The University Record, August 13, 2001

Library acquires materials on transsexual/transgender movement

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Researchers now have access to an uncommonly rich supply of materials on transgender and transsexual issues as a result of a gift from the Gender Education and Advocacy (GEA) organization to the University.

The National Transgender Library and Archive (NTL&A), a vast repository of materials documenting the history of the transgender movement, is now part of the University Library and includes books, journals, photographs, films, video and audio tapes, and correspondence collected over a 20-year span by Dallas Denny, an active participant in the movement.

When the collection outgrew its home in Atlanta, GEA solicited proposals from institutions that were interested in the collection. After considering how to best assure the preservation of the archive, GEA donated it to the U-M.

Because of its considerable size and variety, the archive has been distributed throughout the library system. Most of the printed materials are currently available and can be located via the University Library’s online catalog, www.lib.umich.edu/mirlyn/mirlynpage.html, by using the keywords “National Transgender Library and Archive.” A list of approximately 400 serial titles can be viewed at www.lib.umich.edu/spec-coll/labadie/ntladesc.html. Correspondence and other nonprint sources are not yet available to the public.

“The NTL&A is one of the largest cataloged collections pertaining to the transgender movement, if not the largest,” says Julie Herrada, curator of the Labadie Collection. “The subject areas span several disciplines. The subjects of mental health, sociology, social work, medicine, cosmetology, sex, popular culture and fashion are included in the archives. The University Library, with its strong commitment to diversity, is pleased to be the recipient of such a deep and broad collection of research materials on transgender issues.”

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