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Finding Aid to the William Capobianco Papers, 1947-1992

Finding aid prepared by Jennifer Darwent, (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
Capobianco, William J., 1947-1992
Title
William Capobianco Papers
Collection no.
Coll2013.102
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1978-1992
Date [inclusive]
1947-1992
Extent
2.1 linear feet., 1 archive box + 2 archive cartons
Language
English
Abstract
Correspondence, screenplays, drafts, clippings, photographs, health records and other personal documents relating to gay screenwriter William J. Capobianco (1947-1992), who co-wrote Tenebrae (date unknown) and  Medea (1978). The collection includes other screenplays and short story drafts, as well as correspondence with Joe Callahan and David Sherlock. Photographs document the retail store LA Leathers in Los Angeles.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] William Capobianco Papers, Coll2013-102, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Biography

William J. Capobianco was born on July 6, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York. Raised in an Italian Catholic home, Capobianco attended Our Lady of Loretto Elementary School and St. John's Preparatory School in Brooklyn. He was interested in theater from a young age and participated in shows during his school-age years. He graduated from St. John's University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts.

Capobianco was a screenplay writer in Los Angeles. He wrote the screenplays Windows on the Square (unknown year),  Body Talk and  Eatz/  Love on the Menu. He co-wrote  Tenebrae (unknown year) and  Medea (1978), the latter of which was planned to star famous drag queen Divine in an adaptation entitled  The Divine Medea. Capobianco also worked at the specialty retail shop LA Leathers, creating leather pieces and clothing.

During the 1990s, Capobianco was diagnosed HIV positive. He received treatment and care starting in 1991 until his death in 1992 in Los Angeles.

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of correspondence, screenplays, drafts, clippings, photographs, slides and other personal documents relating to gay screenplay writer William J. Capobianco (1947-1992). The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence and screenplay drafts.

The first series documents Capobianco's personal life and history. The correspondence documents Capobianco's ties to gay friends, especially in New York, and his relationships with his mother and sister. There are materials and diplomas from schools and theater programs that Capobianco attended. Medical records document the care he received from 1991-1992 for AIDS-related illness.

The second series includes final drafts for Tenebrae (unknown year) and  Medea (1978), as well as drafts of other screenplays, such as  Body Talk,  Windows on the Square and  Angelcake. There are short stories and notebooks filled with various writing and drafts.

The photographs show Capobianco at work at the store LA Leathers, his family members and his school-age class portraits.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1. Personal papers

Series 2. Screenplays and writings

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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

Date and donor of acquisition unknown.

Processing Information

Formerly boxes #103-342 and 103-344. Collection processed by Jennifer Darwent, October 2013.

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Related Materials

Separated Materials

Two buttons, "Stop LaRouche No on 64" and "Rawhide NYC," have been separated from the collection and placed with the ONE Archives button collection.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Correspondence
  • Gays' writings, American

Subject(s)

  • AIDS (Disease)
  • Gays--Correspondence
  • Leather
  • Screenplays

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Series 1. Personal papers 1947-1992 

Scope and Contents

Materials document Capobianco's personal life and history. The correspondence documents Capobianco's ties to gay friends, especially in New York, and his relationships with his mother and sister. There are newspapers, theater programs and diplomas from schools that Capobianco attended. There are fliers and photographs relating to the store LA Leathers and other gay establishments. Medical records document the care he received from 1991-1992 for AIDS-related illness.

Arrangement

The series begins with correspondence. Remaining folders are arranged chronologically.

Box Folder

 Correspondence, Joe Callahan 1979-1985   2 color photographs, 1 black nylon stocking.

1 1

 Correspondence, David Sherlock 1983-1992 

1 2

 Correspondence, general 1978-1992   [3 folders] 12 color photographs.

1 3-5

 Correspondence, greeting cards 1978-1992   [2 folders] 6 color photographs.

1 6-7

 Birth certificate and passports 1947, 1978, 1990 

1 8

 Elementary school diploma 1960 

1 9

 Oedipus the King, prompt script circa 1960-1964 

1 10

 West Side Story screenplay 1963 

1 11

 Red Owl, St. John's Prep 1963-1964 

3 1

 Commencement, St. John's Prep 1964 

1 12

 The Torch, St. John's University 1964 

1 13

 Transcripts, St. John's University 1964 

1 14

 College theater programs circa 1964-1969   2 black & white 8x10 photographs.

1 15

 St. John's University diploma 1969 

1 16

 Luis Rivera Dance Company 1978 

1 17

 Fashion Panic circa 1978-1982 

1 18

 Art show and theater programs circa 1980-1990 

1 19

 Newspaper clippings circa 1980-1981, 1988 

1 20

 Goals and to-do lists 1981 

1 21

 Bill collections circa 1982-1983, 1987 

1 22

 Obituaries, memorial services 1985-1992   2 color photographs.

1 23

 Los Angeles Unified contracts 1990 

1 24

 Hollywood Community Hospital 1991 

1 25

 Midway Hospital 1991-1992 

1 26

 Progressive Nursing Service 1991-1992 

1 27

 Critical Care America 1991-1992 

1 28

 Blue Shield of California 1991-1992   [2 folders]

1 29-30

 Medical tests and bills 1992 

1 31

 Ultimate Home Care 1992 

1 32

 Photographs circa 1953-1992   Negatives, 14 black & white photographs, 161 color photographs, and 16 color slides.

Scope and Contents

Includes photos from Capobianco's school-age years, family photos, pictures of stores Fashion Panic and LA Leathers, images of the damage to LA Leathers from a tropical storm, and unlabeled photos of friends.

3 11

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Series 2:  Series 2. Screenplays and writings circa 1960-1992 

Scope and Contents

The series includes final drafts for the screenplays Tenebrae (unknown year) and  Medea (1978), as well as drafts of other screenplays, such as  Body Talk,  Windows on the Square and  Angelcake. There are short stories and notebooks filled with various writing and drafts.

Arrangement

The series is arranged in the following order: copyrights, notebooks, poetry, short stories and screenplays.

Box Folder

 Copyright and Writers Guild 1977, 1981 

2 3

 Notebooks #1-7 undated   [7 folders]

2 9-15

 Notebooks, loose pages undated 

3 5

 Poetry and incomplete manuscripts undated 

3 4

 Adriana short story undated 

3 2

 Capt. Thomas Webb short story undated 

3 3

 Rriverratzz or  The Last Novel of the Seventies short story undated 

3 7

 The Somewhere Over the Rainbow Whip Co. short story undated 

3 8

 Streetlife: '56 short story undated 

2 16

 Angelcake screenplay undated 

2 1

 Body Talk screenplay and notes undated 

2 2

 Eatz or  Love on the Menu screenplay undated   [2 folders]

2 5-6

 Medea screenplay 1977-1978   [2 folders]

2 7-8

 The Divine Medea 1978 

2 4

 Medea, production contract 1977-1978 

3 6

 Tenebrae screenplay undated 

2 17

 Windows on the Square screenplay undated   [2 folders]

3 9-10

 Untitled screenplay undated 

2 18

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