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Rare Books

These books, published between 1910 and 1972 (or unpublished), showcase a wide range of coverage of trans-related issues.

From Institution(s): Digital Transgender Archive, Transgender Oral History Project, Human Sexuality Collection, Cornell University, Transgender Archives, University of Victoria, Duke University, JD Doyle Archives

Reed Erickson Collection

These photos come from the ONE Archives at the University of Southern California Libraries. The ten photographs in this collection are of the well-known transsexual philanthropist and activist, Reed Erickson. The collection includes both black and white and color photos, ranging from approximately 1928 to approximately 1969. Some of the photographs are portraits of Erickson as an adult and a teenager, while others include him with his family, friends, or pet leopard.

From Institution(s): ONE Archives at the USC Libraries

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) and published by Creative Design Services. Significant contributors include JoAnn Roberts and Angela Gardner. The newsletter focused mostly on relevant current events and politics, crossdressing practices, and the lifestyle of crossdressers. This collection includes a complete run of the first 9 volumes, which were published monthly from 1987–1995. The collection ends in 1999, but the newsletter changed its name to Transgender Community News as well as its format and continued until the early 2000s.

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

Rex Maniscalco Collection of Bobby Smith Photographs

These photographs all depict various drag queens and other members of the LGBTQIA community in Tampa. Most of the photographs were taken by Bobby Smith, but a few were provided by Donald Bentz and collector Rex Maniscalco. These photographs include professional headshots, candid shots at bars and in homes, and pictures of drag queens in performance settings. Although most of the photographs are not dated, the few that are dated indicate that the majority of these photographs were taken in the 1950s.

From Institution(s): University of South Florida

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 of Wilchins' flyers from the 1990s advocate for trans rights, condemn offensive behavior, and illuminate acts of violence and intolerance. Related link to In Your Face newsletters:

From Institution(s): Digital Transgender Archive