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1. 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
2. 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
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
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
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
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
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 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.
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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 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
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
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 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
26. 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
27. 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
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
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
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 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
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
Representing the wide range of materials housed at Cornell University's Human Sexuality Collection, this collection includes 32 finding aids for their archival collections.
34. 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
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.
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
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
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
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
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 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
42. 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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Clippings from newspapers and, to a lesser extent, periodicals, published between 1900 and 1949.
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.