Beefcake in the Cornell Library

You can find examples of 1950s and 60s "beefcake," or male physique photography, in Cornell University Library's Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, home to the Human Sexuality Collection. The Human Sexuality Collection has a large collection of the magazines that were the precursors to modern gay erotica, but which were presented as tools for art students interested in drawing the male form. Some of the magazines ran explicit editorials decrying censorship rules of the day.

To find these magazines:

  • Search the online catalog for these subject headings:
    • Bodybuilders--Periodicals.
    • Bodybuilding--Periodicals.
    • Photography of bodybuilders--Periodicals.
    • Photography of men--Periodicals.
    • Gay men--Pictorial works--Periodicals.

  • View the Human Sexuality Collection website.

    After you click on "Periodicals," you can either browse the list of U.S. periodicals or search on the key word "physique."

  • Visit the Human Sexuality Collection and let a reference staff person help you find the titles you want to see. Rare and Manuscript Collections, on level 2B of Carl A. Kroch Library, is open M-F, 9 - 5, and during the academic year , Sat., 1-5.

Physique Magazines in the Cornell Library

Adonis

American Apollo

Art and Form

Big Boys, The

Body Beautiful

Boot

Boys

Brawn

Bunky

Demi Gods (NY)

Demi Gods (NJ)

Encore

Era (published by QQ--Queen's Quarterly)

Fizeek

Fizeek Art Quarterly

Flex

Gallery

Grandeur

Grecian Guild Pictorial

Grecian Guild Studio Quarterly

Hans (the Boys of Northern Europe)

Hawk

He

Hercules

Hermes

International Nudist Sun

Jr. Annual

Male Nude

Male Physique

Male Pix Beefcake

Male Pose

Man's World

Manual

MARS

Men International

Mr. Big

Muscle Sculpture

Muscle Teens

Muscle Training

Muscleboy

Popular Man

Physique Photos

Physique Pictorial

Physique World

Star Models

Strength and Health

Sungods

Time Square Faces

Time Square Stud

Times Square Studio

Titan

Tomorrow's Man

Trim "Young America's Favorite Physique Publication"

Trim Studio Quarterly

Vim

Young Physique

Man-ifique