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Finding Aid to the Ken Dickmann Papers and Photographs, circa 1920-1995

Finding aid prepared by Rachel Roque and 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
Dickmann, Ken, 1942-1995
Title
Ken Dickmann papers and photographs
Collection no.
Coll2013.063
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1970-1995
Date [inclusive]
circa 1920-1995
Extent
25.1 linear feet., 10 archive boxes + 26 archive binder boxes + 4 archive shoeboxes + 1 oversize envelope.
Language
English
Abstract
Personal papers, writings, theater production records, publicity material, correspondence, photographs, negatives, slides, and other material, circa 1920-1995, from Ken Dickmann. Materials document Dickmann's life as an Air Force veteran, writer, performer, director, publicist, and gay activist in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Hawaii. The collection includes his published and unpublished articles related to theater and film criticism and issues in the gay community; material from his work in theater and public relations; and extensive photographs documenting his family and friends, theater and publicity career, drag performances, travel, and gay and lesbian communities in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Hawaii. Also included are the correspondence and writings of Dickmann's friend Ron Romovich.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Ken Dickmann Papers and Photographs, Coll2013-063, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Biography

Writer and publicist Kenneth Harold Dickmann was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 27, 1942. After high school in the midwest, he served for four years in the United States Air Force until he received a dishonorable discharge when it was revealed that he was gay. However, he successfully challenged and overturned his dishonorable discharge status.

After leaving the Air Force, he lived in San Francisco in the early 1960s where he quickly became involved in the local theater scene as a performer, writer, and director. He starred in Society for Individual Rights (SIR) productions of all-male musicals, including Little Mary Sunshine,  Dames at Sea, and  Silhouettes. He directed the SIRlebrities Capades and hosted the Isadora Duncan Picnics and Bette Bus costume parties. During this time, he wrote weekly columns for  Kaleidoscope,  Data-Boy, and other publications.

By the 1980s, Dickmann had moved to Los Angeles and was writing theater reviews and celebrity interviews for the Los Angeles Times,  LA Weekly,  Frontiers,  Edge, and the  Advocate. In addition, Dickmann worked in public relations for Filmex and the American Cinematheque, the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics Art Festival, and various film festivals throughout Southern California.

By the 1990s, Dickmann had been introduced to Hawaii by his dear friend Lee Mentley, and was dividing his time between Los Angeles and Hawaii, getting involved in Hawaiian cultural arts and community organizations. After being diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, Dickmann spent much of the last years of his life convalescing at Mentley's home until he returned to Los Angeles a few days before his death. Dickmann died of AIDS-related complications on November 20, 1995 in Los Angeles, and his ashes were scattered under the ancient Hawaiian temple made famous in the musical South Pacific.

Source:

Box 1, Folder 1-3, Ken Dickmann Papers and Photographs, Coll2013-063, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Scope and Contents

The collection, circa 1920-1995, documents Dickmann's childhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; his enlistment in the Air Force after high school, 1960-1963; his involvement in the theatrical scene of San Francisco, circa 1964-1979; and his careers in public relations and journalism in Los Angeles and Hawaii, 1980-1995. The personal papers, 1942-1995, include academic records, memorabilia, financial records, medical records, Air Force records, appointment calendars, personal affects and small-scale art projects. Dickmann's writings include clippings of articles written by Dickmann, primarily related to theater, restaurants, and cultural criticism; personal writings, unpublished drafts, and notes; and early columns and writings under the pseudonyms Pola del Vecchio or Ken Fantastic. The performing arts and publicity career materials includes press kits, programs, production material, and theatrical reviews of productions and events, for which Dickmann performed, directed, produced, or publicized. The correspondence includes both personal and professional correspondence files. The photographs include photographic prints, negatives, and slides, documenting among other things Dickmann's experience in the Air Force, theater and drag events in San Francisco in the 1960s and 1970s, celebrity events in Los Angeles in the 1980s and 1990s, AIDS activism, and Dickmann's life in Hawaii. The collection also includes manuscripts and writings of Dickmann's longtime friend, Ron Romovich.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1. Personal papers

Series 2. Writings

Series 3. Performing arts and publicity career

Series 4. Correspondence

Series 5. Ron Romovich

Series 6. Photographs

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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. Access to some materials is restricted due to mold damage. Advanced notice is required for specified materials.

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

A portion of the collection comes from a series of donations by Lee Mentley on December 9, 2011, January 5, 2012, March 15, 2013, and previous donations in the 1990s. The remaining materials were retrieved by Bill Kaiser from an unknown source, date unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Rachel Roque, September 2013.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

Lee Mentley Collection [unprocessed], ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

Separated Materials

The following record albums have been separated to the ONE audiovisual collection:

Another Side of Sharon McNight, Glendale Records, 1981 (signed by Sharon McNight).

No Camping, Velvet Records, undated.

To Love Somebody, Pearl and Kozmic Blues, Evatone, undated.

The following objects have been separated to ONE's ephemera collections:

Jump rope, rainbow color

LGBTQ calendars (1988, 1993)

Matchbooks from Melvyn's at the Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs, CA

Promotional items from European pride events

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence button. Image of sisters planting a rainbow flag

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence wooden "coin", 1999

Teletubby napkins

"Weho Pride" button

Gay- and lesbian-related clippings (3 folders) and HIV/AIDS-related clippings (1 folder) have been separated to the ONE subject files collection.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Correspondence
  • Photographs

Personal Name(s)

  • Mentley, Lee
  • Romovich, Ron

Subject(s)

  • Cross dressing--Competitions--United States
  • Drag shows
  • Gay actors
  • Gay journalists
  • Gay press publications
  • Gay theater
  • Homosexuality and theater
  • Motion pictures and gay men
  • Musical theater
  • Olympic Games (23rd : 1984 : Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • Theater critics--California

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Series 1.  Personal papers 1942-1995 

Scope and Contents

This series, 1942-1995, includes Dickmann's resumes, birth and death certificates, academic records, Air Force records, financial records, AIDS-related medical records, appointment calendars, floppy disk printouts, drawings, autograph books, and other memorabilia. The floppy disk printouts include a variety of Dickmann's writings, including diary entries, correspondence, and unpublished articles.

Arrangement

Biographical information and clippings about Dickmann are at the beginning of this series. The remaining folders are arranged chronologically with undated material at the end.

Box Folder

 Resumes and cover letters 1992-1993 

1 1

 Clippings about Dickmann 1986-1990 

1 2

 Birth and death certificates, announcements, and an obituary 1942, 1995 

1 3

 Awards and certificates 1953-1984 

1 4

 "Our Messenger" school booklet, Wayne Dickmann 1956 

Biographical/Historical note

Wayne Dickmann was Ken's younger brother.

1 5

 High school yearbooks 1957-1959   [3 folders]

1 6-8

 School records and memorabilia 1959-1980 

1 9

 Oklahoma program and clippings (high school production) 1960 

1 10

 High school and college papers 1960-1965 

1 11
Box

 Air Force patch circa 1950-1954 

40
Box Folder

 Air Force records 1960-1988 

Scope and Contents note

Includes awards, assignments, discharge papers, medical records, and correspondence.

1 12

 Clippings, Thule Air Force Base 1963 

1 13

 Medical records 1962-1995 

1 14

 Income tax records 1963-1995   [2 folders]

1 15-16

 Appointment calendars 1965-1995   [18 folders]

2 1-18

 Identification cards and passports 1965-1995 

1 17

 Notebook "WAP" 1967-1968 

1 18

 Veteran's Administration correspondence 1967-1994 

1 19

 Veteran's Administration medical records 1987-1994 

1 20

 Financial records and correspondence 1977-1994   [2 folders]

1 21-22

 Floppy disk printouts 1980-1995 

Box Folder

 "BZND" 1993 

9 1

 "doc disk b" 1990-1991 

9 2

 "DOCDIS 2" 1991 

9 3

 "DRAGAZ 1" 1993-1995 

9 4

 "hcca" 1993-1994   [2 folders]

9 5-6

 "Ho'kule'a" 1994-1995 

9 7

 "IMRU Radio" 1994 

9 8

 "interview" 1993-1994   [2 folders]

9 9-10

 "KAUAI Mokinana Newsletter" 1992-1994 

9 11

 "Keali'i O Nalani Concerts" 1994-1995 

9 12

 "KEN" 1994 

9 13

 "LEASE 1" 1988 

9 14

 "LETTER 1" 1994-1995   [2 folders]

9 15-16

 "MISCMI 1" 1992-1994 

9 17

 "PHONEB 1" 1994 

9 18

 "PORNO" 1994 

9 19

 "press" 1980-1995 

9 20

 "reviews" 1993-1994   [4 folders]

9 21-24

 "scvff" 1994 

9 25

 "SEQUIN 1" 1992-1993 

9 26

 "thompson" 1989-1991 

9 27

 "VA MED 1" 1993 

9 28

 "XMAS93 1" 1993-1994 

9 29
Box Folder

 Joe Vigil obituary and memorial materials 1986-1987 

1 23

 Employment Development Department records 1987-1992 

1 24

 Medi-Cal and Medicare records 1987-1995   [3 folders]

1 25-27

 High school 30-year reunion booklets 1990 

1 28

 Pele Defense Fund materials 1991-1992 

1 29

 Social Security records 1992-1994   [2 folders]

1 30-31

 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) claim records; Northridge earthquake 1994 

1 32
Item

 Ron T. at 2 B WUT U R Conference, Alcoholics Anonymous [sound recording] August 4-6, 1995   1 audiocassette.

AC2611
Box

 Address books undated 

37
Box Folder

 Art works and drawings undated   [1 oversize folder]

10 1

 Art works and posters undated 

Conditions Governing Access

Access restricted due to mold damage.

43 12

 Autographs and autograph books undated   [2 folders]

2 19-20

 Clippings, erotic undated 

2 21
Box

 Embossing stamp "Library of Ken Dickmann" undated 

40
Box Folder

 Handwritten notes undated 

2 22

 Posters and memorabilia undated   [1 oversize folder]

10 2

 Song playlists and recording information undated 

2 23

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Series 2:  Series 2. Writings 1973-1995 

Scope and Contents

This series, 1973-1995, comprises clippings of articles written by Dickmann primarily related to theater, film, restaurants, and cultural criticism; personal writings, including unpublished drafts and notes; interview transcripts, notes, and manuscripts with various celebrities; and early columns and reviews written under the pseudonyms Pola del Vecchio or Ken Fantastic. Included are articles written for Kaleidoscope,  Data-Boy,  Los Angeles Times,  LA Weekly,  Frontiers,  Edge,  Advocate,  Bravo, and others. Note that additional writings may be within printouts from Dickmann's floppy disks, which can be found in the Personal Papers Series.

Arrangement

Clippings of published articles written by Dickmann are at the beginning of this series. The remaining folders are arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder

 Clippings of articles by Dickmann as Pola Del Vecchio 1973-1975   [2 folders]

Biographical note

Pola del Vecchio was Ken Dickmann's drag performance name.

3 1-2

 Clippings of articles by Dickmann 1984   [16 folders]

3 3-18

 "Best of the New York Gay Film Festival" article and notes 1984 

3 19

 Blumenthal, Rabbi Marc, interview 1992 

3 20

 Bravo Magazine reviews 1990 

3 21

 Crisp, Quentin, interview 1993 

3 22

 Data-Boy film reviews 1974 

3 23

 Davis, Bette, interview drafts and notes undated 

3 24

 Drake, David, interview and press kit 1993 

3 25

 Frontiers Magazine reviews 1983-1984   [2 folders]

3 26-27

 Garden Island Arts articles and correspondence 1991-1995 

3 28

 Harrison, Gregory, interview 1990 

3 29

 Hawaiian book publisher information 1992   [1 oversize folder]

10 3

 Hawaii publications articles and correspondence 1991-1993   [2 folders]

3 30-31

 Hollywood Spa raid article 1980 

3 32

 Hwang, David Henry, interview 1991 

3 33

 Inge Festival article and press kit 1989 

3 34

 Interview drafts and notes 1990-1991 

3 35

 Manuscript drafts undated   [2 folders]

4 1-2

 New Moon review and press kit 1987 

4 3

 Nobody's Home review and press kit 1983 

4 4

 Notes undated 

4 5

 Notes and story ideas undated 

4 6

 Nunsense review and press kit 1988 

4 7

 Off review and press kit 1993 

4 8

 Oh Coward review and press kit 1983 

4 9

 Oldest Living Graduate review and press kit 1980 

4 10

 Once on This Island review and press kit 1992 

4 11

 The Only Worse Thing You Could Have Told Me review and press kit 1994 

4 12

 The Opposite of People review and press kit 1984 

4 13

 Pal Joey review and press kit 1978-1991 

4 14

 Pen Grant application materials 1993-1994 

4 15

 Perfectly Frank review and press kit 1980 

4 16

 Perfume review 1977 

4 17

 Peter Pan review and press material 1981-1986 

4 18

 Pierce, Charles, interview undated 

4 19

 Restaurant reviews 1990-1991 

4 20

 Restaurant reviews 1990-1992   [1 oversize folder]

10 4

 Reviews, columns, and manuscript drafts 1974-1994   [5 folders]

4 21-25

 Spirochete article 1991 

4 26

 Theater reviews and drafts circa 1975-1984   [2 folders]

4 27-28

 Theater and music reviews 1995 

4 29

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Series 3:  Series 3. Performing arts and publicity career 1967-1995 

Scope and Contents

This series, 1967-1995, comprises mailing and press lists; press kits, programs, and theatrical reviews of Dickmann's productions; sheet music, scripts, and press photographs of Dickmann's productions; materials for drag- and gay-related events such as the Bette Bus and the Gay World Series; and records and press material for a variety of events Dickmann publicized, including film premieres, the Filmex Festival, American Cinematheque fundraisers, the Santa Clarita Film Festival, and the Arts Festival for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically.

Box

 Business cards undated 

40

 Contact list, index cards undated 

37
Box Folder

 Contact, mailing, and press lists circa 1977-1983   [4 folders]

4 30-33

 Contact, mailing, and press lists circa 1983   [5 folders]

5 1-5

 Contact, mailing, and press lists 1981-1986   [5 oversize folders]

10 5-9

 Crimes Against Nature manuscript 1977   [2 folders]

Conditions Governing Access

Access restricted due to mold damage.

43 8-9

 Dames at Sea materials (Dickmann performance) 1973   [2 folders]

5 6-7

 Davis, Bette, impersonators 1975-1976 

5 8

 Filmex and American Cinematheque materials 1978-1981   [2 folders]

5 9-10

 Gay Basketball League press materials 1984 

5 11

 Gay World Series press materials 1980 

5 12

 "Great American Family" event records 1987 

5 13

 The Hollywood Kids Zine 1988 

5 14
Item

 Interview with unidentified woman from Highways Performance Space [sound recording] circa 1989-1995   1 audiocassette.

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Box Folder

 Little Mary Sunshine materials (Dickmann performance) March 1976 

5 15

 Little Me materials undated 

5 16

 Love For Rent press book 1979 

Conditions Governing Access

Access restricted due to mold damage.

43 11

 Madness '71 materials (Dickmann performance) 1971 

5 17

 Olympic Arts Festival 1984   [10 folders]

5 18-27

 Olympic Arts Festival 1984   [3 folders]

6 1-3

 Olympic Arts Festival 1984   [1 oversize folder]

10 10
Box

 Olympic Games bumper stickers and button 1984 

40
Box Folder

 Olympic Games closing ceremonies materials 1984 

6 4
Envelope

 Olympic Games programs and publicity 1984 

41
Box Folder

 A Patriot For Me manuscript, by John Osborne undated 

Conditions Governing Access

Access restricted due to mold damage.

43 2

 Pierce, Charles, materials 1970-1992 

6 5

 Programs and reviews of Dickmann theatrical productions circa 1968-1976 

Conditions Governing Access

Access restricted due to mold damage.

43 1

 Programs and reviews of Dickmann theatrical productions undated 

Conditions Governing Access

Access restricted due to mold damage.

43 10

 Publicity, general circa 1970-1995 

6 6

 Rickets publicity materials 1974 

6 7
Box

 San Francisco International Film Festival ribbon undated 

40
Box Folder

 Santa Clarita Film Festival records 1994   [5 folders]

6 8-12

 Serial Mom publicity materials 1994 

6 13

 Silhouettes materials (Dickmann performance) 1970-1971 

6 14

 SIRlebrities Capades material (Dickmann direction and performance) 1967-1970 

6 15

 Special Friends photographs and press material 1975 

6 16

 That's Show Biz! publicity materials 1975-1976 

6 17

 Theatre A-Go-Go publicity materials 1995 

6 18

 Sheet music undated   [2 folders]

Conditions Governing Access

Access restricted due to mold damage.

43 3-4

 Sheet music 1968 

Conditions Governing Access

Access restricted due to mold damage.

43 7

 Sheet music for theatrical productions circa 1970s   [1 oversize folder]

10 11

 Untitled scripts undated   [2 folders]

Conditions Governing Access

Access restricted due to mold damage.

43 5-6

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Series 4:  Series 4.  Correspondence 1953-1995 

Scope and Contents

This series, 1953-1995, comprises greeting cards, postcards, fan letters, letters to the editor, letters to various political representatives, correspondence with photographs regarding Dickmann's personal ads, and other correspondence with family, friends, lovers, and professional acquaintances. This series also includes correspondence and related material regarding Dickmann's horoscope and astrological chart. Note that correspondence with Ron Romovich may be found in the Ron Romovich Series.

Arrangement

General correspondence is listed first. Remaining folders are arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder

 General 1959-1995   [11 folders]

6 19-29

 AIDS and gay-related correspondence 1990-1993 

7 1

 Canaday, Curtis 1976-1986 

Biographical/Historical note

Curtis Canaday was Dickmann's lover in the early-1970s.

7 2

 Cassidy, Dennis 1977-1980 

7 3

 Chateau Lexington 1993 

7 4

 Christmas 1978-1994   [1 oversize folder]

10 12

 Greeting cards 1962-1993   [2 folders]

7 5-6
Box

 Greeting cards circa 1955-1995 

37-38
Box Folder

 Hathaway, Robert 1980 

Biographical/Historical note

Robert Hathaway was Dickmann's lover in the late-1970s.

7 7

 Hill, Thomas 1987-1990 

7 8

 Horoscope and astrology-related correspondence 1989-1995   [2 folders]

7 9-10

 Kennedy, John F. 1953 

7 11

 Letters to the editor 1979-1985   [4 folders]

7 12-15

 Mentley, Lee 1984-1992   [2 folders]

7 16-17

 Miranda, Jake 1991-1993 

7 18

 Personal ads letters 1974-1995 

Scope and Contents note

Includes nude photographs.

7 21

 Plumb, Ella 1974-1985 

7 19

 Political correspondence 1986-1991 

7 20
Box

 Postcards circa 1955-1995 

39
Box Folder

 Professional correspondence 1976-1995   [3 folders]

7 22-24

 Sorenson, Kurt 1989-1990 

7 25

 Stryker, Jeff circa 1988 

7 26

 Talbert, Ron 1987-1994   [2 folders]

7 27-28

 Wawszkiewicz, Dr. Edward 1993 

7 29

 Westerlind, Richard 1992 

Biographical/Historical note

Westerlind was Dickmann's psychic.

7 30

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Series 5:  Series 5.  Ron Romovich papers 1968-1987 

Scope and Contents

This series, 1968-1987, includes correspondence between Romovich and Dickmann; correspondence between Romovich and others; and various journal-like writings by Romovich that have been compiled into manuscript form. Dickmann received these materials from Romovich's estate following his death, circa 1988.

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder

 Correspondence with Dickmann 1968-1987 

7 31

 Correspondence with Dickmann 1968-1987   [6 folders]

8 1-6

 Correspondence with others 1971-1982   [3 folders]

8 7-9

 Journals 1974-1979   [10 folders]

8 10-19

 Notes and clippings 1980 

8 20

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Series 6:  Series 6. Photographs circa 1920-1995 

Scope and Contents

This series, circa 1920-1995, includes photographic prints, negatives, and slides of Dickmann's childhood family and friends; life in the Air Force; theater and drag events in San Francisco in the 1960s and 1970s; celebrity and Hollywood industry events in Los Angeles in the 1980s and 1990s; travel throughout the United States, especially Hawaii; and activist and community cultural events such as gay pride parades, Super-Men pageants, AIDS-related fundraisers, and various Hawaiian festivals.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically, then alphabetically by topic.

Box

 Circa 1920-1961 

Scope and Contents note

Includes images of family portraits, school portraits, school trips, middle school and high school graduation, prom and dances, and house parties, as well as candid photographs of Joan Crawford, Judy Garland, and John F. Kennedy.

11

 1962-1964 

Scope and Contents note

Includes images of roommates Katherine Jo Lopez and Sherry Lucietta, and baby photographs of Glenn Dickmann.

12

 1964-1970 

Scope and Contents note

Includes images of Dickmann in drag, a family wedding, school portraits of Dickmann's relatives, the 1964 Republican Convention, Christmas parties, trips to Los Angeles and the southwest, a protest in Berkeley, "Geo" (also known as Belinda Breeze), and parties with friends in San Francisco.

13

 1970-1972 

Scope and Contents note

Includes images of an Easter party, Dennis Cassidy, Geo, Joe Vigil (also known as Magdallena), Charles Pierce, Curtis Canaday, a Gay-In in the park, Isadora Duncan events, house parties, and theatrical performances including Little Mary Sunshine, SIRlebrities Capades, and  Madness '71.

14

 1972-1976 

Scope and Contents note

Includes images of Curtis Canaday, the Bette (Davis) Bus, friends in San Francisco, nude sunbathing at Yosemite, a Gay Freedom Day Parade, Divine and Goldie Glitters (circa 1973), the Dames at Sea performance by Dickmann, and a trip to Los Angeles with Woody, Kit, and Ric.

15

 1974-1976 

Scope and Contents note

Includes images of drag events including the Bette (Davis) Bus, the Beaux Arts Ball, and drag-themed house parties; Dickmann's debut as "Pola del Vecchio"; friends, including Drew Okun, Pristine Condition, Dennis Cassidy, Curtis Canaday, Susan, and Woody; Gay Freedom Day parades (San Francisco); and vacations in Yosemite, Sausalito, Las Vegas and Palm Springs.

16

 1977-1979 

Scope and Contents note

Includes images of friends Tommy Kohl and Joe Vigil; theatrical performances in San Francisco; Filmex in Los Angeles, including the premiere of Puff the Magic Dragon with Annette Funicello and Cesar Romero; film industry events with Lillian Gish, Corinne Calvert, and others; and Dickmann's lovers Curtis Canaday and Robert "Bob" Hathaway.

17

 1980-1984 

Scope and Contents note

Includes images of celebrity events with Bette Midler, Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner, Sandra Bernhard, Geraldine Fitzgerald, and others; Los Angeles gay pride parades, a Super-Men pageant, and the Reno Gay Rodeo; travels to Palm Springs and San Diego; and Dickmann's friends and lovers, including Ron Romovish and Terry Frederickson.

18

 January-May 1985 

Scope and Contents note

Includes images of Christmas with Lee Mentley in Hawaii; the AIDS Walk-a-thon and gay pride parade with Pristine Condition and Zelda Rubenstein; social and work events with Terry Frederickson; San Francisco events including the Closet Ball with Faye; and friends Curtis Canaday and Gene Pellegrini.

19

 June-December 1985 

Scope and Contents note

Includes images of Keith Blanton's (also known as Pristine Condition) birthday party; gay pride parades and the AIDS Walk with Pristine Condition and Valerie Terrigno; Lee Mentley in Hawaii; work events with Terry Frederickson; the Super-Men pageant; and Glenn Dickmann's wedding in Milwaukee.

20

 1986 

Scope and Contents note

Includes images of Why Hannah's Skirt Won't Stay Down premiere with Lee Mentley, Pristine Condition, Susan Tyrell, and Dickmann's lover Matthew Hansen; the  Round Midnight screening with Herbie Hancock and Nancy Wilson; a gay pride parade; Lee Mentley's birthday; the Super-Men pageant with Jeff Stryker; and Thanksgiving in Key West.

21

 January-July 1987 

Scope and Contents note

Includes images of the Moving Picture Ball event with Bette Midler and Cheryl Tiegs; Natalie Wood's Hollywood star ceremony; a trip to Seattle; a party with Woody, Gene Pellegrini, and Jim; Hands Across America; and American Cinematheque events with Pia Zadora, Betty Garrett, Stephen Berkoff, Ernest Thompson, and Lee Williamson.

22

 August 1987-April 1988 

Scope and Contents note

Includes images of the Super-Men pageant; the Krishna festival with Lee Mentley and Pristine Condition; the AIDS Names Quilt display; a trip to New York City; American Cinematheque events with Patty Duke; and a party with Jim and Gene Pellegrini.

23

 May-December 1988 

Scope and Contents note

Includes images of a Motion Picture Ball event with Robin WIlliams, Debbie Reynolds, and Pristine Condition; a City of Angels Hospice benefit with Barry Manilow, Tim Leary, Shirley MacLaine, Joni Mitchell, Carol Kane, Bud Cort, and others; summer in Hawaii with Lee Mentley; gay pride parades; a Hawaiian festival; and the Super-Men pageant in Los Angeles.

24

 January-July 1989 

Scope and Contents note

Includes images of the City of Angels Hospice benefit with Lily Tomlin; friends Lee Mentley and Jim Stulz; a trip to San Francisco; the Los Angeles gay pride parade, and an unidentified Hawaiian festival.

25

 July-December 1989 

Scope and Contents note

Includes images of the Super-Men pageant; a family reunion in Milwaukee; and life in Hawaii and Los Angeles, circa 1980s.

26

 1990 

Scope and Contents note

Includes images of the Palm Springs Film Festival with Mark Vigil and Jeff; the Super-Men pageant; the Los Angeles gay pride parade; and the Nisei Week parade.

27

 January-August 1991 

Scope and Contents note

Includes images of various Hawaiian cultural festivals with Lee Mentley and Pristine Condition and gay pride parades.

28

 October-December 1991 

Scope and Contents note

Includes images of Hawaii festivals, holidays, and events with Lee Mentley.

29

 1992 

Scope and Contents note

Includes images of the Palm Springs Film Festival; Jorge Sanz; the Los Angeles gay pride parade with Pristine Condition; a Ho'olanle'a event; Nisei Day; Charlat's wedding with Bette Midler; a Cirque du Soleil event with Liz Taylor; and Hawaiian festivals with Auntie Mary.

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 January-August 1993 

Scope and Contents note

Includes images of Hawaii with Lee Mentley; the Madonna Inn with Pristine Condition; the Los Angeles gay pride parade with Gray Davis and Kathy Najimy; and Hawaiian events with Lee Mentley and Auntie Mary.

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 August-December 1993 

Scope and Contents note

Includes images of Yolanda King, Lee Mentley, and Auntie Mary at various events; Dana/Bryan's quilt; a visit from Tommy Kohl; and an American Film Institute video shoot with Auntie Mary.

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 January-June 1994 

Scope and Contents note

Includes images of the Stonewall 25th Anniversary; the Lotus Festival; the Spam Cookoff; the Palm Springs Film Festival with Sophia Loren; and the Pacific Islander Festival with Auntie Mary.

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 July-December 1994 

Scope and Contents note

Includes images of the Lotus Festival; Tommy Kohl in Hawaii; the Coronation drag event in Los Angeles; and an awards event with Bruce Vilanch and Jeff Stryker.

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 1995 

Scope and Contents note

Includes images of a gay pride parade; the Los Angeles Leatherfest; and Liza Minelli visitng an unidentified dying man.

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 Celebrity and actor headshots; publicity stills circa 1930-1995 

Scope and Contents note

Includes head shots of numerous actors and actresses, as well as publicity stills from theater and film, including Querelle,  If I Ever See You Again,  Pee-Wee's Big Top Adventure, and others.

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Box Folder

 Headshots of Ken Dickmann and Michael Scott 1983, 1989   [1 oversize folder]

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Box Item

 Sheppard Air Force Base portrait with Ken Dickmann 1960 

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Box

 United States Air Force photographs 1960-1964 

Scope and Contents note

Includes Air Force portraits of Dickmann and others, as well as candid images of life on Sheppard, Thule, and Massachusetts military bases.

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