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Ethel S. Person Papers Open

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We’re pleased to announce that the papers of Ethel Spector Person (1934-2012) are open to researchers.

Person, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, did pioneering research in the field of gender and sexual identity, specifically in the areas of transsexualism and transvestism. With Lionel Ovesey, she did groundbreaking work on the psychosexual roots of transsexuality and transvestism, distinguishing core gender identity from gender-role identity, and gender identity from sexual preference.