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Finding aid to the Peter Mintun Cockettes Collection, 1970-2009 GLC 78
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Series 1 Correspondence, 1971-2002

Physical Description: 10.0 folders

Scope and Contents

Contains letters to and from Mintun pertaining to the Cockettes and to events or documentaries to celebrate their performances and impact. One letter from Mintun's father expresses his concern about Peter's future and the people with whom he associated.


Arranged alphabetically by name.
Box 1, Folder 1

Cockettes documentary: contract, photo selection, invitation to fundraiser, 1998-2002


Weissman, David

Box 1, Folder 2

Crawford, R[obert], manager of Zim's Restaurant, undated

Box 1, Folder 3

Ed [Edward Heyman?], undated

General note

Draft letter discusses disposition of Dana Suesse recordings and the International Piano Archives. Letter drafted on the back of a flyer: "Farewell Performance. Sylvester--Bon Voyage. Saturday March 23."
Box 1, Folder 4

Harding, Tom, 1994

Box 1, Folder 5

K___, undated

Box 1, Folder 6

Lindsley, Charles and Edward Linotti, 1974-1975

Box 1, Folder 7

Mintun, H.D. (father), 1971

Box 1, Folder 8

Nieze, Thomas, 1971, 1980

Box 1, Folder 9

Ritz, Kreemah, 1997-1998, undated

General note

Contains references to an exhibition on Sylvester, a 30th anniversary exhibition about The Cockettes, and a book about the Cockettes. Ritz was born Daryl Simmonds.
Box 1, Folder 10

Sebastian, undated


Series 2 Shows, 1970-1972, 2009 (bulk 1970-1972)

Physical Description: 17.0 folders

Scope and Contents

The series contains musical arrangements, tune lists, and scripts for performances by the Cockettes, and tune lists and arrangments for John Rothermel, Sylvester, and Kenneth Marlowe. Some contracts and flyers are included. The folder "Show sequence lists, lyrics, scenarios" contains material for several different Cockettes shows. In some cases, notes for more than one show appear on a single page; in other cases, the name of the show is not clear. The material is from when Mintun was engaged as the troupe's accompanist.


Arranged alphabetically by folder title.
Box 1, Folder 11

Club Mandarin, May 26-28, 1971, undated

See also:

Box 1 / Folder 22. Sylvester lyrics and tune lists.
Box 1, Folder 12

Les Cockettes Folies des Paris, October 9-10, 1970

General note

Includes sheet music, flyers, playlist. "The Poor People of Paris (Jean's song)" is inscribed "Best wishes, Desi Arnaz, 1956, Hollywood."
Box 1, Folder 13

A Curious Evening with Kenneth Marlow, 1971

Box 1, Folder 14

Hallowe'en show, 1970

Box 1, Folder 15

Hollywood Babylon, 1971

Box 3, Oversize-folder 1

Midnight Films poster. Nocturnal Dream Shows, Todd Trexler artwork, 1970

Box 1, Folder 16

Pearls Over Shanghai script, Winter 1970

Box 1, Folder 17

Programs and flyers, 1971-1972, 2009, undated

General note

Includes a flyer for June 1971 shows that features a drawing of Peter Mintun by Todd Trexler.
Box 1, Folder 18

Rothermel, John. Song sequence lists, sheet music, 1972, undated

Box 1, Folder 19

Sheet music,


Baby Your Mother, Like She Babied You. Words by Andrew Donnelly and Dolly Morse, music by Joe Burke


Dearie by Bob Hilliard and Dave Mann


Oh Promise Me. Words by Clement Scott, music by Reginald De Koven


Over There by George M. Cohan


Strike Up the Band (Here Comes a Sailor). Words by Andrew B. Sterling, music by Charles B. Ward

Box 1, Folder 20

Show sequence lists, lyrics, scenarios, 1971-1972, undated

General note

Includes: Chanson des "Tinsel Tarts" / Radio show items; Hal Roach clip Comedies; I've Told Every Little Star / Trademark; "Hollywood Babylon"; "Smiles" / "I'm No Angel"; and untitled sequence sheets.
Box 1, Folder 21

Smacky and Our Gang, 1971, undated

General note

Includes scripts; song sheet revisions on the back of "Sylvester Sings at the Palace" flyers; and song sheets and sheet music: "The Twentieth Century Talking Machine Co. / Columbia, The Gem of the Ocean," "Thorns Upon the Wild Red Rose" (by Ron Strauss, 1971), "Young and Healthy," "Guilty," and "Marching Along Together."
Box 1, Folder 22

Sylvester lyrics and tunes lists, includes Club Mandarin, 1971, undated

Box 1, Folder 23

Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma, 1971

Box 1, Folder 24, Box 3, Oversize-folder 2

Tropical Heatwave / Hot Voodoo ; untitled tune lists, [1970], undated

Box 1, Folder 25

Vice Palace, October 27-28, 1972

See also:

Box 1 / Folder 31. Rothermel, John.

Series 3 Subject Files, 1970-2005 (bulk 1970-1972)

Physical Description: 14.0 folders


Arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Scope and Contents

The series contains clippings, some drawings, flyers, and ephemera relating to the Cockettes, and to John Rothermel and Sylvester. Of note are the contracts for Mintun's official performances, his calendar for October 1972, and the files on Sylvester which includes some drawings.
Box 1, Folder 26

Admittance ticket to Cockettes shows, undated

Box 1, Folder 27

Calendar, October 1972

Box 1, Folder 28, Box 3, Oversize-folder 3

Clippings, 1971-2000, undated

See also:

Box 1 / Folder 4. Harding, Tom for clippings from New York City, 1994.
Box 1, Folder 29

Contracts, 1970-1972

Box 1, Folder 30

Pickup's Tricks, 1995

Box 1, Folder 31

Rothermel, John, 1971-1973, 1994 Bulk, 1971-1973

General note

Includes clippings; flyer for "A Curious Evening with Kenneth Marlow" (1971); script and press release for Vice Palace; flyer for "The Hilarious Cass Daley with orchestra" at 56 Gold Street, San Francisco; song sheets and contracts for 56 Gold Street performances with Mintun.

Sylvester [James], 1970-2005

Box 1, Folder 32

Clippings, 1970-2005

Box 1, Folder 33

Contract with Peter Mintun, 1972

Box 1, Folder 34

Do You Wanna Funk: The Life and Times of Sylvester [documentary] press kit, 1998

Box 1, Folder 35

Drawings by Sylvester, 1970-1971

Box 1, Folder 36

Sylvester at the Opera House program, March 11, 1979

Box 1, Folder 37

"Sylvester Metamorphosis! From Cockette to Disco Diva and Disco!" exhibition flyer, 1998

Box 1, Folder 38

Worman, Martin. Midnight Masquerade: a History of the Cockettes. Book outline, undated

Box 1, Folder 39

Series 4 Audio recordings, 1970, 1972

Physical Description: 1.0 folder (4 CD-ROMs)

John Rothermel, Frank Bourquin, and Tom Nieze accompanied by Peter Mintun, January 5 and 29, 1972

General note

3 CD-ROMs with playlists: John Rothermel and Frank Bourquin accompanied by Peter Mintun, January 29, 1972; John Rothermel, Frank Bourquin, Tom Nieze recorded January 5, 1972, [aired] January 29, 1972, 9-10 pm, "Process" radio station K-101, host Jack Anderson. John Rothermel, October 26, 1972, "This Is San Francisco" KEMO-TV Channel 20, Pete Marino, host.

Sylvester James with John Rothermel. Peter Mintun, piano, August 1970

Physical Description: 1.0 items

General note

1 CD-ROM with playlist. Recorded in Menlo Park, California.

Series 5 Publications, 1970-1978

Physical Description: 13.0 folders


Arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Scope and Contents

The series contains magazine issues with stories about the Cockettes. The majority of the material is from the early 1970s, and includes some photo essays on the troupe.
Box 3, Oversize-folder 4

Andy Warhol's Interview #33, June 1973

Box 2, Folder 1

Bay Area Reporter, vol. 2, no. 21, October 18, 1972

General note

Includes piece on John Rothermel's performance to benefit SIR.
Box 3, Oversize-folder 5

The California Aggie University of California, Davis, May 27, 1971

General note

News item on pages 8-9 "The Cockettes" Sat.
Box 3, Oversize-folder 6

City Adventure, June 1978

General note

Article: "Sylvester. Step Two: Disco Dandy Lured to Hollywood" by Michael Branton.
Box 2, Folder 2

Earth, vol. 2, no. 8, October 1971

General note

Article: "The Cockettes of San Francisco."
Box 3, Oversize-folder 7

Kalendar, vol. 1, no. K20, October 25, 1972

General note

Includes article on Vice Palace, page 6, 12.
Box 2, Folder 3

"Neon Rose" ( Place, volume 3, number 1). Printed in San Francisco, California, by Stecher-Traung-Schmidt Corp., June 1973

Box 2, Folder 4

The Official Cockettes Paper Doll Book. (San Francisco, Calif.: last gasp eco-funnies co., inc., 1971), 1971-1972

General note

Inscribed by Peter Mintun, 1972. Includes flyer: "Neighborhood Arts Program invites you to The Story Book Ball: a free musical for children. Presenting The Good Fairies, Mother Goose Puppeteers, Music by Happy Trails, Mukluks Clowns, Persuasion Rock Band, Clowns Bob & Barry, Robin Goodfellow & The Chaimber Maids. Sunday August 15, Washington Square; Sunday August 22, Portsmouth Square."
Box 2, Folder 5

Rags / 3 (San Francisco, Calif.), August 1970

General note

Article on the Cockettes.
Box 3, Oversize-folder 8

The San Francisco Phoenix, vol. 1, no. 4, October 26, 1972

General note

Contains photo of John Rothermel and notice of Halloween performance.
Box 2, Folder 6

Scanlan's Monthly vol. 1, no. 5, July 1970

General note

Contains article: "The Bastard Children of Cecil B. De Mille Are Making Films in San Francisco" by Arnold Passman about the Cockettes film Luminous Procuress.
Box 2, Folder 7

Vector, vol. 8, no. 9, November 1972

General note

Contains photo of Mink Stole.
Box 2, Folder 8

Zoom: le Magazine de l'Image, Janvier-Fevrier 1973

General note

Contains article: "New York Unisex" photographs of Cockettes taken by Gilles Larrain.

Series 6 Photographs, 1970-1994 (bulk 1970-1972)

Physical Description: 20.0 folders


Arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Scope and Contents

Contains photographs, negatives, and some contact sheets with images of the Cockettes at rehearsals, some performances, and in informal settings. Two folders contain images of Sylvester that were taken over several years.
Box 4, Folder 1

Cockettes, Palace Theatre, San Francisco, California, October 1970

Box 4, Folder 2

Cockettes reunion, April 3, 1994

Box 4, Folder 3

Contact proof sheets, 1971

General note

Includes: Club Mandarin, Upper Market Street Gallery, San Francisco photos by Tom Nieze, May 26-28, 1971; 1971 photos by Peter Mintun; "San Francisco Cockettes 2 Shanghai"; "New York Cockettes Shanghai"; "Peter's Mountain View, Leaving for N.Y.C."
Box 4, Folder 4

Divine, October 26, 1972

General note

3 images: one labeled Vice Palace production, photo by Clay Geerdes; one with no annotations but appears to be from same photo shoot; third photo by Clay Geerdes.
Box 4, Folder 5

Doda, Carol, 1972

Box 4, Folder 6

Gold Street (San Francisco, Calif.) bar show, September 1972

General note

John Rothermel, Peter Mintun.
Box 4, Folder 7

Killough, Chris. Mountain View, 1970?


Mintun, Peter. Et al.

Box 4, Folder 8

Peter Mintun, Frank Bourquin ("Inez"), Stuart Jenkins, David Winters, Greg Walsh, Ed Linotti, Martin Worman, Rumi Missabou, Johnny MacGowman, circa 1970

General note

Photographs taken by Joshua Freiwald at Mountain View, California, commune. Some 8x10 portraits and group shots, some contact sheets.
Box 4, Folder 9

Peter Mintun, Daniel Ware, Sylvester James, Jody, Goldie Glitters in Sausalito, California, Summer 1970

Box 4, Folder 10

Peter Mintun, Club Mandarin, San Francisco [2 copies], July 1971

Box 3, Oversize-folder 9

"Happy 40--Love, Joshua" [Peter Mintun, Sylvester, Palace Theatre lobby, signed by Joshua Freiwald], undated

Box 4, Folder 11

Peter Mintun, John Rothermel, undated

General note

In Palace Theatre (San Francisco, Calif.) alley. Photos by Clay Geerdes.
Box 3, Oversize-folder 10

Peter Mintun, John Rothermel, Palace Theatre rehearsal, 1972

General note

Photo by Anthony Enton Friedkin.
Box 4, Folder 12

Negatives, undated

Box 4, Folder 13

Passaloqua, Lennie, 1970?

Box 4, Folder 14

Rothermel, John, undated

Box 4, Folder 15

Rumi at Palace Theatre rehearsal, October 1970

Box 4, Folder 16

Sylvester, 1970-1983, undated

General note

19 photos: "Miss Rubie Blue, 1925" photo by Rosenhugh; "To Peter...all my love, Rubie Bleu [sic], Sept. 6, 1970"; 3 copies of photo by David Wise; Victorian Vignettes photo; "Jann Wenner's office, Rolling Stone magazine, February 25, 1971; 2 snapshots on front steps of 946 Haight Street, San Francisco; 9 snapshots in various poses, some in Mountain View and San Francisco; August 1980, 2647 Pine St., San Francisco; Jan. 1983 with Mintun at piano.
Box 4, Folder 17

Sylvester and Bobbie Cameron, (Mountain View, Calif.), 1970-1971?

Related materials

Researchers are encouraged to see also Box 4 / Folder 12: Negatives.
Box 4, Folder 18

Unidentified man, undated