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Virginia Prince

  • 421-3
  • Person
  • 1912-2009

Virginia Prince was born in Los Angeles in 1912, and began crossdressing at the age of twelve. Prior to transition, Prince attended Pomona College and earned a PhD in pharmacology from the University of California at San Francisco in 1939, and later lectured there in pharmacology.

In 1960 Prince founded Transvestia magazine, published six times per year. Transvestia was edited by Prince until 1980 and then sold to Carol Beecroft. It folded within two years and was replaced by Femme Mirror, which is still published.

In 1961 Prince started the first crossdressing organization, the Hose & Heels Club, which in 1962 became the Alpha Chapter of the Foundation for Full Personality Expression (FPE or Phi Pi Epsilon), later the Society for the Second Self (Tri Ess or Tri Sigma) in 1975. Membership was restricted to heterosexual male crossdressers.

Prince's career in transgender education activism began in 1961 when she was prosecuted for distributing obscene materials through the US Mail because she had exchanged sexually explicit letters with another crossdresser. She was given probation and was forbidden to crossdress. Prince's lawyer requested permission for her to crossdress for the purpose of educational presentations.

Prince began living full-time as a woman in 1968, at the age of 55. Prince published a number of important works on crossdressing, amongst them The Transvestite and His Wife (1967) and How To Be a Woman Though Male (1971).

Virginia Prince also went by the name Virginia Bruce.

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Siebner, Herbert, 1925-2003

  • AR402
  • Person
  • 1925 - 2003

Expressionist painter, printmaker, and sculptor, Herbert Johannes Josef Siebner, was born in Stettin, Prussia on April 16, 1925 to Margarete Agnes (Resch) and Paul Hermann. He married Hannelore Roehr in 1950 and had one daughter, Angela, born 1951. In 1954, Siebner, Hannelore and Angela immigrated to Canada, settling in Victoria where the artist lived until his death in 2003.
Artistic Training
A master printmaker, Siebner was introduced to the art and techniques of engraving and printmaking when apprenticed to Atelier Max Richter in Stettin. His apprenticeship, a requirement for entry into the Academy of Art, was cut short by the onset of World War II and his conscription into the German army at age 17 in 1943. During the war, Siebner worked as a draughtsman while making extra money drawing portraits of fellow soldiers and officers. After his release from a Russian prisoner of war camp, Siebner made his way to Berlin where he managed against the challenges of post war poverty and supply shortages to continue his arts training. He spent 4 years at the Berlin Academy (1946 to 1949) where he was first introduced to arguably his greatest stylistic influence, the German Expressionists.
His signature style and predominant themes coalesced from these early artistic experiences as well as his fascination with the art of primitive cultures and study of mythology, and was fostered by his research on mural techniques in Europe (1962-1963) funded by a one-year travel grant, as well as many subsequent trips to Mediterranean countries. After arriving in Canada, Siebner taught at several post secondary institutions including the Universities of Victoria, British Columbia, Alberta and Washington, before turning his focus entirely to his own art production after 1970.
Deeply involved in the local art scene, Siebner was a founding member of a local artists’ group, the Limners, committed to representations of the human figure. The founding members, including, Maxwell Bates, Myfanwy Pavelic, Robin Skelton, Richard Ciccimara, and Elza Mayhew, adopted the name “Limners” from the medieval term, which referred to itinerant artists who produced mainly illuminations and portraits.
Herbert Siebner was a charismatic figure that never shied away from controversy. In the early 1970s he recalled his artworks from galleries all over Canada in protest of the high commissions they extracted. He notably fought a lengthy legal battle against the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria over ownership of a series of travel sketches made during his year abroad and continually argued with the Province of British Columbia about a commissioned mural he created in 1975 that was never installed and remained in storage.
Among many honors, Siebner was made a member of Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Often credited with bringing Modernism to Victoria, his paintings, prints and sculptures have been exhibited and sold all over the world. Siebner was honored with one-man shows in Toronto, Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Berlin, Milan and Seattle. He created graphic prints for books of poetry and completed mural commissions in Victoria.
His publications include:
Colour, Line & Form (1970) ; Herbert Siebner: a Monograph (1979) ; Herbert Siebner: Dualities (1984) ; Herbert Siebner: a Celebration (1993) ; and Herbert Siebner Travel Sketches (1997)

Ari Kane

  • AR421-2
  • Person
  • 1936-present

Biographical Sketch:
Ari Kane, also known as Ariadne Kane, was born in 1936. Kane holds a Bachelor of Science in Biophysics, Mathematics and Chemistry, and undertook graduate work in biophysics. Kane also holds a doctorate of Education from Institute for Advanced Study of Sexuality and is an assistant professor of sexology at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco. Kane also runs Theseus Counseling Services which specializes in gender issues.

Kane's "emergence from the closet" occurred in 1971. Ariadne Kane oversaw the restructuring and relocation of the cross dressing support group, the Tiffany Club (later the Cherrystone Club, then the Mayflower Club). In 1975 Kane founded the Human Outreach and Achievement Institute (later named the Outreach Institute for Gender Studies), an organization dedicated to public education and to working with the health professionals who serve the community.

The same year Kane also founded Fantasia Fair (which is still being held), which was originally an annual gathering for cross dressing men, their partners, and medical and other professionals working with the transgender and transsexual community. Fantasia Fair now welcomes trans men.

Transgender Archives Collector

  • AR496
  • Corporate body
  • 1969-2017

These materials were officially collected starting in 2011, however some materials were collected previously.

The Transgender Archives Collector collection consists of small accessions received both directly and indirectly from donors, and collected by Dr. Aaron Devor, the Chair of Transgender Studies at the University of Victoria. Some materials were also sourced and collected by Lara Wilson, Director of Special Collections and University Archivist.

The rationale behind keeping the Transgender Archives Collector materials separate from the Transgender Archives was that the materials found in the collection were generally discrete items, with no related provenance. The relationship between the materials is based entirely on the transgender connection, and there is no archival bond otherwise.

This is an ongoing collection, and further accruals are expected.

Mariette Pathy Allen

  • SC591
  • Person
  • 1940 -

Mariette Pathy Allen is a photographer based in New York, NY; she has been depicting transgender people and their communities since the late 1970s. Allen holds a Bachelor of Arts, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, and Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts from the Graduate School of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania, in painting. Pathy Allen was Awarded Thornton-Oakley Prize from the University of Pennsylvania. Other awards include: New York State Council on the Arts grant, 1988, Lambda Literary Award for “The Gender Frontier”, 2004, “Top Fifty”, Critical Mass, Photolucida, 2013, "Discoveries of the Meeting Place”, Fotofest, 2000 & 2014, and the Pioneer Award, Fantasia Fair, 2014

Her published works include: Transformations: Crossdressers and Those Who Love Them, E. P. Dutton Inc.,1989; Masked Culture: The Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, Columbia U. Press, 1994; The Gender Frontier, Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany, 2004; TransCuba, Daylight Books, 2014; and Transcendents: Spirit Mediums in Burma and Thailand, Daylight Books, 2017

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