Transgender Archives

Virginia Prince. Circa 1954

Virginia Prince. Circa 1954

Virginia Prince was one of the earliest transgender activists.

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World's only Chair in Transgender Studies

In January 2016, Dr. Aaron Devor was announced as the world's only Chair in Transgender Studies. (Photo: Devor and UVic master's student Alyx MacAdams at the Jan. 15 event with material from the Transgender Archives.) 

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Lou Sullivan, 1985

Info for the female-to-male crossdresser and transsexual (1985)

Written by Lou Sullivan, this was the first manual specifically for trans men.

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Our collections

A selection of books from our collections

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Kate Bornstein

Photographed by Del LaGrace

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Transgender Archives

The Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria is committed to the preservation of the history of pioneering activists, community leaders, and researchers who have contributed to the betterment of transgender and gender nonconforming people.

Since 2007, we have been actively acquiring documents, rare publications, and memorabilia of persons and organizations associated with activism by and for transgender and gender nonconforming people.

We began with the generous donation of the Rikki Swin Institute collection. The Transgender Archives have been enhanced by other significant donations including the personal papers of Reed Erickson, the entire University of Ulster Trans-Gender Archive collection, and the records of Zenith Foundation of Vancouver Canada, among many others.

Our records of research related to trans and gender nonconforming people go back over 100 years, while our records of activism by trans and gender nonconforming people span over 50 years and come from 17 countries across five continents. At over 320 linear feet / 98 linear meters, our collections comprise the largest trans archives in the world.

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Lammy award

In The Transgender Archives: Foundations for the Future you can read about some of the history of trans activism and research, learn about how the Transgender Archives got started, and see a few highlights from our collections.

The Transgender Archives: Foundations for the Future was chosen as a 2015 Lambda Literary Awards finalist in LGBT nonfiction.

The Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria is accessible to the public for free, and available to faculty, students, and scholars for teaching and research.

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The Transgender Archives at UVic

3 days ago

We've lost another of our beloved elders--Aiyyana Maracle has passed from this world. Just a few weeks ago she was hoping to join us at the Founders Panel of Moving Trans History Forward but cancer held her back. Now her spirit soars.
Dear ones, On April 24, 2016, Aiyyana Maracle passed on surrounded by her loving family and friends. We are now raising money to support Aiyyana’s grandchildren and great grandchildren to attend her visitation/funeral in the coming days, and to create a lasting legacy celebrating her work, art an...

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