Marika Cifor is a doctoral student in the Department of Information Studies, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she is also pursuing a concentration certificate in gender studies. She holds a master's in library and information science and history. She is also the cochair of the Lesbian and Gay Archives Roundtable and a member of the Diversity Committee of the Society of American Archivists.
An affective archival encounter with a hair likely belonging to Victoria Schneider, a trans woman, sex worker, and activist, prompts the author's exploration of affect and embodiment in trans archives. This artifact animates how archives can value trans bodies in their centrality, affect, and power by embracing bodily traces, making visible what is absent, and giving due consideration to capturing bodily experience.