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Society for the Second Self (Tri-Ess) Records

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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 III: Publications, 1977-2004Save to your list.
Box 10Save to your list.
Folder 1: Advertisements for products and servicesSave to your list.
Folder 2: Advertisements for products and servicesSave to your list.
Folder 3: Announcements, bulletins, events, registration formsSave to your list.
Folder 4: Artwork, cartoons, drawingsSave to your list.
Folder 5: Atlanta Action 1995: program schedule, March 1995Save to your list.
Folder 6: Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus: flyerSave to your list.
Folder 7: Auberan (novel by E.A. Nelson), November 1993Save to your list.
Folder 8: Bean Blossom: catalog (3)Save to your list.
Folder 9: The Betty Page (from forum magazine)Save to your list.
Folder 10: The Big Sissy's Book of Letters and BooksSave to your list.
Folder 11: Born Free: newsletters, 1994-1996Save to your list.
Folder 12: Bizarre magazine: Numbers 1-3, and 5, 1993Save to your list.
Folder 13: California dreamin': brochure, regular form, 1995-1996Save to your list.
Folder 14: Catch the spirit: regular form, 1996Save to your list.
Folder 15: Center for sex research: regular form, 1995Save to your list.
Folder 16: Centurians/Spartacus: catalogs, order formsSave to your list.
Folder 17: The Chatt, 1992Save to your list.
Folder 18: The Charion: Numbers 1-5, 7 and 8Save to your list.
Folder 19: The Charion: Numbers 9-19 and 21Save to your list.
Box 11Save to your list.
Folder 1: Constance Enterprises Ltd.; catalogs, 1993 May 6Save to your list.
Folder 2: Crossdressing fun facts: brochures, flyersSave to your list.
Folder 3: Cut to the Joy: regular form, October 1995Save to your list.
Folder 4: Directions to the Northfield Hilton: scheduled, 1996Save to your list.
Folder 5: Domination 1996: registration form, 1996Save to your list.
Folder 6: Do you live a crossdresser?: flyerSave to your list.
Folder 7: Dressing for pleasure: programs, 1992-1996Save to your list.
Folder 8: Echo productions: catalogSave to your list.
Folder 9: Esprit: flyers, regular forms, 1995-1996Save to your list.
Folder 10: Euro productions: catalogSave to your list.
Folder 11: European express: flyersSave to your list.
Folder 12: The Family DoctorSave to your list.
Folder 13: Family focus chapter project proposal, 1993Save to your list.
Folder 14: Fantasia fair 1996; flyer, 1996Save to your list.
Folder 15: Feminizers: order formSave to your list.
Folder 16: Fourth annual transgender conference: register form, 1995Save to your list.
Folder 17: Fantasies in lace, catalogSave to your list.
Folder 18: Feminine hormones by post; order formSave to your list.
Folder 19: Femina society: philosophy of, 1994Save to your list.
Folder 20: Fox tales: catalog, order formSave to your list.
Folder 21: Great fiction books from England: order formSave to your list.
Folder 22: Guys in gowns: table of contentsSave to your list.
Folder 23: Gender independence: registration form, July 1996Save to your list.
Folder 24: GLAAD images: magazine, February 1996Save to your list.
Folder 25: Gloria: young adult TV novel, 1995Save to your list.
Folder 26: Ley, Alice, the heterosexual transvestite: term paper, November 1987Save to your list.
Folder 27: Holiday en femme: manual, correspondence, register form, 1995Save to your list.
Folder 28: Horizon Institute Incorporated: marketing memo, May 1997Save to your list.
Folder 29: Hormonal treatment of the transsexual: sales letter, 1993Save to your list.
Folder 30: International foundation for gender education (IFGE): 1993-1996Save to your list.
Folder 31: International congress on gender: guide for moderators, February 1995Save to your list.
Folder 32: International directory of gay and lesbian periodicals, 1998Save to your list.
Folder 33: International congress on sex and gender issues: press release, register form, 1996Save to your list.
Folder 34: Ivan Stormgart books: catalog number 8, 22, 23Save to your list.
Folder 35: Jokes, humor, manuscripts, prose: as describedSave to your list.
Folder 36: L.D. fashions: catalog, order form letter, July 1993Save to your list.
Folder 37: March on Washington: register form, 1993Save to your list.
Folder 38: Magic Incorporated: order formsSave to your list.
Folder 39: Mary Kay: correspondence, catalogSave to your list.
Folder 40: Masquerade bookstore: catalog, order formSave to your list.
Folder 41: Medical, legal, and workplace issues: register formSave to your list.
Folder 42: Media kit for display advertisements, 1996Save to your list.
Folder 43: Men in dresses: press releaseSave to your list.
Folder 44: Moonlight in Manhattan: regular forms, 1993-1994Save to your list.
Folder 45: My partner, myself (Linda Kaye): letterSave to your list.
Folder 46: Native: advertisement subscription, 1992Save to your list.
Folder 47: The Naughty Victorian: catalog number 1, order formSave to your list.
Folder 48: News Action alert: press release, January 1996Save to your list.
Folder 49: Nearly everything about crossdressing: manualSave to your list.
Folder 50: Old pueblo traders: catalog, 1992Save to your list.
Box 12Save to your list.
Folder 1: Paperback parade: catalogSave to your list.
Folder 2: Penthouse comix: number 7, May 1995Save to your list.
Folder 3: Petticoat punishment quarterly: magazine number 1Save to your list.
Folder 4: Photographs, 1995Save to your list.
Folder 5: Tri-Ess poems: poemsSave to your list.
Folder 6: Press releases (AEGIS), 1991-1993Save to your list.
Folder 7: Playhouse guide: game instructions, gift shopSave to your list.
Folder 8: Program center for sex research: conference schedule, 1995Save to your list.
Folder 9: Psychare northwest center for sexual health: brochureSave to your list.
Folder 10: Publications and magazine order forms: various sources and datesSave to your list.
Folder 11: Queen cushion shoes: catalogSave to your list.
Folder 12: Reluctant press: catalogsSave to your list.
Folder 13: Rendezvous: magazine volume 2, 1977Save to your list.
Folder 14: Return with us now: newsletter, 1993Save to your list.
Folder 15: Riverside gala weekend: registration form, November 1995Save to your list.
Folder 16: Royal Caribbean cruise: flyer, September 1996Save to your list.
Folder 17: Salmacis (The Egalitarian Family): newsletterSave to your list.
Folder 18: Sally's place: lingerie catalogSave to your list.
Folder 19: Sixth annual fall harvest: newsletter, October 1995Save to your list.
Folder 20: Southeastern regional conference incorporated; register brochures, 1994-1996Save to your list.
Folder 21: Stonewall news: magazine, March 1993Save to your list.
Folder 22: Summer: catalogsSave to your list.
Folder 23: Swingers update: volume 22, 1992Save to your list.
Folder 24: Swingers today: volume 22, 1992Save to your list.
Folder 25: Take a walk on the wild side: brochures (2)Save to your list.
Folder 26: Transgender tapestry: magazine (2); number 104 and 106Save to your list.
Folder 27: Tiffany club of New England: flyers, brochures, 1996Save to your list.
Folder 28: Tiresisas knowns (columns from Nugget)Save to your list.
Folder 29: Touche: newsletter, volume 3 number 1 and 2, 1996Save to your list.
Folder 30: Transforma: magazine, volume 3, 1996Save to your list.
Folder 31: Transformation: magazine, number 48, 2004Save to your list.
Folder 32: Transexuality: transcriptSave to your list.
Folder 33: University of North Carolina: Social Influence, questionnaire, 1996Save to your list.
Folder 34: A video adventure in bondage and discipline: brochure, August 1993Save to your list.
Folder 35: We must do it now: questionnaire, 1991Save to your list.
Folder 36: The world of gender: catalogSave to your list.
Folder 37: You are here: brochureSave to your list.
Flat File Cabinet 2Save to your list.
Folder 1: Trans Siti Conference, Bologna, Italy: PosterSave 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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