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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.
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.
- Download the 2016 book (PDF)
- Download the 2014 book (PDF)
- Print copies are available by donation; contact us to order.
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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