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Guide to the National Transgender Library collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Finding aid of the National Transgender Library
    Dates: 1962-1999
    Bulk Dates: 1983-1999
    Collection number: 2001-15
    Collection Size: 4 boxes
    Repository: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
    San Francisco, California 94105
    Abstract: Dallas Denny, an Atlanta-based activist and writer organized the National Transgender Library and Archives in the early 1980s. In 1990 she founded the American Educational Gender Information Service (AEGIS) to make referrals and disseminate information on gender dysphoria. This is a small but rich collection documenting various aspects of transgender life.
    Physical location: Stored at the Archives of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society in San Francisco, California
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright to unpublished manuscript materials has been transferred to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], [Name of Series], National Transgender Library collection, 2001-15, The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.

    Acquisition Information

    Julie Herrada, on behalf of the University of Michigan, donated this collection on March 27, 2001. The collection is a small part of the National Transgender Library, which was organized by Dallas Denny and donated in its entirety to the University of Michigan; the GLBTHS collection consists of duplicates and materials not of interest to the University of Michigan.

    Biography / Administrative History

    The National Transgender Library was the project of Dallas Denny, an Atlanta-based activist, writer, and organizer in the transgender community. She began compiling materials for the library in the early eighties, adding to her personal files;

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection contains a wide range of transgender material, from popular representations of transgendered individuals, to medical reports, to advertisements for
    This collection has six series. The first series, and the largest, consists of periodicals specifically related to transgender issues and cross-dressing. Most are small Atlanta based journals that deal with some topic (such as performance technique, acceptance, spirituality) in the cross-dressing community. A few are larger circulation medical journals or popular culture magazines with a cover story on transgender issues. These periodicals do not contain a full run; most folders contain less than five issues of any one periodical. The periodicals are organized alphabetically.
    The second series consists of conference and workshop materials, some of which Dallas Denny attended or presented at, and others which she did not appear to attend. Each folder contains the materials from one conference, including lists of speakers, events, and brochures. The folders are organized chronologically, by the date of the conference, from 1987-1997.
    The third series consists of AEGIS materials, taken in original order from two large binders. These folders contain hundreds of articles on cross-dressing, sex reassignment surgery, and events in the transgender community. Many articles relate specifically to AEGIS; some are written by AEGIS members. This series also contains a small collection of photographs taken at an award ceremony for entertainer Caroline Cossey, and a folder of Ms. Denny?s business correspondence.
    The Shopping series contains catalogues, order forms, and directories for large-sized women?s shoes, wigs, lingerie, sex toys, cosmetics, and erotic novels. The material is broken down into ?mass circulation? catalogues, and catalogues marketed specifically to cross-dressers or transgendered individuals.
    The Medical series is comprised of pamphlets and brochures on electrolysis, breast prosthetics, and hormones. Also included are descriptions of sex reassignment surgery, medical advisories, and a document on Standards of Care for transsexuals.
    The last series consists of miscellaneous flyers and announcements from Atlanta, newsletters from local and national transgender groups, guides to transgender organizations,


    Arrangement of the Collection

    This collection is organized in # series:
    • Series 1. Periodicals
    • Series 2. Conference and Workshop Materials
    • Series 3. Aegis Materials
    • Series 4. Shopping
    • Series 5. Medical
    • Series 6. Miscellaneous

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Transgender people