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Imperial Courts Collection, 1973-1994 Coll2012.130
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  • Historical Note
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Scope and Content
  • Acquisition Information

  • Title: Imperial Courts Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: Coll2012.130
    Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.6 linear feet. 1 archive box + 2 archive cartons.
    Date (inclusive): 1973-1994
    Abstract: 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.
    creator: Imperial Courts.

    Historical Note

    According to a short history from the collection, the Imperial Courts (or the "Imperial Court system") originated in San Francisco in 1965 as gay community social events with a camp Imperial theme; the annual main event featured the coronation of elected monarchs (a king and queen) who then selected a royal court. Imperial Court events soon assumed a more serious purpose (community-oriented fundraising), while retaining their irreverent and festive spirit.

    Access

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    Publication Rights

    Contact ONE archivists regarding publication and use restrictions.

    Preferred Citation

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

    Processing Information

    In order to provide access to this collection, minimal processing on this collection was expedited in 2011. Date spans were given whenever possible, but do not reflect the most accurate inclusive dates.

    Scope and Content

    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. According to a short history from the collection, the Imperial Courts (or the "Imperial Court system") originated in San Francisco in 1965 as gay community social 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. Imperial Court events soon assumed a more serious purpose (community-oriented fundraising), while retaining their irreverent festive spirit. The collection documents fundraisers and other events staged by both local and cooperating courts.

    Acquisition Information

    Date and donor(s) of materials unknown.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

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