Transgender Archives

Virginia Prince. Circa 1954

Virginia Prince. Circa 1954

Virginia Prince was one of the earliest transgender activists.

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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 trans, non-binary, and Two-Spirit people.

Since 2007, we have been actively acquiring documents, rare publications, and memorabilia of persons and organizations associated with activism by and for trans, non-binary, and Two-Spirit 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 span over 160 meters or 530 linear feet (1.5 football fields long), go back over 120 years, and are in 15 languages from 23 countries on six continents. Our collections comprise the largest trans archives in the world.  We are accessible to everyone, free of charge.

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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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Chair in Transgender Studies & The Transgender Archives at UVic

5 days ago

You might want to buy this new book, Glimmerings: Trans Elders Tell Their Stories. Here's who's in it: Stephanie Castle, author, activist since 1990, founder of Zenith Foundation. Joanna Clark, advocate since 1980s, first to serve in two branches of the US Armed Forces in two different genders. Ms. Bob Davis, teacher, founder of Louise Lawrence Transgender Archive. Dallas Denny, author, editor of Transgender Tapestry, activist since 1980s. Jamison Green, author, educator, Past President of WPATH. Ariadne Kane, gerontology specialist, Founder of Fantasia Fair. Corey Keith, social worker, wellness coach, founder of CARY. Lili, Transvestia Magazine cover girl, model, and photographer. Ty Nolan, Two-Spirit storyteller, social justice advocate, community scholar. Jude Patton, consultant, activist since 1970s, LGBTQ+ end of life doula. Virginia Prince, activist since 1960s, editor of Transvestia Magazine. Rupert Raj, activist since 1970s, author, inductee to Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives. Gayle Roberts, teacher, administrator, author. Susanna Valenti, owner of Casa Suzanna, Transvestia Magazine columnist. Dawn Angela Wensley, advocate since 1990s, speaker, research engineer

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Chair in Transgender Studies & The Transgender Archives at UVic

1 week ago

Harrison Browne played professional hockey very successfully on the National Women's Hockey League's Buffalo Beauts team but was doing it in the wrong body. Now he's come out as the first trans professional hockey player.

Retired NWHL player Harrison Browne we...
Harrison Browne, who played as Hailey Browne early in his career, is believed to be the first publicly transgender player in professional hockey. He went public with his story in 2016 and finally got to hear the different pronoun and name called out after scoring for the National Women's Hockey Leag...
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