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LGBTQIA+ Studies: A Resource Guide


This page provides search strategies and a selection of recommended resources related to LGBTQIA+ Poets and Poetry.

This is a selection of LGBTQ+ Poetry at the Library of Congress. The following titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are included when available.

Collections of Distinction

The Library of Congress has a world-class collection of poetry, including LGBTQ+ poets from the heights of fame (Walt Whitman) to the relatively obscure.

  • The Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature. This collection features countless recordings of LGBTQ+ poets and authors including: Audre Lorde, Alice Walker, James Baldwin, and more!
  • A.E. Housman papers, 1906-1940. Gay Poet. Chiefly notebooks containing drafts, fair copies, and fragments of Housman's poetry, in addition to a few letters and miscellaneous items. Also includes an analysis of some of the poems by John W. Carter.
  • Countee Cullen correspondence, 1923-1943. Gay African American poet. Collection includes signed typescripts of two poems, "The Ballad of the Brown Girl" and "To a Brown Boy." Correspondents include William Stanley Braithwaite, Sterling Allen Brown, and Cornelius Greenway.
  • The Walt Whitman Papers. Of special note is a surviving page from the original manuscript of the first edition of Leaves of Grass (1855), as well as various trial lines, draft fragments, and printed versions of Whitman poems. Also included in this collection is a copy of The New Spirit (1891) by Havelock Ellis, this copy belonged to Whitman himself and was inscribed by the author. Additional Walt Whitman materials may be found in the Papers of: Gertrude Franklin Horn, Lewis Kirk Brown, John Burroughs, Charles Nathan Elliot, Charles E. Feinberg, Thomas Biggs Harned, Burton Norvell Harrison, George Sidney Hellman, and Hannah Whitman Heyde.
  • Faith Daryl Berry Papers. Correspondence, memoranda, minutes, speeches, writings, book reviews, reports, radio and television transcripts, research materials, press releases, clippings, printed matter, posters, photographs, and other papers pertaining to Berry's research on the life and literary career of poet Langston Hughes and and to her work on behalf of civil rights and women.
  • Hugh Joseph Chisolm Papers. Poet, translator, and editor. Chiefly writings, including poetry, essays, articles, and book proposals, as well as correspondence and other material relating to Chisholm’s literary career.