June 27, 2012
Transgender Archive Unveiled For Pride Week
Pride Week in Victoria is only days away, and the University of Victoria is ready to unveil a special display from its collection of archival and published material of those who have worked for the betterment of transgendered people in the twentieth century. UVic’s collection includes the papers of American transgender pioneer and activist Virginia Prince, who died at age 96 in 2009, and of Ari Kane, founder of the annual Fantasia Fair of crossdressing men.
A number of significant and valuable donations of of books, magazines, newsletters and other archival material in the area of transgender studies and the history of transgender communities has been received over recent years by UVic Archives, Special Collections and Main Collections of the Mearns Centre for Learning/McPherson Library, including the Prince and Kane material donated by the Rikki Swin Institute—the world’s first institute dedicated to transgender research and education.
In July, a display of transgender material can be viewed in UVic’s Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. UVic Libraries will also have an information table at Pride Festival, July 8 in MacDonald Park in James Bay. The Pride Festival and Parade cap a week of activities and events for Pride Week July 1 - 8. For more info about the UVic displays, contact University Archivist Lara Wilson at 250-472-4480.
Photos and electronic copies of material from the collection are available upon request.
Lara Wilson (University Archives) at 250-472-4480 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Henderson (UVic Libraries) at 250-853-3612 or email@example.com
Tara Sharpe (UVic Communications) at 250-721-6248 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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