Michigan State University

Gift of Stephen P. Wilensky and Mark S. Ritzenhein

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The Wilensky-Ritzenhein Gay Book Collection was donated to the Michigan State University Libraries in 2012. The extensive collection covers a critical growth period in gay literary culture, dating from the late 1970s through the early twenty-first century. Broad in scope, the collection reflects the vast interdisciplinary nature of LBGTQ studies. The array of topics includes (among others) gay fiction and literature, gay military history, gay cookery, religion and sexuality, and gay art and photography. Selected volumes are inscribed by prominent authors (such as Allen Ginsberg). The collection represents a dedicated and concerted effort to gain self-knowledge and awareness of the obscured and suppressed voices within the LBGTQ community. For decades, the MSU Libraries have been committed to preserving the experiences of lesbians, gay men, and bisexual and transgender people. With the generous support of the Wilensky-Ritzenhein Gay Book Collection and Endowment, the Libraries will continue to enhance teaching, learning, and research in this vital multidisciplinary area.

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