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Ginny Knuth papers
1999-46  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Ginny Knuth papers
    Dates: circa 1930s-2006
    Collection Number: 1999-46
    Creator/Collector: Knuth, Ginny
    Extent: 3 linear feet (3 oversized boxes)
    Repository: GLBT Historical Society
    San Francisco, California 94103
    Abstract: Ginny Knuth (1934-1997) was a cisgender woman who volunteered extensively with San Francisco transgender organizations from 1983 until her death. The collection includes photographs, an oral history, a small amount of biographical information, and a large number of awards and plaques.
    Language of Material: English

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright to material created by Jamie Faye Fenton has been transferred to the GLBT Historical Society; copyright to material created and compiled by Ginny Knuth has not. No release form was signed for the oral history, which was taken shortly before Knuth’s death. All requests for reproductions and/or permission to publish or quote from material must be submitted in writing to the GLBT Historical Society Archivist. Permission for reproductions and/or permission to publish or quote from material is given on behalf of the GLBT Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Ginny Knuth papers. Collection Number: 1999-46 . GLBT Historical Society

    Acquisition Information

    The audiovisual material was donated to the GLBT Historical Society in 1999 by Jamie Faye Fenton. Other material was donated by unknown parties.

    Biography/Administrative History

    Ginny Knuth (1934-1997) was a cisgender woman who volunteered extensively with San Francisco transgender organizations from 1983 until her death. She first became involved with Educational TV Channel (ETVC) – which later became TransGender SF – and later with the Significant-Others Support Group and the International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE). Knuth was married to Don Aviani, who identified when they met as a straight man who crossdressed, and who was known in the San Francisco transgender community as Nancy Ann Martine. The couple were very active members of ETVC; Knuth arranged social events ranging from a baby shower, to poker nights, to a game-show party in which guests parodied the Newlywed Game. She helped to organize the ETVC library, answered its hotline, managed its office, handled the door at its meetings, wrote a column in its newsletter (“Ginny’s Tales from the Other Side”), and was known for her support of both people on the transfeminine spectrum and their partners.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Ginny Kunth papers include a videotaped interview and an oral history taken by Jamie Faye Fenton; numerous awards and plaques for Knuth and Martine from various organizations, including ETVC, IFGE, and the Imperial Court of San Francisco; a biographical sketch and obituary of Knuth; and photographs, including a number of images of a person having makeup applied, Halloween and Christmas snapshots, other photographs presumably of Knuth and Martine, and Knuth’s childhood photo album (circa late 1930s-1950s). GSSO Linked Terms: http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/GSSO_000130

    Indexing Terms

    Transgender people

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