Guide to the National Transgender Library collection

Jenny George
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
657 Mission Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, California 94105
Phone: (415) 777-5455
Fax: (415) 777-5576
Email: info@glbthistory.org
URL: http://www.glbthistory.org/
© 2008
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society. All rights reserved.

Guide to the National Transgender Library collection

Collection number: 2001-15

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society

San Francisco, California
Processed by:
Jenny George
Date Completed:
2008
Encoded by:
Heather Cummins
© 2008 The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Finding aid of the National Transgender Library
Dates: 1962-1999
Bulk Dates: 1983-1999
Collection number: 2001-15
Collection Size: 4 boxes
Repository: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
San Francisco, California 94105
Abstract: Dallas Denny, an Atlanta-based activist and writer organized the National Transgender Library and Archives in the early 1980s. In 1990 she founded the American Educational Gender Information Service (AEGIS) to make referrals and disseminate information on gender dysphoria. This is a small but rich collection documenting various aspects of transgender life.
Physical location: Stored at the Archives of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society in San Francisco, California
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright to unpublished manuscript materials has been transferred to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [Name of Series], National Transgender Library collection, 2001-15, The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Julie Herrada, on behalf of the University of Michigan, donated this collection on March 27, 2001. The collection is a small part of the National Transgender Library, which was organized by Dallas Denny and donated in its entirety to the University of Michigan; the GLBTHS collection consists of duplicates and materials not of interest to the University of Michigan.

Biography / Administrative History

The National Transgender Library was the project of Dallas Denny, an Atlanta-based activist, writer, and organizer in the transgender community. She began compiling materials for the library in the early eighties, adding to her personal files;

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection contains a wide range of transgender material, from popular representations of transgendered individuals, to medical reports, to advertisements for
This collection has six series. The first series, and the largest, consists of periodicals specifically related to transgender issues and cross-dressing. Most are small Atlanta based journals that deal with some topic (such as performance technique, acceptance, spirituality) in the cross-dressing community. A few are larger circulation medical journals or popular culture magazines with a cover story on transgender issues. These periodicals do not contain a full run; most folders contain less than five issues of any one periodical. The periodicals are organized alphabetically.
The second series consists of conference and workshop materials, some of which Dallas Denny attended or presented at, and others which she did not appear to attend. Each folder contains the materials from one conference, including lists of speakers, events, and brochures. The folders are organized chronologically, by the date of the conference, from 1987-1997.
The third series consists of AEGIS materials, taken in original order from two large binders. These folders contain hundreds of articles on cross-dressing, sex reassignment surgery, and events in the transgender community. Many articles relate specifically to AEGIS; some are written by AEGIS members. This series also contains a small collection of photographs taken at an award ceremony for entertainer Caroline Cossey, and a folder of Ms. Denny?s business correspondence.
The Shopping series contains catalogues, order forms, and directories for large-sized women?s shoes, wigs, lingerie, sex toys, cosmetics, and erotic novels. The material is broken down into ?mass circulation? catalogues, and catalogues marketed specifically to cross-dressers or transgendered individuals.
The Medical series is comprised of pamphlets and brochures on electrolysis, breast prosthetics, and hormones. Also included are descriptions of sex reassignment surgery, medical advisories, and a document on Standards of Care for transsexuals.
The last series consists of miscellaneous flyers and announcements from Atlanta, newsletters from local and national transgender groups, guides to transgender organizations,

Arrangement

Arrangement of the Collection

This collection is organized in # series:
  • Series 1. Periodicals
  • Series 2. Conference and Workshop Materials
  • Series 3. Aegis Materials
  • Series 4. Shopping
  • Series 5. Medical
  • Series 6. Miscellaneous

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Transgender people


Collection Contents

 

Periodicals 1962-1999 1991-1997

Box/ Folder 1/ 1

AEGIS News 1994-1996

Box/ Folder 1/ 2

Beyond Opression 1987

Box/ Folder 1/ 3

Bluegrass Belleview 1997

Box/ Folder 1/ 4

Butterflies 1994

Box/ Folder 1/ 5

The Cactus Flower 1994

Box/ Folder 1/ 6

The Chatter 1996

Box/ Folder 1/ 7

Confidential 1962

Box/ Folder 1/ 8

Crossroads 1996

Box/ Folder 1/ 9

Cruise Weekly 1981

Box/ Folder 1/ 10

Crude (cover story) 1995

Box/ Folder 1/ 11

Crysalis 1993-1997

Box/ Folder 1/ 12

The Delta Chatter 1994-1995

Box/ Folder 1/ 13

Devil Woman 1996

Box/ Folder 1/ 14

EDENews 1992-1994

Box/ Folder 1/ 15

Electrology World 1995-1996

Box/ Folder 1/ 16

Emerald City News 1996-1998

Box/ Folder 1/ 17

E.T.C. 1991

Box/ Folder 1/ 18

Femanine Undated

Box/ Folder 1/ 19

The Femme Forum 1995

Box/ Folder 1/ 20

The Fifth Side 1995-1997

Box/ Folder 1/ 21

F.I. News Undated

Box/ Folder 1/ 22

GCTC Transmission Line 1996-1997

Box/ Folder 1/ 23

Gender and Psychoanalysis 1997

Box/ Folder 1/ 24

Gender Dysphoria 1991-1992

Box/ Folder 1/ 25

Gender Euphoria 1992-1994

Box/ Folder 1/ 26

GenderQuest 1995-1997

Box/ Folder 1/ 27

Grace and Lace 1995

Box/ Folder 1/ 28

Help Me... Accept Me 1996-1997

Box/ Folder 1/ 29

Hotspots 1990

Box/ Folder 1/ 30

HX 1996

Box/ Folder 1/ 31

Illusions Undated

Box/ Folder 1/ 32

Ingersoll Message 1996-1997

Box/ Folder 1/ 33

Journal of Electrology 1990-1997

Box/ Folder 1/ 34

The Journal of Homosexuality 1992

Box/ Folder 1/ 35

The Journal of Gender Studies 1991-1995

Box/ Folder 1/ 36

LadyLike Undated

Box/ Folder 1/ 37

Love Letter 1997

Box/ Folder 1/ 38

Magical Blend 1992

Box/ Folder 1/ 39

New York (cover story) 1995

Box/ Folder 1/ 40

The News 1991-1992

Box/ Folder 1/ 41

The Pink Slip 1997

Box/ Folder 1/ 42

Pinnacle 1996-1997

Box/ Folder 2/ 1

Popcorn Undated

Box/ Folder 2/ 2

Renaissance News and Views 1991-1997

Box/ Folder 2/ 3

Rosebuds 1991-1995

Box/ Folder 2/ 4

San Antonio Marquis 1995

Box/ Folder 2/ 5

Sex Weekly 1995

Box/ Folder 2/ 6

The Southern Bell 1995-1996

Box/ Folder 2/ 7

The Sweetheart Connection 1993-1997

Box/ Folder 2/ 8

Tennessee Vals 1994-1997

Box/ Folder 2/ 9

TMT 1992

Box/ Folder 2/ 10

Transcript 1992

Box/ Folder 2/ 11

TV-TS Confidential 1994

Box/ Folder 2/ 12

Two Spirit News 1995-1996

Box/ Folder 2/ 13

Virginia's Secrets 1995-1996

Box/ Folder 2/ 14

Whatever Undated

Box/ Folder 2/ 15

XX Twenty 1994-1997

Box/ Folder 4/ 1

City Paper 1994

Box/ Folder 4/ 2

Frontiers Magazine 1996-1998

Box/ Folder 4/ 3

Interview 1998

Box/ Folder 4/ 4

Just Out 1996

Box/ Folder 4/ 5

San Francisco Bay Times 1995

Box/ Folder 4/ 6

Worcester Phoenix 1999

 

Conference and Workshop Materials 1991-1997

Box/ Folder 2/ 16

International Foundation for Gender Education: 1st Annual Conference 1987

Box/ Folder 2/ 17

12th Annual Conference on Gender Dysphoria 1989

Box/ Folder 2/ 18

The Society for the Scienctific Study of Sex: Eastern Region and Joint Annual Conferences 1991-1998

Box/ Folder 2/ 19

S.S.S.S. Membership Handbooks 1991-1997

Box/ Folder 2/ 20

2nd Annual New Woman Conference 1992

Box/ Folder 2/ 21

Coming Together, Working Together 1992

Box/ Folder 2/ 22

Gender Identity Conference 1992

Box/ Folder 2/ 23

Counseling Gender Dysphoria 1992

Box/ Folder 2/ 24

American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists: Conferences and Membership Directory 1992-1996

Box/ Folder 2/ 25

Mid America Gender Group Fall Harvest 1993

Box/ Folder 2/ 26

International Symposium on Gender Dysphoria 1993

Box/ Folder 2/ 27

Eurofantasia 1993

Box/ Folder 2/ 28

The European Network of Professionals on Transsexualism 1994

Box/ Folder 2/ 29

A Union of Spirits 1994

Box/ Folder 2/ 30

Splendor of Gender Workshop Series 1994

Box/ Folder 2/ 31

Texas 'T' Party 1994

Box/ Folder 2/ 32

International Foundation of Gender Education: Atlanta Action 1995

Box/ Folder 2/ 33

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force: 8th Annual 'Creating Change' Meeting 1995

Box/ Folder 2/ 34

17th Annual Guelph Conference and Training on Sexuality 1995

Box/ Folder 2/ 35

Transgen '95 1995

Box/ Folder 2/ 36

International Congress on Gender, Cross-Dressing and Sex Issues 1995

Box/ Folder 2/ 37

Southern Comfort 1995-1998

Box/ Folder 2/ 38

17th - 20th Annual National Lesbian and Gay Health Conference 1995-1998

Box/ Folder 2/ 39

American Board of Sexology: Registry 1996

Box/ Folder 2/ 40

Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association Symposium 1997

Box/ Folder 2/ 41

2nd International Congress on Sex and Gender Issues 1997

 

Aegis Materials 1991-1994

Box / Folder 3/ 1

AEGIS Documents I 1991-1992

Box/ Folder 3/ 2

AEGIS Documents II 1992-1994

Box/ Folder 3/ 3

Correspondence 1991-1994

Box/ Folder 3/ 4

Photos Undated

 

Shopping 1983, 1992

Box/ Folder 3/ 5

Mass Circulation catalogues: shoes, wigs, lingerie Undated

Box/ Folder 3/ 6

Advertisements and order forms: transgender and cross-dressing materials Undated

Box/ Folder 3/ 7

Shopping guides/ catalogues: sex toys, clothes, accoutrements 1983, 1992

Box/ Folder 3/ 8

Ivan Stormgart Books: General Catalogues: 12, 14-15, 17, 28-65 Undated

 

Medical 1989-1996

Box/ Folder 3/ 9

Brochures 1989-1996

Box/ Folder 3/ 10

Electrolysis and Prosthetics Undated

Box/ Folder 3/ 11

Hormones Undated

Box/ Folder 3/ 12

Surgery and Standards of Care Undated

 

Miscellaneous 1991-1997

Box/ Folder 3/ 13

Newsletters, various 1994-1997

Box/ Folder 3/ 14

Flyers and Announcements Undated

Box/ Folder 3/ 15

Guides and Directories 1994, 1996-1997

Box/ Folder 3/ 16

Articles from mass circulation periodicals about transgender issues 1991-1997

Box/ Folder 3/ 17

Erotic Fiction Undated

Box/ Folder 3/ 18

Other Undated