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Guide to the Society for the Second Self (Tri-Ess) Records, 1973-2006
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Historical Note:
  • Access Terms
  • Administrative Information
  • Arrangement of Materials:
  • Scope and Contents

  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Society for the Second Self (Tri-Ess) Records
    Dates: 1973-2006
    Identification: SC/SSS
    Creator: Society for the Second Self
    Physical Description: 10.18 linear feet
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Special Collections
    Abstract: Tri-Ess is a non-profit educational, social, and support group for heterosexual cross-dressers, their partners or spouses, and their families. The collection contains the records of Tri-Ess and its chapters since its inception in 1973 through 2006. It includes correspondence, directories, corporate documents, flyers, ephemera, newsletters, and photographs. There is considerable documentation on the initial organization of Tri-Ess and numerous publications about cross-dressing.

    Historical Note:

    Tri-Ess is a non-profit educational, social, and support group for heterosexual cross-dressers, their partners or spouses, and their families. It is international in scope with over thirty chapters in the United States. Tri-Ess is a member of the World Congress of Transgender Organizations and the International Foundation for Gender Education.
    The story of Tri-Ess and the growth of its movement owes much to the efforts of Virginia Charles Prince, born Arnold Lowman to an upper-middle class family in Los Angeles during the fall of 1912. Prince, who identified as heterosexual and later preferred she/her/hers pronouns, began wearing women’s clothes at the age of 12. Publicity stemming from Prince's divorce and second marriage inspired other cross-dressers to reach out and led to the formation and development of a support group in Los Angeles. Prince established a national organization known as Full Personality Expression (FPE) in 1962.
    In 1971, Carol Beecroft, a former FPE chapter president, left the organization to form the Mamselle Sorority, an "open" group for cross-dressers which later merged with FPE in 1976 to become The Society for the Second Self (Tri-Ess).

    Access Terms

    This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Corporate Name:

    Full Personality Express (FPE)
    Mamselle Sorority
    Society for the Second Self (Tri-Ess)

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Audio recordings
    Paper records
    Photographic material
    Publications

    Personal Name:

    Beecroft, Carol
    Prince, Virginia

    Topical Term:

    Transvestism -- California -- History
    Transvestism -- United States -- History
    Transvestites -- California -- History
    Transvestites -- United States -- History

    Administrative Information

    Accruals:

    1997, 1998, 2002

    Processing Information:

    Tony Gardner and Kevin Glynn

    Conditions Governing Use:

    Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    The collection is open for research use.

    Preferred Citation:

    For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials  guide.

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    Arrangement of Materials:

    Series I: Corporate Knowledge, 1973-2000
        Subseries A: Initial Organization of Tri-Ess, 1973-2000
        Subseries B: Executive Administration, 1985-1998
        Subseries C: Chapter Administration, 1975-2000
        Subseries D: Chapters, 1991-1997
        Subseries E: Membership Activities, 1978-1998
    Series II: Executive Correspondence, 1992-2003
        Subseries A: Correspondence from the Board of Directors, 1992-2002
        Subseries B: Correspondence to the Board of Directors, 1993-2000
        Subseries C: Executive Directorship, 1993-2003
    Series III: Publications, 1977-2004
    Series IV: Correspondence, 1981-2006
        Subseries A: Files (A-Z), 1981-2003
        Subseries B. Single Letters, 1989-2006
    Series V: Audio-Visual Materials, 1993

    Scope and Contents

    The Society for the Second Self Collection contains the records of Tri-Ess and its chapters from its inception in 1973 through 2006. The collection consists of correspondence, directories, corporate documents, flyers, ephemera, newsletters, and photographs. There is considerable documentation on the initial organization of Tri-Ess and numerous publications about cross-dressing. The latter part of the collection is primarily comprised of correspondence between cross-dressers and academics researching the cross-dressing movement. Correspondents with two or more letters are filed by last name. The collection is divided into five major series: Corporate Knowledge (1973-2000), Executive Correspondence (1992-2003), Publications(1977-2004), Correspondence (1981-2006), and Audio-Visual Materials (1993).
    Series I, Corporate Knowledge is divided into five subseries: Initial Organization of Tri-Ess (1973-2000), Executive Administration (1985-1998), Chapter Administration (1975-2000), Chapters (1991-1997), and Membership Activities (1978-1998). Subseries A, Initial Organization of Tri-Ess, contains constitutions, chapter bylaws, and personal biographies of essential personnel. Subseries B, Executive Administration, contains advertisements, Board of Director minutes, and correspondence. Subseries C, Chapter Administration, consists of correspondence, bylaws, and charters. Subseries D, Chapters, contains individual chapter records. Subseries E, Membership Activities includes directories, newspaper clippings, and membership records. Each of these subseries are arranged alphabetically.
    Series II, Executive Correspondence, is divided into three subseries: Correspondence from the Board of Directors (1992-2002), Correspondence to the Board of Directors (1993-2000), and Executive Directorship (1993-2003). Each of these subseries are arranged alphabetically.
    Series III, Publications, includes catalogs, directories, magazines, and other associated publications, arranged alphabetically by title or subject.
    Series IV, Correspondence, is divided into two subseries Files A-Z (1981-2003) and Single Letters (1989-2006). Subseries A, Files A-Z, is arranged alphabetically. Subseries B, Single Letters, is arranged chronologically.
    Series V, Audio-Visual Materials, primarily consists of audio cassettes and photographs.