Ken Dickmann papers and photographs
Scope and Contents
- circa 1920-1995
- Majority of material found within 1970 - 1995
- Dickmann, Ken (Creator, Person)
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After leaving the Air Force, he lived in San Francisco in the early 1960s where he quickly became involved in the local theater scene as a performer, writer, and director. He starred in Society for Individual Rights (SIR) productions of all-male musicals, including Little Mary Sunshine, Dames at Sea, and Silhouettes. He directed the SIRlebrities Capades and hosted the Isadora Duncan Picnics and Bette Bus costume parties. During this time, he wrote weekly columns for Kaleidoscope, Data-Boy, and other publications.
By the 1980s, Dickmann had moved to Los Angeles and was writing theater reviews and celebrity interviews for the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Frontiers, Edge, and the Advocate. In addition, Dickmann worked in public relations for Filmex and the American Cinematheque, the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics Art Festival, and various film festivals throughout Southern California.
By the 1990s, Dickmann had been introduced to Hawaii by his dear friend Lee Mentley, and was dividing his time between Los Angeles and Hawaii, getting involved in Hawaiian cultural arts and community organizations. After being diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, Dickmann spent much of the last years of his life convalescing at Mentley's home until he returned to Los Angeles a few days before his death. Dickmann died of AIDS-related complications on November 20, 1995 in Los Angeles, and his ashes were scattered under the ancient Hawaiian temple made famous in the musical South Pacific.
Box 1, Folder 1-3, Ken Dickmann Papers and Photographs, Coll2013-063, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.
25.1 Linear Feet (10 archive boxes + 26 archive binder boxes + 4 archive shoeboxes + 1 oversize envelope.)
Language of Materials
Series 1. Personal papers
Series 2. Writings
Series 3. Performing arts and publicity career
Series 4. Correspondence
Series 5. Ron Romovich
Series 6. Photographs
Another Side of Sharon McNight, Glendale Records, 1981 (signed by Sharon McNight).
No Camping, Velvet Records, undated.
To Love Somebody, Pearl and Kozmic Blues, Evatone, undated.
The following objects have been separated to ONE's ephemera collections:
Jump rope, rainbow color
LGBTQ calendars (1988, 1993)
Matchbooks from Melvyn's at the Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs, CA
Promotional items from European pride events
Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence button. Image of sisters planting a rainbow flag
Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence wooden "coin", 1999
"Weho Pride" button
Gay- and lesbian-related clippings (3 folders) and HIV/AIDS-related clippings (1 folder) have been separated to the ONE subject files collection.
- Cross dressing -- Competitions -- United States
- Drag shows
- Gay actors
- Gay journalists
- Gay press publications
- Gay theater
- Homosexuality and theater
- Mentley, Lee
- Motion pictures and gay men
- Musical theater -- California -- Los Angeles -- Archival resources
- Olympic Games (23rd : 1984 : Los Angeles, Calif.)
- Romovich, Ron
- Theater critics -- California
- Finding Aid to the Ken Dickmann Papers and Photographs, circa 1920-1995
- Rachel Roque and Loni Shibuyama
- (c) 2013
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- Description is in English.
- Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.