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Phyllis Frye Collection

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. Photographs in this collection include 11 photographs and 1 certificate from the US Army, documents her life journey between 1962 and 2006. It reflects her life before transitioning as well as her important role in the movement for transgender rights. This collection also features many documents including 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 documents provide information about the transgender movement, legal issues surrounding marriage and parenting, and information on many types of discrimination. Frye grants unrestricted permission for use of these materials with the purpose to "encourage people to know more of this history" (

From Institution(s): Digital Transgender Archive, JD Doyle Archives

Prison Photographs

Photographs found in this collection feature prisoners at San Quentin State Prison in the early 20th century. Male prisoners often cross-dressed as part of performances that were produced by the prisoners themselves. Many of these photographs depict the 20th Annual Field and Track Day at San Quentin sponsored by the Olympic Club of San Francisco. The event took place in 1933 and consisted of some 29 athletic events, stunts, chorus girls and vaudeville acts performed by prisoners. It was sponsored by Frank G. O'Kane of the Olympic Club. Some 5000 inmates attended.

From Institution(s): California State Library, Anne T. Kent California Room, Marin County Free Library