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Accessing Transgender // Desiring Queer(er?) Archival Logics

By K.J. Rawson, 2009

While efficient and satisfactory access may be a common goal for most archives, it is rarely achieved in full. In this article, the author considers specific access barriers for both transgender patrons and transgender materials within archives. In particular, the author argues that environment and language shape the ways in which patrons encounter archives and the materials contained therein. Rather than seeking satisfactory access, the author suggests that deferred or denied satisfac­ tion might also produce productive encounters for archival researchers.

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