skip to content

SPS Library


The Gender Studies collection


The Gender Studies collection is a small collection of 242 publications, mostly pamphlets, dating from the late 1960s to the 1980s. The material originated from various donations to the SPS Library when the faculty was first established.

The collection includes keystone publications on LGBT issues, the liberation of men and women, advice on motherhood, abortion, childcare, race and employment. The late 20th century was an influential period in the movement of rights, making this archive an important resource through a range of disciplines.

Picture of Shrew magazine

Most of the archive is unique to Cambridge, if not the UK. As most of the items in the collection are fragile, copying or scanning is not permitted. All the items are catalogued and are available for users to browse in the library.

To browse this important collection, do ask at the library desk. The library staff will be happy to show you some of the interesting works in the archive, suggest ways you can further your reading within gender studies, and hopefully, help to incorporate parts of this collection into your research.

Also, take a look at the poster on the first-floor noticeboard which includes examples of works from the collection.