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Virginia Prince Papers

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Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

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People

Advertisements, Cartoons, and Photographs

Dated News Clippings

Topical News Clippings

News Clippings A-Z



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Collection Overview

Title: Virginia Prince Papers, 1930-1980Save to your list.

ID: SC/VP

Primary Creator: Prince, Virginia (1912-2009)

Extent: 1.67 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Series I: People

Series II: Advertisements, Cartoons, and Newspaper Photographs

Series III: Dated News Clippings, 1930-1972

Series IV: Topical News Clippings

Series V: News Clippings A-Z, 1937-1972

Date Acquired: 00/00/1988

Subjects: Ashley, April, 1935, Coccinelle, 1935, Cowell, Roberta, 1918, Jorgensen, Christine, 1926-1989, Rees, Tamara, Transsexuals - Press coverage, Transvestites - Press coverage

Forms of Material: Paper records, Publications

Languages: English

Abstract

Virginia Prince established, edited, and wrote for the magazine Transvestia. As editor and writer for Transvestia, Prince collected newspaper clippings, magazine articles, cartoons, and photographs on cross dressing that appeared in other print media outlets. The clippings date from the 1930s to 1970s. She subscribed to a news service which scanned a number of publications across the country, and sent clippings to her. The clippings file served as a resource for the magazine.

Biographical Note

Virginia Prince was born a male on November 23, 1912, in Los Angeles. She began cross-dressing at about the age of twelve, at first using her mother's clothes. In 1939, she received a PhD in pharmacology from the University of California, San Francisco. As a research assistant and lecturer in pharmacology, Prince used the opportunity of access to the medical library to become acquainted with medical literature on transvestism.

By 1956, Prince began to develop her philosophy of transvestism and began her mission to educate the medical profession, transvestites themselves, and the rest of the world. This involved the development of the idea of 'femmiphilia', or, love of the feminine. Prince preferred to call herself a femmiphile (FP) rather than a transvestite. At the time little information was available in print, even in the medical literature, and most people's knowledge of transvestism was gleaned from newspapers such as the British People and News of the World.

In 1960, Prince established Transvestia, a magazine she also edited and wrote for. The magazine was published by Prince's Chevalier Publications, and was sold by subscription and through adult bookshops. Over the years Chevalier Publications also published transvestite fiction, some of it written by Prince herself. Prince continued her efforts on behalf of the transvesite and transgender communities until shortly before her death in 2009.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

As editor and writer for Transvestia, Virginia Prince collected newspaper clippings, magazine articles, cartoons, and photographs on cross dressing that appeared in various print media outlets. The clippings date from the 1930s to 1970s, and served as a resource for the magazine.

The Virginia Prince Papers are arranged into five series. Series I, People, contains clippings about specific individuals, and is arranged alphabetically. Series II, Advertisements, Cartoons, and Newspaper Photographs, is arranged alphabetically by format or title. Series III, Dated News Clippings (1930-1972), is arranged chronologically. Series IV, Topical News Clippings, is arranged alphabetically by subject. Series V, News Clippings A-Z (1937-1972), is arranged alphabetically by publication title.

Subject/Index Terms

Ashley, April, 1935
Coccinelle, 1935
Cowell, Roberta, 1918
Jorgensen, Christine, 1926-1989
Rees, Tamara
Transsexuals - Press coverage
Transvestites - Press coverage

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Virginia Prince

Related Materials: This collection is a part of the Vern and Bonnie Bullough Collection on Sex and Gender.

Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.

Processing Information: Tony Gardner

Finding Aid Revision History: Special Collections and Archives staff, 2012


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[Series I: People]
[Series II: Advertisements, Cartoons, and Photographs]
[Series III: Dated News Clippings, 1930-1972]
[Series IV: Topical News Clippings]
[Series V: News Clippings A-Z, 1937-1972],
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Series IV: Topical News ClippingsSave to your list.
Box 2Save to your list.
Folder 45: Animal BehaviorSave to your list.
Folder 46: Beauty ContestsSave to your list.
Folder 47: Bi-sexualitySave to your list.
Folder 48: Bondage & DisciplineSave to your list.
Folder 49: BreastsSave to your list.
Folder 50: Child BehaviorSave to your list.
Folder 51: Church FiguresSave to your list.
Folder 52: Costume Balls, Parties & MasqueradesSave to your list.
Folder 53: Crime, Criminals & The LawSave to your list.
Folder 54: Crime, Criminals & The LawSave to your list.
Folder 55: CultsSave to your list.
Folder 56: DancersSave to your list.
Folder 57: FashionSave to your list.
Folder 58: Female ImpersonatorsSave to your list.
Folder 59: FictionSave to your list.
Folder 60: HairSave to your list.
Folder 61: HaremsSave to your list.
Folder 62: HermaphroditesSave to your list.
Folder 63: HomosexualitySave to your list.
Folder 64: Letters to EditorsSave to your list.
Folder 65: Letters to EditorsSave to your list.
Folder 66: Letters to Editors (Ann Landers)Save to your list.
Folder 67: Letters to Editors (Dear Abby)Save to your list.
Folder 68: Letters to Editors (Emily Post)Save to your list.
Folder 69: Man - Woman RelationsSave to your list.
Folder 70: Mona LisaSave to your list.
Box 3Save to your list.
Folder 1: NudismSave to your list.
Folder 2: Opinion Pieces: Mirror of your MindSave to your list.
Folder 3: Phi Pi EpsilonSave to your list.
Folder 4: People & PlacesSave to your list.
Folder 5: Prisoners & ReclusesSave to your list.
Folder 6: ProstitutionSave to your list.
Folder 7: SadismSave to your list.
Folder 8: Sex Changes & Transsexual OperationsSave to your list.
Folder 9: Sex Changes & Transsexual OperationsSave to your list.
Folder 10: Sexual EnvySave to your list.
Folder 11: Spousal RelationsSave to your list.
Folder 12: StrippersSave to your list.
Folder 13: SuicideSave to your list.
Folder 14: TransvestitesSave to your list.
Folder 15: The Worry ClinicSave to your list.
Folder 16: You and Your ChildSave to your list.

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