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Collection Overview

Title: Society for the Second Self (Tri-Ess) Records, 1973-2006Save to your list.

ID: SC/SSS

Primary Creator: Society for the Second Self (1976 -)

Extent: 10.18 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Series I: Corporate Knowledge, 1973-2000

    Subseries A: Initial Organization of Tri-Ess, 1973-2000

    Subseries B: Executive Administration, 1985-1998

    Subseries C: Chapter Administration, 1975-2000

    Subseries D: Chapters, 1991-1997

    Subseries E: Membership Activities, 1978-1998

Series II: Executive Correspondence, 1992-2003

    Subseries A: Correspondence from the Board of Directors, 1992-2002

    Subseries B: Correspondence to the Board of Directors, 1993-2000

    Subseries C: Executive Directorship, 1993-2003

Series III: Publications, 1977-2004

Series IV: Correspondence, 1981-2006

    Subseries A: Files (A-Z), 1981-2003

    Subseries B. Single Letters, 1989-2006

Series V: Audio-Visual Materials, 1993

Date Acquired: 00/00/1994. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Beecroft, Carol, Full Personality Express (FPE), Mamselle Sorority, Prince, Virginia, Society for the Second Self (Tri-Ess), Transvestism - California - History, Transvestism - United States - History, Transvestites - California - History, Transvestites - United States - History

Forms of Material: Audio recordings, Paper records, Photographic material, Publications

Languages: English

Abstract

Tri-Ess is a non-profit educational, social, and support group for heterosexual cross-dressers, their partners or spouses, and their families. The collection contains the records of Tri-Ess and its chapters since its inception in 1973 through 2006. It includes correspondence, directories, corporate documents, flyers, ephemera, newsletters, and photographs. There is considerable documentation on the initial organization of Tri-Ess and numerous publications about cross-dressing.

Biographical Note

Tri-Ess is a non-profit educational, social, and support group for heterosexual cross-dressers, their partners or spouses, and their families. It is international in scope with over thirty chapters in the United States. Tri-Ess is a member of the World Congress of Transgender Organizations and the International Foundation for Gender Education.

The story of Tri-Ess and the growth of its movement owes much to the efforts of Virginia Charles Prince, born Arnold Lowman to an upper-middle class family in Los Angeles during the fall of 1912. Prince, who identified as heterosexual and later preferred she/her/hers pronouns, began wearing women’s clothes at the age of 12. Publicity stemming from Prince's divorce and second marriage inspired other cross-dressers to reach out and led to the formation and development of a support group in Los Angeles. Prince established a national organization known as Full Personality Expression (FPE) in 1962.

In 1971, Carol Beecroft, a former FPE chapter president, left the organization to form the Mamselle Sorority, an "open" group for cross-dressers which later merged with FPE in 1976 to become The Society for the Second Self (Tri-Ess).

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Society for the Second Self Collection contains the records of Tri-Ess and its chapters from its inception in 1973 through 2006. The collection consists of correspondence, directories, corporate documents, flyers, ephemera, newsletters, and photographs. There is considerable documentation on the initial organization of Tri-Ess and numerous publications about cross-dressing. The latter part of the collection is primarily comprised of correspondence between cross-dressers and academics researching the cross-dressing movement. Correspondents with two or more letters are filed by last name. The collection is divided into five major series: Corporate Knowledge (1973-2000), Executive Correspondence (1992-2003), Publications (1977-2004), Correspondence (1981-2006), and Audio-Visual Materials (1993).

Series I, Corporate Knowledge, is divided into five subseries: Initial Organization of Tri-Ess (1973-2000), Executive Administration (1985-1998), Chapter Administration (1975-2000), Chapters (1991-1997), and Membership Activities (1978-1998). Subseries A, Initial Organization of Tri-Ess, contains constitutions, chapter bylaws, and personal biographies of essential personnel. Subseries B, Executive Administration, contains advertisements, Board of Director minutes, and correspondence. Subseries C, Chapter Administration, consists of correspondence, bylaws, and charters. Subseries D, Chapters, contains individual chapter records. Subseries E, Membership Activities, includes directories, newspaper clippings, and membership records. Each of these subseries are arranged alphabetically.

Series II, Executive Correspondence, is divided into three subseries: Correspondence from the Board of Directors (1992-2002), Correspondence to the Board of Directors (1993-2000), and Executive Directorship (1993-2003). Each of these subseries are arranged alphabetically.

Series III, Publications, includes catalogs, directories, magazines, and other associated publications, arranged alphabetically by title or subject.

Series IV, Correspondence, is divided into two subseries, Files A-Z (1981-2003) and Single Letters (1989-2006). Subseries A, Files A-Z, is arranged alphabetically. Subseries B, Single Letters, is arranged chronologically.

Series V, Audio-Visual Materials, primarily consists of audio cassettes and photographs.

Subject/Index Terms

Beecroft, Carol
Full Personality Express (FPE)
Mamselle Sorority
Prince, Virginia
Society for the Second Self (Tri-Ess)
Transvestism - California - History
Transvestism - United States - History
Transvestites - California - History
Transvestites - United States - History

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Accruals: 1997, 1998, 2002

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: Tri-Ess

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 and Kevin Glynn

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


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[Series I: Corporate Knowledge, 1973-2000]
[Series II: Executive Correspondence, 1992-2003]
[Series III: Publications, 1977-2004]
[Series IV: Correspondence, 1981-2006]
[Series V: Audio-Visual Materials, 1993],
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Series I: Corporate Knowledge, 1973-2000Save to your list.
Subseries A: Initial Organization of Tri-Ess, 1973-2000Save to your list.
Box 1Save to your list.
Folder 1: Academic research: medical, psychological, legal, inquiries, surveys, correspondence, 1988Save to your list.
Folder 2: Big Sister Program, 1992-2000Save to your list.
Folder 3: Big Sister Program: Fran Estes and Willard Silva correspondence, 1992-2000Save to your list.
Folder 4: Big Sister electionsSave to your list.
Folder 5: Big Sister and Little Sister databasesSave to your list.
Folder 6: Budgers: budget correspondence, 1994-1995Save to your list.
Folder 7: Conference calls: instructions and invoices for call use, 1993Save to your list.
Folder 8: Congress of Representatives: constitution; bylaws ofSave to your list.
Folder 9: Constitution of Tri-Ess: articles of incorporation, bylaws, minutes of 1st mtg., waiver of notice, gov. docsSave to your list.
Folder 10: Convention media policy: official guidance for dealing with the media, granting interviews for eventsSave to your list.
Folder 11: Corrections regarding crossdressing: media guidelines for definition and suitability for discussion of crsdrsSave to your list.
Folder 12: Cross-dressing exhibit: correspondence and notes at Airtel MotelSave to your list.
Folder 13: Displays and Graphics: catalog for Skyline graphic design products, invoice and business card, 1995Save to your list.
Folder 14: Dues, extended pay; dues status, 1993Save to your list.
Folder 15: Family Focus: project proposal, international bill of gender rights, 1993Save to your list.
Folder 16: Inside Stuff; newsletter for Tri-Ess leaders only, 1978Save to your list.
Folder 17: Job descriptions: of Tri-Ess leadership positionsSave to your list.
Folder 18: Letters to all leaders: guidance for leadership positions, 1991Save to your list.
Folder 19: Mamselle Sorority, 1973-1978Save to your list.
Box 2Save to your list.
Folder 1: Membership Lists: mini-directories of members and chapter points of contact, 1991-1996Save to your list.
Folder 2: Non-profit status: IRS documents, application, correspondence certificate of dissolution, 1985-Save to your list.
Folder 3: Philosophy and history of Tri-EssSave to your list.
Folder 4: Sigma Sigma Sigma vs. Tri-Ess: legal papers concerning lawsuit, consent decree, judgment, 1977-1981Save to your list.
Folder 5: Receipts for 1998: office and administrative expenses, 1998Save to your list.
Folder 6: Reimbursements: Samantha Walls correspondence, records of operating expenses, membership lists, 1991-1996Save to your list.
Folder 7: Trip reports: Carol Beecroft's reports of trips to national chapters, 1995Save to your list.
Folder 8: Tukinabuk: Fran Vose project to raise money; correspondence to Tri-Ess, 1994-1995Save to your list.
Folder 9: Virginia Prince: biographySave to your list.
Folder 10: Vision statement: of Tri-Ess, 1994Save to your list.
Folder 11: Website and internet matters: messages, correspondence, 1998-2000Save to your list.
Folder 12: Where We are Now: interim reports by JEFairfax, agenda, 1992-1993Save to your list.
Subseries B: Executive Administration, 1985-1998Save to your list.
Box 3Save to your list.
Folder 1: Administrative services: correspondence and memoranda, 1985-1990Save to your list.
Folder 2: Advertisers: correspondence, paste-ups, examples, 1985-1990Save to your list.
Folder 3: Advertisements: promotional literature, conferences, conventions, 1985-1990Save to your list.
Folder 4: Board of Directors minutes: associated correspondence, 1991-1998Save to your list.
Folder 5: Board of Directors: correspondence, reports, membership lists, 1992-1998Save to your list.
Folder 6: Born Free: certificate from support groupSave to your list.
Folder 7: Purchase of Chevalier Publications from Virginia PrinceSave to your list.
Folder 8: Society for the Second Self papers: correspondence regarding starting chapters in other states & countriesSave to your list.
Folder 9: Transfer from Carol Beecroft to the CorporationSave to your list.
Subseries C: Chapter Administration, 1975-2000Save to your list.
Box 4Save to your list.
Folder 1: Chapter leaders master list: memo of department leadersSave to your list.
Folder 2: Chapter membership lists: current chapter Membership lists, 1996Save to your list.
Folder 3: Chapter minutes and business plans: minutes & memos, 1975-2000Save to your list.
Folder 4: Chapters 1/3: executive correspondence regarding chapter bylaws chapter points of contact, dues status, August 1995-August 1996Save to your list.
Folder 5: Chapters 2/3: correspondence of Jane Ellen Fairfax, Samantha Walls, "How to make stone soup", 1990-1996Save to your list.
Folder 6: Chapters 3/3: executive correspondence, quarterly; membership lists, 1992-1996Save to your list.
Folder 7: Chapter correspondence: wives; bill of rights, executive correspondence, 1991-1997Save to your list.
Folder 8: Chapter correspondence: letters, Of Walls, Fairfax, Judy Daniels, et. al., 1991-1996Save to your list.
Folder 9: Tri-Ess chapter and forming groups: Membership lists, newsletter; brochure for Tri-Ess chapter, 1991-1996Save to your list.
Subseries D: Chapters, 1991-1997Save to your list.
Box 4Save to your list.
Folder 10: AlphaSave to your list.
Folder 11: Alpha ChiSave to your list.
Folder 12: Alpha OmegaSave to your list.
Folder 13: Alpha Pi OmegaSave to your list.
Folder 14: Alpha Rho, 1992-1995Save to your list.
Folder 15: Alpha ZetaSave to your list.
Folder 16: Beta Gamma, 1994-1995Save to your list.
Folder 17: Chi, 1992-1994Save to your list.
Folder 18: Chi Delta Mu: chapter by laws, copy ofSave to your list.
Folder 19: Chi Delta Mu correspondence: from Carol Beecroft (CB), 1991-1994Save to your list.
Folder 20: DeltaSave to your list.
Folder 21: Delta Omega Chapter: Itr. of status and applicationSave to your list.
Folder 22: Eta Tau Chapter: copy of bylaws; letter from Phyllis Hurd, 1992Save to your list.
Folder 23: Gamma Chi BetaSave to your list.
Folder 24: Fiesta Chapter: constitution of; Membership reqsSave to your list.
Folder 25: Kansas Chapter: photos, correspondence, memos, 1993-1996Save to your list.
Folder 26: Kappa Beta Chapter: CB & other correspondence, memosSave to your list.
Box 5Save to your list.
Folder 1: Lambda Chi LambdaSave to your list.
Folder 2: Lambda Iota ChapterSave to your list.
Folder 3: Lambda LambdaSave to your list.
Folder 4: Mu SigmaSave to your list.
Folder 5: Nu Epsilon Tau Chapter: copy of bylaws, JEF letter, 1993Save to your list.
Folder 6: Omega AlphaSave to your list.
Folder 7: PhiSave to your list.
Folder 8: Phi Chi Chapter: memoSave to your list.
Folder 9: Phi Epsilon Mu Chapter: chapter intro, copy ofSave to your list.
Folder 10: Phi Pi Epsilon (Sweden) Chapter: copy of summary of Larsson's doctoral thesisSave to your list.
Folder 11: Phi Sigma chapter: bylaws, CB and other correspondence, 1992-1995Save to your list.
Folder 12: Sigma BetaSave to your list.
Folder 13: Sigma Epsilon Chapter: CB and other letters, membership lists, new letter, 1991-1995Save to your list.
Folder 14: Sigma Nu Rho Chapter: CB and others letters, membership lists, new letter, 1991-1995Save to your list.
Folder 15: Sigma Rho Delta Chapter, 1997Save to your list.
Item 1: Newsletter, May 1997Save to your list.
Item 2: JEF letterSave to your list.
Folder 16: Sigma Rho GammaSave to your list.
Folder 17: Sigma Sigma BetaSave to your list.
Folder 18: Tau Chi Chapter: bylaws, brochure, memoSave to your list.
Folder 19: Tau Lambda, 1995Save to your list.
Folder 20: Theta Upsilon GammaSave to your list.
Subseries E: Membership Activities, 1978-1998Save to your list.
Box 6Save to your list.
Folder 1: Membership DirectorySave to your list.
Folder 2: Membership Directories, 1987-1988Save to your list.
Folder 3: Membership Directories, 1993, 1998Save to your list.
Folder 4: Membership RecordsSave to your list.
Item 1: Drop notices, December 1997Save to your list.
Item 2: New members, February 1998Save to your list.
Item 3: Dues renewal, May 1998Save to your list.
Item 4: Dues TransmittalSave to your list.
Item 5: Dues status, December 1995Save to your list.
Folder 5: Membership RecordsSave to your list.
Folder 6: Membership Records: Survey forms for non-renewalSave to your list.
Folder 7: National Couples Group: Department of Couples Activities and Support, Vision Statement, November 1994Save to your list.
Folder 8: Newsclippings on Carol BeecroftSave to your list.
Folder 9: Newsclippings and conferencesSave to your list.
Folder 10: Newsclippings: National Enquirer, Newsweek, IFGE, Fresno Bee, Fox News, LATimes Netro Santa CruzSave to your list.
Folder 11: Publications: Buyers Guide, 1985Save to your list.
Folder 12: Publications: Survival Guide, 1990-1991Save to your list.
Folder 13: Surveys of Cross dressing Studies: surveys and correspondence of Nina Barnes, University of Missouri/Kansas City, Hilary Edwards University of North CarolinaSave to your list.
Folder 14: SPICE: newsletter, cancelled checks, flyers for 1/99 mtg.Save to your list.
Folder 15: "Sexual Behavior and Security Risk:" report by CIA, October 1993Save to your list.
Folder 16: Congress of Representatives: by laws, November 1993Save to your list.
Folder 17: University of Michigan: Comprehensive gender services program, June 1997Save to your list.
Box 7Save to your list.
Folder 1: CHIC: bylaws, newsletters, flyers, correspondenceSave to your list.
Folder 2: Donors: ledger of donated books by Tri-Ess to public libraries, 1995-1997Save to your list.
Folder 3: International Alliance for Male Feminism: correspondence, classified, directory, 1978Save to your list.
Folder 4: HDCA: surveys, flyers, rights, guidelines, 12 step program, 1993Save to your list.
Folder 5: Instructor: "A guide to better leadership"Save to your list.
Folder 6: Law ProjectSave to your list.
Item 1: Military Law ProjectSave to your list.
Item 2: ICTLEP index, September 1996Save to your list.
Folder 7: Literature about the organization: various pubs and transvestism and Tri-Ess membershipSave to your list.
Folder 8: Library projectSave to your list.

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[Series I: Corporate Knowledge, 1973-2000]
[Series II: Executive Correspondence, 1992-2003]
[Series III: Publications, 1977-2004]
[Series IV: Correspondence, 1981-2006]
[Series V: Audio-Visual Materials, 1993],
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