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Finding aid of the Jac McAnelly Papers

Finding aid prepared by Teresa A. Soleau, © 2008

Summary Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
McAnelly, Jac, 1940-
Jac McAnelly papers
Collection no.
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1980-1985
Date [inclusive]
circa 1920-1985
0.4 linear foot., 1 archive carton.
Papers of Jac McAnelly, including correspondence from 1980-1985; family photographs circa 1920-1950; Carrier's modeling portfolio, including two photographs with Andy Warhol. Additional materials include a screenplay, The Master of the Discipline (1984), by McAnelly and Michael Zen, and two drawings by McAnelly from the September 1972 issue of  Tiger Beat.

Preferred Citation

Jac McAnelly papers, Coll2008-008, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

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Very little is known about Jac McAnelly. The earliest items among his papers are photographs taken in the early 20th century in Brooklyn; other materials in the collection indicate that the family later lived in Bloomington, Illinois. The Internet Movie Database ( indicates that McAnelly worked in films and television, primarily in production and costume design, from approximately 1973 until at least 1987. The films on which he worked include Your Three Minutes Are Up (1973),  Devil Times Five and  Big Bad Mama (1974),  Crazy Mama (1975),  Lady in Red (1979),  Rodeo Girl (1980),  Hospital Massacre and  The Executioner's Song (1982),  Repo Man (actor, 1984),  Flicks and  Voyage of the Rock Aliens (costume designer and actor, 1987); the television programs include two episodes of  Alice (1976 and 1977),  The Winds of Kitty Hawk (1978),  Rodeo Girl (1980),  The Patricia Neal Story (1981),  A Summer to Remember (1985), and  Betrayed by Innocence (1986). He also registered at least two songs with the United States Copyright Office:  Hard Kisses (1979), and  Dark Angel (1983).

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Scope and Content of Collection

The collection consists of the papers of Jac McAnelly for the period circa 1920-1985. The correspondence dates from 1980-1985. The color and black & white photographs include family photographs, circa 1920-1950, a contact sheet and negatives of extracts from a book on historical buildings of Bloomington, Illinois, a modeling portfolio of Carrier, including two photographs with Andy Warhol, and one signed photograph of Jim Steele. The creative works include a screen play, The Master of the Discipline, by McAnelly and Michael Zen from 1984, two drawings by McAnelly from the September 1972 issue of  Tiger Beat. The last two items are McAnelly's working script of Robert Patrick's  Kennedy's Children and a clipping from the Illinois State University newspaper circa 1980.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
© 2008
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
(213) 821-2771


The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Publication Rights

Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in writing from ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives as the physical owner. Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder(s) of any copyrights in the materials. Note that ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials directly from the copyright holder(s).

Acquisition Information

Date and method of acquisition unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Teresa A. Soleau, May 6, 2008. Revised by Loni Shibuyama, June 2011.

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Photographs

Personal Name(s)

  • Carrier, Gene (aka Johnny Harden), 1956-
  • McAnelly, Jac, 1940-
  • Warhol, Andy, 1928-1987


  • Gays in the performing arts

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

 Correspondence circa 1980-1985 

1 1

 Photographs (color and black & white) circa 1920-1985   [4 folders]

1 2-5
Box Folder

 Family circa 1920-1950 

1 2

 Buildings of Bloomington, Illinois undated 

1 3

 Gene Carrier (Johnny Harden, pseudonym) circa 1982   Photographs from modeling portfolio.

1 4

 Jim Steele undated 

1 5

 Creative works 1972-1984   [2 folders]

1 6-7
Box Folder

 Drawings in Tigerbeat 1972 

1 6

 Screenplay, The Master of the Discipline 1984 

1 7

 Miscellaneous undated 

1 8-9
Box Folder

 Working script of Robert Patrick, Kennedy's Children undated 

1 8

 Clipping from Illinois State University newspaper circa 1980 

1 9

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