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Oral Histories - Transgender Spectrum Conference

Finding aid for collection WUA00519


Transgender Spectrum Conference  Oral History Collection (WUA00519)

In November 2019, five attendees of the Transgender Spectrum Conference recorded oral histories reflecting on their stories as trans individuals.  The conference planners worked with the Washington University Department of Special Collections to organize this project. Inspired by similar projects such as Tretter Transgender Oral History Project, and the NYC Trans Oral History  Project,, the project's goals were to preserve trans stories and experiences from the middle of America (areas commonly labeled Midwest, Plains, mid-South), and prioritize the experiences of trans communities that remain marginalized even in the wake of growing mainstream trans visibility. An open call was made to all attendees and five individuals selected to participate in the project. Interviews were conducted by the Curator of Local History, and a conference volunteer. 

The Transgender Spectrum Conference, first held in 2013 "was community-based and overseen by a board comprised of community members and people with professional interest in gender equity." The 2019 conference was hosted by Washington University at the Brown School of Social Work on November 8 and 9, 2019.  Although organizers hoped to make the oral history component a regular part of the conference program for future years, as of October 2021 it was uncertain if the conference would continue.  

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The collection is ordered chronologically. 

Oral Histories

Each link below opens a folder with audio file and a typed transcript.  Users are provided access to these recordings and transcripts for educational or personal use only. They may not be reposted without permission (although sharing links is certainly encouraged). For further questions about copyright, usage, or to access recordings not available online, please contact

About the finding aid

Finding aid published: October 2021

Finding aid author: Miranda Rectenwald