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  • Provenance
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
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  • Title: Collection on Sylvester
    Date (inclusive): 1979-1998, undated
    Identifier/Call Number: GLC 101
    Physical Description: 3 folders (2 legal folders, 1 oversized folder)
    Contributing Institution: James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center, San Francisco Public Library
    100 Larkin Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    info@sfpl.org
    Abstract: Sylvester James, Jr. (September 6, 1947–December 16, 1988), better known as Sylvester, was an American disco and soul singer-songwriter. He was known for his flamboyant and androgynous appearance. The collection contains photographs of Sylvester taken at a performance at the War Memorial Opera House (San Francisco), March 11, 1979; at an Atlanta AIDS Benefit, January 31, 1983; at his birthday party, September 10, 1983; and four portraits that were probably used for publicity purposes. In addition, there is a press kit for a documentary on his life, and proclamations from San Francisco mayors Dianne Feinstein and Art Agnos regarding celebrations in his honor.
    Physical Location: The collection is stored onsite.
    Language of Material: Collection materials are in English.

    Access

    The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours, with photographs available during Photo Desk hours.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items. Copyright retained by photographers.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Collection on Sylvester (GLC 101), LGBTQIA Center, San Francisco Public Library.

    Provenance

    Photographs 1-6 were donated by Monica Wynn, February 2005. Photographs 7 and 8 were found in ephemera files with no provenance information. The proclamations were donated by Barbara Smookler, May 2011. The provenance of the press kit is unknown.

    Biographical Note

    Sylvester James, Jr. (September 6, 1947-December 16, 1988), better known as Sylvester, was an American disco and soul singer-songwriter. He lived in San Francisco and performed with the Cockettes in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was known for his flamboyant and androgynous appearance. He died of AIDS on December 16, 1988.

    Scope and Content

    The collection contains photographs of Sylvester taken at a performance at the War Memorial Opera House (San Francisco), March 11, 1979; at an Atlanta AIDS Benefit, January 31, 1983; at his birthday party, September 10, 1983; and four portraits that were probably used for promotional purposes. In addition, there is a press kit for the documentary Do You Wanna Funk: the Life and Times of Sylvester , and proclamations from San Francisco mayors Dianne Feinstein and Art Agnos regarding celebrations to honor of Sylvester.

    Arrangement

    Arranged by format: Photographs, Subject File, and Certificates. Arranged in chronological order within each folder.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Sylvester
    Sylvester -- Pictorial works