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Verasphere Archive, 1995-2020 GLC 59
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Series 1 Press and Publicity 1996-2020

Physical Description: 48 folders

Scope and Contents

Contains press coverage of Mrs. Vera and Mr. Tina, and of exhibitions of the work of Michael Johnstone and David Faulk. The articles by Heidi Thimann, Don Bapst, Hank Trout, and Chip Alfred discuss the inspiration behind Mrs. Vera and Johnstone and Faulk's collaboration.


Arranged in chronological order. Folders incorporated after the collection was first processed are listed chronologically in the finding aid but are filed after the already processed collection.
box 1, folder 1

Creampuff magazine. Fetish timeline September 16-29, [1996?]

box 1, folder 2

San Francisco Bay Times July 24, 1997

box 2, folder 1

San Francisco Frontiers . "Telling Stories" regarding Michael Johnstone's photography exhibition August 14, 1997

box 1, folder 3

San Francisco Metroplitan October 5, 1998

box 2, folder 2

Drag Queen contest flyer (Mykonos) 1999

box 1, folder 4

Pride Guide 2000

box 1, folder 5

[Polish Magazine] Igetzer 2000

General note

Four pages of color photos of Mrs. Vera. See Don Bapst article "Tranny Terror" for translation.
box 2, folder 3

NW (Sydney, Australia). "Mardi Gras 2001 Festival Highlights" March 12, 2001

box 1, folder 6

Bay Area Reporter . Listing and review of GLBT Historical Society show December 13 and 20, 2001

box 1, folder 7

San Francisco Bay Times December 27, 2001

box 1, folder 8

Mardi Gras Guide (Australia) 2002

box 1, folder 9

Pride Guide 2002

box 1, folder 10

San Francisco Chronicle July 1, 2002

box 1, folder 11

The Advocate February 18, 2003

box 1, folder 12

Pride Guide 2003

box 1, folder 13

Folsom Street Fair Guide 2003

box 1, folder 14

FG. Mardi Gras Guide (Sydney, Australia) 2005

box 1, folder 15

Bay Area Reporter . Easter, photo of Mrs. Vera misidentified as Sister Roma March 31, 2005

box 1, folder 16

San Francisco Bay Times . Visual Aid Sweet 16 press and review June 16 and 30, 2005

box 1, folder 17

QAR [www.queer-arts.com]. "Seeing Mrs. Vera: The Collaborative Work of Michael Johnstone and David Faulk" by Heidi Thimann 2005

box 1, folder 18

QAR [www.queer-arts.com]. "This Mortal Makeup: Images from Mrs. Vera's Daybook by Michael Johnstone" by Don Bapst 2005

box 1, folder 19

Pride Guide 2005

box 1, folder 20

Bay Area Reporter November 10, 2005

box 1, folder 21

San Francisco Bay Times December 1, 2005

box 1, folder 22

San Francisco Chronicle June 11, 2006

box 1, folder 23

Bay Area Reporter June 29, 2006

box 1, folder 24

Pride Guide 2006

box 1, folder 25

San Francisco Bay Times . Visual Aid / Bjorn fundraiser August 3, 2006

box 1, folder 26

San Francisco Bay Times . Photo and quote--Dore Alley Fair August 3, 2006

box 1, folder 27

San Francisco Chronicle . DeYoung Museum September 16, 2007

box 1, folder 28

Bay Area Reporter . "Remember Jerome" review October 11, 2007

box 1, folder 29

Pride Guide 2008

box 1, folder 30

San Francisco Examiner . Photo from Cafe Weimar at SFMOMA February 19, 2008

box 1, folder 31

San Francisco Bay Times , "Magnet Presents Michael Johnstone's 12 Snapshots of Mrs. Vera" by Sister Dana Van Iquity / Dennis McMillan April 10, 2008

box 1, folder 32

San Francisco Examiner . Pride photo of Michael and David June 30, 2008

box 1, folder 33

San Francisco Weekly , "Mrs. Vera--The Cindy Sherman of Drag" by Traci Vogel September 9, 2008

box 1, folder 34

SF Weekly September 10, 2008

box 2, folder 4

PS...Sydney : an SSO Publication [Sydney, Australia Mardi Gras publication] 2010

box 2, folder 5

San Francisco Examiner June 28, 2010

box 2, folder 6

49 Hours of SF Arts & Culture brochure [2011]

box 2, folder 7

SF Public Press Fall 2011

box 2, folder 8

A & U (issue 217). "Picture This" by Chip Alfred about the Verasphere November 2012

box 2, folder 9

A & U (issue 269). "Two Men & A Mrs. Vera" by Hank Trout about the Verasphere March 2017

box 2, folder 10

A & U (issue 287). "Verasphere: 25 Years of Love, Art & Joy" September 2018

box 2, folder 11

"Verasphere: 25 Years of Love, Art & Joy" exhibition announcements September 2018

box 2, folder 12

Bay Area Reporter March 21-27, 2019

box 2, folder 13

San Francisco Chronicle . "Festival of Rainbows--And Resistance, Too" July 1, 2019

box 2, folder 14

SF/ARTS: Guide to San Francisco Arts Monthly June 2020


Series 2 Subject Files 1995-2020

Physical Description: 13 folders

Scope and Contents

The series contains the transcripts of oral history interviews of Faulk and Johnstone conducted by Nell Jehu at Faulk's home, San Francisco, California. It also includes the book Mrs. Vera's Daybook with color photos, and invitations for exhibitions of Faulk's and Johnstone's work. David Duckworth's paper analyzes the Mrs. Vera Daybook series. "Vera" is an original silk screen sticker by artist Jim Winters. The series contains a description and artist's statement for "Petting Zoo: the Art of Mrs. Vera," an exhibition held at the Library for the Blind and Print Disabled, San Francisco Public Library. There is also some information on two documentary films on the Verasphere, a mural by David Faulk for Openhouse, and vandalism of an art exhibition of Johnstone's work at San Francisco City Hall.


Arranged alphabetically by title. Folders incorporated after the collection was first processed are listed alphabetically in the finding aid but are filed after the already processed collection.
box 2, folder 15

Documentary films by Robert James: Verasphere: A Love Story in Costume and Mrs. Vera's Daybook ( A & U , issue 309) 2019-2020

box 1, folder 35

Duckworth, David P. "Redemption and Regeneration: Michael Johnstone, David Faulk and the Making of Verasphere" talk delivered at the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, California September 12, 2008

box 1, folder 36

Invitations for exhibitions 1995-2008, undated

box 1, folder 37

Invitations to shows of David Faulk's paintings 2000-2006

box 1, folder 38

Mrs. Vera's Daybook [book]. Photographs by Michael Johnstone. Signed by Johnstone and David Faulk. #5 of 30 2007

box 2, folder 16

Mrs. Vera's Daybook series [postcards] undated

box 2, folder 17

Openhouse HIV Long-Term Survivors Tribute - Mural "The Scenic Route" by David Faulk, includes Bay Area Reporter (September 5-11, 2019) 2019


Oral history transcripts

Related materials

Researchers are encouraged to see also Box 1 / Folder 44. Oral history DVD recordings.
box 1, folder 39

Faulk, David January 8, 2009

box 1, folder 40

Johnstone, Michael January 8, 2009

box 1, folder 45

"Petting Zoo: the Art of Mrs. Vera," October 3, 2015-January 8, 2016. Exhibition at Library for the Blind and Print Disabled, San Francisco Public Library 2015

box 2, folder 18

Vandalism, San Francisco City Hall exhibition 1996

box 2, folder 19

Vandalism, "Reversing Vandalism" exhibition information, San Francisco Public Library 2003

box 1, folder 41

Winters, Jim. "Vera" [silkscreen sticker] 1999


Series 3 Videorecordings 1997-2009

Physical Description: 3 folders (6 discs)

Scope and Contents

Contains documentary footage of Mrs. Vera, Mr. Tina and friends at street fairs and other events in San Francisco. Some footage shows studio and storage spaces and artwork by Faulk and Johnstone. The videographer provides a running commentary. Nell Jehu's oral histories of Johnstone and Faulk provide insight into their work and the evolution of Mrs. Vera and the Verasphere.


Arranged in alphabetical order by title.
box 1, folder 42

Fabulous [short documentary on Mrs. Vera's environment and beauty regimen] by Emma King 1997

Container Summary: 1 DVD
box 1, folder 43

Love Parade, Folsom Fair, "Remember Jerome" exhibition and event, Sugar Valley [Castro Street Fair] 2007

Container Summary: 3 DVDs

General note

Documentary chronicles appearances by Mr. Tina and Mrs. Vera at the Folsom Street Fair, Castro Street Fair and Love Parade. Disc 2 contains footage of the Bucheon Gallery exhibition "Remember Jerome--A Large Group Show of Friends and Artists Who Miss Jerome Caja" for Jerome Caja, held October 6, 2007. Johnstone and Faulk both had pieces in the show.
box 1, folder 44

Oral history of Michael Johnstone and of David Faulk, done by Nell Jehu January 8, 2009

Container Summary: 2 DVDs

Related materials

Researchers are encouraged to see also Box 1 / Folders 39-40. Oral history transcripts.

Series 4 Photographs 1995-2008

Physical Description: 3 albums and 1 folder


The photographs are available during Photo Desk hours.

Scope and Contents

The series contains photograph albums of Michael Johnstone, David Faulk and friends (a.k.a. Verasphere) at San Francisco events. It also includes: photographs of the costumes and accessories made by David Faulk, and worn by Mrs. Vera; and photo Christmas cards sent from Mrs. Vera, Mr. Tina, and their cat Radar.


Faulk and Johnstone created three photograph albums according to subject. Photo albums and folders are arranged alphabetically by title.
box 2, folder 20

Christmas cards from Mrs. Vera, Mr. Tina, Radar (cat) 2000, undated

box 2, folder 21, volume 1

Mrs. Vera's Daybook series. Selection of 40 colorprints 1995-2008

General note

Prints range in size from 8x10-inches to 8x12 inches. Portfolio contains itemized title list, and resumes for Michael Johnstone and David Faulk.
box 2, volume 2

Photograph album of Michael Johnstone, David Faulk and friends (a.k.a. Verasphere) at San Francisco events 1996-2007

General note

Photos taken by friend and neighbor Jon Harris. 4x6-inch photographs in roughly chronological order. Itemized list of photographs with event and date. Events include: Open Studios, Halloween, City Hall exhibition, Mrs. Vera's birthday parties, Folsom Fairs, Gay Prides, dinner with Cockettes in 2001, Mrs. Vera's Daybook exhibition, Remember Jerome exhibition, and Glamarama.
box 2, volume 3

Photograph album of the costumes and accessories made by David Faulk, and worn by Mrs. Vera 1996-2008

General note

54 4x6-inch color photographs. Each piece is identified with the date of creation, the components and media used, and the place(s) or event(s) where it was worn. Includes a few photographs of Faulk, and of Mrs. Vera and Mr. Tina.