Catching Up with Partner Projects: The Digital Transgender Archive


Digital Transgender Archive logo, showing different objects circling around a computer beside the name of the archive and the subtitle "trans history, linked"

This week’s post marks the first in a series of posts catching up with our collaboratory partner projects. We have four different partner projects including The Digital Transgender Archive, which is based in Worcester, Massachusetts at the College of the Holy Cross and directed by Dr. K.J Rawson.

The Digital Transgender Archive (DTA) is an online repository that provides an accessible online hub for digitized historical materials as well as born-digital materials, along with information on international archival holdings. The DTA is an international collaboration among more than twenty universities and organizations, and was founded in order to make trans history accessible for scholars and independent researchers as well as spark discussions and dialogue around trans history.

graphic from DTA website, depicting diverse sillohuettes of people in orange and blue, the archive's colours



The DTA recently passed the 1000 item mark in their collection, and, this past June, Keith Plummer of the DTA had the chance to travel to London and represent the archive in the Archives, Libraries, Museums, and Special Collections Conference (ALMS). The ALMS Conference is focused on the work of collecting, capturing, and preserving LGBTQ+ artifacts and archives. This was a great opportunity for the Archive, as it gave them the chance to connect with organizations across the globe, and share the work that they do as well. Another exciting update is that the Archive has added audio files to their resources. The DTA now has 10+ files accessible on their website, including a recording of the First International Symposium on Gender Identity in London.

The Digital Transgender Archive maintains a regularly updated Facebook page and news section on their website. Their online materials are easily accessible, and can be found by using the search bar at the top of the front page of their website.


*graphics c/o: Digital Transgender Archive