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    Digital Transgender Archive

    Key Facts About This Resource

    Fields Class, Crime and Punishment, Gender and Sexuality, Legal, Political
    Geographic Focus United States, Canada, Europe
    Chronology 1800s, 1900s
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    • Jonathan

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    The Digital Transgender Archive began as an idea developed at a conference in Canada in 2008 when Professor K.J. Rawson met Nick Matte. The goal of the project is to increase the accessibility of transgender history by collecting all sorts of materials related to trans-history. 

    The program is based at the College of the Holy Cross in 'Worcester, Massachusetts. However, it has now expanded to a collaborative project involving more than twenty institutions. This has meant that the materials available have been greatly expanded in the last couple of years. This really is the best resource for anyone interested in transgender history. 

    There is an amazing collection of photographs of drag balls and trans-people. The material is very heavily focused on twentieth century, particularly post-1950. There is also a great deal of specialty press material. 

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    What to know: 

    • The use of transgender refers to a number of practices related to "trans-ing" history, not an identity. 
    • The focus here is on pre-2000 materials. 
    • The most frequently used terms in the database are "cross-dressing" and "cross-dressers." 

    Edited by Jonathan


    About Jonathan

    I am currently an Adjunct Professor of History at Lynchburg College in Virginia. I received my PhD in Modern British History from Florida State University in 2016. My research explores the way in which competing definitions of masculinity influenced army reform in the mid-nineteenth century. Civilians called for moral reforms; however, they were constantly hampered by politician and military officials' financial concerns. This work offers a number of interventions in the current historiography by exploring issues of corporal punishment, soldiers' sexuality, military suicide, and soldiers' families. 

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