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Harris-Wheeler Collection

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Cross-dressing and Trans Fiction

Subject Files

Scrapbooks and Binders



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Collection Overview

Title: Harris-Wheeler Collection, 1870-2000Save to your list.

Predominant Dates:1950-1979

ID: SC/AHDW

Primary Creator: Harris, Alvin S. and Richard "Dick" Oliver Wheeler

Extent: 15.88 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Series I: Cross-dressing and Trans Fiction, 1923-1983

Series II: Subject Files, 1870-2000

Series III: Scrapbooks and Binders, 1949-1954

Date Acquired: 04/09/1998. More info below under Accruals.

Forms of Material: Albums, Microforms, Paper records, Photographic material, Publications, Scrapbooks

Languages: English, German, French

Abstract

The Harris-Wheeler Collection documents the efforts of Alvin S. Harris, an amateur erotic photographer, and Richard "Dick" Oliver Wheeler, an enthusiast, to collect, share, and sell cross-dressing and sexual fetish materials, including literature, photographs, periodicals, catalogs, and other types of sexually explicit content. Notable figures represented in the collection include Irving Claw, John Willie, Louise Lawrence, and Christine Jorgensen. The bulk of the collection was created between 1950 and 1979.

Biographical Note

Alvin S. Harris was an amateur erotic photographer, who lived in the San Francisco Bay area. He specialized in "bizarre photography" and collected materials on cross-dressing, lingerie, fetishes, and erotic literature. Beginning in the 1930s, he photographed much of this material and sold it. Harris corresponded with many men and women active in cross-dressing and trans culture and was a close friend to Louise Lawrence, well known trans community organizer. When Harris married in the 1950s, his wife asked that he dispose of the collection, and so he gifted it to his friend, Richard "Dick" Oliver Wheeler.

Dick Wheeler was born on July 16, 1916 in Montréal, Quebec, Canada to parents Richard Howes and Rena Stacy (neé Oliver) Wheeler, who were American citizens living permanently in New York State. Following high school, Wheeler trained as a mechanical engineer at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and graduated in 1936. He later became a development engineer with the Carborundum Company. His interest in model trains led him to create two railroad displays for the 1939 New York World’s Fair, "Railroads at Work" and "Building a Railroad." He married Hannah Frances Blattman in 1943 and in 1945 the couple founded Model Engineering Works, a manufacturer of model trains and kits. The company and its owners moved to Monrovia, California in 1949. Wheeler was also a collector of erotic literature and photographs. He donated a portion of his collection in 1998 and the remainder in 2004. Dick Wheeler passed away in 2009.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Harris-Wheeler Collection documents the efforts of Alvin S. Harris and Richard Wheeler to collect, share, and sell cross-dressing and sexual fetish materials, including literature, photographs, periodicals, catalogs, and other types of materials. The collection is divided into three series, Series I, Cross-dressing and Trans Fiction (1923-1983), Series II, Subject Files (1870-2000), and Series III, Scrapbooks and Binders (1849-1954).

Series I, Cross-dressing and Trans Fiction, consists of erotic literature primarily featuring cross-dressing in sexual situations, bondage, discipline, dominance and submission, and sadomasochism. This series is arranged alphabetically by title of publication.

Series II, Subject Files, consists of various types of materials including catalogs, advertisements, and price lists, commercial publications, newspaper and magazine clippings, drawings and illustrations, correspondence, and photographic material , devoted to cross-dressing and sexual fetishism. This series is arranged alphabetically by title.

Series III, Scrapbooks and Binders, contains photographs that feature specific themes such as sexual discipline, domination, and bondage, as well as cross-dressing and particular articles of clothing, primarily lingerie, corsets and girdles. Scrapbooks and binders have been deconstructed, but maintain original order. This series is arranged alphabetically by theme.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Accruals: 2004

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: Alvin Harris and Richard Wheeler

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:

Robert Marshall, 2012

Philip Walsh, 2018


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series I: Cross-dressing and Trans Fiction, 1923-1983]
[Series II: Subject Files, 1870-2000]
[Series III: Scrapbooks and Binders, 1949-1954],
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Series I: Cross-dressing and Trans Fiction, 1923-1983Save to your list.
Box 1Save to your list.
Folder 1: The Anything Goes Girls Bondage Club, 1962Save to your list.
Folder 2: The Apartment by Conny VersetckSave to your list.
Folder 3: The Apartment by Conny VersetckSave to your list.
Folder 4: The Apartment by Conny VersetckSave to your list.
Folder 5: The Apartment by Conny VersetckSave to your list.
Folder 6: The Apartment by Conny VersetckSave to your list.
Folder 7: The Apartment by Conny VersetckSave to your list.
Folder 8: The Attic RoomSave to your list.
Folder 9: Autobiography of a Petticoated Youth and His FriendsSave to your list.
Folder 10: Autobiography of a Petticoated Youth and His Friends, Chapters 33-54Save to your list.
Folder 11: Babydoll BoySave to your list.
Folder 12: Bandit in High Heels, Burmel Publishing Co.Save to your list.
Box 2Save to your list.
Folder 1: Beauty PageantSave to your list.
Folder 2: BelsenSave to your list.
Folder 3: BillieSave to your list.
Folder 4: Bizarre Captured, vol.1 by FordSave to your list.
Folder 5: Bizarre TV GovernorsSave to your list.
Folder 6: The Bothered BrideSave to your list.
Folder 7: Bound in Dresses, Wholesale Books (Mutrix)Save to your list.
Folder 8: Boys Will be Girls, Wholesale Books (Mutrix)Save to your list.
Folder 9: Captive in Lace, Mistress in Velvet, Burmel Publishing Co.Save to your list.
Folder 10: Case Histories, Empathy PressSave to your list.
Folder 11: The Case of the Accidental Murder, TV Tales of Femmefication, nos. 6 and 7, Chevallier PublicationsSave to your list.
Folder 12: Caught in Petticoats, Echo ProductionsSave to your list.
Folder 13: ChainsSave to your list.
Folder 14: Charlene's TV Transformation 2, 3, and 4, 1978-1979Save to your list.
Folder 15: Charlene's TV Transformation 5 and 6, 1982Save to your list.
Folder 16: Charlene's TV Transformation Potion 7 and 8, 1982Save to your list.
Folder 17: The Confessions of a Fashionable Shoe and Boot MakerSave to your list.
Folder 18: Conny by PeriSave to your list.
Folder 19: Conversation as it was by the Social Fireside in the Time of the Tudors, Esoterica PressSave to your list.
Folder 20: The Corset Club by Nancy WynnSave to your list.
Folder 21: The Danielle Project: Make My Husband My Wife!, 1978Save to your list.
Folder 22: The Dapper Domestic by Conny VersetckSave to your list.
Folder 23: Despotisme Feminin by Alan Mac ClydeSave to your list.
Box 3Save to your list.
Folder 1: The Devil's AdvocateSave to your list.
Folder 2: Diamond Collection, no.3Save to your list.
Folder 3: Diary of a Transvestite, vol.2 by Amy CamusSave to your list.
Folder 4: Diary of a Transvestite, vol.4 by Amy CamusSave to your list.
Folder 5: The Diary of DorisSave to your list.
Folder 6: The Diary of DorisSave to your list.
Folder 7: Doctor Play Baby GamesSave to your list.
Folder 8: The Dominant InstructressSave to your list.
Folder 9: Double DominationSave to your list.
Folder 10: Dressed to Kill by Laura SandsSave to your list.
Folder 11: The Education of Stephanie, Burmel Publishing Co.Save to your list.
Folder 12: Executive Transvestite, Book 1Save to your list.
Folder 13: An Experience in FemininitySave to your list.
Folder 14: Family in Skirts, 1979Save to your list.
Folder 15: The Fate of Margaret, Esoterica PressSave to your list.
Folder 16: Fated for Femininity, Esoterica pressSave to your list.
Folder 17: The Feminizers 1 and 2, and Transvestite OrgySave to your list.
Folder 18: Figure Training ReminiscencesSave to your list.
Folder 19: The First StepSave to your list.
Folder 20: Forced to be a Little Girl, Echo ProductionsSave to your list.
Box 4Save to your list.
Folder 1: Forced to be a Shemale and TV Riding AcademySave to your list.
Folder 2: Forever in DiapersSave to your list.
Folder 3: Frankie and the Strong-Willed Woman Who Turns Boys Into Girls, Wholesale Books (Munix)Save to your list.
Folder 4: From Count Palmiro Vicarion's Book of LimericksSave to your list.
Folder 5: From Navy to Little GirlSave to your list.
Folder 6: From Pants to PantiesSave to your list.
Folder 7: From Schoolboy to Lady's Maid, Part 2 by Laura WilliamsSave to your list.
Folder 8: Gamiani, or Two Nights of Excess by Alfred De Musset, 1923Save to your list.
Folder 9: Gentleman Transvestite by Daphne MorriseySave to your list.
Folder 10: A Girl at Last, 1975Save to your list.
Folder 11: Go-Go Dancer by Betty Ann Lind, 1981Save to your list.
Folder 12: The "Good Girls" Club Save to your list.
Folder 13: Gwendoline and "The Missing Princess" by John Willie, Photographic NegativesSave to your list.
Folder 14: Gwendoline and "The Missing Princess" by John Willie, Photographic NegativesSave to your list.
Folder 15: Gwendoline and "The Missing Princess" by John Willie, Photographic PrintsSave to your list.
Folder 16: Gwendoline and "The Missing Princess" by John Willie, Photographic PrintsSave to your list.
Folder 17: Gwendoline and "The Missing Princess" by John Willie, Photographic PrintsSave to your list.
Folder 18: Hampered TV Hercules Save to your list.
Folder 19: Harpooned, Esoterica Press, July 1953Save to your list.
Folder 20: He Knew What He Wanted, Wholesale BooksSave to your list.
Box 5Save to your list.
Folder 1: He's Her Sister! Wholesale BooksSave to your list.
Folder 2: The "He" "She"Save to your list.
Folder 3: Her Favorite T.V. vol.3 by Donna KeaneSave to your list.
Folder 4: The Housemaid's Story by Jean Zari, 1950Save to your list.
Folder 5: The Housemaid's Tale Save to your list.
Folder 6: Husband in Kompers Book 3 by Joyce JuvenalSave to your list.
Folder 7: Husbands Must Be Trained, Wholesale BooksSave to your list.
Folder 8: Hypnotized in SkirtsSave to your list.
Folder 9: I Was a Teenage Transvestite by Aimee Temple, vol.1Save to your list.
Folder 10: Ideal Marriage Part I The Wedding by Dee Raymond, 1978Save to your list.
Folder 11: Ideal Marriage Part II Lucy's Party by Dee Raymond, 1978Save to your list.
Folder 12: Ideal Marriage Part III The Weekend at Standen by Dee Raymond, 1978Save to your list.
Folder 13: If You Can't Lick 'Em Join 'Em, Down to Defeat, Part I, Chevalier PublicationsSave to your list.
Folder 14: In the Wee Wee Hours of the MorningSave to your list.
Folder 15: Karen's Coming Out Party, Fantasies in LaceSave to your list.
Folder 16: Lad in Petticoats, Wholesale BooksSave to your list.
Folder 17: Life Punished in Diapers, Book 3Save to your list.
Folder 18: Lingerie Slave, Wholesale BooksSave to your list.
Folder 19: "London Love" Letters to the EditorSave to your list.
Folder 20: Love Thy TV Neighbor vol. 2 by Diane GreeneSave to your list.
Folder 21: Lucky Shirley by CissySave to your list.
Folder 22: Madame Jeanette or The Strange Experiences of Dr. WadheimSave to your list.
Folder 23: Madame Thelma Lingerie and GownsSave to your list.
Folder 24: Madame Thelma Lingerie and GownsSave to your list.
Folder 25: Male Co-ed by KimSave to your list.
Folder 26: Male Maids, Wholesale BooksSave to your list.
Folder 27: The Man with the Double Line of HeadSave to your list.
Folder 28: The Mark of a Lady, Pure Deceptions, Empathy PressSave to your list.
Box 6Save to your list.
Folder 1: Marlene by J.S.TSave to your list.
Folder 2: Masquerade in Drag, Book 1Save to your list.
Folder 3: Masquerade in Petticoats by Elvira Rios, 1967Save to your list.
Folder 4: Men in Skirts, 1981Save to your list.
Folder 5: Men in Skirts, 1981Save to your list.
Folder 6: Miscellaneous Stories Save to your list.
Folder 7: Miss High Heels, 1931Save to your list.
Folder 8: Miss-Adventures of LillianSave to your list.
Folder 9: Mother and Son, Two Beauty Queens, Fantasies in Lace, Inc.Save to your list.
Folder 10: Mrs. BronsonSave to your list.
Folder 11: My Brother's Keeper, Wholesale BooksSave to your list.
Folder 12: My Life in Rubber Save to your list.
Folder 13: Nanny Domination Save to your list.
Folder 14: A New Life in Dresses and Diapers Save to your list.
Folder 15: Nurses General Hospital, October 1982Save to your list.
Folder 16: Perfect Change, Echo ProductionsSave to your list.
Folder 17: Peter's Vacation Save to your list.
Folder 18: Petticoat Boy by Nan GilbertSave to your list.
Folder 19: Petticoat Paradise, Wholesale BooksSave to your list.
Folder 20: Petticoat PartySave to your list.
Folder 21: Petticoat Slave, Wholesale BooksSave to your list.
Folder 22: Petticoat Village by KimSave to your list.
Folder 23: Petticoated Politician Save to your list.
Folder 24: Petticoats and Panties for John Save to your list.
Folder 25: Poor Rich Little Boy Girl by Carmen BastinadoSave to your list.
Folder 26: Poulain ou Poliche?Save to your list.
Box 7Save to your list.
Folder 1: Prescription TV, Pure Deceptions, Empathy PressSave to your list.
Folder 2: Pretty Mister Contest by Becky Bridgewater, 1980Save to your list.
Folder 3: Punished in Petticoats, no.1 by Nan GilbertSave to your list.
Folder 4: Punished in Petticoats, no.2 by Nan GilbertSave to your list.
Folder 5: Punished in Petticoats, no.3 by Nan GilbertSave to your list.
Folder 6: Punished in Petticoats, no.4 by Nan GilbertSave to your list.
Folder 7: Punished in Petticoats, no.6 by Nan GilbertSave to your list.
Folder 8: Punished in Petticoats, no.7 by Nan Gilbert, Wholesale BooksSave to your list.
Folder 9: Queen of the Square DanceSave to your list.
Folder 10: Rape of a Transvestite, 1981Save to your list.
Folder 11: Really, Nurse Banister! by Madeline Victoria BanisterSave to your list.
Folder 12: Reform School TVSave to your list.
Folder 13: The Reluctant Page, 1978Save to your list.
Folder 14: Reminiscences of a Tightlacer and The Corset ControversySave to your list.
Folder 15: Rhonda's Feminized Males, 1978Save to your list.
Folder 16: Rhonda's Feminized MalesSave to your list.
Folder 17: Rita by J.S.TSave to your list.
Folder 18: Rubber BabySave to your list.
Folder 19: Sally's TV Twin Sister by Laura WilliamsSave to your list.
Folder 20: Samurai Transvestite, Part 1-2, Candor BooksSave to your list.
Folder 21: School for Girls by Mary GesnerSave to your list.
Folder 22: Sex in Rubber PantsSave to your list.
Folder 23: She Humiliated Me in Skirts, 1979Save to your list.
Folder 24: Shemale Male by Siobhan FrederickSave to your list.
Folder 25: She-Male Cousin, Fantasies in Lace, Inc.Save to your list.
Folder 26: Shirley: Her(His) StorySave to your list.
Box 8Save to your list.
Folder 1: Shirley His Her Story and Transvestite HospitalSave to your list.
Folder 2: Short Sex Shocks, Esoterica PressSave to your list.
Folder 3: Short Stories, Fantasies in Lace, Inc.Save to your list.
Folder 4: Sister's Revenge, Wholesale BooksSave to your list.
Folder 5: Skirted Men, Book 17, 1983Save to your list.
Folder 6: Skirted Men, Book 18Save to your list.
Folder 7: Skirted Men, Book 19, 1983Save to your list.
Folder 8: "Social Science"Save to your list.
Folder 9: The Sound of Music Save to your list.
Folder 10: The Story of Mary MorrisSave to your list.
Folder 11: Stumbling into Femininity Save to your list.
Folder 12: The Surprise by CissySave to your list.
Folder 13: Tales From A Pink MirrorSave to your list.
Folder 14: The Tamers by Bernard Valonnes, Part ISave to your list.
Folder 15: The Tamers by Bernard Valonnes, Part IISave to your list.
Folder 16: The Tamers by Bernard Valonnes, Part IIISave to your list.
Folder 17: Teenage Transformation by Mary AnnSave to your list.
Folder 18: Three's No Crowd Without A Stitch Save to your list.
Folder 19: The Thrones of Judgement Save to your list.
Folder 20: Tommy Becomes Sally Save to your list.
Folder 21: Tommy Becomes Sally, Petticoat Punishment by Laura Williams, no.2Save to your list.
Folder 22: The Topsy-Turvy Club Save to your list.
Folder 23: ​The Topsy-Turvy Club Save to your list.
Folder 24: Total Deception, Echo ProductionsSave to your list.
Folder 25: Total Transvestite, no.1Save to your list.
Folder 26: Total Transvestite, no.3, Wholesale BooksSave to your list.
Folder 27: Tradition Save to your list.
Folder 28: Train Journey Save to your list.
Box 9Save to your list.
Folder 1: Transforming Jimmy by Laura WilliamsSave to your list.
Folder 2: Trans-Vest CoedSave to your list.
Folder 3: Transvestism Illustrated, vol.1, no.1Save to your list.
Folder 4: Transvestite Convert, Wholesale BooksSave to your list.
Folder 5: Transvestite DateSave to your list.
Folder 6: Transvestite MarriageSave to your list.
Folder 7: Transvestite Post-Box, Wholesale BooksSave to your list.
Folder 8: Transvestite Revenge by Carmen BastinadoSave to your list.
Folder 9: Transvestite SissySave to your list.
Folder 10: Transvestite Sissy, Empathy PressSave to your list.
Folder 11: The Transvestite Survival Manual, 1978Save to your list.
Folder 12: Transvestite Training Camp, Empathy PressSave to your list.
Folder 13: A Transvestite's Dilemma by JaniceSave to your list.
Folder 14: TranzSave to your list.
Folder 15: The Triumph of Elaine by B. HilliardSave to your list.
Folder 16: Turn AboutSave to your list.
Folder 17: A TV at a Pajama PartySave to your list.
Folder 18: The TV Next DoorSave to your list.
Folder 19: TV NursedSave to your list.
Folder 20: TV Passing on a Date, vol.1 by Cheryl Ann Sanders, 1980Save to your list.
Folder 21: TV Passing on a Date, vol.2 by Cheryl Ann Sanders, 1980Save to your list.
Folder 22: TV SecretarySave to your list.
Folder 23: TV Summer Camp 4 and 5Save to your list.
Folder 24: The Twenty Five by Leo CorvinSave to your list.
Folder 25: Untitled StorySave to your list.
Folder 26: Untitled Story [Shirley] by EvelynSave to your list.
Folder 27: Untitled Story by EvelynSave to your list.
Box 10Save to your list.
Folder 1: Untitled Story Manuscript by P.M.Save to your list.
Folder 2: Untitled Story Manuscript by P.M.Save to your list.
Folder 3: Untitled Story Manuscript by P.M.Save to your list.
Folder 4: Untitled Story Manuscript by P.M.Save to your list.
Folder 5: Untitled Story Manuscript by P.M.Save to your list.
Folder 6: Untitled Story Manuscript by P.M.Save to your list.
Folder 7: Vacation Transvestites Save to your list.
Folder 8: Vicki's T.V. Revenge by Holly WoodsSave to your list.
Folder 9: Vienna Nights, Esoterica PressSave to your list.
Folder 10: White Pants to Pregnancy by Lisa G., August 1979Save to your list.
Folder 11: Whittier, Esoterica Press, ca. 1950Save to your list.
Folder 12: Winifred Not WilfredSave to your list.
Folder 13: Young Man in an ApronSave to your list.
Folder 14: Young T.V. Feelings, vol.1Save to your list.

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