Collection AR421 - Rikki Swin Institute transgender collection

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Rikki Swin Institute transgender collection

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

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7 m of textual records and graphic material

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

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Donated by the Rikki Swin Institute in 2007. Precise dates of RSI’s acquisitions of Kane, IFGE, Lind and Prince material is unknown.


Beyond the file order in the shipping boxes, the material was received without a distinct arrangement from RSI. The various creators’ original order is not clear. Selection within the RSI Collection was based on relevance to transgender issues, and duplicates, publications unrelated to transgender issues, and non-record material were removed. Selections were made from RSI Library’s monographs and periodicals for inclusion in the UVic Library Main and Special Collections, these included books from Virginia Prince and the extensive IFGE newsletter collection. Some publications remain filed with the archival materials. There is overlap amongst IFGE, 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 IFGE fonds.

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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 RSI 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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