Collection AR421 - Rikki Swin Institute collection

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Rikki Swin Institute collection

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  • Textual record
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  • 1990 - 2001 (Accumulation)
    Swin, Rikki, 1947-
  • 1934 - 2003 (Publication)
    Swin, Rikki, 1947-

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12.87 m (39 boxes) of textual records and graphic material.

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The Rikki Swin Institute: Gender Education, Research, Library and Archives (RSI) opened in Chicago and was the world’s first institute dedicated to transgender research and education. It opened to the public on March 22, 2001, to coincide with the 15th Annual Conference of the International Foundation for Gender Education. The Institute closed in December 2004. The Institute had four objectives: the housing of a library and archives; conference co-sponsorship; digital video education; and research. Archival collections were purchased from Ari Kane, Betty Ann Lind, the International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE), and Virginia Prince.

Custodial history

The Rikki Swin Institute originally developed the collection as part of the organization's Library and Archives. In addition to including the Institute's administrative records, the Rikki Swin Institute Library and Archives also acquired collections from the following creators: Ari Kane, International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE), and Virginia Prince.

The International Foundation for Gender Education also includes material created by Merissa Sherrill Lynn and Betty Ann Lind in their roles within the organization.

In 2007 the Rikki Swin Institute donated its Library and Archives to the University of Victoria, including the archives of Ari Kane, the International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE), and Virginia Prince.

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Collection consists of the following : Rikki Swin Institute records, Ari Kane records, International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE) records, and the Virginia Prince records. The IFGE records include material from Betty Ann Lind and Merissa Sherrill Lynn.

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Donated by the Rikki Swin Institute in 2007. Precise dates of Rikki Swin Institute’s acquisitions of Ari Kane; International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE); and Virginia Prince material is unknown.


The collection is arranged into three series: Textual Records, Photographs, and Audio-Visual Materials. Textual Records is arranged into four subseries based on the provenance of the material originally acquired by the Rikki Swin Institute. These are: Ari Kane; International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE); Rikki Swin Institute; and Virginia Prince.

The material was received from the Rikki Swin Institute without a distinct arrangement. The various creators’ original order was not clear.

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  • English

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Restrictions on access

Access to confidential personal information of identifiable individuals, other than above named creators and public figures, is subject to a research agreement to protect personal privacy. Confidential files include counseling case files, Fantasia Fair registration information, and Rikki Swin Institute Transperson Surveys.

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Complete file list available with folder-level description, and in many cases, item-level description, particularly for interfiled publications.

Associated materials

For more information on UVic Archives transgender-related holdings, please visit In addition to published materials included in this archival collection, UVic Libraries holds over 1000 monographs and periodicals related to transgenderism, transsexualism, cross dressing, transvestism, gender identity and related subjects. These are available from Special Collections (non-circulating) and the Main Library, and include the major gift of published materials from Rikki Swin: search via UVic Libraries Catalogue at or view/download the July 2012 title list at

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General note

Selection within the Rikki Swin Institute Collection was based on relevance to transgender issues. Duplicate material, publications unrelated to transgender issues, and non-record material were removed.

Selections were made from Rikki Swin Institute Library’s monographs and periodicals for inclusion in the UVic Library Main and Special Collections, these included books from Virginia Prince and the extensive International Foundation for Gender Education newsletter collection. Some publications remain filed with the archival materials.

There is overlap amongst the International Foundation for Gender Education, Betty Ann Lind, and Merissa Sherrill Lynn material; as Lind and Lynn were key figures in the Foundation, these materials are described collectively as the International Foundation for Gender Education records.

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Part of the Transgender Archive.

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