The Neil Richards Collection of Sexual and Gender Diversity contains materials dealing with many aspects of the history and literature of LGBTQ2 people. It has become one of the largest such collections in Canada, and is acknowledged to be the biggest of it's kind in Western Canada.
The past year has seen many important and curious additions to this collection. While works of LGBTQ2 fiction, pulp fiction, non-fiction, art books, comic books, and vintage postcards, continue to be staples, the collection has also diversified into new areas. These include the addition of queer movie posters, multiple editions of lesbian and gay classic literature, music, and books representing religious and/or anti-gay perspectives.
The current exhibition showcases some of these new additions to the Neil Richards Collection, ranging from artefacts such as Saskatoon Gay Pride T-shirts to vintage postcards to drag queen art books. The cases in Room 301 also contain a mini-exhibit on lesbian author Radclyffe Hall and her most well-known novel, The Well of Loneliness, of which several editions are on display. Together, these materials represent a small portion of what is on offer through the Neil Richards Collection of Sexual and Gender diversity. To learn more about this rich and constantly evolving collection, and to take a closer look at some of its holdings, please visit the University Archives and Special Collections in room 301 of the Murray Library.