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James Carroll Pickett Papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Coll2013-058

Scope and Contents

The collection comprises scripts, theater production records, promotional materials, bylaws and incorporation papers, tax and financial records, correspondence, medical records, photographs, an audiocassette and other material, 1976-1994, from writer and AIDS activist James Carroll Pickett. As a playwriter in Los Angeles theater, Pickett also co-founded Artists Confronting AIDS (ACA) and was instrumental in a number of theater productions and benefits promoting AIDS awareness.

The Writing Career Series includes Pickett's manuscripts, production files, press photographs and press materials documenting Pickett's award-winning plays (Bathhouse Benediction, Dream Man and Queen of Angels) and lesser known works; as well as his work teaching playwriting and producing the Gay Writers Series. The Artists Confronting AIDS (ACA) Series includes administrative records from ACA, such as incorporation papers and production files for events that Pickett wrote and produced, such as AIDS/US and the Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event (STAGE) Benefits. The Personal Papers Series includes Pickett's resume, will, correspondence, an audio interview with Pickett, as well as financial and medical records documenting Pickett's personal life.

Dates

  • 1976 - 1994

Creator

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.

Biography

Playwright and AIDS activist, James Carroll Pickett, was the co-founder and Executive Director of Artists Confronting AIDS (ACA). He is best known for his plays Bathhouse Benediction, Dream Man and Queen of Angels, which have been produced in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, Portland, Des Moines, Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., Dusseldorf, Edinburgh and London. Pickett received an LA Weekly Humanitarian Theatre Award for his work with Artists Confronting AIDS, as well as for his work as a founder and producer of the Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event (STAGE) Benefits for AIDS Project Los Angeles.

Pickett was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1949, and raised on the family farm in Shelby County. After briefly living in New York and San Francisco, Pickett settled in Los Angeles in 1973. He began writing plays and acting and getting involved in the Los Angeles theater scene. His most active period in playwriting began in 1984 with Bathhouse Benediction, for which he received a Drama-Logue Award for Playwriting. In addition, he wrote and co-produced the docudrama AIDS/US and AIDS/US II, for which he received a Media Award from the Alliance for Gay and Lesbian Artists.

In the early 1990s, Pickett was a Writer in Residence at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, and taught theater classes and headed the Thursday Night Playwrights Workshop. From 1987 to 1990, Pickett produced the monthly Gay Writers Series for A Different Light Bookstore in Los Angeles. He curated "3 Gay Sons Read on Father's Day" at Highways Performance Space; "(This is Not) An AIDS Reading" for Words Project for AIDS at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre; and "3 Gay Writers for Life" for the Otis-Parsons Art & AIDS Exhibition.

Pickett died of complications from AIDS on July 4, 1994.

Source: Box 1, Folder 1, James Carroll Pickett Papers, Coll2013-058, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

Extent

4.8 Linear Feet (2 archive boxes + 2 archive cartons + 1 flat archive box.)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Scripts, theater production records, promotional material, bylaws and incorporation records, tax and financial records, correspondence, medical records, photographs, an audiocassette and other material, 1976-1994, from writer and AIDS activist James Carroll Pickett. Best known for his plays Bathhouse Benediction, Dream Man and Queen of Angels, Pickett also co-founded Artists Confronting AIDS (ACA) and was instrumental in a number of theater productions promoting AIDS awareness. The collection includes Pickett's writings and personal papers, as well as administrative records from ACA.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1. Writing career

Series 2. Artists Confronting AIDS

Series 3. Personal papers

Acquisition

Received by ONE board member Bill Kaiser following Pickett's death in 1994. Donor and exact date of acquisition unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama with the assistance of Sana Shuja and Simbree Touchstone, June 2013.

Title
Finding aid to the James Carroll Pickett papers, 1976-1994
Status
Completed
Author
Loni Shibuyama and Simbree Touchstone
Date
(c) 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Sponsor
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources.

Repository Details

Part of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, University of Southern California Repository

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