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Kane-DeMaios, J. Ari. Videotape collection of J. Ari Kane-DeMaios, 1976-2000: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Vt-132
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Kane-DeMaios, J. Ari
Title: Videotape collection of J. Ari Kane-DeMaios, 1976-2000
Date(s): 1976-2000
Quantity: 44 videocassettes
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Videotape recordings of Fantasia Fair activities, and interviews with or lectures by created by J. Ari Kane-DeMaios, transgender activist, counselor, and executive director of the Outreach Institute of Gender Studies.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 2004-M34 and 2005-M156
The Schlesinger Library acquired the videotapes of J. Ari Kane-DeMaios from the Educational Institute for Sex and Gender Diversity (via J. Ari Kane-DeMaios) between 2004 and 2005.

Processing Information:

Processed: February 2010
By: Melissa Dollman

Access Restrictions:

Access. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in visual material created by J. Ari Kane-DeMaios is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other material in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Audiovisual materials may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

J. Ari Kane-DeMaios Videotape collection, 1976-2000; item description, dates. Vt-132, reel #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Papers of J. Ari Kane-DeMaios, 1970-2005 (MC 614).


Sexologist and gerontologist, Ari Kane has worked in the transgendered community since the early 1970s. As an administrator and counselor (B.S. City College of New York; M.Ed.; Ed.D. Institute for Advanced Study of Sexuality), Kane's primary focus was outreach: educating mental health professionals, the public, and individual members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered communities. In 1975 he founded the Outreach Institute of Gender Studies, an organization devoted to advancing the understanding of gender identity and role development, and to fostering education and research in all aspects related to the phenomenon of gender and human sexuality. The OIGS sponsored Fantasia Fair, an annual event in Provincetown, Massachusetts, offering practical, social, and educational programming for transgendered individuals; contributing to the development of a "standards of care" document for professionals treating gender dysphoria; and offering newsletters and other publications about gender issues. OIGS also developed GARP (Gender Attitude Reassessment Program), a workshop exploring gender diversity and gender identity issues.
Ari Kane lectured widely and has appeared on many radio and television programs. He organized conferences in 1978, 1979, and 1980, focusing on the social, medical, and legal aspects of transgendered behavior, has given numerous presentations in classrooms and at professional conferences, and continues to offer counseling to gender-conflicted people through Theseus Counseling Service. He is a member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, the Association for Humanist Psychology, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sex.


The collection is arranged in two series:


This collection consists of videotapes of J. Ari Kane-DeMaios' television appearances and lectures as an expert sexologist and crossdresser, as well as recordings of annual Fantasia Fair activities including fashion shows and follies performed by attendees; award banquets to honor both attendees and local Provincetown, Massachusetts business owners and others who are active with the crossdressing community; and workshops on fashion and poise. Titles in quotation marks are those of the donor. Videotapes are in VHS format, except where noted.
Series I, INTERVIEWS AND LECTURES, 1976-1997 (#1-15), contains television interviews with and lectures by Kane.
Series II, FANTASIA FAIR, 1980-2000 (#16-44), contains recordings of fair activities such as awards banquets, fashion shows, follies, as well as footage of surrounding Provincetown, Massachussetts.
Subseries A, Fantasia Fair activities including Kane, 1980-1996 (#16-25).
Subseries B, General Fantasia Fair activities, 1980-2000 (#26-44).

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Drag shows--Massachusetts
Fantasia Fair
Fashion shows--Massachusetts
Gender identity--United States
Homosexuality--United States
Provincetown (Mass.)--Social life and customs--20th century
Sex customs--United States
Television programs
Transgender people--United States
Transsexuals--United States
Transvestism--United States
Transvestites--United States
Allen, Mariette Pathy
Livingston, Jennie
Outreach Institute of Gender Studies