Administered by the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, an academic unit within the University of Toronto, the SRC is Canada’s largest collection of sex work history and adult film history. With a particular focus on feminist, queer, trans, and kink sexual cultures, the collection contains tens of thousands of photographs and negatives, thousands of 8mm and 16mm films, thousands of AIDS-era VHS, thousands of magazines, and more than 300 linear feet of personal papers, reports, art, kink objects, and unique ephemera dating from 1907 to the present. Among its many highlights, the SRC contains silent era stag films, pre-war hardcore films, coin-op peepshow films, beefcake photographs, and commercially produced VHS tapes from East Asia, South Asia, Latin America, the United States, and Canada. In addition, it contains the personal papers of journalists, activists, sex workers, adult film producers, adult film studio executives, and sex shop owners related to the global history of sex work and the legal regulation of obscenity in Canada. These materials are stored at an off-site location.
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Finding Aids are documents that lists metadata about material that is part of a collection or archive. In this section you will be able to access the finding aids of our different collections. These finding aids contain descriptions, notes, and different attributes of each individual material or item within that collection. If anything interests you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Project Manager at email@example.com!
Annie Sprinkle Collection
A small collection of materials Sprinkle donated to the collection, including materials on her art projects, sex education, and ecosexuality movement.
Body Politic Collection
A complete run of the Body Politic, one of Canada’s first gay publications, a monthly magazine published from 1971 – 1987.
Brian Pronger Collection
A collection of roughly 1,000 commercially produced VHS videocassettes of gay pornography from the United States, Mexico, and Canada from the 1980s – 1990s.
Carey Gray Collection
Carey Gray is the founder and owner of Toronto-based leatherware store, Aslan Leather.
Carlyle Jansen Collection
Materials donated by Carlyle Jansen, a sex educator who owns the Toronto-based sex shop Good for Her.
Carrie Leigh Collection
A complete run of Nude magazine, a glossy art-photography magazine produced by Carrie Leigh, a former Playboy cover model and official “First Lady” of the Playboy Mansion.
The the Canadian Committee Against Customs Censorship (CCACC), an activist group in the 1980s and 1990s that influenced changes in Canadian laws and culture.
Chuck Kleinhans Collection
Personal papers of film historian Chuck Kleinhans, including film and video, electronic records, books, periodicals, and writings.
David Webb Collection
A small collection of VHS, DVD, and Super8 reels.
Erotic Film Collection
Contains 16mm hardcore films from the 1910s – 1950s, 16mm coin-op peepshow films from the 1940s – 1970s, and 8mm stag films from the 1950s – 1970s.
Forced Feminization and Dominatrix Zines
Collection of zines from the 1950s – 1970s focusing on forced feminization and dominatrixes.
Three hundred issues of Gai Peid from 1983 – 1992, and an assortment of other newsletters, magazines, and ephemera documenting gay activism in Canada and France.
Lord Morpheous Collection
Various materials, photographs, and publications of Lord Morpheous, BDSM practitioner and educator, including digital and print copies of his art work, ephemera, etc.
Max Allen Collection
The extensive materials of Max Allen, former CBC producer and recognized anti-censorship activist who was involved in numerous legal battles to produce sexual representations.
Neville Austin Collection
A small collection of Neville Austin’s VHS, book, and magazine collection from 1990 – 2008.
A complete run of high quality digital copies of Playboy from 1953 – 2013. A nearly complete run of Playboy in print from 1963 – 2000.
Pulp Fiction Collection
Approximately 500 pulp novels from 1953 – 1986, many of which focus on sexual taboos, such as fetishism/ BDSM, and group sex.
Contains over 1,000 VHS videocassettes, DVD, magazines from the United States, Canada, and south Asia.
A complete run of Screw magazine from 1974 – 1978.
Approximately 700 books, pamphlets, VHS, DVD, magazines, and catalogues donated by the producers of SexTV (2001-08).
Dr. Thomas Waugh Collection
Full finding aid to be completed in September 2023.
Trade Magazine Collection
Hundreds of pornography industry trade publications, such as AVN, Adult Gay Video News, The X-Rated Video Tape Star Index, Erotic Video Guide, etc.
Tristan Taormino Collection
A small collection of educational and erotic videos produced by Tristan Taormino, a leading feminist author, activist, and sex educator.