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Guide to the FTM International Records
2006-25  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Organizational History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Related Material
  • Separated Material
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: FTM International records
    Dates: 1986-2005
    Collection number: 2006-25
    Creator: FTM International
    Creator: Green, Jamison, 1948-
    Creator: Sullivan, Louis, 1951-
    Collection Size: 2 boxes and 1 oversized folder (approximately 2 linear feet)
    Repository: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
    San Francisco, California 94105
    Abstract: The records of FTM International document the organizational history and cultural, social and political and work of the largest, continuously-running organization serving the Female-to-Male community. There are a wide range of record types in the collection, dating back to the organization�s founding, in 1986, by transgender activist Louis Sullivan. The records include materials related to the board of directors, conferences, publication of the newsletter and social events, art, artifacts, by-laws, correspondence, financial records, photographs and posters.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English Japanese

    Access

    Collection is open for research. Materials in the Correspondence Series are restricted, at the request of the donor. Additional information is provided in the Series description.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright to unpublished manuscript materials created by the donor has been transferred to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.

    Preferred Citation

    FTM International records, 2006-25, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.

    Acquisition Information

    Donated to the Library by Heidi Bruins Green for FTM International, April 1, 2006.

    Organizational History

    FTM International (FTM) is the largest and oldest continuously running organization serving the Female-to-Male community and their allies. It is a peer-support group whose mission is to improve the quality of life and promote visibility and equality for female-to-male transpeople and their families. FTM International also campaigns to end shame and fear surrounding trans issues and to end economic marginalization of transpeople. To this end, the organization offers information, networking opportunities and advocacy to, and on behalf of, the trans-community. FTM International also provides educational services on transgender issues to the general public.
    Author and activist Louis G. Sullivan founded FTM in San Francisco in 1986 as a support group for female-to-male transvestites and transsexuals. He started publishing the FTM Newsletter on a quarterly basis in September 1987. Until his death in 1991, Sullivan worked tirelessly to provide services for FTMs and increase understanding of their lives. Before he died, Sullivan asked transgender activist and educator Jamison (James) Green to take over publication of the newsletter. That same year, 1991, FTM began holding regular monthly meetings. In 1994, the organization�s name was changed to FTM International to reflect its growth worldwide. In November 1996, FTM International was granted status as a non-profit 501c3 educational organization and elected its first board of directors in June 1997. In addition to Sullivan and Green, past FTM International presidents have included Drago Renteria, Dion Manley and Zion Free Johnson. The current president is Levi Atler.
    In 2006 the FTM Newsletter serves over 1,000 subscribers and is the largest FTM publication in the world. FTM International offers support groups for FTMs and their families in cities in more than 18 nations. Members represent a variety of cultural and economic backgrounds, a wide range of ages and every imaginable sexual orientation. In addition to holding support meetings and publishing the newsletter, FTM International organizes events, publishes a resource guide, maintains a website (http://www.ftmi.org) and answers correspondence from FTMs around the world. The San Francisco Chapter, which is named after Louis Sullivan, has over 300 members and conducted nearly 150 support meetings in 2005.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The records of FTM International document the organizational history and social, cultural and political work of the largest, continuously running organization serving the Female-to-Male community. There are a wide range of record types in the collection, dating back to the organization�s founding in 1986. The records include materials related to the board of directors, conferences, publication of the newsletter and social events, art, artifacts, by-laws, correspondence, financial records, photographs and posters.

    Arrangement

    The collection is arranged in three series:
    • Series 1. Organizational Records
    • Series 2. Newsletters
    • Series 3. Correspondence and Other Communication
    The original order was maintained.

    Related Material

    The following collections at the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society of Northern California contain related materials. Contact the Historical Society for further information.
    • GLBTHS Periodicals Collection: FTM and FTMI Newsletter.
    • 1991-07. Sullivan, Lou Papers.
    • 2003-19. FTM Conference Tapes.
    • 2006-26. Tranny Fest Collection.
    • 2006-27. GLBTHS Ephemera Collection: Organizations/Groups.

    Separated Material

    Newspaper clippings and publications about female-to-male transsexuals or on transgender issues have been moved to the GLBTHS Vertical Files. Periodicals from other organizations have been moved to the GLBTHS Periodicals Collection.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Female-to-male transsexuals
    FTM International
    Sullivan, Louis, 1951-
    Green, Jamison, 1948-
    Newsletters
    Correspondence
    California�San Francisco (county)�San Francisco