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GEA’s Request for Proposals for Award of National Transgender Library & Archive (2000)

GEA’s Request for Proposals for Award of National Transgender Library & Archive (2000)

©2000, 2013 by Dallas Denny & Gender Education & Advocacy, Inc.

Source: GEA is seeking a permanent home for its National Transgender Library & Archive. (2000, 13 January). Decatur, GA: Gender Education & Advocacy, Inc.

About the Thumbnail: The Labadie Collection at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is the permanent home of the National Transgender Library & Archive.

This is the request for proposals disseminated by GEA, which was seeking a permanent and trustworthy home for its large collection of transgender materials.



For Immediate Release: 13 January, 2000

P.O. Box 33724
Decatur, GA30033-0724

Deadline for Proposals: 15 March, 2000


Request for Proposals

GEA is Seeking a Permanent Home for its National Transgender Library & Archive


Gender Education and Advocacy (GEA) is in search of a permanent home for its National Transgender Library & Archive (NTL&A), a large collection of books, magazines, catalogs, flyers, personal papers, and ephemera about transsexualism and transgenderism currently located in Atlanta, GA.

GEA is requesting proposals from organizations which are interested in acquiring, housing, and maintaining the NTL&A.

The collection will be awarded to the library, archive, or other nonprofit organization which best demonstrates a willingness and ability to house, catalog, and continue to develop the collection, while allowing scholars access to the materials.

Deadline for proposals is 15 March, 2000. Proposals should be e-mailed to <> or sent via U.S. mail to GEA, P.O. Box 33724, Decatur, GA 30033. To be considered, proposals must be postmarked on or before 3/15/2000 or in our e-mail box before 12:01 am 3/16/2000.

On 30 April, 2000, the GEA board will announce its decision about a new home for the NTL&A, based on the following areas of concern:

  1. What is your organization, and why is it interested in acquiring this collection?

  2. Do you plan to keep the entire collection, or only those parts you consider historical or otherwise worth safeguarding?

  3. Do you plan to keep the collection intact or merge it with another collection or collections?

  4. When and under what conditions will the collection be available to researchers? To the public?

  5. What are your physical facilities? Where do you plan to initially house the collection? What will be its eventual location? How will you protect it from heat, light, moisture, insect and plant damage, theft, etc.?

  6. What personnel resources do you plan to devote to the collection? Do you plan to catalog it, and if so, how? Do you plan to acquire new materials to add to the collection?

  7. How can you guarantee your organization will be financially able to house the NTL&A 10 years from now? 25 years from now? 100 years from now?

  8. Please describe when and how you will transport the collection from Atlanta to its new location. Please keep in mind the fact that the collection will fill a large U-Haul truck.

Proposals can be any length. Short proposals are appropriate so long as you feel they sufficiently address nos. 1-8, above.

We look forward to hearing from every interested party.