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Award-winning Digital Transgender Archive makes often hidden yet sprawling trans history accessible

K.J Rawson, Associate Professor of English and WGSS, launched the Digital Transgender Archive in 2016, with the goal of making trans history visible and accessible. The archive has grown to include over 10,300 digitized historical materials submitted by more than 70 universities, nonprofits, public libraries and private collections. Additionally, the project has grown from less than 10 contributors to around 78. Rawson explained in an article for News@Northeastern that given recent heightened efforts to attack trans rights, “We have a lot of archivists and librarians out there who are feeling this moment and wanting to do something to elevate knowledge about trans communities.” Rawson hopes to expand the archive to include more materials involving trans and gender non-conforming people of color, and a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources will allow for the development of a podcast, video series, and lesson plans.

Read more on K.J Rawson’s work with the Digital Transgender Archive in the News@Northeastern article here!
Visit the Digital Transgender Archive here!
Image credits: News@Northeastern

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