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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.
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.
Restrictions on Access
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.
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.