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Finding aid to the Kenneth Bartmess masks and photographs, circa 1979-1985

Finding aid prepared by Loni Shibuyama, (c) 2013

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

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator - Creator
Bartmess, Kenneth
Title
Kenneth Bartmess Masks and Photographs
Collection no.
Coll2013.008
Date [inclusive]
circa 1979-1985
Extent
3.5 linear feet., 3 flat archive boxes.
Language
English
Abstract
Four flower masks, one Don Kilhefner mask, and photographs of Radical Faeries gatherings from gay activist and craftsman, Kenneth Bartmess, circa 1979-1985.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Kenneth Bartmess Masks and Photographs, Coll2013-008, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Biography

California native and longtime Los Angeles resident, Kenneth Bartmess, was a volunteer peer counselor at the Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center during the 1980s-1990s. He earned a degree from Santa Monica College in the early 1990s, and was involved in theater and dance. Bartmess was also a craftsman, and ran a custom lamp and lighting-fixture business. In 1991, Bartmess lost his lover of 22 years, CJ Meagher, to an AIDS-related illness. He later wrote about his experience in From a Burning House: The AIDS Project Los Angeles Writers Workshop Collection (1996). As a craftsman, Bartmess also made masks for artistic expression.

Source: Borger, Irene, Ed. From a Burning House: The AIDS Project Los Angeles Writers Workshop Collection. New York, NY.: Washington Square Press, 1996.

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Scope and Contents

The collection, circa 1979-1985, comprises five of Bartmess' hand-crafted masks, as well as a small collection of photographs taken of gatherings of the Radical Faeries, a collective of spiritual gay men. One mask is in the likeness of gay activist and Radical Faerie founder, Don Kilhefner; and the other four flower masks were used in Without Reservations, a theatrical reading of stories from a gay theater group in Los Angeles.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
(c) 2013
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
(213) 821-2771
askone@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition

Donated by Kenneth Bartmess, March 21, 2007.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama, January 2013.

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Related Materials

Separated Materials

A pamphlet from Stonewater Circle, the San Diego gathering of Radical Faeries, has been separated from the collection and placed with the "Radical Faeries" file in the ONE Subject Files Collection, Coll2012-001.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Radical Faeries.

Genre(s)

  • Masks (costume)
  • Photographs

Personal Name(s)

  • Kilhefner, Don, 1939-

Subject(s)

  • Gay men
  • Gay theater
  • Spirituality

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Collection contents 

Box Item

 Don Kilhefner mask circa 1979-1985 

1 1

 Flower masks circa 1979-1985 

2 1-2

 Flower masks circa 1979-1985 

3 1-2
Box Folder

 Radical Faerie photographs circa 1979-1985   6 photographs: col.

3 3

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