Coming in July 2019

In 1930 Lili Elbe was among the first individuals to undergo what was then called genital transformation surgery. After being interviewed and photographed at Magnus Hirschfeld’s Institute for Sexual Science in Berlin, she had four surgeries between March 1930 and June 1931, all but the first in Dresden. A fictionalized account of her life story was published in four variant editions in three languages between December 1931 and September 1933. This digital archive will host all four primary editions and the German typescript with a collation viewer, as well as a wide range of contextual materials, including letters, newspaper articles, early reviews, and accounts of Lili’s life from other sources.

The mission of this archive is cultural preservation and access. We want to preserve an important work in transgender history and the history of modernist literature and culture; and to provide the widest possible access to the narrative in its various versions as well as to supplemental materials housed in archives in Scandinavia.

This digital archive will launch in July 2019, on the 100th anniversary of the founding of Hirschfeld’s Institute, a major event in the history of transgender.