New eResources on LGBTQ history, Caribbean video, and US race relations

August 8, 2016

This summer, Columbia University Libraries has made several new eResources available for the Barnard and CU community. Today we’re highlighting databases on LGBTQ culture, Caribbean video, and race relations in America.


The Archives of Sexuality and Gender have a collection of resources about LGBTQ history and culture since 1940. There are many materials from international activist organizations, coverage of government reactions to the AIDS crisis, and personal correspondence of LGBTQ people. The collection contains a large number of gay and lesbian periodicals (including newsletters and newspapers) from over 30 countries!

This collection is great for research on: gender studies, women's studies, queer studies, American studies, human rights, journalism, and more.


The Banyan Archive collection has a huge amount of Caribbean video materials! This collection has over 1000 hours of footage from the first Caribbean enterprise to create original TV content in the 1970s (the Banyan Production company, based in Trinidad and Tobago). There are interviews, performances, rehearsal footage, and documentary series from the Banyan Production collection. You can sort through over 2000 videos by discipline, location, and people included.

This collection is great for research on: Caribbean history, media studies, visual arts, religion, literature, theater, sociology, and more.


The Race Relations in America collection includes many primary source materials from the Race Relations Institute related to race relations in America from 1943 to 1970. Highlights include studies on urban race relations in cities including Trenton, Nashville, and Minneapolis; audio recordings of speeches given by members of the Civil Rights Movement, and materials on race riots and racial tensions.

This collection is great for research on: American history, Black studies, urban studies, political science, sociology, and more.