Finding Aid for the Kitty Tsui papers, 1977-1993

Processed by Stacy Wood, 2011; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library Special Collections
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Kitty Tsui papers
Date (inclusive): 1977-1993
Collection number: 1949
Creator: Tsui, Kitty 1952-
Extent: 1 flat box (1 linear ft.)
Abstract: Although born in Hong Kong in 1952, Kitty Tsui spent her childhood in California. She earned a degree in Creative writing from San Francisco State University. Her poetry and prose has been published in over 35 anthologies, and she has published three books. Tsui is also a competitive body-builder. She earned a bronze medal at the Gay Games in San Francisco in 1986 and a gold medal in Vancouver in 1990. This collection contains work by and about the poet, activist, and bodybuilder Kitty Tsui. Most of the materials contained are concerning her bodybuilder accomplishments and her regular sports writing featured in San Francisco news outlets.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Language of the Material: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Provenance unknown. This collection is part of an outreach and collection-building partnership between the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives, the UCLA Center for the Study of Women (CSW) and the UCLA Library.

Processing Note

Processed by Stacy Wood, 2011.

Sponsor

The June L. Mazer Lesbian Archive  at UCLA is an outreach and collection-building partnership between the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives , the UCLA Center for the Study of Women (CSW)  and the UCLA Library . These collections expand the pool of primary source materials available to researchers and to the community at large. This partnership was initiated by CSW and is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to inventory, organize, preserve, and digitize more than eighty Mazer collections pertaining to lesbian and feminist activism and writings.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Kitty Tsui papers (Collection 1949). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 6956308 

Biography/History

Although born in Hong Kong in 1952, Kitty Tsui spent her childhood in California. She earned a degree in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Her poetry and prose has been published in over 35 anthologies including Chloe Plus Olivie (1994) and Lesbian Erotics (1995). She received the CLAGS 1995 Ken Sawson Award for research in gay and lesbian history and was also listed as one of the 50 most influential people in gay and lesbian literature by Lambda Book Report. She has been featured in three films, Women of Gold (1990), Framing Lesbian Fashion (1992), and Cut Sleeve (1992). Tsui is also a competitive body-builder. She earned a bronze medal at the Gay Games in San Francisco in 1986 and a gold medal in Vancouver in 1990. Tsui is the author of three books: The Words of a Woman who Breathes Fire, Breathless, and Sparks Fly. Breathless, won the Firecracker Alternative Book Award at the ABA in Chicago in 1996. Her third book, Sparks fly, was penned by her alter ego, Eric Norton, a gay leatherman in pre-AIDS San Francisco.

Chronology

1952 Kitty Tsui born in Hong Kong

Scope and Content

This collection includes prose writings, correspondence, clippings, reviews and poetry from Kitty Tsui. The majority of the collection is newspaper clippings from the San Francisco area news outlets. The subject matter focuses on Kitty Tsui's sports writing and bodybuilding career.

Organization and Arrangement

Original order maintained.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Tsui, Kitty --Archives.
Asian American women authors --California --Archival resources.
Women bodybuilders --California --Archival resources.

Related Material

There are materials related to Kitty Tsui's performance work in the Asian Pacific Islander Lesbian Collection 1980-2001. The collection is housed at University of California, Santa Cruz in Special Collections.

Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

Program Guides. 1991-1993.

Physical Description: magazine, bound program guides

Scope and Content Note

Guides, schedules and summaries of gay pride, film festivals and other events.
Box 1, Folder 2

Correspondence. 1996.

Physical Description: photocopies

Scope and Content Note

Various correspondence.
Box 1, Folder 3

Poetry. No Date.

Physical Description: photocopies, printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Hand constructed mockup of chapbook, photocopies of published works
Box 1, Folder 4

Interviews. 1982-1990.

Physical Description: newsprint, photocopies

Scope and Content Note

Interviews with various community news outlets concerning activism, bodybuilding, poetry.
Box 1, Folder 5

Flyers. 1980-1993.

Physical Description: photocopies, flyers

Scope and Content Note

Flyers for performances, readings, conferences.
Box 1, Folder 6

Reviews. 1980-1993.

Physical Description: newspaper clippings

Scope and Content Note

Reviews of poetry and prose from various news outlets and community papers.
Box 1, Folder 7

Writings. 1981-1992.

Physical Description: newspaper clippings

Scope and Content Note

Printed and published writings, mostly sports coverage, but everything from poetry to event and athlete profiles. The majority of the writings are for San Francisco based news outlets.