Materials in Erotic Collection, picture by Kelly Swickard
This guide is about the Decker Library Erotic Collection. A donor who wishes to remain anonymous gave the initial group of material to the Decker Library. The library has expanded the collection with additional materials as they are determined to fit the scope.
If we look at the major part of the 20th century, we see that gay men, lesbians, and other queer folk were denied the opportunity to express the otherness. The medical community declared them diseased. Families, employers, and society shunned them. Their government turned against them. Collectively, society kicked them to the curb. Although progress has been made in recent times, this is still the world that we live in and raise future generations. However, human nature being what it is, the resiliency of the human spirit transcends marginalization. And it is often through creativity that the spirit soars the highest. Regardless of formal training – or the lack thereof – gays have expressed themselves through the representation of the body.
O'Hanian, Hunter. "Foreword." In Cock Paper Scissors, 9. Los Angeles, CA: One Archives at the USC Libraries, 2016.