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Kentucky History

These fifteen items––ten photographs, a poster, two cards, and two newspaper clippings––provide a glimpse into 20th century transgender-related history in Kentucky. The photographs and cards depict a wide range of practices of trans-ing gender, and other materials in the collection present information on events involving drag.

From Institution(s): Faulkner Morgan Archive

Kewpie Photographs

Kewpie was part of a queer community of people who were known amongst themselves and by the wider community in Cape Town as 'moffies.' These photographs document Kewpie’s life in District Six, Cape Town, South Africa between 1950 and 1993. This collection contains pictures of Kewpie working in salons as a hairdresser, attending parties and costume balls, and posing for photos outside on streets and beaches with her friends and her partner, Brian.

From Institution(s): Gay & Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA)


These 71 issues of LadyLike Magazine were published between 1987 and 2007 by Creative Design Services. They feature profiles on crossdressers and transgender people, photographs contributed by readers, letters to the editor, film reviews, makeup and clothing tutorials, fictional short stories, and personal articles. These periodicals especially focus on qualities of femininity.

From Institution(s): Transgender Oral History Project

Les Amies de Place Blanche by Christer Strömholm

A small handful of the photos from Christer Strömholm's "Les Amies de Place Blanche" (1983) can be found in this collection. These photographs depict French trans women living in Paris in the 1960s. Many of these women were working in the Red Light District trying to raise money for various alterations. The original publication was published in Swedish and contains essays from Strömholm about his work.

From Institution(s): Transas City

Les Girls: Boys Will Be Girls

Les Girls: Boys Will Be Girls was a magazine that presented an "ongoing and factual account" of the underground world of female impersonators. It was published quarterly (beginning in 1980) and provided many photoshoots of well-known female impersonators as well as informative articles about various experiences living as a trans person in the 1980s.

From Institution(s): Transgender Oral History Project

Letters from Female Impersonators

This periodical, published by Nutrix Co. between 1961 and 1963, is comprised of photographs and letters written by female impersonators. Common themes throughout these letters include a desire for community and acceptance, a lack of access to medical treatment and legal rights, and personal experiences with crossdressing.

From Institution(s): Human Sexuality Collection, Cornell University

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.

From Institution(s): The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)

Lou Sullivan Collection

The Lou Sullivan Collection includes letters between Sullivan and various medical professionals, colleagues, and friends. Some correspondents include Rupert Raj, Ben Power, Alyn Hess, Dr. Michael Brownstein, and Dr. Paul Walker. Lou Sullivan was known for identifying as an openly gay trans man and fought for the medical and social rights of those who identified similarly. These letters, dated from 1973 to 1991, detail Lou's medical transition, FTM publications, and his struggle with AIDS.

From Institution(s): GLBT Historical Society, Sexual Minorities Archives

Lynn Edward Harris Photographs

The photographs in this collection depict moments in the personal life of Lynn Edward Harris (1950- ), a prominent intersex person known for his acting, lecturing, and later activism work. This collection, hosted by the ONE Archives at the University of Southern California Libraries, contains photos from throughout his life–from his childhood years when he was raised as a female, through his later years when he began living publicly as a male. These photographs cover various ages of Harris from 1954 through 2000, including four photographs from his childhood, two photographs from his early acting portfolio, and several pictures from his adult life.

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


These newsletters and periodicals in the Metamorphosis collection were published by the Metamorphosis Medical Research Foundation and Rupert Raj from 1982-1988. The Metamorphosis publications were intended to be a resource for female-to-male transsexuals. These objects discuss the issues of gender dysphoria, gender realignment surgery, and community acceptance. The newsletters and magazines provided the trans community with resources, personal stories, book and film reviews, and bulletins of important events and medical research pertaining to the trans community.

From Institution(s): The ArQuives


The Military collection comprises a series of photographs and artifacts relating to the military and service members. Highlights include photographs from a 1942-1945 era show at Bolling Field Airbase and items from a Military Ball put on by the Houston Motorcycle Club.

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

Miscellaneous Correspondence

A small collection of random letters related to trans people or issues concerning trans communities.

From Institution(s): Digital Transgender Archive, Joseph A. Labadie Collection, University of Michigan, University of Pittsburgh Library System, Archives & Special Collections

Monmouth & Ocean News

We have only a few of the newsletters published by the Monmouth Ocean Transgender Group (MOTG). The ten collected here were originally published during the late to mid-1990s. MOTG is an affiliate group of Renaissance Education Association, an organization that is also present in our archive. Significant contributors to the newsletter include Marybeth (no last name found), the newsletter's editor until 1997, when MOTG switched editorship to Vikki M. The newsletter focused mostly on then-current events and perspectives regarding transgender people, crossdressing practices, the lifestyle of crossdressers, and gendered experiences.

From Institution(s): Joseph A. Labadie Collection, University of Michigan

Mountain Lace

Mountain Lace was the newsletter for a group called Trans West Virginia. Edited by Beverly Williams, each issue covers local meet-ups, events, and news. This collection currently contains issues from 1991-1993.

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

Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1950-2000)

This collection contains clippings from newspapers and, to a much lesser extent, periodicals published between 1950 and the 1990s. Topics discussed in the articles include early gender realignment surgeries, marriages of transgender individuals, artistic representations of transgender characters, and legal issues faced by the trans community. Prominent publications in this collection include The Berkeley Barb, ONE Magazine, Out/look, Women, and Great Speckled Bird.

From Institution(s): Digital Transgender Archive, Joseph A. Labadie Collection, University of Michigan, LGBTQ+ Collection, University of Southern Maine Libraries, Independent Voices, Transas City, The ArQuives, JD Doyle Archives, ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, Grupo Dignidade, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives, University at Albany, Transgender Archives, University of Victoria, Louise Lawrence Transgender Archive, Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections, GLBT Historical Society, Cork LGBT Archive

Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)

Early clippings from newspapers and, to a lesser extent, periodicals published before 1900.

From Institution(s): Digital Transgender Archive, Transas City, JD Doyle Archives, Duke University, American Antiquarian Society

ONE Archives Online Materials

This assortment of pictures and audio files is hosted online by the ONE Archives at the University of Southern California Libraries. Within the collection, there are a variety of photos from the early 1900s through 2000. Notably, there are ten pictures of Latino gay activist José Sarria participating in a drag show at the Black Cat Bar in San Francisco, California. Overall, the photos capture diverse events such as AIDS fundraisers, gay pride events in the United States, and drag shows.

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

Oral Histories with People of Color

The Oral Histories with People of Color collection highlights diverse stories told throughout the many oral history collections found on the DTA. Every person in this collection has self-identified as a member of a racial or ethnic minority group. We understand that these stories have been underrepresented in trans history and hope to call particular attention to the intersection of trans experiences with racial and ethnic identities here.

From Institution(s): Transgender Oral History Project, Country Queers, GLBT Historical Society, The ArQuives, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota, London Metropolitan Archives, NYC Trans Oral History Project, LGBTQ Religious Archives Network, We Who Feel Differently, Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project, OUTWORDS, Louisiana Trans Oral History Project, RI LGBTQ+ Community Archives at Providence Public Library

Our Sorority: An Outreach Publication

These newsletters, published between 1986 and 1990 by The Outreach Institute, promote different events and resources for the crossdressing community. These publications also include fictional stories, personal writings, advice on makeup and fashion, photographs from the annual Fantasia Fair, and articles on community issues.

From Institution(s): Joseph A. Labadie Collection, University of Michigan, Human Sexuality Collection, Cornell University, Louise Lawrence Transgender Archive

Our Special Joy

Our Special Joy was a newsletter published by Chi Delta Mu chapter of the Tri-Ess Sorority. Most issues focus on chapter happenings and event. There is regular coverage of recent book publications and other media on the topic of crossdressing.

From Institution(s): Human Sexuality Collection, Cornell University

Outreach Publications

The Human Outreach and Achievement Institute, founded by Ari Kane, worked to “serve as a resource for helping professionals, crossdressers, androgynes and transsexuals.” It published these 10 quarterly newsletters between 1985 and 1989 in order to share scholarly articles, news pieces about annual gender-related conferences, personal pieces about family dynamics, and book reviews.

From Institution(s): Joseph A. Labadie Collection, University of Michigan, Human Sexuality Collection, Cornell University, Louise Lawrence Transgender Archive