Guide to the FTM International Records

Marjorie Bryer
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
657 Mission Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, California 94105
Phone: (415) 777-5455
Fax: (415) 777-5576
Email: terence@glbthistory.org
URL: http://www.glbthistory.org/
© 2006
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society. All rights reserved.

Guide to the FTM International Records

Collection number: 2006-25

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society

San Francisco, California
Processed by:
Marjorie Bryer
Date Completed:
August, 2006
Encoded by:
Marjorie Bryer
© 2006 The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: FTM International records
Dates: 1986-2005
Collection number: 2006-25
Creator: FTM International
Creator: Green, Jamison, 1948-
Creator: Sullivan, Louis, 1951-
Collection Size: 2 boxes and 1 oversized folder (approximately 2 linear feet)
Repository: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
San Francisco, California 94105
Abstract: The records of FTM International document the organizational history and cultural, social and political and work of the largest, continuously-running organization serving the Female-to-Male community. There are a wide range of record types in the collection, dating back to the organization�s founding, in 1986, by transgender activist Louis Sullivan. The records include materials related to the board of directors, conferences, publication of the newsletter and social events, art, artifacts, by-laws, correspondence, financial records, photographs and posters.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English Japanese

Access

Collection is open for research. Materials in the Correspondence Series are restricted, at the request of the donor. Additional information is provided in the Series description.

Publication Rights

Copyright to unpublished manuscript materials created by the donor has been transferred to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.

Preferred Citation

FTM International records, 2006-25, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the Library by Heidi Bruins Green for FTM International, April 1, 2006.

Organizational History

FTM International (FTM) is the largest and oldest continuously running organization serving the Female-to-Male community and their allies. It is a peer-support group whose mission is to improve the quality of life and promote visibility and equality for female-to-male transpeople and their families. FTM International also campaigns to end shame and fear surrounding trans issues and to end economic marginalization of transpeople. To this end, the organization offers information, networking opportunities and advocacy to, and on behalf of, the trans-community. FTM International also provides educational services on transgender issues to the general public.
Author and activist Louis G. Sullivan founded FTM in San Francisco in 1986 as a support group for female-to-male transvestites and transsexuals. He started publishing the FTM Newsletter on a quarterly basis in September 1987. Until his death in 1991, Sullivan worked tirelessly to provide services for FTMs and increase understanding of their lives. Before he died, Sullivan asked transgender activist and educator Jamison (James) Green to take over publication of the newsletter. That same year, 1991, FTM began holding regular monthly meetings. In 1994, the organization�s name was changed to FTM International to reflect its growth worldwide. In November 1996, FTM International was granted status as a non-profit 501c3 educational organization and elected its first board of directors in June 1997. In addition to Sullivan and Green, past FTM International presidents have included Drago Renteria, Dion Manley and Zion Free Johnson. The current president is Levi Atler.
In 2006 the FTM Newsletter serves over 1,000 subscribers and is the largest FTM publication in the world. FTM International offers support groups for FTMs and their families in cities in more than 18 nations. Members represent a variety of cultural and economic backgrounds, a wide range of ages and every imaginable sexual orientation. In addition to holding support meetings and publishing the newsletter, FTM International organizes events, publishes a resource guide, maintains a website (http://www.ftmi.org) and answers correspondence from FTMs around the world. The San Francisco Chapter, which is named after Louis Sullivan, has over 300 members and conducted nearly 150 support meetings in 2005.

Scope and Content of Collection

The records of FTM International document the organizational history and social, cultural and political work of the largest, continuously running organization serving the Female-to-Male community. There are a wide range of record types in the collection, dating back to the organization�s founding in 1986. The records include materials related to the board of directors, conferences, publication of the newsletter and social events, art, artifacts, by-laws, correspondence, financial records, photographs and posters.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in three series:
  • Series 1. Organizational Records
  • Series 2. Newsletters
  • Series 3. Correspondence and Other Communication
The original order was maintained.

Related Material

The following collections at the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society of Northern California contain related materials. Contact the Historical Society for further information.
  • GLBTHS Periodicals Collection: FTM and FTMI Newsletter.
  • 1991-07. Sullivan, Lou Papers.
  • 2003-19. FTM Conference Tapes.
  • 2006-26. Tranny Fest Collection.
  • 2006-27. GLBTHS Ephemera Collection: Organizations/Groups.

Separated Material

Newspaper clippings and publications about female-to-male transsexuals or on transgender issues have been moved to the GLBTHS Vertical Files. Periodicals from other organizations have been moved to the GLBTHS Periodicals Collection.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Female-to-male transsexuals
FTM International
Sullivan, Louis, 1951-
Green, Jamison, 1948-
Newsletters
Correspondence
California�San Francisco (county)�San Francisco


Collection Contents

 

Series 1. Organizational Records 1986-2005

Physical Description: 15 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

Materials in this series document FTM International’s organizational structure and its cultural, social and political work. It includes materials regarding the establishment of the organization’s by-laws and non-profit status; financial records; materials related to the first Board of Directors’ elections in 1997; scorecards that rate politicians on their support of transgender rights; materials on its boycott of the Human Rights Campaign; a photo of participants, programs and receipts related to the first-ever FTM conference, which was held in San Francisco in 1995; a near-complete run of fliers advertising FTM Get-Togethers between 1986-1991; materials from events sponsored by FTM International; posters and memorabilia from Trannyfest: Transgender and Transgenre Cinema; a Pride Parade banner made by Loren Cameron and carried in 1994, marking the first time a group of transpeople openly marched under an FTM banner; two self-portraits by Cameron, from his triptych, “Distortions”; and the 2005 Men of FTM International Calendar.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically, by subject.

Access

Names and addresses of FTM International contacts may not be published for twenty years, until April 1, 2026, at the request of the donor.
Box/Folder 1/1-15

Organizational records 1986-2005

 

Series 2 Newsletters Circa 1991-1997

Physical Description: 16 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

Series includes materials related to the operation and finances of the FTM newsletter, which is the most widely circulated periodical for Female-to-Male transpeople in the world. The bulk of the series contains materials related to issues of the newsletter, such as submissions and editorial notes. There is also one Japanese-language newsletter. This series is complemented by a near-complete run of the FTM Newsletter, which can be found in the Historical Society’s Periodicals Collection.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject, and chronologically by newsletter issue.

Access

Names and addresses of FTM International contacts may not be published for twenty years, until April 1, 2026, at the request of the donor.
Box/Folder 1/16-32

Newsletters Circa 1991-1997

 

Series 3 Correspondence and Other Communication Circa 1979-1999

Physical Description: 57 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series includes incoming and outgoing correspondence from Lou Sullivan, James Green and other FTM newsletter editors. There are also membership lists and phone messages. Some of the correspondence from Sullivan was already arranged alphabetically. Correspondence may contain publications from other organizations.

Arrangement

Lou Sullivan’s original order was maintained. He arranged some of his files alphabetically. The rest of the correspondence and communication is arranged chronologically

Access

Access to the entire contents of this series is restricted for twenty years, until April 1, 2026, at the request of the donor. Please contact the repository for additional information.
Box/Folder 2/1-51

Sullivan, Lou, outgoing and incoming correspondence. Circa 1986-1996

Physical Description: 51 folders
Box/Folder 2/52-53

Green, James, and others, outgoing and incoming correspondence Circa 1991-2001

Physical Description: 2 folders
Box-Folder 2/54-56

Mailing lists and membership information Circa 1993-1999

Physical Description: 2 folders
Box/Folder 2/57

Phone messages Circa 1997-1999

Physical Description: 1 folder