
National Women Only: Lesbian Information service (later: Lesbians International) 1987-1990
Lesbian London 1991/92 (Dec-Jan issue)-1994
Lesbian Network: Australian newsletter for Lesbian information/resources 1984-1985
Lesbian Newsletter: Leicester newsletter for Lesbian information/resources 1987
Lesbian Newsletter: Wellington newsletter for Lesbian information/resources 1988-1995
A Lesbian Position: The Newsletter 1989-1997
Lesbian Tide 1972-1979
Lesbian Quarterly 1995-1998
Lover 1989-2004
Manchester’s Lesbian Zone 1984-1986
MOVE: A Publication of the Gay Women’s Group – Women’s Liberation 1975-1980
Northgate news: The Newsletter of the Oxford Lesbian and Gay centre 1992-1996
Older Lesbian Network Newsletter 1984-2007
Outcome 1977-1980
Quim 1989-2001
Rosige Zeiten 1989-1999
Rouge 1989/90 (winter issue)-1995
Sappho 1973-1981 (issues before this not dated)

Sequel 1978-1981
Shebang: The Dyke Agenda 1992-1994
Sinister Wisdom 1976-2011
Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists Newsletter 1988-1997
Solga 1988-1997
Square Peg 1983-1987
The Dyke: Lesbian Outdoor Magazine (was called The Dyke Lesbian Walker’s Newsletter until April 1996) 1994-1998
Lesbian Magazine 1983-1996
The Pink Paper 1987-2004
Lesbian Ethics 1985-1991
Urania 1925-1935
Visibilities 1988-1991

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