APPENDIX
Clandestine Catalogs: A Bibliography
of Porn Research Collections
Caitlin Shanley
This list of clandestine catalogs gives credence to the archivist Hilary Jenkinson’s
famous claim that archivists exist “in order to make other people’s work possible.”
Librarians, archivists, and other information enthusiasts did much of the detec-
tive work I relied on in compiling this bibliography, offering a tremendous number
of suggestions for materials to feature. Librarianly anxieties about creating a fully
complete record plagued me as I tried to incorporate as much of the information
as possible. I hope that this tool will offer some sense of the diversity of materi-
als relevant to the field of pornography research, but it does not, truly cannot, at-
tempt to be a comprehensive document. Instead I have tailored this list to accentu-
ate the material profile of the various “porn archives” that the preceding chapters
of this volume explore. Because many of those archives are digital, theoretical,
or simply inaccessible to most researchers, the list intends to facilitate access to
relevant sex materials conserved in institutional settings. The hope is that future
archival studies of pornography will continue the important transnational and
interdisciplinary conversation taken up in this volume. That conversation and the
diversity of collections listed provide strong evidence that porn is multitudinous.
If the keepers of necessarily, but unintentionally, excluded collections revolt and
insist on public recognition for their sex materials, perhaps this list will play the
role of instigator as well as facilitator. That would be the surest sign of its worth.
AmericAn genre film Archive
PO Box 28741
Austin, TX 78755
United States
http://www.americangenrefilm.com/
The American Genre Film Archive (AgfA) is a not- for-profit archive that houses
and lends 35 mm prints of genre films. The collection centers on independent
genre films from the exploitation era of the 1960s through the 1980s, including
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