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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 III: Scrapbooks and Binders, 1949-1954Save to your list.
Box 17Save to your list.
Folder 21: Alvin Harris Photo Album, 1949Save to your list.
Folder 23: Bondage and Discipline ScrapbookSave to your list.
Folder 22: Bondage and Discipline ScrapbookSave to your list.
Box 18Save to your list.
Folder 1: Bondage and Discipline ScrapbookSave to your list.
Folder 2: Bondage and Discipline ScrapbookSave to your list.
Folder 3: Bondage and Discipline ScrapbookSave to your list.
Folder 4: Bondage and Domination Drawings BinderSave to your list.
Folder 5: Bondage, Corsets, and Cross-dressing BinderSave to your list.
Folder 6: Bondage, Corsets, and Cross-dressing BinderSave to your list.
Folder 7: Claire Elgin Binder, 1953-1954Save to your list.
Folder 8: Cross-dressing Binder, Photographic PrintsSave to your list.
Folder 9: Cross-dressing, Discipline, and Lingerie ScrapbookSave to your list.
Folder 10: Cross-dressing, Discipline, and Lingerie ScrapbookSave to your list.
Folder 11: Cross-dressing, Discipline, and Lingerie ScrapbookSave to your list.
Folder 12: Cross-dressing, Discipline, and Lingerie ScrapbookSave to your list.
Folder 13: Cross-dressing, Discipline, and Lingerie ScrapbookSave to your list.
Box 19Save to your list.
Folder 1: Cross-dressing, Discipline, and Lingerie ScrapbookSave to your list.
Folder 2: Cross-dressing, Discipline, and Lingerie ScrapbookSave to your list.
Folder 3: Cross-dressing, Discipline, and Lingerie ScrapbookSave to your list.
Folder 4: Cross-dressing, Discipline, and Lingerie ScrapbookSave to your list.
Folder 5: Cross-dressing, Discipline, and Lingerie ScrapbookSave to your list.
Folder 6: Domination BinderSave to your list.
Folder 7: Domination BinderSave to your list.
Folder 8: Domination BinderSave to your list.
Folder 9: Domination BinderSave to your list.
Folder 10: Domination BinderSave to your list.
Folder 11: Domination BinderSave to your list.
Box 20Save to your list.
Folder 1: Lingerie Scrapbook no.1Save to your list.
Folder 2: Lingerie Scrapbook no.1Save to your list.
Folder 3: Nudes and Pornography ScrapbookSave to your list.
Folder 4: Nudes and Pornography ScrapbookSave to your list.
Folder 5: Nudes and Pornography ScrapbookSave to your list.
Folder 6: Nudes and Pornography ScrapbookSave to your list.
Folder 7: Nudes and Pornography ScrapbookSave to your list.
Folder 8: Nudes and Pornography ScrapbookSave to your list.
Folder 9: Zaza's Perilous Adventure and Sweet Gwendoline BinderSave to your list.
Folder 10: Zaza's Perilous Adventure and Sweet Gwendoline BinderSave to your list.
Box 22Save to your list.
Folder 1: Corsets and Cross-dressing ScrapbookSave to your list.
Folder 2: Corsets and Cross-dressing ScrapbookSave to your list.
Folder 3: Discipline ScrapbookSave to your list.
Folder 4: Lingerie Scrapbook no.2Save to your list.
Folder 5: Nudes, Corsets, and Lingerie ScrapbookSave to your list.
Folder 6: Nudes, Corsets, and Lingerie ScrapbookSave to your list.
Folder 7: Nudes, Corsets, and Lingerie ScrapbookSave to your list.
Folder 8: Nudes, Corsets, and Lingerie ScrapbookSave to your list.
Box 23Save to your list.
Item 1: Lingerie Scrapbook no.3Save to your list.

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