The goal of the Louise Lawrence Transgender Archive (LLTA or simply Louise) is to increase the understanding of transgender people and encourage new scholarship by making transgender historical materials available to students, scholars and the public.

The archive is named in honor of Northern California transgender pioneer Louise Lawrence, who began living full-time as a woman in 1942, first in the Berkeley, CA, then San Francisco.  She, along with Virginia Prince and others, published the first incarnation of Transvestia in 1952.  Louise’s address book was the initial subscription list and she was instrumental in developing the trans community’s connection to pioneering sex researchers such as Alfred Kinsey and Harry Benjamin. MORE BIOGRAPHICAL INFO HERE

"The history of marginalized communities is elusive, imperiled and best preserved by the community itself."

Ms. Bob DavisFounder, LLTA

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 Louise Lawrence Transgender Archive has five scrapbooks, the personal archive of a trans woman named Denise, who compiled them in the 1960's and 1970's.  Denise's scrapbooks have inspired LLTA to…

April Dawn Allison at SFMOMA

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The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is currently exhibiting Polariod “selfies” of April Dawn Alison, a closeted trans woman who photographed herself approximately 9,200 times over a period of…

LLTA Visitors Researching “Vegas in Space”

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On June 9th, 2019, independent filmmakers Scott Braucht (Left) and Stephanie Hough (Right) stopped by Louise to conduct further research for their upcoming documentary on the making of the 1991…