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Adam's Word
Adam's Word was a monthly newsletter of The Adam Society, a non-profit support group for female-to-male crossdressers, transsexuals, and their significant others. This collection contains 6 issues of the newsletter and 2 meeting notices. A typical Adam's Word publication includes information... more
AEGIS News
AEGIS News was published by the American Educational Gender Information Service, Inc., from 1994 through 1998. Dallas Denny founded AEGIS News in October, 1990. These thirteen newsletters broadly address issues concerning the crossdresser and transgender community. More specifically, articles... more
AEGIS Publications
Between 1990 and 1998, the American Educational Gender Informational Service, Inc. published materials including medical bulletins, pamphlets, articles, and results from research. The topics covered in these publications include gender identity in a medical context, gender realignment surgery,... more
Alison Laing's Buttons
These eleven buttons and pins belonging to Alison Laing depict a variety of symbols related to the LGBTI community. Alison Laing is an activist who was involved in a number of trans rights organizations and events. The buttons in her collection represent transgender pride and HIV/AIDS awareness,... more
Alison Laing's Early Photo Album No. 1
These thirty-six photos, taken from 1956 to 1965 by an unknown photographer (likely Dottie Laing), make up one of Alison Laing's personal photo albums. These photographs capture her travels to various locations, as well as her attire for events. Alison Laing later became a founder of the... more
Alison Laing's Photographs
These photographs, primarily taken by unknown photographers with a few taken by Mariette Pathy Allen, document Alison Laing speaking, performing, and interacting with others at various events such as Fantasia Fairs and IFGE Houston. They feature a variety of trans activists, including Dottie... more
Art and Illusion: A Guide to Crossdressing
This collection contains several books from 1986 through 2000 that were created by JoAnn Roberts and published by Creative Design Services. These books give advice for crossdressers on passing, including topics such as makeup, clothing, and feminine behavior. This collection also includes a... more
Boys Will Be Boys
Boys Will Be Boys operated out of Sydney, Australia, and explored the FtM experience in the early 1990s. These eight monthly newsletters include reflections from regular contributors as well as various letters to the editor from subscribers.
Casa Susanna Photographs
From the mid-1950s until 1969, Susanna and her wife Marie operated two resorts for masculine-to-feminine cross-dressers in upstate New York—the Chevalier d'Eon from about 1955 to 1963 and Casa Susanna from 1964 to 1969—and hosted soirees in their New York City apartment. Guests spent the... more
Charlotte McLeod Collection
The items in the Charlotte McLeod Colleciton pertain to the transition and subsequent life of Charlotte McLeod, the second woman in the United States to undergo a gender realignment surgery that became known to the general public. The collection contains four photographs, one full... more
Christine Jorgensen Collection
This collection features materials related to Christine Jorgensen, the first person in the United States to become widely known for having gender realignment surgery. The collection includes newspaper clippings, one video, and photographs created between the 1950s and the early 1980s. Including... more
Chrysalis Quarterly
Chrysalis Quarterly was published by AEGIS, the Atlanta Educational Gender Information Service (renamed the American Educational Gender Information Service, Inc.) from 1991 until 1998. The complete run is 12 issues, which are included in this collection. With the start of the second volume (in... more
Country Queers Oral History Interviews
Country Queers is a multi-media oral history project documenting the diverse experiences of rural, small town, and country LGBTQI folks in the U.S.A through audio recordings, transcriptions, and photographs. They are gathering stories from every state in the U.S. in order to document how... more
Creative Design Services Miscellaneous Documents
Assembled here are miscellaneous official and legal documents and event pamphlets and programs related to Creative Design Services from 1989 through 1998. The event programs discuss social activities clubs, crossdressers, hormone therapy, and passing. The various documents include a royalty... more
Creative Design Services Publications
This collection contains an assortment of books and other materials from 1989 through 2004 that were published by Creative Design Services, a publishing business owned by JoAnn Roberts. These broadly address topics in crossdressing and transitioning. The topics of individual books include the... more
Cross-Talk: The Gender Community’s News & Information Monthly
This collection consists of items from the Cross-Talk: The Gender Community’s News & Information Monthly collection hosted by Digital Transgender Archive. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
CSUN Finding Aids
Special Collections & Archives at California State University, Northridge maintains six collections of trans-related materials, many of which were donated thanks to the work of Vern and Bonnie Bullough. All six finding aids are included in this collection.
Die Transvestiten, Magnus Hirschfeld
This collection includes the first and second editions of Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld's seminal text, Die Transvestiten, published in German in 1910 and 1912, respectively. The 1912 edition includes illustrations by Max Tilke. In these texts, Hirschfeld coins the term "transvestite" (German:... more
Duke University Finding Aids
The David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library holds three collections with significant trans-related content: the Mariette Pathy Allen Photographs and Papers, the Mama Galore Drag Photograph Album, and the Dawn Langley Simmons Papers. The three finding aids are included in this... more
Ephemera
20. Ephemera
This collection consists of items from the Ephemera collection hosted by Digital Transgender Archive. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Fanfare
21. Fanfare
The Fanfare magazine collection contains sixteen issues ranging from 1986 to 1988 published in South Africa by The Phoenix Society. The subject matter includes self-acceptance, familial and romantic relationships, transitioning, physical appearance, and gender roles. These subjects are portrayed... more
Fantasia Fair: Advertisements
Fantasia Fair is a convention for crossdressers held annually in Provincetown, Massachusetts since 1974. This collection contains advertisements for the fairs, brochures containing registration information and event descriptions, one order form for video cassettes from Fantasia Fair programming,... more
Fantasia Fair: Miscellaneous Documents
Founded in 1975 by Ariadne Kane, Fantasia Fair is an annual week-long conference in Provincetown, MA, to explore issues relevant to the trans community. This collection encompasses the various miscellaneous documents from the overarching Fantasia Fair Collection, including materials such as... more
Fantasia Fair: Newsletters
Beginning in 1975 as an annual week-long conference in Provincetown, MA, Fantasia Fair served as a way for male crossdressers to explore the many changing facets of the crossgender lifestyle. This collection contains runs of FanFair Gazette (1991), Femme Fare (1970s-1980s), and FanFair... more
Fantasia Fair: Programs, Participant Guides, and Directories
Fantasia Fair is an annual event in Provincetown, Massachusetts that involves workshops, seminars, and entertainment for the crossdresser community. Within this collection there are 13 program guides, 4 directories, 13 participants' guides, and 6 yearbooks from the Fantasia Fairs dating from... more
Female Mimics
These 20 issues of Female Mimics were published between 1963 and 1979. They feature photographs and profiles of "female impersonators." Read more about the history and significance of Female Mimics Magazine in an article by Bob Davis and Carol Kleinmaier in a 1995 "Ssshhh!: The Newsletter of the... more
Gender Networker
These two publications of Gender Networker, created by Rupert Raj, MD, provide a print resource for professionals servicing the trans community. These newsletters focus on gender dysphoria and mental and physical healthcare for transsexuals and include reviews of relevant research and media as... more
GenderFlex: A Polygenderous Publication
This collection contains 8 issues of the publication, GenderFlex. GenderFlex is a quirky publication revolving around the informally-written and oftentimes political musings of the editor Billie Jean Jones concerning trans-related current events and community cultures in the 1990s. GenderFlex... more
GenderServe
These six publications of GenderServe, published by the Canadian "counseling, education, and research service" of the same name, are newsletters intended to provide information about and for the trans community. These newsletters include short bulletins on recent significant publications and... more
GLBT Historical Society Finding Aids
The GLBT Historical Society has extensive holdings of trans-related historical materials. This collection includes 15 finding aids, which only partially capture the archival collections held there. The "Trans-Related Holdings at the GLBT Historical Society" collection guide is an additional... more
Grace and Lace Letter
Grace and Lace Letter was "an evangelical Christian publication for crossdressers, transgendered, and transsexuals" published in Jackson, Mississippi. This collection contains 2 quarterly international newsletters, a retrospective newsletter, and a brochure from the 1990s. These objects cover... more
Hermaphrodites with Attitude
This collection contains 13 issues of Hermaphrodites with Attitude, the newsletter of the Intersex Society of North America (ISNA). Hermaphrodites with Attitude was published semi-periodically from 1995-2005 and eventually began to refer to itself as ISNA News in 2001. The mission of the... more
Human Sexuality Collection Finding Aids
Representing the wide range of materials housed at Cornell University's Human Sexuality Collection, this collection includes 32 finding aids for their archival collections.
In Your Face
These 5 newsletters, titled "In Your Face: Political Activism Against Gender Oppression," were published as inserts in magazines between 1995 and 1997. They highlight acts of anti-trans discrimination and violence around the United States and the world, and provide information about protests,... more
Informational and Event Brochures
This diverse collection includes brochures provides information about many different trans-related topics, including activist and social organizations. The collection also provides details and registration forms for various trans-related events held between 1988 and 1999.
International Conference on Transgender Law and Employment Policy: Annual Proceedings and Newsletters
Trans activist Phyllis Randolph Frye created and hosted the annual International Conference on Transgender Law and Employment Policy (ICTLEP) in Houston, Texas between 1992 and 1997. Frye writes: "ICTLEP has held six annual conferences...dealing with issues of transgender law and employment... more
International Foundation for Gender Education Publications
These 6 newsletters, one catalog, and one book of program transcripts were published by the International Foundation for Gender Education between 1987 and 1997. "I.F.G.E. publications are designed to be a source of information, support, and friendship for all persons interested in crossdressing... more
International TranScript
This small International TranScript collection includes five periodicals published by Creative Design Services from 1991 through 1992. The publication's articles discuss experiences of crossdressers along with tips for passing and being politically active. This collection covers a variety of... more
Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection Finding Aids
The Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection contains finding aids for six collections from different transgender community organizations and trans activist donors that are held at the University of Minnesota Libraries. The materials in these collections include publications, magazines, news articles,... more
Jose Gutierrez Collection
These eight photographs provide a unique glimpse into the Latino trans and crossdressing communities in the 1990s. Six of the photographs were created by Jose Gutierrez and present people in various Latino drag competitions including Miss Gay Mexico and Miss Gay Escalando. The other two photos... more
The Journal of Gender Studies
The Outreach Institute of Gender Studies published these six volumes of The Journal of Gender Studies between 1991 and 1995. They include scholarly articles, book and art reviews, as well as poetry. Subjects covered throughout the periodical include legal, medical, and social issues faced by... more
Kentucky History
These fifteen items––ten photographs, a poster, two cards, and two newspaper clippings––provide a glimpse into 20th century transgender-related history in Kentucky. The photographs and cards depict a wide range of practices of trans-ing gender and other materials in the collection present... more
Leather Archives Finding Aids
The Leather Archives Finding Aids Collection consists of three different finding aids for the papers of three prominent figures in the BDSM community: Beau Lee James, Jan Hall, and Justin Tanis. The materials in this collection provide insight into the varying sexual expressions that transcend... more
Lee's Mardi Gras Fiction Books
These five short booklets of fiction are from 1975 through the 1980s. Most of the stories focus on the narrator's first experiences with crossdressing and their subsequent sexual encounters. They also incorporate some elements of fantasy and focus on themes related to crossdressing, such as passing.
Letters from Female Impersonators
This periodical, published by Nutrix Co. between 1961 and 1963, is comprised of photographs and letters written by female impersonators. Common themes throughout these letters include a desire for community and acceptance, a lack of access to medical treatment and legal rights, and personal... more
LGBT Community Center Finding Aids
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center provides support to member of LGBT communities of New York City. This collection includes seven finding aids that cover themes such as crossdressing, court cases, and interviews. The materials discuss certain important figures such as... more
Lou Sullivan/Ben Power Correspondence
The Lou Sullivan/Ben Power Correspondence collection consists of 37 items, including letters, cards, envelopes, notes, and still-image photographs. This correspondence is between Lou Sullivan (influential FTM activist and founder of FTM International) and Ben Power (founder/facilitator of the... more
Metamorphosis
These newsletters and periodicals in the Metamorphosis collection were published by the Metamorphosis Medical Research Foundation and Rupert Raj from 1982-1988. The Metamorphosis publications were intended to be a resource for female-to-male transsexuals. These objects discuss the issues of... more
Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1900-1949)
Clippings from newspapers and, to a lesser extent, periodicals, published between 1900 and 1949.
Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1950 to 2000)
This collection consists of items from the Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1950 to 2000) collection hosted by Digital Transgender Archive. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)
Early clippings from newspapers and, to a lesser extent, periodicals, published before 1900.
ONE Archives Finding Aids
This collection comprises 32 finding aids that describe the extensive trans-related archival collections at the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries.
Our Sorority: An Outreach Publication
These newsletters, published between 1986 and 1990 by The Outreach Institute, promote different events and resources for the crossdressing community. These publications also include fictional stories, personal writings, advice on makeup and fashion, photographs from the annual Fantasia Fair, and... more
Outreach Newsletter/Outreach Beacon
The Human Outreach and Achievement Institute, founded by Ari Kane, worked to "serve as a resource for helping professionals, crossdressers, androgynes and transsexuals." It published these 10 quarterly newsletters between 1985 and 1989 in order to share scholarly articles, news pieces about... more
Phyllis Frye's Miscellaneous Documents
This collection contains the International Bill of Gender Rights, an employer's handbook for addressing employees' gender transitioning, the Gay Agenda of the LGBTIQA Community of Houston, law reviews by Phyllis Frye, and biographical materials about Phyllis Frye. These 14 objects were created... more
Phyllis Frye's Photographs
Phyllis Randolph Frye is the first openly transgender judge in the United States. She is also a US Army veteran, a licensed engineer, an attorney, and a prominent trans activist. This collection, containing 11 photographs and 1 certificate from the US Army, documents her life journey between... more
Renaissance News
Renaissance News, which became Renaissance News & Views in 1994, was a longstanding publication, "mostly about the lifestyle of crossdressing with short pieces on politics." This publication was created by the Renaissance Education Association (later the Renaissance Transgender Association)... more
Riki Anne Wilchins' Flyers
Activist Riki Anne Wilchins founded the direct action group The Transexual Menace and the organization Hermaphrodites With Attitude, as well as the Gender Public Advocacy Coalition (GenderPAC), and created the newsletter In Your Face: Political Activism Against Gender Oppression. This collection... more
San Francisco Public Library Finding Aids
In addition to the Louis G. Sullivan Papers from the GLBT Historical Society, there are seven collections held by the James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center at the San Francisco Public Library that have a significant amount trans-related materials.
Schlesinger Library Finding Aids
The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America has five collections that contain a significant amount of trans-related materials. Finding aids for all five collections are included here.
Sexology Articles
This collection contains three articles from the magazine Sexology from the early 1950s that relate to crossdressing and the transgender community. These articles cover a range of topics, from the differences between crossdressers and transsexual people to gender realignment surgery to the life... more
Sexual Minorities Archives Buttons and Clothing
This collection consists of a total of 17 items, including eight buttons/pins, eight tee-shirts, and one chest binder. These items are a small portion of a larger collection of LGBTI related buttons and clothing that is housed at the Sexual Minorities Archive. They depict a variety of... more
Sexual Minorities Archives Finding Aids
The Sexual Minorities Archives maintains a diverse collection of transgender-related content spread across its various media: special collections, art, magazines, books, videos, subject files and more. Five finding aids for special collections with significant trans-themed content are included... more
Shhhh!
64. Shhhh!
Shhhh! was originally published as a part of AEGIS News to report updates specific to the National Transgender Library & Archive. This collection contains three one-page newsletters from 1994 and the first and only full-length Shhhh! newsletter from 1995. In general, the newsletters discuss... more
Short Run Periodicals
This is a catchall collection of periodicals that were published between the 1950s and the 1990s. Though this collection only includes a few issues of particular publications, most had much longer runs that have not yet been digitized.
South Africa Media Coverage (via Gender Dynamix)
This collection contains five objects published from 1988-1996 from various South African media outlets including Femina Magazine, The Sunday Star, YOU Magazine, and Playboy Magazine South Africa. The articles and letters to the editor describe personal transgender experiences including... more
Tiffany Club Documents
This collection includes eleven documents from May 1978 to December 1978 pertaining to the Tiffany Club, a social club in the greater Boston area for cross-dressers, their families, and friends. Merissa Sherrill Lynn, the founder, held the Tiffany Club's first organizational meeting in her home... more
Transgender Archives Finding Aids–University of Victoria, British Columbia
The Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, is the world's largest collection of rare print, archival documents and ephemera relating to the history of pioneering activists, community leaders, and researchers who have contributed to the betterment of... more
Transgender Tapestry
Founded by Merissa Sherrill Lynn, Transgender Tapestry was a magazine published from the late 1970s to the early 2000s by the Tiffany Club and later by the International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE). The publication went through several names changes including "The TV-TS Tapestry,"... more
Turnabout Publications
This collection contains three Turnabout Magazines and seven fictional Turnabout Books, published by Abbé de Choisy Press and Wholesale Book Corporation between 1965 and 1969. The magazines consist of articles, fictional stories, photographs, art and literature reviews, and makeup tips. The... more
Twenty Minutes
These newsletters were published by The XX Club from 1988 to 1997. The newsletter was originally titled "Twenty Minutes" but was rebranded "Twenty" in 1991. These publications provided information to, and support for, members of the transgender community by publishing personal accounts as well... more
Twilight People
‘Twilight People' is a landmark project that discovers and celebrates the hidden history of transgender and gender-variant people of faith in the UK, past and present. This collection is the first source of faith and transgender history in Britain. The project explores the narratives around... more
University of South Florida Libraries Finding Aids
The Special and Digital Collections of the University of South Florida Library has nine finding aids related to its collections that include transgender-related content. These finding aids are discovery resources for collections concerning various Floridian LGBT activist organizations and... more
University of Winnipeg Two-Spirited Collection
These two items detail the different materials found in the University of Winnipeg's Two-Spirited Collection. The first item is a short journal article that provides background on the topics explored in this collection, explaining the roles of different two-spirit activists, such as Albert... more
Upstate New York Newsletters
Three organizations in upstate New York (Transegenderests Independence Club, Butterfly, and Expressing Our Nature) collaborated to create four newsletters for the trans and crossdressing communities between 1988 and 1989. In 1993, Expressing Our Nature published two newsletters on their own.... more
Vanguard
76. Vanguard
This collection includes ten 'zines created and published by Vanguard from 1966-1967 and a retrospective 'zine created in 2011. Contributors to Vanguard were LGBTQ youth from the streets of the Tenderloin district in San Francisco. These 'zines contain poems, art, and articles that reflect the... more
Yale University Finding Aids
Yale University Library holds 23 collections of archival materials with significant trans-related content, though their broader holdings include far more. Researchers can also search for individually cataloged items in ORBIS: http://orbis.library.yale.edu/.