Guide to the Virginia Prince Papers, 1930-1980

Special Collections & Archives

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California State University, Northridge
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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Virginia Prince Papers
Dates: 1930-1980
Identification: SC/VP
Creator: Prince, Virginia, 1912-2009
Physical Description: 1.67 linear feet
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Special Collections
Abstract: Virginia Prince established, edited, and wrote for the magazine Transvestia. As editor and writer for Transvestia, Prince collected newspaper clippings, magazine articles, cartoons, and photographs on cross dressing that appeared in other print media outlets. The clippings date from the 1930s to 1970s. She subscribed to a news service which scanned a number of publications across the country, and sent clippings to her. The clippings file served as a resource for the magazine.

Biographical Information:

Virginia Prince was born a male on November 23, 1912, in Los Angeles. She began cross-dressing at about the age of twelve, at first using her mother's clothes. In 1939, she received a PhD in pharmacology from the University of California, San Francisco. As a research assistant and lecturer in pharmacology, Prince used the opportunity of access to the medical library to become acquainted with medical literature on transvestism.
By 1956, Prince began to develop her philosophy of transvestism and began her mission to educate the medical profession, transvestites themselves, and the rest of the world. This involved the development of the idea of 'femmiphilia', or, love of the feminine. Prince preferred to call herself a femmiphile (FP) rather than a transvestite. At the time little information was available in print, even in the medical literature, and most people's knowledge of transvestism was gleaned from newspapers such as the British People and News of the World.
In 1960, Prince established Transvestia, a magazine she also edited and wrote for. The magazine was published by Prince's Chevalier Publications, and was sold by subscription and through adult bookshops. Over the years Chevalier Publications also published transvestite fiction, some of it written by Prince herself. Prince continued her efforts on behalf of the transvestite and transgender communities until shortly before her death in 2009.

Access Terms

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

Genre/Form of Material:

Paper records
Publications

Personal Name:

Ashley, April, 1935
Coccinelle, 1935
Cowell, Roberta, 1918
Jorgensen, Christine, 1926-1989
Rees, Tamara

Topical Term:

Transsexuals -- Press coverage
Transvestites -- Press coverage

Administrative Information

Processing Information:

Tony Gardner

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:

[Identification of item], [date], Virginia Prince Papers , Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

Related Materials:

Arrangement of Materials:

Series I: People
Series II: Advertisements, Cartoons, and Newspaper Photographs
Series III: Dated News Clippings, 1930-1972
Series IV: Topical News Clippings
Series V: News Clippings A-Z, 1937-1972

Scope and Contents

As editor and writer for Transvestia, Virginia Prince collected newspaper clippings, magazine articles, cartoons, and photographs on cross dressing that appeared in various print media outlets. The clippings date from the 1930s to 1970s, and served as a resource for the magazine.
The Virginia Prince Papers are arranged into five series. Series I, People, contains clippings about specific individuals, and is arranged alphabetically. Series II, Advertisements, Cartoons, and Newspaper Photographs, is arranged alphabetically by format or title. Series III, Dated News Clippings (1930-1972), is arranged chronologically. Series IV, Topical News Clippings, is arranged alphabetically by subject. Series V, News Clippings A-Z (1937-1972), is arranged alphabetically by publication title.

Collection Contents

 

Series I: People

Box 1, Folder 1

April Ashley

Box 1, Folder 2

April Ashley

Box 1, Folder 3

Bambi (Jean Pierre Rene or Jean Pierre Pruvot)

Box 1, Folder 4

Gladys Bentley

Box 1, Folder 5

John Breckinridge

Box 1, Folder 6

Coccinelle

Box 1, Folder 7

Compton Cuties (Softball)

Box 1, Folder 8

Roberta Cowell

Box 1, Folder 9

Roberta Cowell

Box 1, Folder 10

Julie Desmond

Box 1, Folder 11

Senorita Herrero

Box 1, Folder 12

Christine Jorgensen, 1950s

Box 1, Folder 13

Christine Jorgensen, 1950s

Box 1, Folder 14

Christine Jorgensen (3 of 5), 1950s

Box 1, Folder 15

Christine Jorgensen, 1950s

Box 1, Folder 16

Christine Jorgensen, 1950s

Box 1, Folder 17

Peter Kastner

Box 1, Folder 18

Tizzie Lish

Box 1, Folder 19

Frank Little

Box 1, Folder 20

Arnold Lowman

Box 1, Folder 21

Rev. William C. Mclmont

Box 1, Folder 22

Charlotte McLeod (Charles McLeod)

Box 1, Folder 23

Delisa Newton

Box 1, Folder 24

Martha Olmos (Jorge Olmos)

Box 1, Folder 25

Wilfred Pettitt

Box 1, Folder 26

Michelle Marie Poulain (Michael Poulain)

Box 1, Folder 27

Tamara Rees

Box 1, Folder 28

Tamara Rees

Box 1, Folder 29

George M. Sanchez

Box 1, Folder 30

Arlene Teasdale

Box 1, Folder 31

Titanic (George Rodgers)

Box 1, Folder 32

Georgina Turtle (George Turtle)

Box 1, Folder 33

Alberto Vargas

Box 1, Folder 34

Dr. Hugh Young

 

Series II: Advertisements, Cartoons, and Photographs

Box 1, Folder 35

Advertisements

Box 1, Folder 36

Archie Comic Strips

Box 1, Folder 37

Blondie Comic Strips

Box 1, Folder 38

Dick Tracy Comic Strips

Box 1, Folder 39

Mutt and Jeff Comic Strips

Box 1, Folder 40

Cartoons

Box 1, Folder 41

Cartoons

Box 1, Folder 42

"Mirror of Your Mind" Articles

Box 1, Folder 43

Newspaper Photographs

Box 1, Folder 44

Newspaper Photographs

Box 1, Folder 45

Newspaper Photographs

Box 1, Folder 46

Newspaper Photographs

Box 1, Folder 47

Newspaper Photographs

Box 1, Folder 48

Newspaper Photographs

Box 1, Folder 49

Newspaper Photographs

Box 1, Folder 50

Newspaper Photographs

Box 1, Folder 51

Newspaper Photographs

 

Series III: Dated News Clippings, 1930-1972

Box 2, Folder 1

1930s

Box 2, Folder 2

1940s

Box 2, Folder 3

September 1944

Box 2, Folder 4

March 1947

Box 2, Folder 5

April 1947

Box 2, Folder 6

June 1947

Box 2, Folder 7

May 1948

Box 2, Folder 8

June 1948

Box 2, Folder 9

October 1948

Box 2, Folder 10

June 1949

Box 2, Folder 11

September 1949

Box 2, Folder 12

1950s

Box 2, Folder 13

July 1950

Box 2, Folder 14

August 1950

Box 2, Folder 15

April 1952

Box 2, Folder 16

September 1952

Box 2, Folder 17

October 1952

Box 2, Folder 18

November 1952

Box 2, Folder 19

November 1953

Box 2, Folder 20

March 1954

Box 2, Folder 21

April 1954

Box 2, Folder 22

June 1954

Box 2, Folder 23

February 1955

Box 2, Folder 24

August 1955

Box 2, Folder 25

1960s

Box 2, Folder 26

July 1968

Box 2, Folder 27

1970s

Box 2, Folder 28

September 1971

Box 2, Folder 29

March 1972

Box 2, Folder 30

August 1972

Box 2, Folder 31

September 1972

Box 2, Folder 32

November 1972

Box 2, Folder 33

January

Box 2, Folder 34

February

Box 2, Folder 35

March

Box 2, Folder 36

April

Box 2, Folder 37

May

Box 2, Folder 38

June

Box 2, Folder 39

July

Box 2, Folder 40

August

Box 2, Folder 41

September

Box 2, Folder 42

October

Box 2, Folder 43

November

Box 2, Folder 44

December

 

Series IV: Topical News Clippings

Box 2, Folder 45

Animal Behavior

Box 2, Folder 46

Beauty Contests

Box 2, Folder 47

Bi-sexuality

Box 2, Folder 48

Bondage & Discipline

Box 2, Folder 49

Breasts

Box 2, Folder 50

Child Behavior

Box 2, Folder 51

Church Figures

Box 2, Folder 52

Costume Balls, Parties & Masquerades

Box 2, Folder 53

Crime, Criminals & The Law

Box 2, Folder 54

Crime, Criminals & The Law

Box 2, Folder 55

Cults

Box 2, Folder 56

Dancers

Box 2, Folder 57

Fashion

Box 2, Folder 58

Female Impersonators

Box 2, Folder 59

Fiction

Box 2, Folder 60

Hair

Box 2, Folder 61

Harems

Box 2, Folder 62

Hermaphrodites

Box 2, Folder 63

Homosexuality

Box 2, Folder 64

Letters to Editors

Box 2, Folder 65

Letters to Editors

Box 2, Folder 66

Letters to Editors (Ann Landers)

Box 2, Folder 67

Letters to Editors (Dear Abby)

Box 2, Folder 68

Letters to Editors (Emily Post)

Box 2, Folder 69

Man - Woman Relations

Box 2, Folder 70

Mona Lisa

Box 3, Folder 1

Nudism

Box 3, Folder 2

Opinion Pieces: Mirror of your Mind

Box 3, Folder 3

Phi Pi Epsilon

Box 3, Folder 4

People & Places

Box 3, Folder 5

Prisoners & Recluses

Box 3, Folder 6

Prostitution

Box 3, Folder 7

Sadism

Box 3, Folder 8

Sex Changes & Transsexual Operations

Box 3, Folder 9

Sex Changes & Transsexual Operations

Box 3, Folder 10

Sexual Envy

Box 3, Folder 11

Spousal Relations

Box 3, Folder 12

Strippers

Box 3, Folder 13

Suicide

Box 3, Folder 14

Transvestites

Box 3, Folder 15

The Worry Clinic

Box 3, Folder 16

You and Your Child

 

Series V: News Clippings A-Z, 1937-1972

Box 3, Folder 17

American Weekly, 1937-1955

Box 3, Folder 18

Arizona Republic, 1950s

Box 3, Folder 19

Asia Magazine, 1971

Box 3, Folder 20

Atlanta Journal, 1968

Box 3, Folder 21

Atlanta Journal & Constitution, 1971

Box 3, Folder 22

Bunk, 1956

Box 3, Folder 23

Call Bulletin, 1960s

Box 3, Folder 24

Candid Press, 1960s

Box 3, Folder 25

Chicago-American, 1950s

Box 3, Folder 26

Chicago Tribune, 1950s

Box 3, Folder 27

Chronicle

Box 3, Folder 28

Citizen News, 1950s

Box 3, Folder 29

Cleveland Press, 1965

Box 3, Folder 30

Closeup

Box 3, Folder 31

Color

Box 3, Folder 32

Confidential Flash, 1960s

Box 3, Folder 33

Coronet, 1967

Box 3, Folder 34

Daily Argus

Box 3, Folder 35

Daily Mirror

Box 3, Folder 36

Daily News, 1955

Box 3, Folder 37

Daily Pilot

Box 3, Folder 38

Denver Post, 1955

Box 3, Folder 39

Detroit Free Press, 1960s

Box 3, Folder 40

Detroit News, 1960s

Box 3, Folder 41

Duarte Dispatch, 1952

Box 3, Folder 42

Dude

Box 3, Folder 43

Eagle, 1949

Box 3, Folder 44

Enterprise, 1955

Box 3, Folder 45

Evening Bulletin, 1963

Box 3, Folder 46

Evening Paper-Wilmington, Del

Box 3, Folder 47

Evening Standard, 1959

Box 3, Folder 48

Evening Sun, 1960s

Box 3, Folder 49

Evening Tribune, 1971

Box 3, Folder 50

Examiner

Box 3, Folder 51

Facts of Life

Box 3, Folder 52

Femme Mirror, 1964

Box 3, Folder 53

Flair, 1950

Box 3, Folder 54

Flint Journal, 1969-1970

Box 3, Folder 55

Foo, 1952

Box 3, Folder 56

Florida Times-Union, 1965

Box 3, Folder 57

Foto-Rama

Box 3, Folder 58

Free Press

Box 3, Folder 59

Galuce

Box 3, Folder 60

Geo

Box 3, Folder 61

Girl Friend, 1953

Box 3, Folder 62

Hartford Courant, 1955

Box 3, Folder 63

Herald

Box 3, Folder 64

Herald News, 1955

Box 3, Folder 65

Hot Line

Box 3, Folder 66

Houston Chronicle, 1972

Box 3, Folder 67

Humboldt Standard, 1952

Box 3, Folder 68

The Independent

Box 3, Folder 69

INS

Box 3, Folder 70

Inside News, 1964-1968

Box 3, Folder 71

Insider

Box 3, Folder 72

International News/Special Service, 1947

Box 3, Folder 73

Justice Weekly, 1965-1966

Box 3, Folder 74

The Keyhole

Box 3, Folder 75

Know Yourself, 1938-1939

Box 3, Folder 76

La Mesa Scout, 1952

Box 3, Folder 77

Largo Sentinel, 1955

Box 3, Folder 78

Let’s Talk About You

Box 3, Folder 79

Life, 1938

Box 3, Folder 80

Life Guide Magazine

Box 3, Folder 81

London Daily Sketch, 1964

Box 3, Folder 82

Long Beach Press Telegram, 1948-1955

Box 3, Folder 83

Los Angeles Daily News, 1953

Box 3, Folder 84

Los Angeles Examiner

Box 3, Folder 85

Los Angeles Herald Express, 1940s-1950s

Box 3, Folder 86

Los Angeles News, 1951-1952

Box 3, Folder 87

Los Angeles Times, 1952-1970

Box 4, Folder 1

Medical Women's Journal

Box 4, Folder 2

Melbourne Truth, 1967-1972

Box 4, Folder 3

Miami Herald, 1972

Box 4, Folder 4

Midnight, 1962-1971

Box 4, Folder 5

Milady

Box 4, Folder 6

Milwaukee Journal, 1962

Box 4, Folder 7

The Mirror, 1950s

Box 4, Folder 8

Mirror News

Box 4, Folder 9

Monitor

Box 4, Folder 10

My, 1966

Box 4, Folder 11

My Confession, 1954

Box 4, Folder 12

National Bulletin, 1966-1971

Box 4, Folder 13

National Close Up, 1966

Box 4, Folder 14

National Edition

Box 4, Folder 15

National Enquirer

Box 4, Folder 16

National Examiner

Box 4, Folder 17

National Geographic

Box 4, Folder 18

National Geographic

Box 4, Folder 19

National Informer, 1964-1971

Box 4, Folder 20

National Insider, 1960s

Box 4, Folder 21

National Insider, 1970s

Box 4, Folder 22

National News, 1974

Box 4, Folder 23

National Police Gazette

Box 4, Folder 24

National Spotlight

Box 4, Folder 25

National Star

Box 4, Folder 26

National Tattler, 1967-1972

Box 4, Folder 27

New Haven Regents, 1972

Box 4, Folder 28

New Haven Register

Box 4, Folder 29

New York News

Box 4, Folder 30

New York Times, 1967-1972

Box 4, Folder 31

The News, 1965

Box 4, Folder 32

News of the World

Box 4, Folder 33

News Pilot, 1952

Box 4, Folder 34

News Review, 1972

Box 4, Folder 35

Observer, 1969

Box 4, Folder 36

Ohio News Bureau Co., 1952

Box 4, Folder 37

Orange Leader, 1962

Box 4, Folder 38

Outlook

Box 4, Folder 39

Pacific Stars and Stripes, 1968

Box 4, Folder 40

People, 1969

Box 4, Folder 41

The People-London, 1969

Box 4, Folder 42

PGH Press, 1965

Box 4, Folder 43

Philadelphia Bulletin, 1960s

Box 4, Folder 44

Photo-Journal, 1962

Box 4, Folder 45

Pix, 1940-1962

Box 4, Folder 46

Playboy, 1965

Box 4, Folder 47

Poughkeepsie Journal, 1972

Box 4, Folder 48

Press-Courier, 1969

Box 4, Folder 49

Press Gazette, 1951

Box 4, Folder 50

Press Telegram

Box 4, Folder 51

Pub-Scrantonian, 1955

Box 4, Folder 52

Publishers Syndicate, 1948

Box 4, Folder 53

Real Confessions

Box 4, Folder 54

Redbook, 1965

Box 4, Folder 55

Register

Box 4, Folder 56

Rocky Mountain News

Box 4, Folder 57

San Francisco Chronicle, 1952-1964

Box 4, Folder 58

San Francisco Examiner, 1937-1974

Box 4, Folder 59

San Francisco News, 1957

Box 4, Folder 60

Santa Ana Register, 1966

Box 4, Folder 61

Saturday Evening Post

Box 4, Folder 62

Seattle Times, 1970

Box 4, Folder 63

Sepia

Box 4, Folder 64

Sex Guide

Box 4, Folder 65

Sex Health

Box 4, Folder 66

Sex Health

Box 4, Folder 67

Sex Psychology

Box 4, Folder 68

Sexology, 1930s

Box 4, Folder 69

Sexology, 1940s

Box 4, Folder 70

Sexology, 1950s

Box 4, Folder 71

Sexology, 1960s

Box 4, Folder 72

Sexual Behavior, 1971

Box 4, Folder 73

St. Louis Globe-Democrat, 1955

Box 4, Folder 74

St. Louis Post, 1969

Box 4, Folder 75

St. Petersburg Times, 1955

Box 4, Folder 76

State Times, 1970

Box 4, Folder 77

Star Chronicle

Box 4, Folder 78

The Sun, 1955

Box 4, Folder 79

Sun-Times

Box 4, Folder 80

Sunday Mirror, 1951

Box 4, Folder 81

Sunday News, 1950-1964

Box 4, Folder 82

Sunday Pictorial, 1956-1962

Box 4, Folder 83

Tattler, 1964

Box 4, Folder 84

Texas City Carbide News

Box 4, Folder 85

This Week Magazine, 1959

Box 4, Folder 86

Time Magazine, 1949-1964

Box 4, Folder 87

Times, 1951

Box 4, Folder 88

Toledo Times

Box 4, Folder 89

Tribune, 1952

Box 4, Folder 90

Tribune and News, 1955

Box 4, Folder 91

Tribune-Chronicle, 1954

Box 4, Folder 92

True Confessions

Box 4, Folder 93

True Romances, 1971

Box 4, Folder 94

United Feature Syndicate, Inc.

Box 4, Folder 95

Variety, 1952-1968

Box 4, Folder 96

Vista Press, 1952

Box 4, Folder 97

Vue, 1956

Box 4, Folder 98

Wall Street Journal, 1952

Box 4, Folder 99

Washington Post, 1968

Box 4, Folder 100

Weekend Mail, 1956

Box 4, Folder 101

Whisper

Box 4, Folder 102

Wide World

Box 4, Folder 103

Wilmington Press Journal, 1955

Box 4, Folder 104

Your Body, 1937