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Pomo Afro Homos Records
GLC 139  
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Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Pomo Afro Homos Records
    Dates: 1989-1997 (bulk 1990-1994)
    Collection Number: GLC 139
    Creator/Collector: Pomo Afro Homos (Theater group)
    Extent: 9 cubic feet (9 boxes), 1 oversized flat box, 1 oversized poster
    Repository: San Francisco Public Library. James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center
    San Francisco, California 94102
    Abstract: The records contain correspondence, programs, press coverage, contracts, scripts, financial information, photographs, and other ephemera of Pomo Afro Homos (Postmodern African American Homosexuals), a San Francisco-based theater group that presented the stories of black, gay men.
    Language of Material: English

    Access

    The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours. It is unprocessed; please consult inventory to request boxes.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright retained by Pomo Afro Homos.

    Preferred Citation

    Pomo Afro Homos Records. San Francisco Public Library. James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by Brian Freeman.

    Biography/Administrative History

    Pomo Afro Homos is short for postmodern African American homosexuals. It was an African-American gay theater troupe founded in San Francisco by Djola Bernard Branner, Brian Freeman, and Eric Gupton. Later, Marvin K. White joined the group. The original concept of the group was to show the issues affecting each black gay person. Their pieces include "Fierce Love: Stories From Black Gay Life" and "Dark Fruit." They performed nationally from Alaska to New York’s Lincoln Center. They faced opposition from the National Black Theatre Festival in North Carolina (1991), and later, in Anchorage (1993). They performed regularly between 1990 and 1995.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The records contain correspondence, programs, press releases and press coverage, contracts, scripts, financial information, photographs, slides, audiotapes, grant writing for Pomo Afro. The collection also contains certificates and awards presented to the troupe. Of particular note are the scripts for "Fierce Love: Stories from Black Gay Life" and "Dark Fruit." The clippings files also include coverage of the opposition the group faced in Anchorage, Alaska, and North Carolina.

    Indexing Terms

    African American gays.
    African American gays--Drama.
    Branner, Bernard.
    Freeman, Brian.
    Gupton, Eric.
    White, Marvin K.
    Pomo Afro Homos (Theater group)--Archives.

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