The Capital District Transgender Community Archive Collection, 1969-2006
- The Capital District Transgender Community Archive Collection contains material pertaining to local trangender history. This collections contains a large variety of publications about transgenderism.
- 3.37 cubic ft.
- English .
- Preferred citation:
- Preferred citation for this material is as follows: and Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Capital District Transgender Community Archive Collection, 1969-2006. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Transgender Community Collection).
Access and Use
- Conditions Governing Access:
Access to this record group is unrestricted with the exception of several marked folders. These folders are restricted due to the graphic nature of some and others are restricted upon request of the donor.
The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.
- Scope and Content:
The Capital Region Transgender Community Archive is a unique collection of local and regional newsletters and documents from the 1970s to the present. The collection includes the TVIC newsletter (1972-1984), TGIC newsletter (1987-2001), and issues of other local, regional, and national publications. National titles include TV-TS Tapestry, Transgender Tapestry, Femme Mirror, and Cross-Talk. The researcher should note that TV-TS Tapestry, TV/TS Tapestry, TV-TS Tapestry Journal, and Transgender Tapestry are the same publication, the title just changed throughout the years. Regional titles include Our Sorority, The Journal of Gender Studies, Outreach Beacon, and Rosebuds. In addition to the TVIC and TGIC newsletters local pulications in this collection include all issues of Trannies in Love, an issue of TV Entertainers and an issue of Metroland. Also available in the collection are posters, fliers, some organizational records, videos, electronic records, and material from the Albany Gender Project.
Researchers interested in using this collection will be required to sign a document agreeing to not disclose personally identifiable information from this collection.
- Biographical / Historical:
This collection is a gathering of material that reflects the history of the local transgender community. A majority of the material belonged to Winnie Brandt, the former President of the Transgender Independence Club, also known as TGIC. Brandt, along with other transgender community members, produced as well as collected a large number of local, regional, and national publications. The TGIC and TVIC were two local transgender groups based in Albany New York. TGIC was founded in 1971, and at the time was the only membership organization in the Albany area for transgender people where enrollment stayed confidential. TGIC held weekly social gatherings for transgender people to socialize with other transgender people or partake in discussion about issues affecting the transgender community. Unfortunately the club was disbanded in the early 2000s due to much conflict within the group. A group similar to TGIC was the Albany Gender Project, founded in 2001 by Susan Poe and Helen Farrell. The project worked to improve the conditions for transgender people in the Capital Region as well as promote and advocate educational services for them. The Albany Gender Project also hosted bimonthly meetings where members held forums, listened to guest speakers, and were connected to the social services they needed.
For the transgender community, this collection shows "how we've been a real community with a collective life and traditions and continuity. It shows what our issues have been, what we keep rehashing, what works, what doesn't, and who the personalities have been and how they've helped the community." (Taken from the final issue of Trannies in Love).
- Acquisition information:
Susan Poe donated these papers to the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections in a series of donations in 2004-2006.
The collection is organized chronologically. There are no series.
- Processing information:
Processed in 2014 by Jamie Brinkman.
- Social Activists and Public Advocates
Neighborhood and Community Associations
Human Sexuality and Gender Identity
Albany, New York
Community organization--New York (State)--Albany
Transgender people--New York (State)
Transgenderism--New York (State)
- Albany Gender Project