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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 978

Papers of Sybil Holiday, 1984-1996


Sex educator and image consultant Sybil Holiday's collection of catalogs and other material catering to male-to-female crossdressers and transgender clients.


  • Creation: 1984-1996

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Sybil Holiday as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


.42 linear feet (1 file box)

The collection contains mail-order catalogs and mailings from companies specializing in clothing and accessories for crossdressing. Most material appears to have been used by Holiday in her work with male-to-female crossdressers and transgender individuals. A few handouts from classes Holiday took or taught that provide information about crossdressing, gender roles, etc., are also included.


Sybil Holiday, born in 1949, is a sex educator, a professional dominant, and an image consultant for male-to-female crossdressers. She has also worked as a burlesque performer and as a clinical hypnotherapist. She is the co-author of Consensual Sadomasochism: How to talk About it and How to do it Safely (1996).

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 2019-M7

The papers of Sybil Holiday were acquired from the Center for Sex and Culture in January 2019.


Donors: Center for Sex and Culture

Accession number:2019-M7

Processed by: Jenny Gotwals

The following items have transferred to the Schlesinger Library books and printed materials collection:

  1. TV/TS Tapestry Journal (1994)
  2. Educational TV Channel Newsletter (1989-1994)
  3. ETVC Newsletter (1994-1997)

Processing Information

Processed: February 2019

By: Jenny Gotwals.

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

In January 2023, Laura Peimer revised this finding aid to bring it into alignment with Schlesinger Library’s inclusive and reparative language guidelines. She replaced the term "transvestite" with "crossdresser," removed the subject heading "Male-to-female transsexuals--United States," and added the subject headings "Gender expression--United States" and "Trans women."

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Alice Jeanette Ward Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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