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  1. San Francisco Minstrels!

     
    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: Peabody Essex Museum
    Creator:
    Date: May 12, 1874
    Topics: Female impersonators, Minstrel shows, Theater
    Subject: A. Smidt, Beaumont Read, Billy Birch, Birch, Wambold, and Backus' San Francisco Minstrels, C. Henry, Charley Backus, D. S. Wambold, E. Kirwan, J. Wills, Johnson & Powers, Joseph Norrie, Mechanics Hall, S. Watts, T. A. E. Richardson, T. P. Jones, The Great Ricardo, W. Blakeney, W. S. Mullaly, W. Schwab
    Description: Advertisement for event featuring minstrel and female impersonation act The Great Ricardo
  2. The Celebrated Rentz Santley Novelty Company

     
    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: Peabody Essex Museum
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1870
    Topics: Burlesque (Theater), Female impersonators, Theater, Vaudeville
    Subject: 4 Aesthetic Four 4, Alice Daily, Alice Smith, Andy and Annie Hughes, Annie Boyd, Billy Buckley, Blanch Moncrief, Bruno Kennicott, Don Jose, Dutch Daly, Edgar Edgerton, Edith Sinclair, Emma Alfredo, Emma Wilson, Esther Vaughan, Fannie Florence, Fred Wilson, Georgia Lester, Harry Morris, Harry Woodson, Kate Gresham, Laura Bennett, Lillie Ashford, Lizzie Paine, Louise Giroux, Lulu Mortimer, M. B. Leavitt, Mechanic's Hall, Millie Ellsworth, Rentz Santley, Teddy Raynor, The Masher's Quadrille, The Rentz Santley Novelty Company, The Spanish Dude, Topsy Robins, Victoria North, W.M. Skuse
  3. Just Arrived: The New Dime Museum

     
    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: Peabody Essex Museum
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1880
    Topics: Dime museums, Female impersonators, Theater
    Subject: Essex Street, G. B. Bunnell, Irene Woodward, J. Lang, Joseph Jenny, Signor Giovanna, The New Dime Museum, The Tattooed Lady
    Description: Advertisement for a Dime Museum featuring female impersonator Joseph Jenney.
  4. The Evangeline Combination

     
    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: Peabody Essex Museum
    Creator:
    Date: Feb. 12, 1877
    Topics: Dance, Female impersonators, Opera, Theater
    Subject: A. S. Pennoyer, BABA, Blanche Selickson, C. M. Winter, Clara Fisher, Cora Verne, Edward E. Rice, Edwin S. Tarr, Eliza Weathersby, Estelle Stroelin, Evangeline, Flora Lee, George H. Cassidy, George Ulmer, Golden and Dixey, Harry Braham, Harry Hunter, Harry Josephs, Hattie Richardson, Herman Singleton, J. Cheever Goodwin, J. P. Steele, J. R. Quincy, Lizzie Webster, Louise Winans, Lucy Wood, M. C. Daly, Mechanic Hall, N. C. Goodwin Jr., Niblo's Garden, Seth M. Crane, Stella Richings, The Boston Museum, The Evangeline Combination, The Heiffer Dance, The Lydia Thompson Troupe, W. W. Bullock
    Description: Advertisement for a production of Evangeline featuring female impersonator Harry Josephs as Catherine.
  5. 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, Femininity, 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.
  6. Mountain Charley

     
    Collection: Rare Books
    Institution: Transas City
    Creator: Charley, Mountain
    Date: 1861
    Topics: Crossdressing, Frontier and pioneer life, Gender expression, Stealth (Transgender)
    Description: The autobiography of E. J. Guerin, AKA Mountain Charley, charting their thirteen years of life living as a man. The memoir follows Guerin's life as a young mother and wife, which is ruptured by the...
  7. The Wonderful Male Prima Donna Mr. Fred Malcom

     
    Collection: Sheet Music
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1880
    Topics: Crossdressing, Female impersonators, LGBTQ+ theatre, Minstrel music, Minstrel shows
    Subject: Fred Malcolm
    Description: This illustration, which is likely the cover of a piece of sheet music, advertises a "Johnson & Slavin's Refined Minstrels" show featuring "The Wonderful Male Prima Donna Mr. Fred Malcom," who is d...
  8. A Rather Queer Case

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator: The Galveston Daily News
    Date: Feb. 5, 1887
    Topics: Gender markers, Intersex people, LGBTQ+ death notices, Medical care
    Subject: Dr. H. P. Cooke, Dr. M. Singer, Dr. Wilkinson, Justice Spann, Mary Trust, Titie Luey, Titie Young, Walter James
  9. Betrayed By His Beard

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)
    Institution: Digital Transgender Archive
    Creator:
    Date: Apr. 26, 1895
    Topics: Clothing, Essentialism, Femininity, Indians of North America, MtFs, Native american religions, Passing (Gender), Priests, Role behaviour, Transgender people, Tribe (The English word)
    Subject: Quatalno Tribe, Sackett, Saghalle Tyhee
  10. A Strange Metamorphosis

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)
    Institution: Digital Transgender Archive
    Creator:
    Date: Mar. 28, 1882
    Topics: FtMs, Marriage, Separation, Transgender people
    Subject: Dubuque Times, E. W. Burnham, Major Powell, Tribune
  11. A Rathmines Romance

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)
    Institution: Digital Transgender Archive
    Creator:
    Date: Feb. 4, 1888
    Topics: Appearance, Clothing, Femininity, Masculinity, Role behaviour, Roleplay, Transgender people, Widowed people
    Subject: Aouth Kensington School of Art, Freeman's Journal
  12. A Remarkable Case

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)
    Institution: Digital Transgender Archive
    Creator:
    Date: Mar. 31, 1882
    Topics: Appearance, Essentialism, Heteronormativity, Intersex people, Love, Marriage, Masculinity, Separation, Surgery
    Subject: Burnham Novelty Company, Major W. L. Powell, St Paul Pioneer Press, Tribune
  13. Duluth News-Tribune

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)
    Institution: Digital Transgender Archive
    Creator:
    Date: Mar. 17, 1882
    Topics: Divorce, Essentialism, FtMs, Marriage, Transgender people
  14. Lived As A Man

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)
    Institution: Digital Transgender Archive
    Creator:
    Date: Feb. 19, 1892
    Topics: Death and dying, FtMs, Male impersonators, Masculinity, Transgender people, Wars
    Subject: Henry Junto, Myra Lawrence
  15. Portrait of Ella Wesner

     
    Collection: JD Doyle Photographs (Pre-1900)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1870 to 1908
    Topics: Crossdressers, Crossdressing, Male impersonators, Photography