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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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 for racist language in a personal ad on page 26.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. Pretzels

    Collection: Sheet Music
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator: Yablokoff, Herman
    Date: 1927
    Topics: Female impersonators, Musical theater
    Subject: National Theatre
    Description: Cover of Pretzels sheet music.
  9. The Phi Journal, Iss. 26 (September, 1987)

    Collection: The Phi Journal
    Institution: Joseph A. Labadie Collection, University of Michigan
    Creator: Beeman, Wendi
    Date: Sep. 1987
    Topics: Advice columns, Appearance, Cosmetics, Crossdressers, Crossdressing, Fashion, Female impersonators, Femininity, Fund raising, HIV/AIDS, Role behaviour
    Subject: Angela Gardner, Donna Miller, Dream Dresser, Inc., Fantasia Fair, Gloria Steinem, JoAnn Roberts, KD's Intimate Boutique, People Are Talking, Tapestry Magazine
  10. The Phi Journal, Iss. 25 (July, 1987)

    Collection: The Phi Journal
    Institution: Joseph A. Labadie Collection, University of Michigan
    Creator: Beeman, Wendi, Roberts, James Charles
    Date: Jul. 1987
    Topics: Actors, Advice columns, Crossdressers, Crossdressing, Drama--Therapeutic use, Female impersonators, HIV/AIDS, Jewelry, Motion pictures, Role playing, Sociodrama, Television, Transgender people
    Subject: Andy Warhol, Candy Darling, David Suskind, Holly Woodlawn, JoAnn Roberts, Situations
  11. Female Impersonator News No. 43

    Collection: Short Runs of Periodicals
    Institution: Lili Elbe Archive
    Creator: Mesics, Sandy, Johnson, Betty, Roberts, Pudgy
    Date: 1980
    Topics: Adoption, BDSM, Crossdressers, Crossdressing, Female impersonators, Femininity, Incest, Marriage, Olympic games, Personals, Porn magazines, Pornography, Prisons, Sex workers (LGBTQ), Sodomites, Sodomy, Transsexual people
    Subject: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Baroness Schraeder, Betty Ann Lind, Gateway Gender Alliance (GGA), Haley Robbins, Michelle Williams, Mid-Atlantic Regional Journal, Tri Sigma, Tri-Ess Society for the Second Self
  12. Female Impersonator News No. 22

    Collection: Short Runs of Periodicals
    Institution: Lili Elbe Archive
    Creator: Johnson, Betty, Roberts, Pudgy
    Date: 1978
    Topics: Alcoholism, BDSM, Crossdressers, Drag queens, Female impersonators, Femininity, Gay men, Homophobia, Mardi gras, Masculinity, Misogyny, Personals, Politics, Porn magazines, Pornography, Protestants (LGBTQ), Psychoanalysis, Racism, Religions, Roman catholicism, Transgender people, Transsexual people
    Subject: Barbara Brodie, Drag Scene #4, Eve Browne, J.M. Reed, John Hesser, Leslie Stevens, Lori Stevens, Rusti Richards, Shirley Porter, Sue Hall's Annual Photo Contest, Sussie Collins, Tom Bounds
  13. Sex Change Breaks Up Old Gang of His (Hers)

    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1950-2000)
    Institution: Louise Lawrence Transgender Archive
    Creator: Crews Jr, Watson
    Date: Mar. 22, 1964
    Topics: Army, Clothing, Female impersonators, Gender realignment surgery, Physicians, Strippers, Transitioning (Transgender)
    Subject: Abby Sinclair, Alvin Sinclair, April Ashley, Carl Hammonds, Charles Ernest McLeod, Charlotte McLeod, Christine Jorgensen, Coccinelle, Else K. LaRoe, Hedy Jo Star, I Knew Charlie, Jacques Dufresenois, Sandy Loren, Theodore R. Van Dellen, Velma Golden, Verna Golden
  14. Wonder Car Turns out to Be Biggest Hoax of Century

    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1950-2000)
    Institution: Louise Lawrence Transgender Archive
    Date: May 11, 1975
    Topics: BMW automobiles, Courts, Female impersonators
    Subject: Liz Carmichael
  15. Transvestism

    Collection: Rare Books
    Institution: Lili Elbe Archive
    Creator: Foundation for Personality Expression (FPE)
    Date: 1963 to 1966
    Topics: Childhood, Clothing, Crossdressing, Exhibitionism, Female impersonators, Gender diversity, Marriage
    Subject: Foundation for Personality Expression (FPE)