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Imperial Courts Collection

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Photographs and negatives, flyers, organizational correspondence, court lists, polling sheets, clippings, notes, manuscripts, annual reports, ephemera, and other material documenting activities of Imperial Courts, primarily in Southern California and San Francisco, 1973-1994. The Imperial Courts originated in San Francisco in 1965 as gay community social and fundraising events with a camp Imperial theme; the annual main event featured the coronation of elected monarchs (a king and queen) who in turn selected a royal court.


1.6 linear feet.
1 archive box + 2 archive cartons.


Cross dressing--Competitions--United States
Drag balls
Drag shows
Gay clubs--California--Los Angeles
Gay men--Societies and clubs

Conditions governing access:
Contact ONE archivists regarding access restrictions.

Preferred citation:
Box #, folder #, Imperial Courts Collection, Coll2012-130, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California

Record date:
(c) 2012

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