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  1. Michelle Parkerson and Stormé DeLarverié: The Filmmaker Celebrates a Black Woman's Courage

    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1950-2000)
    Institution: Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections
    Creator: Gomez, Jewelle, Parkerson, Michelle
    Date: May 24, 1987
    Topics: Black people (LGBTQ), Crossdressers, Crossdressing, Drag kings, Female impersonators, Feminism, Gender expression, Gender identity, Lesbian Black people, Lesbians, LGBTQ films, Male impersonators, Transgender Black people
    Subject: Betty Carter, Gay Community News, Gotta Make this Journey, Hemlines and Hankerchiefs, Jewelle Gomez, Michelle Parkerson, Stormé: The Lady of the Jewel Box, Stormé DeLarverie, Waiting Rooms
    Description: Interview with Michelle Parkerson, director of Stormé: The Lady of the Jewel Box. Originally published on pages 9 and 10 of Gay Community News volume 14, number 43.
  2. Divine

    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1950-2000)
    Institution: Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections
    Creator: Divine, Holland, David
    Date: Nov. 13, 1976
    Topics: Drag, Drag queens, Female impersonators, Gender identity in the theater, Motion pictures, Off Off-Broadway theater, Theater
    Subject: Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, Babs Johnson, Divine, Female Trouble, Gay Community News, John Waters, Multiple Maniacs Mondo Trasho, Museum of Modern Art, Pink Flamingos, Roman Candles, Shakespeare, Tom Eyen, Women Behind Bars
    Description: An interview with Divine, the drag queen and actor. Originally printed on page 9 of Volume 4, number 2 of Gay Community News. Photography by Deborah Irmas.
  3. The United Novelty Company!

    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: Peabody Essex Museum
    Date: circa 1800
    Topics: Female impersonators, Theater
    Subject: Alice Crouse, B. P. Poulsand, Geo. F. Ropes, Horace Coffin, Jimmie Smith, John Ryan, Lulu Coffin, Lyceum Hall, Ned Miller, Norris & Semons, The United Novelty Company, W. H. Smith, W. H. Wymond
    Description: Advertisement for event featuring female impersonator W. H. Smith
  4. The Fascinating Widow

    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: Peabody Essex Museum
    Date: circa 1910
    Topics: Female impersonators, Theater
    Subject: Ann Kingsley, Dwight Meade, Empire Theater Players, Julian Eltinge, The Fascinating Widow, Tommie Martelle
    Description: Advertisement for the play "The Fascinating Widow" starring female impersonator Tommie Martelle in a role originated by Julian Eltinge.
  5. San Francisco Minstrels!

    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: Peabody Essex Museum
    Date: May 12, 1874
    Topics: Female impersonators, Minstrel shows, Theater
    Subject: A. Smidt, Beaumont Read, Billy Birch, Birch, Wambold, and Backus' San Francisco Minstrels, C. Henry, Charley Backus, D. S. Wambold, E. Kirwan, J. Wills, Johnson & Powers, Joseph Norrie, Mechanics Hall, S. Watts, T. A. E. Richardson, T. P. Jones, The Great Ricardo, W. Blakeney, W. S. Mullaly, W. Schwab
    Description: Advertisement for event featuring minstrel and female impersonation act The Great Ricardo
  6. The Celebrated Rentz Santley Novelty Company

    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: Peabody Essex Museum
    Date: circa 1870
    Topics: Burlesque (Theater), Female impersonators, Theater, Vaudeville
    Subject: 4 Aesthetic Four 4, Alice Daily, Alice Smith, Andy and Annie Hughes, Annie Boyd, Billy Buckley, Blanch Moncrief, Bruno Kennicott, Don Jose, Dutch Daly, Edgar Edgerton, Edith Sinclair, Emma Alfredo, Emma Wilson, Esther Vaughan, Fannie Florence, Fred Wilson, Georgia Lester, Harry Morris, Harry Woodson, Kate Gresham, Laura Bennett, Lillie Ashford, Lizzie Paine, Louise Giroux, Lulu Mortimer, M. B. Leavitt, Mechanic's Hall, Millie Ellsworth, Rentz Santley, Teddy Raynor, The Masher's Quadrille, The Rentz Santley Novelty Company, The Spanish Dude, Topsy Robins, Victoria North, W.M. Skuse
  7. Just Arrived: The New Dime Museum

    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: Peabody Essex Museum
    Date: circa 1880
    Topics: Dime museums, Female impersonators, Theater
    Subject: Essex Street, G. B. Bunnell, Irene Woodward, J. Lang, Joseph Jenny, Signor Giovanna, The New Dime Museum, The Tattooed Lady
    Description: Advertisement for a Dime Museum featuring female impersonator Joseph Jenney.
  8. The Evangeline Combination

    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: Peabody Essex Museum
    Date: Feb. 12, 1877
    Topics: Dance, Female impersonators, Opera, Theater
    Subject: A. S. Pennoyer, BABA, Blanche Selickson, C. M. Winter, Clara Fisher, Cora Verne, Edward E. Rice, Edwin S. Tarr, Eliza Weathersby, Estelle Stroelin, Evangeline, Flora Lee, George H. Cassidy, George Ulmer, Golden and Dixey, Harry Braham, Harry Hunter, Harry Josephs, Hattie Richardson, Herman Singleton, J. Cheever Goodwin, J. P. Steele, J. R. Quincy, Lizzie Webster, Louise Winans, Lucy Wood, M. C. Daly, Mechanic Hall, N. C. Goodwin Jr., Niblo's Garden, Seth M. Crane, Stella Richings, The Boston Museum, The Evangeline Combination, The Heiffer Dance, The Lydia Thompson Troupe, W. W. Bullock
    Description: Advertisement for a production of Evangeline featuring female impersonator Harry Josephs as Catherine.
  9. Oral History Interview with Miss Grace Kelly

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project
    Creator: Kelly, Miss Grace
    Date: Feb. 24, 2018
    Topics: Bars (LGBTQ), Black people (LGBTQ), Bondage, Christianity, Christians (LGBTQ), Drag, Drag community, Drag queens, Family members, Female impersonators, Gender expression, HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ night life, Pageants, Sex work, Sexuality
    Subject: Body Image, Carolyn Sue Wilson, City Market, Jefferson Center, Kristina, Lady Bunny, Miss Gay Roanoke Pageant, Murphy's, Neely O'Hara, Pride in the Park, RuPaul's Drag Race, Salem Avenue, The Horoscope, The Park, The Trade Winds, Tim Clark
    Description: Interviewer: Ashleigh Griffin; Princess Carter Interviewee: Miss Grace Kelly Date: 24 February 2018 Duration: 1:41:40 Transcription prepared by: Ashleigh Griffin
  10. Tangarra Photo Album

    Collection: Scrapbooks and Albums
    Institution: E.H. Butler Library, Buffalo State
    Date: Unknown
    Topics: Bars (Drinking establishments), Birthday parties, Costume, Crossdressers, Crossdressing, Female impersonators, LGBTQ obituaries, Theatre (LGBTQ)
    Subject: Art Goodrich, Bill Krurnowski, Buddy Herrick, Buffalo Underground, Cherry Cooper, Chris Scarlet, Claudette, David Ward, Emily Breen, Fay Norman Traveling Floor Show, Federal Gardens, Gerace's Cafe, Jamie Lyn, Janice Reese, Jeanie Lynne, Jerri Paris, Jerry Jans Trio, Jim Beamer, Jimmy Smith, Jocko's Supper Club, John Fanning, Juanita Taylor, Ken Walters, Lorraine Anthoine, Ninfa's, Pat Neal, Pat Norman, Paul Hood, R. Hollywood, Rita Butler, Rose Bud, S. Davis, Stage Door, Tangarra, Teddy Ray, Vet's Club, Villa Capri, White House Inn
    Description: Tangarra was Buffalo's first female impersonator. Tangarra began performing as a teenager in the late 1920's. This album contains photos of Tangarra from the 1930s to the early 2000s.
  11. Demure Butchness #1

    Collection: Zines
    Institution: Queer Zine Archive Project
    Creator: Timmer
    Date: 1992
    Topics: Crossdressers, Drag queens, Faggots, Female impersonators, Gay community, Gay men, Gender expression, Gender roles, LGBTQ events, LGBTQ night life, LGBTQ zines, Masculinity, Popular culture, Sex workers (LGBTQ)
    Subject: 1808 Club, Alphonse, Casablanca Show Lounge, Christian Slater, Club Kids, Dow Corning, Emilio Estevez, Glam Slam, Lady Miss Jill, Madonna, Miss Brett Marie, Miss Gay San Francisco, Miss Gay USA Minnesota, Miss Lisa, Miss Methadone, Morgan Chessler, Mr. Ron, Ms. Epiphany, MTV, Robin West, Rosie Perez, Saloon, Tanya Michaels, Tasha Monet
    Description: An article titled "Drag Hag Review" can be found on pages 21-24. Content Warning: This item contains racist language.
  12. Les Girls

    Collection: Transas City Photographs (1950-2000)
    Institution: Transas City
    Date: Aug. 3, 1978
    Topics: Drag, Drag queens, Female impersonators, LGBTQ events
    Description: Members of Les Girls performing in the streets of Sydney, Australia - 1978.
  13. NYC Gay Pride

    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1950-2000)
    Institution: Independent Voices
    Creator: The Gay Liberator
    Date: Aug. 1, 1973
    Topics: Activism (LGBTQ), Drag queens, Female impersonators, Gay activism, Gay pride, Gay pride parades, Heterosexual women, Lesbian activism, Lesbian feminism, Lesbian pride, LGBTQ events, Stonewall riots, Transgender activism, Transgender Latinx, Transvestites
    Subject: Arthur Bell, Bette Midler, Craig Rodwell, Jean O'Leary, Lee Brewster, Oscar Wilde Book Shops, Queens Liberation Front, Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries (STAR), Sylvia Rivera, The Village Voice, Vito Russo
    Description: Clipping from page 5 of The Gay Liberator, issue 29, published August 1, 1973.
  14. Broadway Brevities & Society Gossip: June 1923 Cover

    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1900-1949)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Date: Jun. 1923
    Topics: Female impersonators, Theatre (LGBTQ)
    Subject: George Bronson Howard, Julian Eltinge, Teddy Gerard, Theda Bara
    Description: Cover of June 1923 issue of Broadway Brevities & Social Gossip, which features a cut-out image of Julian Eltinge in a sequined gown on the left. On the right, the following topics are listed: "Is T...
  15. The Wonderful Male Prima Donna Mr. Fred Malcom

    Collection: Sheet Music
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Date: circa 1880
    Topics: Crossdressing, Female impersonators, Minstrel music, Minstrel shows, Theatre (LGBTQ)
    Subject: Fred Malcolm
    Description: This illustration, which is likely the cover of a piece of sheet music, advertises a "Johnson & Slavin's Refined Minstrels" show featuring "The Wonderful Male Prima Donna Mr. Fred Malcom," who is d...