Roscoe "Ivor" William McGuire Photograph Collection

Identifier: NC1403

Scope and Contents

The Roscoe Ivor McGuire Photograph Collection contains photographs documenting McGuire's childhood and family in Seven Troughs, Nevada as well as time spent in Lovelock, Nevada. Photographs are primarily photo postcards, some of which contain postmarks and correspondence. In addition to the photographs, a short biographical note written by McGuire's friend, Kathleen Rubin, is included as well as two short wedding announcements stictched onto a blue ribbon. The collection documents McGuire's gender expression as a girl and woman, as McGuire was assigned male at birth.


  • 1871-1942


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Biographical / Historical

Roscoe "Ivor" William McGuire was born on November 19, 1907 to Bonnie Aloise Moore and Roscoe Andrew McGuire in Seven Troughs, Pershing County, Nevada and was assigned male at birth. "Ivor", also known as "Mac" later in life, grew up in Seven Toughs where mother was a telegrapher who worked for the railroad and father either tended or owned a bar. By 1918, McGuire was living in Sacramento and, by 1920, in Santa Barbara, California. Eventually McGuire moved to Los Angeles and was active in the Mattachine Society in the 1950s.

Towards the end of life, McGuire participated in the 90+ Study based out of the University of California, Irvine. This was a study on aging of which McGuire was proud to be a part of.

McGuire died in Fullerton, California on July 23, 2007.


0.21 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Roscoe "Ivor" William McGuire (1907-2007) was born and raised in Seven Troughs, Nevada and was active in the Mattachine Society in Los Angeles in the 1950s. The collection contains photographs documenting McGuire's gender expression as a girl and woman, as McGuire was assigned male at birth, and childhood in Seven Troughs, Nevada.


Arranged in original order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Kathleen Rubin in May 2021.

Processing Information

Most pohotographs lacked titles when collection was received. Photograph titles were created by the archivist or derived from the information written on the verso of the photograph. Captions are noted as "Handwritten on verso" and are located in the item level scope and content note.



Guide to the Roscoe "Ivor" William McGuire Photograph Collection
Jessica Maddox and Kimberly Anderson
June 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
1664 N. Virginia St.
Reno Nevada 89557-0322 USA
775-682-5724 (Fax)