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Finding Aid to the William Capobianco Papers, 1947-1992 Coll2013.102
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  • Arrangement
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  • Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Scope and Contents
  • Separated Materials

  • Title: William Capobianco Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: Coll2013.102
    Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 2.1 linear feet. 1 archive box + 2 archive cartons
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1978-1992
    Date (inclusive): 1947-1992
    Abstract: Correspondence, screenplays, drafts, clippings, photographs, health records and other personal documents relating to gay screenwriter William J. Capobianco (1947-1992), who co-wrote Tenebrae (date unknown) and Medea (1978). The collection includes other screenplays and short story drafts, as well as correspondence with Joe Callahan and David Sherlock. Photographs document the retail store LA Leathers in Los Angeles.
    creator: Capobianco, William J., 1947-1992


    This collection is arranged in the following series:
    Series 1. Personal papers
    Series 2. Screenplays and writings


    William J. Capobianco was born on July 6, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York. Raised in an Italian Catholic home, Capobianco attended Our Lady of Loretto Elementary School and St. John's Preparatory School in Brooklyn. He was interested in theater from a young age and participated in shows during his school-age years. He graduated from St. John's University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts.
    Capobianco was a screenplay writer in Los Angeles. He wrote the screenplays Windows on the Square (unknown year), Body Talk and Eatz/ Love on the Menu. He co-wrote Tenebrae (unknown year) and Medea (1978), the latter of which was planned to star famous drag queen Divine in an adaptation entitled The Divine Medea. Capobianco also worked at the specialty retail shop LA Leathers, creating leather pieces and clothing.
    During the 1990s, Capobianco was diagnosed HIV positive. He received treatment and care starting in 1991 until his death in 1992 in Los Angeles.

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.


    Date and donor of acquisition unknown.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder #, or item name] William Capobianco Papers, Coll2013-102, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Processing Information

    Formerly boxes #103-342 and 103-344. Collection processed by Jennifer Darwent, October 2013.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection consists of correspondence, screenplays, drafts, clippings, photographs, slides and other personal documents relating to gay screenplay writer William J. Capobianco (1947-1992). The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence and screenplay drafts.
    The first series documents Capobianco's personal life and history. The correspondence documents Capobianco's ties to gay friends, especially in New York, and his relationships with his mother and sister. There are materials and diplomas from schools and theater programs that Capobianco attended. Medical records document the care he received from 1991-1992 for AIDS-related illness.
    The second series includes final drafts for Tenebrae (unknown year) and Medea (1978), as well as drafts of other screenplays, such as Body Talk, Windows on the Square and Angelcake. There are short stories and notebooks filled with various writing and drafts.
    The photographs show Capobianco at work at the store LA Leathers, his family members and his school-age class portraits.

    Separated Materials

    Two buttons, "Stop LaRouche No on 64" and "Rawhide NYC," have been separated from the collection and placed with the ONE Archives button collection.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    AIDS (Disease)
    Gays' writings, American