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Overview of the Collection

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Related Material

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: "A year in the life..." Ms. Toronto Leather 1993

Finding Aid to the to the Mistress Syd Scrapbooks on Ms. Toronto Leather 1993-1994



Overview of the Collection

Repository: Leather Archives & Museum
6418 N. Greenview Ave.
Chicago, IL 60626
www.leatherarchives.org
Creator: Sydney “Mistress Syd” Creighton
Title: Mistress Syd Scrapbooks on Ms. Toronto Leather 1993-1994
Dates: 1993-1995, Bulk: 1993-1994
Quantity: .5 linear feet
Identification: PERS0037
Language: The records are in English.

Biographical Note

Sydney “Mistress Syd” Creighton came into the leather community later in her life. After divorcing her husband, Syd became very involved in her 40s. Mistress Syd found her place in the community quickly, becoming a motherly figure to many. She is known for her skills with a variety of whips and bondage techniques. Syd’s most famous skill was to use a bull whip to knock the petals off of roses, one she demonstrated at the Ms. Leather Toronto Competition. She had only been a member of the leather community a few years when she won the title of Ms. Leather Toronto 1993. This title was awarded to her when the original winner Sue Williams stepped down, feeling that Syd would be able to do a better job representing the community. Syd was 45 years old, 20 years out, and 6 years in recovery when she began her title year. Syd used her title to develop an open conversation about the leather lifestyle, bridging the gaps between play and education. During her title year she hosted and attended many events giving demonstrations on safe whipping and bondage practices to anyone interested. Syd would later compete for the title of International Ms. Leather in San Francisco. She was the first representative of Toronto to compete at the International contest. Although she did not win the title she did wowed attendees with her “step-down” fantasy where she showcased her skills again with a 12 foot bull whip and a dildo. The collection was created both for herself and for her daughter in hopes that she would one day be curious about her mother’s lifestyle.

“This is what I like and if you’re not into it I will respect that, but there’s nothing wrong with me for wanting it.” – Sydney “Mistress Syd” Creighton

Sources: Articles and Bios found within the collection materials.

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Scope and Contents

The Mistress Syd Scrapbooks on Ms. Leather Toronto 1993-1994 contain the scrapbooks of Sydney “Mistress Syd” Creighton. These scrapbooks have been recreated in archival binders and contain photographs, articles, correspondence, and ephemera from her title run and year for Ms. Toronto Leather 1993 and her time preparing and competing in the 8th Annual International Ms. Leather Contest.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

N/A

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Related Material

  • Ms. Leather Toronto 1993 Sash. Titleholder sashes and vests collection; RCID 2004026501. Leather Archives & Museum, Chicago, Illinois.

  • Ms Leather Toronto 1993 Medallion - Titleholder Miscellaneous collection, Box 1; RCID 2011003501. Leather Archives & Museum, Chicago, Illinois.

  • International Ms. Leather Collection. Archival collection. Leather Archives & Museum, Chicago, Illinois.

  • Mistress Syd Photograph Collection. Photography collection, Box 1, Tab 7; RCID 2004003601. Leather Archives & Museum, Chicago, Illinois.

  • Ms. Leather Toronto. Vertical File collection. Leather Archives & Museum, Chicago, Illinois.

  • Mistress Syd Photograph. Photograph collection (OS), AFFD-6, Photograph Portfolio 4, Photo 14; RCID 2011008401. Leather Archives & Museum, Chicago, Illinois.

Removed Material

The processer deaccessioned all newsprint from the collection after being photocopied, original housing materials such as the magnetic scrapbooks and box were removed from the collection after the relevant information was copied from them. Due to the corrosive nature of magnetic scrapbooks many of the paper ephemera could not be salvaged in their original state, these items have been photo-copied and digitized in hopes of retaining the original format. The digitized items are housed on the Leather Archives and Museum image server under the collection name.

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Administrative Information

Processing Information

The collection consists of 2 magnetic scrapbooks arranged by the original creator. Due to the aggressively corrosive nature of these housing materials the entire collection needed to be removed and rehoused in archival binders. Some items like newsprint and adhesive labels could not be salvaged so they were digitized and photocopied before they were deaccessioned. All other items were moved into archival sleeves to further protect the items while still making them accessible to researchers. The processor has therefore artificially arranged this collection to mimic the original layout as closely as possible.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: "A year in the life..." Ms. Toronto Leather 1993
"A year in the life…" Ms. Toronto Leather 1993 includes two scrapbooks. The collection consists primarily of photographs taken leading up to and during her title year. The collection also contains photo copies of articles, correspondence, programs, and some paper ephemera such as ticket stubs and flyers from events that Syd attended during her title year.
The first scrapbook contains an introduction written by Syd before the collection was donated to the Leather Museum and Archives. The second scrapbook contains photocopies of the 1995 Spectator article on The 8th Annual International Ms. Leather in which Syd is featured heavily. The article was originally loose amongst the donated materials and was placed at the end of the second collection for ease of use.
Box Binder
1 1Scrapbook One: Ms. Leather Toronto 1993
2 Scrapbook Two: The Title Year and International Ms. Leather