Queer Digital History Project

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Logging queer history online, one site at a time.

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Transgender Usenet Archive Project

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This page is the hub for all the different works and content related to the Transgender Usenet Archive (TUA). The TUA offers access to over 400,000 posts (from 1994 to 2013) collected from six English language transgender-themed Usenet newsgroups:

Newsgroup Name Founding Year
alt.transgendered 1992
soc.support.transgendered 1994
alt.support.crossdressing 1996
alt.fashion.crossdressing 1996
alt.support.srs 1997
uk.support.crossdressing 1999

The posts below talk more about the project, as well as my process in designing and building the archive. All of my work has been completed thanks to the generous support of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH).

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  • Transgender Usenet Visualizations - Visualizations I've done using the archival data, which put some of the (larger) numbers into visual context. These visualizations have been collected using the scripts I'll be posting to GitHub (see below).
  • Usenet Data Collection Tools (GitHub) - A collection of scripts (in Python 2.7) for collecting, organizing, and analyzing data from Usenet archives (primarily those hosted by the Internet Archive in their Usenet Historical Collection).  I'll be adding more and more scripts as I develop/debug them.