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11.87 linear feet ((28 + 1/2 file boxes) plus 2 folio+ folders, 135 photo folders, 7 audiotapes, electronic records)
Series I, ORGANIZATIONS FOUNDED BY KANE, 1973-2005 (#1.1-19.5, F+D.1-F+D.2), contains materials relating to Kane's professional positions in two organizations he founded: as executive director of the Outreach Institute of Gender Studies, and senior administrator and counselor of the Theseus Counseling and Consulting Service. Materials include administrative and event-related documentation, as well as extensive client files.
Subseries A, Outreach Institute of Gender Studies, 1973-2002 (#1.1-8.15, F+D.1-F+D.2), contains correspondence, including with board members; minutes of board meetings; budgets and financial ledgers; and brochures and other printed materials documenting the programs and resources provided by the Institute. Of note are printed materials and event files for programs sponsored by the Institute, including Fantasia Fair. These may include participant and program books, registration and general program information, and evaluation forms. See also Series III for additional material related to Gender Attitude Reassessment Program (GARP) and Series IV for Fantasia Fair photographs. Following founding and organizational documents and minutes of board and executive committee meetings, files are arranged alphabetically, and chronologically thereunder.
Subseries B, Theseus Counseling and Consulting Service (TCCS), 1977-2005 (#9.1-19.5), contains primarily Kane's client files. Clients include male-to-female and female-to-male transsexuals, crossdressers, and the spouses of crossdressers, among others. Included are Kane's session notes; correspondence, including with doctors; change of name forms; photographs; newsletters and clippings; and exercise worksheets, including clippings of men and women from magazines that were used for a particular counseling exercise. Other materials in this subseries include brochures for Kane's Hopeful Couples Program, as well as general correspondence.
Most of the client files are labeled with the client name and were deposited in the Library in four separate groupings. These original groupings have been maintained. The archivist has designated each set with a number (one through four), sorted the files within each set by client birth years, and grouped them by decades. They were then filed chronologically by restriction date. Client files without birth years or folders with multiple clients are filed first within their set. Files are closed for 100 years from the last year of the decade of the client's birth year: e.g., for individuals born between 1950 and 1959, files are closed until January 1, 2060. If there is no birth date noted in the file, the material is restricted for 80 years from the date of the most recent document in the file. "Intake" files refer to clients who may have completed no more than an introductory session with Kane; "long-term" refers to clients who continued counseling, potentially for many years; and "short-term" refers to clients who were counseled by Kane for a brief period of time.
Series II, OTHER ORGANIZATIONS, 1973-2001 (#19.6-22.2), contains materials from various organizations mostly relating to sexuality, gender, and medical and spiritual well-being. Folders may consist only of an informational brochure, or may include correspondence, conference programs, and related materials reflecting Kane's involvement with the organization or his participation in a meeting or conference. This series also includes a file of position announcements for state government jobs in Maine that Kane may have applied for; a selection of women's clothing, lingerie, and wig company catalogs; transcript and viewer response letters, which Kane originally compiled into a scrapbook, from the 1980 Phil Donahue Show which featured Kane as a guest; and personal materials given to Kane by transgender activist and former president of the Transgenderist's Independence Club Winnie Brant. Additional photographs, negatives, and slides from Winnie Brant's papers can be found in #PD.92-PD.135. The files are arranged alphabetically by organization or conference name.
Series III, WRITINGS AND RESEARCH, 1977-2001 (#22.3-28.9; T-366.1-T-366.7, E.1), contains drafts, notes, research materials, and correspondence, including with Kane's dissertation project committee (Judith A. Seifer, Howard J. Ruppel, and Marilyn K. Volker), relating to his 1998 dissertation, Gender Attitude Reassessment (GARP): A Program for Changing Attitudes and Ideas about Gender and Sexuality. Also included are materials relating to the promotion and presentation of GARP at professional meetings, including at the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality in 1995. Kane first developed and implemented GARP ten years prior to the printing of his dissertation; it became an important program of the Outreach Institute. Other earlier manifestations of his dissertation, Crossgenderism: A Key toward Understanding Gender Diversity, including draft chapters, are also in this series, as well as audiotapes of notes, which were transcribed or intended for transcription by his assistant, Nancy Tarbox. In addition, the series includes correspondence with and promotional materials from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco, California (where Kane received his doctorate), other writings and articles on gender, sexuality, medical and health issues; and professional papers written by Kane. The files are arranged alphabetically. Kane's web site is being captured periodically as part of Harvard University Library's Web Archive Collection service (WAX); searchable archived versions of the web site will be available through this finding aid in 2010.
Series IV, PHOTOGRAPHS, 1970-1999 (#PD.1-PD.135), contains mostly prints, as well as some slides and negatives, providing extensive visual documentation of gatherings and events, primarily of the Outreach Institute's Fantasia Fair, as well as events of other organizations.
Subseries A, Fantasia Fair, 1974-1999 (#PD.1-PD.91), includes many snapshots taken at Fantasia Fair, from random images of participants at the beach in Provincetown, Massachusetts, to the welcome receptions, fashion and talent shows, dinners, workshops, and other events. Many of these photographs include handwritten sketches of photo layouts or templates possibly intended for commemorative books, as well as some additional, descriptive notes. Electronic versions of layouts related to images in Fantasia Fair, 1990-1999 folders (#PD.39-PD.47, PD.75) will be made available at a future date. See also #4.1, 6.11 for non-photographic materials originally found with this series. The files are arranged chronologically.
Subseries B, Winnie Brant, 1970-1998 (#PD.92-PD.135), contains photographs, negatives, and slides from Winnie Brant's papers, which she gave to Kane. Subjects include the Transvestite Independence Club events (renamed Transgenderist's Independence Club after 1983), including Dream meetings with founder Wilma T., and other events, including Fantasia Fair and the Tiffany Club award ceremony. See also #22.1-22.2 for additional Winnie Brant documents. The files are arranged chronologically.
Various videotapes, including of Fantasia Fair, have been removed and cataloged separately. See the J. Ari Kane-DeMaios Videotape collection, 1976-2000 (Vt-132).
Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be cataloged in VIA, Harvard University's Visual Information Access database. Others, referred to as "uncataloged" photographs, are not of sufficient research interest to warrant cataloging and are simply treated as part of the documents they accompany; they are marked on the back with an asterisk in square brackets [*].
Kane has worked on behalf of the transgendered community since the early 1970s, mainly through the Outreach Institute of Gender Studies, which he founded in 1975. Named the Human Outreach and Achievement Institute until 1996, the Institute's mission is to advance the understanding of gender identity and role development and to educate and foster education in all aspects related to the phenomenon of gender and human sexuality. Activities and programs of the Institute include Fantasia Fair; workshops and programs, including the Gender Awareness Information Network (GAIN) and the Gender Attitude Reassessment Program (GARP); and publications. Fantasia Fair has been an annual event for crossdressers, transsexuals, and transgenderists in Provincetown, Massachusetts, since the mid-1970s. Through social gatherings, seminars, and other activities, the Fair provides a supportive environment for individuals exploring alternative gender identities and roles. The GAIN program has a professional membership of health care workers and other human services groups and is designed to keep professionals informed of the latest information on gender issues, as well as being a resource for gender-conflicted individuals. GARP is a workshop designed for individuals to explore gender diversity through the use of media, role playing, lectures, and other means. Among their Institute-produced publications are the Journal of Gender Studies, Our Sorority/Directory, and information packets of reprinted articles and monographs for specific gender groups, including male-to-female transsexuals and wives/partners of transgenderists. Kane also designed other conferences and events through the Outreach Institute, including the New Woman Conference for wives and partners. In addition, Kane founded the social services agency Theseus Counseling and Consulting Service in 1985. Through Theseus, he provides clients with guided counseling, coaching and therapeutic services, as well as offering information and consultation on gender/sexuality programs to health care agencies.
In addition to his outreach and counseling work, Kane has written articles, conducted workshops and presentations, and has been a guest on radio and television programs. In 1980, he appeared on the Phil Donahue Show and was a guest on the David Suskind Show in 1982. He has been a participant, speaker, and workshop facilitator at the annual meetings of various professional organizations, including the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists; the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality; the International Foundation for Gender Education; and the Association for Humanistic Psychology. He has also lectured on sexuality and gender diversity at universities throughout the country.
- Series I. Organizations founded by Kane, 1973-2005 (#1.1-19.5, F+D.1-F+D.2)
- Series II. Other organizations, 1973-2001 (#19.6-22.2)
- Series III. Writings and research, 1977-2001 (#22.3-28.9; T-366.1-T-366.7, E.1)
- Series IV. Photographs, 1970-1999 (#PD.1-PD.135)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Schlesinger Library acquired the papers of J. Ari Kane-DeMaios from the Educational Institute for Sex and Gender Diversity (J. Ari Kane-DeMaios) between 2004 and 2008.
Accession numbers: 2004-M34, 2004-M106, 2005-M156, 2008-M214
Processed by: Laura Peimer
The following items have been removed from the collection and transferred to the Schlesinger Library printed materials collection:
- Three linear feet of general transgender and gay/lesbian newsletters and periodicals.
- Outreach Institute of Gender Studies serials:
- Journal of Gender Studies, 1991-1995 (6 issues)
- Our Sorority, 1988-1991 (3 issues)
- Outreach Beacon, 1988-1989 (2 issues)
- Outreach Newsletter, 1987, n.d. (2 issues)
By: Laura Peimer
- Counseling--United States
- Donahue (Television program)
- Drag shows--United States
- Electronic records
- Fantasia Fair
- Fashion shows--United States
- Gender identity--United States
- Homosexuality--United States
- Manuscripts for publication
- Provincetown (Mass.)--Social life and customs--20th century
- Sex customs--United States
- Transgender people--United States
- Transsexuals--United States
- Transvestism--United States
- Transvestites--United States
- Web sites
- World Congress of Sexology
- Kane-DeMaios, J. Ari. Papers of J. Ari Kane-DeMaios, 1970-2005: A Finding Aid.
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