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  1. Chatham, Oct. 30

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)
    Institution: American Antiquarian Society
    Creator: Fleet, T.
    Date: Apr. 15, 1756
    Topics: Crossdressing, Sailors
  2. The Celebrated but Unfortunate Chevalier d'Eon

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)
    Institution: Digital Transgender Archive
    Creator: Gazette of the United States and Philadelphia Daily Advertiser
    Date: Oct. 22, 1796
    Topics: Crossdressing, Fencing, Passing (Gender), Theatre
    Subject: Chevalier D'Eon
    Description: Gazette of the United States & Philadelphia Daily Advertiser (Philadelphia, PA)
  3. The United Novelty Company!

     
    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: Peabody Essex Museum
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1800
    Topics: Female impersonators, Theater
    Subject: Alice Crouse, B. P. Poulsand, Geo. F. Ropes, Horace Coffin, Jimmie Smith, John Ryan, Lulu Coffin, Lyceum Hall, Ned Miller, Norris & Semons, The United Novelty Company, W. H. Smith, W. H. Wymond
    Description: Advertisement for event featuring female impersonator W. H. Smith
  4. The Adventures of Lucy Brewer, (Alias) Louisa Baker

     
    Collection: Dime Novels
    Institution: American Antiquarian Society
    Creator: Brewer, Lucy
    Date: 1815
    Topics: Brothels, Chivalry, Clothing, Crossdressers, Crossdressing, Disguise, Dueling, Ethics, Gender identity, Honor, Identity, Military discharge, Military service, Voluntary, Peonage, Poverty, Prisons, Prostitutes' clients, Prostitution, Racism, Robbery, Sailors, Shame, STDs, Stillbirth, United States. Marine Corps--History, Unplanned pregnancy, Violence, Youth
    Subject: Maria Murray, Scotch, USS Constitution
  5. Illustration of Mary Jones (1838)

     
    Collection: Art Works
    Institution: Transas City
    Creator: H.R. Robinson
    Date: 1836
    Topics: Arrests of LGBTQ+ people, Crossdressing, LGBTQ+ Black people
    Subject: Mary Jones, Peter Sewally
    Description: Content Warning: This item contains racist and transphobic imagery. Text at the bottom reads: "The Man-Monster, Peter Sewally, alias Mary Jones, &c&c Sentenced 18th June 1836 to 5 years im...
  6. A Female Husband

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)
    Institution: American Antiquarian Society
    Creator:
    Date: Aug. 1836
    Topics: Appearance, Crimes, Crossdressing, LGBTQ+ lovers, Police officers, Secrecy
    Subject: James Walker
  7. A Discovery

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)
    Institution: American Antiquarian Society
    Creator: Evening Star
    Date: Aug. 13, 1836
    Topics: Crossdressers, Gender role, LGBTQ+ relationships
    Subject: James Walker
  8. Extraordinary Cause of a Female Husband

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)
    Institution: Digital Transgender Archive
    Creator:
    Date: Sep. 1, 1836
    Topics: Arrests, Crossdressing, FtMs, LGBTQ+ partners, Marriage, Passing (Gender), Prisoners
    Subject: Eliza Cummings, George Moore Wilson, James Walker, Jane Walker
    Description: The North Carolina Standard (Raleigh, North Carolina)
  9. A Female Husband

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)
    Institution: American Antiquarian Society
    Creator:
    Date: Nov. 16, 1842
    Topics: Crimes, Law, Marriage
  10. Jewesses on a Frolic

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)
    Institution: American Antiquarian Society
    Creator:
    Date: 1845
    Topics: Clothing, Crossdressing, Judaism, Masculinities
  11. Fanny Campbell The Female Pirate Captain: A Tale of The Revolution

     
    Collection: Dime Novels
    Institution: American Antiquarian Society
    Creator: Lieutenant Murray
    Date: 1846
    Topics: Body image, Chivalry, Colonies, Colonization, Crossdressers, Crossdressing, Discovery and exploration, Femininities, Gender bending, Indians of North America, LGBTQ+ relationships, Pirates, Prisoners, Sailing, Sailing ships, Sailors, Ship captains, Ship models, Women
    Subject: Fanny Campbell, Jack Herbert, Terrence Mooney, William Lovell
  12. Peter Sewally, alias Ann Eliza Erans, alias Beef Steak Pete

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)
    Institution: American Antiquarian Society
    Creator:
    Date: Aug. 24, 1846
    Topics: Arrests, Black people, Crossdressers
    Subject: Beefsteak Pete
    Description: Content warning: contains potentially racist and transphobic material related to racist and transphobic language.
  13. Caught Again

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)
    Institution: American Antiquarian Society
    Creator: Newark Daily Advertiser
    Date: Aug. 25, 1846
    Topics: Appearance, Black people, Clothing, Crossdressing
    Subject: Peter Sewally
  14. Escape of a Murderer

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)
    Institution: American Antiquarian Society
    Creator:
    Date: Oct. 17, 1846
    Topics: Crimes, Crossdressing, Prisoners
  15. Grandfather Brown (William) at a masquerade party

     
    Collection: Miscellaneous Photographs
    Institution: American Antiquarian Society
    Creator: Critcherson, G.P.
    Date: 1800 to 1899
    Topics: African Americans, Crossdressing, Femininities, Masquerades
    Description: William Brown, a wealthy Black businessman in Worcester, MA in the 19th century, wearing a dress. Part of the Brown Family Papers Collection, call number Mss. Boxes B.