Facing Sexuality: Books in SCRC that Focus on LGBTQ Topics

Morin, Jeffrey W., White Maiden Male, N7433.4.M66 W55 2012, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Metal case for the book showing the number 7952. Morin, Jeffrey W., White Maiden Male, N7433.4.M66 W55 2012, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Morin, Jeffrey W., White Maiden Male, N7433.4.M66 W55 2012, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Page that mentions Paragraph 175. Morin, Jeffrey W., White Maiden Male, N7433.4.M66 W55 2012, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

The White Maiden is a German tale about a thirsty hunter who wishes for ancient wine to drink. His wish is granted by the White Maiden who then plagues him with a sense of wanting and an inability to take satisfaction in anything. Morin used this tale to explore the real life narrative of a man, Rudolph Brazda, imprisoned by Nazi’s because of his homosexuality and forced to wear a pink triangle. The story begins with Rudolph finding love and being arrested for violating Paragraph 175, which made homosexual acts a crime. After they were both sentenced, they lost each other, and his partner ended up dying in the war. Rudolph is released and soon finds another partner and is rearrested. This is now during the beginnings of the Nazi concentration camps, and Rudolph is later transferred to Buchenwald. He became prisoner 7952, and remained in Buchenwald from August 1942 until April 1945 when it was liberated. With the help and sympathy of others, he was able to survive in the camp. After his release, he again found love and they lived happily together until 2003 when his partner died. Rudolph died in August 3, 2011 and their ashes were placed together.

 

Morris, Jan, Conundrum: An Extraordinary Narrative of Transsexualism, HQ77.8 .M67 A3 1989 c.2, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University.

Morris, Jan, Conundrum: An Extraordinary Narrative of Transsexualism, HQ77.8 .M67 A3 1989 c.2, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University.

Jan Morris was born James Morris and began her transition in 1964. She is a an historian, travel writer and author. One of her books, Conundrum: An Extraordinary Narrative of Transsexualism, recounts her memories of her transition and explores ideas about gender binaries and the psychological aspects of being a man or a woman. The book was originally written in 1974, shortly after her transition was complete. The first line in the book beings, “I was three or perhaps four years old when I realized that I had been born into the wrong body, and should really be a girl. I remember the moment well, and it is the earliest memory of my life.” She maintains an honesty throughout the book that allows readers to really get a sense of her life journey becoming the person she always was but could not be.

 

Sullivan, Andrew, Virtually Normal: An Argument About Homosexuality, Booknotes 1995-10-01, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University.

Sullivan, Andrew, Virtually Normal: An Argument About Homosexuality, Booknotes 1995-10-01, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University.

Andrew Sullivan was a editor of The New Republic and has written six books. Born in England, he earned his degree at Oxford and later came to America where he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard. He is an openly gay man, and has married since he wrote Virtually Normal. In the book he tackled many of the arguments in the debate about homosexuality. It is not a book necessarily for or against homosexuality, but it discusses the main arguments and points out their strengths and weaknesses. It is divided by four groups: prohibitionists, liberationists, conservatives, and liberals. Virtually Normal was part of the booknotes series and the interview with Andrew Sullivan can be found here.

 

 

 

 

Catalog records:

Virtually Normal: An Argument About Homosexuality

Conundrum: An Extraordinary Narrative of Transsexualism

White Maiden Male

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Library of Congress

Presidential Proclamation

Human Rights Campaign

HIV/AIDS Information

 

The Booknotes Oral History Program

Some of the 801 volumes that are part of the Brian Lamb Booknotes Collection, George Mason University Libraries, Special Collections & Archives.

Some of the 801 volumes that are part of the Brian Lamb Booknotes Collection, George Mason University Libraries, Special Collections & Archives.

One of the many unique collections housed here at University Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives department is the Booknotes collection. Booknotes was a popular television program on C-SPAN hosted by the network’s creator, Brian Lamb, which ran from April 1989 through December 2004. The weekly hour-long program featured intense and educational one-on-one interviews with non-fiction authors. Notable guests included Hillary Clinton, David McCullough, and David Crosby, as well as former presidents Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, and George H.W. Bush. A grant from the C-SPAN Education Foundation has allowed SC&A to preserve Lamb’s personal copies of the 801 books that were covered on the program along with notes, correspondence with authors, and reviews.

To add to this collection the “Booknotes Oral History Project” began in the spring of 2014. The project interviews authors who appeared on and others who were involved with the Booknotes television program.  To date we have completed 25 interviews. Through these interviews we investigate the impact of Brian Lamb, C-SPAN, and Booknotes on then-contemporary political thought, the reading public, and the individuals involved.

Author Douglas Brinkley. Courtesy of Rice University.

Author Douglas Brinkley. Courtesy of Rice University

Our most recent interview took place on December 11, 2014 with author Dr. Douglas Brinkley. Dr. Brinkley is a leading historian in American, corporate, presidential, and conservation history who is a professor at Rice University, a fellow at the James Baker Institute for Public Policy, the history commentator for CBS News, and a contributing editor to the magazines Vanity Fair and American Heritage. Because of his prominence we were enthusiastic to secure Dr. Brinkley’s interview.

Author Douglas Brinkley appearing on the Booknotes program, April 18, 1993. Courtesy of the C-SPAN Booknotes website.

Author Douglas Brinkley appearing on the Booknotes program, April 18, 1993. Courtesy of the C-SPAN Booknotes website

Despite suffering from a chest cold, Dr. Brinkley spoke for nearly an hour about his experience on the program and how his Booknotes appearance, and subsequent friendship with Brian Lamb, ignited the career of the newly-emerging scholar. Dr. Brinkley appeared on Booknotes on April 18, 1993 to discuss his book ­­­­­­The Majic Bus: An American Odyssey. The early exposure of Booknotes was a huge launching pad for his career. This helps to show not only how the program could affect an individual author’s career, but it also shows the ways in which Brian Lamb and C-SPAN were tastemakers, influencing which authors became significant voices in American thought.


[Excerpt from Booknotes Oral History Project Interview with Dr. Douglas Brinkley, December 11, 2014, Booknotes Oral History Collection #R0143. Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University Libraries.]

 

Dr. Brinkley also discussed how important he thinks the Booknotes collection and oral history project are.


[Excerpt from Booknotes Oral History Project Interview with Dr. Douglas Brinkley, December 11, 2014, Booknotes Oral History Collection #R0143. Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University Libraries.]

The complete Booknotes collection is available for viewing in the SC&A Reading Room, Floor 2, Wing C of Fenwick Library.

You can view the entire interview here.

An Evening with Brian Lamb and Richard Norton Smith

 

C-Span founder Brian Lamb and author Richard Norton Smith, George Mason University, Fairfax Campus, September 21, 2011. Image is a still from the original video recording by GMU Television.

SC&A has been made aware of a recording of a program of September 21, 2011 featuring C-Span founder Brian Lamb and George Mason University faculty member Richard Norton Smith.  Norton Smith was a featured author on Lamb’s television program, Booknotes, on February 21, 1993. The Brian Lamb Booknotes Collection is part of George Mason University Libraries’ Rare Books Collection and is housed in Special Collections & Archives.  A digital exhibition about the collection can be accessed at:

http://exhibits.gmu.edu/exhibits/show/booknotes

The video can be accessed at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1n-jvgQp_Fc