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Gay magazine collection

Identifier: MSS 412

Scope and Contents

There are three boxes of gay magazines, gay couples magazines, swinger magazines, porn video magazines, a segment of leather lifestyle magazines plus Playgirl special issues and Playboy special magazines. The majority are from the 1960s and 1970s.


  • Creation: 1967-2013
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1967-1979

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored offsite in Remote Storage. Please contact Special Collections 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.

Biographical / Historical

Before the changes in United States laws relating to homosexuality gay pornography was illegal. Magazines considered to be soft gay pornography were marketed as beefcake magazines with a supposed emphasis on exercise and fitness. As gay pornography became legal; the need diminished. The Stonewall Riots of June 1969 at the Stonewall Inn, Greenwich Village, New York City is considered to be the start of Gay Pride.


3 Linear Feet (3 boxes) ; 25.5 x 33 x 39 cm

Language of Materials



Each box is arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by several donors in 2012.

Processing Information

Processed by Edward R. Barton, October 2013.

Finding Aid for the Gay magazine collection
4 Published And Cataloged
Edward R. Barton.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI 48823 USA