Last Minute Resources!

Thinking about proposing something for HomoEconomics, but looking for some research / direction / ideas? We’ve put together a few links to collections that we know hold interesting stories. If you know others, add them in the commetns!

  • The Brooklyn Historical Society ( has a great finding aid called Emma, which can help with finding research on almost any topic. BHS also has the papers and photographs of Edna Huntington, head librarian of BHS from 1936 – 1960, world traveler, and fabulous queer librarian.
  • The Allan Berube papers at the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco ( Before his death, groundbreaking queer historian Allan Berube was immersed in a research project on the Marine Cooks and Stewards Union, including interviews with members in New York. He also kept extensive notes on the waterfront in general. From the finding aid:
    • New York City Waterfront
      Allan kept an extensive amount of research files, the majority of which are copies of articles, newspaper clippings, handwritten notes, and ephemera. This subseries includes his research files on the New York City waterfront, including such topics as waterfront gay bars, New York City immigrants, various waterfronts such as Brooklyn, Coney Island and New Jersey, waterfront sex clubs, and the Stonewall Riots. These files have been left in their original order, for the most part with their original labels created by Allan.
  • The Lesbian Herstory Archives ( is an unparalleled collection of resources on queer history, and it’s located in Brooklyn. Coincidence? We think not… If you haven’t been, you should go right now!
  • The Brooklyn Public Library ( has the records of Brooklyn and NYC papers dating back to the 1800s. It’s a great resource if you’re interested in the “swastika swishery” scandal of WWII. Closeted conservative senators, Nazi spies, gay brothels – what’s not to love?

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