Guide to the Bedpan Productions Records

William Hurtt
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
657 Mission Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, California 94105
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The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Bedpan Productions Records

Collection number: 1994-28

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society

San Francisco, California
Processed by:
William Hurtt
Date Completed:
June 1997
Encoded by:
Heather Cummins
© 2008 The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Bedpan Productions Records
Dates: 1991-1994
Collection number: 1994-28
Collection Size: .5 linear feet 2 manuscript boxes
Repository: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
San Francisco, California 94105
Physical location: Stored at the Archives of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society in San Francisco, California.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright to unpublished manuscript materials has been transferred to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.

Preferred Citation

Bedpan Productions Records, 1994-28, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

The records were donated in the GLBTHS in 1994.

Biography / Administrative History

In the words of the authors, Betty and Pansy's Severe Queer Reviews are, "An irreverent, opinionated guide to the bars, clubs, restaurants, cruising areas, performing arts, and other attraction of the queer Mecca". Bedpan Productions and the Severe Queer Reviews of San Francisco, New York, and Washington D.C. (1991-1995) were the results of the collaborative efforts of authors Pansy and Betty. The authors decided originally to produce an atypical queer guidebook to San Francisco. They had noticed that most of the gay guides to SF described the bars, clubs, and other points of social interest in broad and politically correct terms. In reaction to the types and prices of guides that were available within the gay and lesbian community they produced the first Severe Queer Review. Topics reviewed range from mainstream bars and clubs to the underground scene. Also included are places of cruising, lodging, restaurants, religious groups, culture, and transportation. The initial guides were of San Francisco and progressed to include both Washington D.C. and New York.

Scope and Content of Collection

The majority of this collection is comprised of various manuscripts to the guides that were produced by Bedpan Productions. They include four guides to San Francisco which began in 1991 and ended in 1995. Also, included are guides to both Washington D.C. and New York. For each final draft guide there are preliminary notes and drafts which have been altered. These contain marks and suggestions from the authors and various editors. Most of the comments of the editors pertain to grammar and technical usage of language; however, they amplify the unique manner in which the authors choose to describe the various environments. In addition, the collection also contains final drafts of each of the guides to the various cities. A picture of the authors and promotional papers are also included.

Indexing Terms

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


Collection Contents

box 1

Box 1

Box/ Folder 1/ 1

Draft Typescript

Box/ Folder 1/ 2

Galleys with Proofreaders marks and miscellaneous notes.

Box/ Folder 1/ 3

Galleys with proofreaders marks and miscellaneous notes. 1992/12

Box/ Folder 1/ 4

Draft typescript, miscellaneous selections.

Box/ Folder 1/ 5

Draft typescript, variant Castro Bar sections.

Box/ Folder 1/ 6

Draft typescript, with K. Marley copy edits, part I.

Box/ Folder 1/ 7

Draft typescript, with K. Marley copy edits, part II.

Box/ Folder 1/ 8

Corrected galleys.

Box/ Folder 1/ 9

Miscellaneous notes and memos.

Box 2

Box 2

Box/ Folder 2/ 1

Severe Queer Review of Washington D.C. Draft typescript. 1993/01

Box/ Folder 2/ 2

Review of Washington D.C. Galleys with proofreader's marks and comments.

Box/ Folder 2/ 3

Review of New York. Draft typeset.

Box/ Folder 2/ 4

Review of New York. Corrected galleys and miscellaneous notes.