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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 V: Audio-Visual Materials, 1993Save to your list.
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