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Bogus (SDiane) papers
BANC MSS 2018/280  
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Description
This collection documents the personal and professional life of Black lesbian author, publisher, educator, spiritual healer, and actor, SDiane Bogus. Bogus is also known as SDiane Adamz-Bogus, Shariananda Adamz, and The Oracle Soul-Joiner. The collection includes journals; photo albums; art; materials related to The Lesbian & Gay Wedding Planner; writings; correspondence; personalia, audiovisual materials; and materials related to Woman in the Moon Publications, Bogus' spiritual teachings and education, and her career as an actor.
Background
SDiane Bogus (b.1946) is an author, publisher, educator, spiritual healer, and actor. At various time in her life, she has been known as SDiane Adamz-Bogus, Shariananda Adamz, and The Oracle/Sister Soul-Joiner. (She legally changed her name from SDiane Adamz-Bogus to Shariananda Adamz, a name she accepted under divine unction.) Bogus was born in Chicago, Illinois and partly raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She holds a B.A. from Stillman College (1968); an M.A. from Syracuse University (1969); and Ph.Ds from Miami University (1988) and American International University (1998). Bogus also trained in massage therapy, pranic healing, reiki, and hypnosis, and applies the principles of new age thought and ideology to her teaching, lectures, workshops, and private psychic readings. From 1979-1999 Bogus was editor-in-chief and publisher of Woman in the Moon Publications, a new age feminist book company. Her essays, fiction, and poetry reflect her experiences as an African American lesbian and new age practitioner. In the 1990s, Bogus focus shifted from publishing to new age healing and psychic education. In 2001 she survived being struck by lightning, something she referred to as a life-changing event. As of 2021, Bogus was living in Copenhagen, Denmark and was director of Oracle Shariananda's Global Healing Therapies.
Extent
approximately 17 linear feet (7 cartons, 2 boxes, 4 oversize boxes)
Restrictions
Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user. All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted to The Bancroft Library. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html
Availability
Collection is open for research.