Voices from the Beinecke Library

Jewel Box

"America's Finest Femme- Mimics" publicity fan from the Jewel Box Lounge, The Most Talked About Nite Club in the Midwest (Kansas City, MO, undated).

The archival component of the Laura Bailey Collection of Gender and Transgender Materials (GEN MSS 787) is now available for research. One of the largest and most diverse collections of its kind, the Laura Bailey Collection of Gender and Transgender Materials consists of a broad range of printed and visual materials, including photographs, postcards, and many types of printed ephemera; manuscript materials, and audiovisual materials. The collection is organized largely as it was received from Bailey, with many materials in binders according to category of gender or transgender culture or performance as assigned by Bailey. Also included is a catalog for the collection compiled by Bailey and the hand-written index cards she used to catalog it. A primary description of the contents of the archival component of the collection is available online here: Cataloging and description of the printed material is ongoing.


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