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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 concerning transitioning, support groups, books with trans content (sometimes accompanied by a review), and various reflections from contributors regarding events and conferences they attended. Some pieces in the newsletter are reprinted from other publications such as The Tartan Skirt or The Seahorse Newsletter.

From Institution(s): Sexual Minorities Archives, Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives
 

Advice Columns

This collection consists of numerous advice columns written by Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren. Although their primary focuses were not the LGBTQ+ community, Landers and Van Buren often gave advice on issues pertaining to crossdressers and crossdressing. Most frequently, requests were from those married to or parenting a crossdresser. This collection provides a look into the experiences of the loved ones of crossdressers.

From Institution(s): Human Sexuality Collection, Cornell University
 

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, hormone therapy, and health-related risks during and after transitioning. Included are 13 issues of AEGIS News, which was founded by Dallas Denny in October, 1990.

From Institution(s): Joseph A. Labadie Collection, University of Michigan, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
 

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 Renaissance Transgender Association. She also served a term as director of the International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE) and she directed Fantasia Fair for a number of years.

From Institution(s): Joseph A. Labadie Collection, University of Michigan
 

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 Laing, Dallas Denny, Ariadne Kane, JoAnn Roberts, and Virginia Prince. This collection also includes professional portraits of Alison and Dottie Laing.

From Institution(s): Joseph A. Labadie Collection, University of Michigan
 

Alpha Zeta Newsletter

Alpha Zeta, an organization for heterosexual crossdressers, and its more inclusive sister group A Rose, published a series of newsletters during the late 1980s. These publications share information about local events in Arizona as well as national events for the trans community. They also feature poetry, photographs, and anecdotes about crossdressing, relationships, and travel.

From Institution(s): Joseph A. Labadie Collection, University of Michigan
 

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 poster advertising a Gala Celebration and Drag Show hosted by Walk on the Wildside to announce the release of one of JoAnn Roberts’ Art & Illusion books, as well as the release of Jackie Loren’s makeup video.

From Institution(s): Lili Elbe Archive, Transgender Archives, University of Victoria
 

Art Works

This collection contains various art pieces that depict scenes of historical gender diversity. Current holdings include "Dance to the Berdache" and "Il Femminiello," two pieces from vastly different contexts in the 18th and 19th centuries.

From Institution(s): Digital Transgender Archive, Yale University Libraries, Transas City, Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, JD Doyle Archives, Lili Elbe Archive
 
 

Berg and Høeg Photographs

Marie Høeg (1866-1949) and Bolette Berg (1872-1944) were Norwegian photographers from Horton, Norway. Marie, the more outgoing of the two, was an active women's rights advocate who also enjoyed crossdressing in private. A private collection of photographs form the Berg and Høeg photography studio primarily shows Marie, with occasional appearances of Bolette, crossdressing in various fashions. These photographs show Marie's willingness to digress from and contradict social norms.

From Institution(s): Preus Museum
 

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.

From Institution(s): Sexual Minorities Archives
 

Buffalo Belles Newsletters

The Journey, previously titled Buffalo Belles until July of 1999, was a monthly newsletter that documented the monthly meetings and experiences of the member of Buffalo Belles, a support group for crossdressers, trans people, and their partners in Buffalo, New York. The support group as well as the newsletter were established in the Fall of 1992. This collection provides an in-depth look into the identities and lived experiences of crossdressers and trans people in the New York area.

From Institution(s): E.H. Butler Library, Buffalo State
 

Button Collection

These buttons and pins are from multiple institutions and include a variety of symbols related to the LGBTI community. This collection includes pins from Alison Laing, who is an activist involved in a number of trans rights organizations and events.

From Institution(s): Sexual Minorities Archives, Joseph A. Labadie Collection, University of Michigan, Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, JD Doyle Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
 

Charlotte McLeod Collection

The items in the Charlotte McLeod Collection 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 autobiographical article, and thirty-seven news clippings. Nearly all of the materials discuss McLeod in relation to Christine Jorgensen, the first woman to receive gender realignment surgery. Other topics include jobs had by McLeod and paparazzi encounters.

From Institution(s): Transas City
 

Chi Chapter Newsletters

The Chi Chapter Tribune, also known as the Chi Tribune until February 1997, was a newsletter created in Chicago, IL. The newsletter was sent out to local members of the Tri-Ess Society, a social and support group for cross-dressers and their families.

From Institution(s): Digital Transgender Archive, Joseph A. Labadie Collection, University of Michigan, Human Sexuality Collection, Cornell University
 

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 both press coverage and candid photographs, the collection depicts Jorgensen's public life as well as her personal life.

From Institution(s): Transas City, JD Doyle Archives, Lili Elbe Archive
 

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 1995), Chrysalis Quarterly changed its name to Chrysalis: The Journal of Transgressive Gender Identities. Each issue has a different theme, but overall the issues mainly focus on the exploration of gender and gender expression. Themes of Chrysalis Quarterly issues include topics such as transitioning and its associated health concerns, gender discrimination, transgender family relationships, intersex people, and transsexualism in various spiritual traditions.

From Institution(s): Joseph A. Labadie Collection, University of Michigan
 

Clothing Collection

The Clothing collection includes wearable items from around the world that pertain to transgender history. Highlights include Wearing Gay History T-Shirt items and a chest binder.

From Institution(s): Sexual Minorities Archives, LGBTQ+ Collection, University of Southern Maine Libraries, Wearing Gay History
 

Court Documents

This collection holds court documents pertaining to trans-related issues. It currently contains the Inquisition documents of the Process of faith of Elena de Céspedes from the National Historical Archive of Spain.

From Institution(s): Archivo Histórico Nacional, Archivos Estatales España
 

Creative Design Services Publications and Documents

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 risks and benefits of hormone therapy, having relationships as a crossdresser, managing one’s legal identity, and self-help voice training for passing. Authors featured in this collection are JoAnn Roberts, Dallas Denny, Alison Laing, and Delia Van Maris. Additional documents include miscellaneous official and legal documents and event pamphlets and programs related to Creative Design Services from 1989 through 1998.

From Institution(s): Transgender Archives, University of Victoria
 

Cross Dressers International

During 1992 and 1993, the New York City based organization Cross Dressers International published these eight newsletters and one event flyer. They give advice regarding makeup and fashion, and promote social events for crossdressers.

From Institution(s): Joseph A. Labadie Collection, University of Michigan
 

Cross-Port InnerView

The Cross-Port InnerView monthly newsletter documents the monthly meetings as well as the experiences of the members of Cross-Port, a support group for crossdressers, trans people, and their partners in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cross-Port was founded in the summer of 1985 and continues to run today. This collection represents a thorough look into the lived experiences of crossdressers and trans people in the greater Cincinnati area.

From Institution(s): Digital Transgender Archive
 

Cross-Talk: The Gender Community’s News & Information Monthly

Cross-Talk: The Gender Community’s News & Information Monthly was a public service magazine that began in September 1988 and ended in November 1996. The publication was affiliated with the American Educational Gender Information Service (AEGIS) and was published and edited by Kymberleigh Richards. Each issue contains approximately 40 pages of gender community news coverage, personal narratives, fictional stories, event calendars, original cartoons and humor features, resources on traditional feminine gender passing, and more.

From Institution(s): Lili Elbe Archive, Human Sexuality Collection, Cornell University, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives, University at Albany
 
 

Drag

Drag was a magazine published throughout the 1970s and 1980s by Lee's Mardi Gras Enterprises, Inc. This collection contains 29 issues published between 1971 and 1983 and a special supplement edition published in 1975. Each issue of the magazine generally includes a mix of articles, editorials, and photo spreads of drag queens. The issues featured in this collection cover a range of topics related to crossdressing and drag, such as drag balls, civil rights demonstrations, and profiles of popular drag queens.

From Institution(s): Transgender Oral History Project
 

Drag Show Programs

Spanning the globe, these drag show programs have been collected from clubs and revues in major cities including Paris, New Orleans, San Francisco, and London. The oldest of these depict female impersonators and clubs from the 1940s. Though a few of the programs are from one-time events, many of them are part of a series of recurring drag shows at venues such as Club 82, Finocchio’s, Club My O My, Le Carrousel, Madame Arthur’s Nightclub, and the Wonder Club. This collection provides a closer look into the communities that formed within drag clubs, with many names appearing in multiple programs for various clubs.

From Institution(s): Joseph A. Labadie Collection, University of Michigan, Transgender Oral History Project, Lili Elbe Archive, Transgender Archives, University of Victoria, JD Doyle Archives, Transas City