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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 transgender and intersex people.


The Linda and Cynthia Phillips Papers

The Linda and Cynthia Phillips Papers document the couple’s efforts to educate other transgender singles and couples based on experience gained in their own relationship. The materials also reflect the Phillips’ active involvement in raising awareness of transgender culture among the general population. Included are newsletters, articles, correspondence, and other print materials collected during the time of their affiliation with the Boulton and Park Society. Of particular interest is a nearly complete run of Gender Euphoria, the Boulton and Park Society newsletter from 1987 to 1999.


The Tartan Skirt

Between 1992 and 1995, Anne Forrester published 16 issues of The Tartan Skirt through ADF Editorial Services. This Scottish magazine presented poems, book reviews, personal stories, and articles that discuss many issues faced by the “gender community” (people who identified as crossdressers, transsexuals, and transgender). Topics covered include appearance, passing, health care, transitioning, terminology, support groups, legislation, travel, and familial and romantic relationships.


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 on November 26, 1978. The collection includes Lynn’s outreach letters, which discuss her hopes and plans for the club, as well as logistical concerns such as the club’s location, finances, and goals. The collection also contains Lynn’s account of the first meeting’s minutes. Other documents in this collection include an annotated copy of the Kay Mayflower Society’s constitution, a draft of the Tiffany Club’s constitution, and a typed explanation of the club’s name and symbol.


Transas City Photographs (1900-1950)

The photos compiled in this collection originate before 1950 and can be found on the Transas City blog. Though a small collection, the photos depict a variety of subjects from MtF performers to some early pioneering transsexual women. The people photographed hail from a range of places such as Germany, the United Kingdom, and Australia.


Transas City Photographs (1950-2000)

The people depicted in these photos include some of the earliest high-profile transsexual women from 1950-1980, as well as many female impersonators who performed during the 1960s. One half of the collection portrays the height of glamour with various headshots and modeling photoshoots while the other half depicts trans women in their day-to-day lives. Like our other Transas City collection, these photos cover multiple places around the world, including the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and cities in the U.S. like Kansas City, Kansas, the namesake of the institution.


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," "Tapestry," and "The Tapestry Journal." This collection includes 106 issues including both newsletters and quarterly periodicals from 1979 to 2008 . Each issue of this magazine covers a variety of topics such as crossdressing, transsexualism, health care, political movements, film reviews, and so much more.


TransSisters: The Journal of Transsexual Feminism

TransSisters: The Journal of Transsexual Feminism was created by Davina Anne Gabriel and published by Skyclad Publishing Co. throughout 1994 and 1995. Its statement of purpose reads: “In recognition of the fact that transsexual persons have been systematically silenced, marginalized, maligned and even brutalized, not only within mainstream society, but also even within feminist philosophy and culture, TransSisters: The Journal of Transsexual Feminism has been created to further the process of defining ourselves and creating our own reality, rather than allowing others to do so.” These periodicals feature articles, letters to the editor, book reviews, cartoons, photographs, and artwork. Issues covered include feminism, activism, the transgender movement, the women’s movement, transphobia, discrimination, and civil rights.


Tretter Transgender Oral History Project

The Tretter Transgender Oral History Project, part of the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection at the University of Minnesota, aims to empower individuals to tell their story while providing students, historians, and the public with a richer foundation of primary source material about the transgender community. This collection currently provides access to more than a dozen oral histories of trans-identified persons; however, these are only the first of approximately 200 total interviews that the project plans to create.


Turnabout Publications

This collection contains nine 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 books, written by Nan Gilbert and Siobhan Fredericks, tell fictional stories about the experiences of crossdressing, particularly focusing on the concept of “petticoat punishment.” One book, titled Transvestite Post-Box, is a compilation of stories submitted by readers about similar issues of femininity, masculinity, and sexuality.


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 as academic writings. Topics include gender realignment surgery and hormone therapy, transitioning, religious beliefs and spirituality, entertainment materials, and civil rights.