Transgender Archives | University of Victoria

The Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria is committed to the preservation of the history of pioneering activists, community leaders, and researchers who have contributed to the betterment of trans, non-binary, and Two-Spirit people.

Since 2007, they have been actively acquiring documents, rare publications, and memorabilia of persons and organizations associated with activism by and for trans, non-binary, and Two-Spirit people.

They began with the generous donation of the Rikki Swin Institute collection. The Transgender Archives have been enhanced by other significant donations including the personal papers of Reed Erickson, the entire University of Ulster Trans-Gender Archive collection, and the records of Zenith Foundation of Vancouver Canada, among many others.

Their records span over 530 linear feet (or 1.5 football fields long), go back over 120 years, and are in 13 languages from 20 countries on five continents. Their collections comprise the largest trans archives in the world.  They are accessible to everyone, free of charge.

Virginia Prince, circa 1954. Virginia Prince was one of the earliest transgender activists.

Virginia Prince, circa 1954. Virginia Prince was one of the earliest transgender activists.