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Edward Alexander Wilson fonds
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Collected publications

File includes "Why Males Wear Female Attire: strange stories, weird confessions, historical data, and scientific explanations of transvestism" (undated) and "Men in Women's Clothes: Studies in fetishism and transvestism. Medical aspects of men who feel an irresistible impulse to wear women's clothes. Case histories of transvestists [transvestites] , strange stories, new discoveries. Treatment techniques." (1947)

Edward Alexander Wilson fonds

  • AM1587
  • Fonds
  • 1888-1980

The fonds consists of journals, correspondence, vital events records, photographs, stocks and shares, personal documents, and collected publications. The journals document Mr. Wilson's travels to Canada, British Columbia, and the Yukon, his efforts to find daily employment, sustenance, and accommodations during the years of the Great Depression, leisure and recreational pursuits, his personal reflections on his health, well-being, and general situation, and observations of his daily surroundings. The correspondence reflects the concerns and daily lives of his immediate family (parents and siblings) back in Liverpool, and his relationships to them, as well as general reflections on world affairs, particularly World War II. The collected publications include two on the topic of transvestism.

Wilson, Edward Alexander

Journal #1 - January 26, 1935 - January 16, 1937

Journal accounts include Mr. Wilson's hospitalization in Toronto for a hernia operation, train trip across Canada to British Columbia, fruit picking in the Okanagan, and arrival in Vancouver aboard a freight train, July 25, 1935. Vancouver entries entail daily employment sought after, meals eaten (and costs), lodgings, books read, movies seen, etc.

Personal documents

File includes birth certificate (copies), medical insurance records, academic reference, vision test results, British passport, receipts, library card, employment-related correspondence and forms, unemployment insurance records, certificate of Canadian citizenship (copy), ration book, rent ledger for suite at 1357 Barclay Street, bank book, etc.


Photographs include family, friends, and travels of Edward Alexander Wilson, and some Vancouver scenes and events.