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  1. A Big Hit! "The Flirting Flapper" with Howard Blair

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1900-1949)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Apr. 21, 1925
    Topics: Drag queens, Singers, Theatre, Theatre shows, Vaudeville
    Subject: Howard Blair, Stanley James Stock Players
  2. Bessie Bonehill Card

     
    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: California State Library
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1880
    Topics: Male impersonators, Vaudeville
    Subject: Bessie Bonehill
  3. 'Biff, Bing, Bang' At The Wilbur

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1900-1949)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Aug. 23, 1921
    Topics: Drag, Musical theatre, Theatre shows, Vaudeville
    Subject: The Dumbells
  4. Clown Posing with Crossdressers

     
    Collection: Prison Photographs
    Institution: California State Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1933
    Topics: Clowns, Crossdressing, Prisoners, Prisons, Vaudeville
    Description: Stamped on verso: "20th Annual Olympic Club Track & Field Meet at San Quentin prison, c. 1920." Annual event sponsored by the Olympic Club of San Francisco. Prison inmates held a field and track ...
  5. Dance Act

     
    Collection: Prison Photographs
    Institution: California State Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1933
    Topics: Crossdressing, Dancers, Prisoners, Prisons, Vaudeville
    Description: Shows two men, one in jacket, hat and cane; the other dressed as woman in shorts and tights. Stamped on verso: "20th Annual Olympic Club Track & Field Meet at San Quentin prison, c. 1920." Annual...
  6. Female impersonator in vaudeville act at San Quentin State Prison, circa 1914

     
    Collection: Prison Photographs
    Institution: Anne T. Kent California Room, Marin County Free Library
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1914
    Topics: Crossdressing, Female impersonators, Prisoners, Prisons, Vaudeville
    Description: Female impersonator in vaudeville act at San Quentin State Prison, circa 1914. From the family album of San Quentin guard, Richard M. Smith, and his wife, the San Quentin matron, Genevieve Smith. T...
  7. Female Mimics, Vol. 1 No. 4

     
    Collection: Female Mimics
    Institution: The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)
    Creator: Selbee Associates, Inc.
    Date: Autumn 1964
    Topics: Actors, Appearance, Crossdressing, Drag, Drag queens, Entertainers, Femininity, History, MtFs, Night life, Passing (Gender), Photographic models, Sexuality, Social role, Transgender culture, Transgender identity, Transgender people, Vaudeville
    Subject: 82 Club, Baby Martell, Canadian Revue, Carlson Wade, Cherchez La Femme, Gene Chandler, Gigi Duval, Holli White, Jack Lemmon, Jewel Box Revue, Julian Eltinge, Kitt Rogers, Lou Pearson, Minette, Tony Curtis, W.M. Hardy
  8. Finding Aid to the Ralph W. Judd Collection on Cross-Dressing in the Performing Arts

     
    Collection: Discovery Resources
    Institution: ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
    Creator: ONE Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    Date: 2007
    Topics: Crossdressing, Female impersonators, Male impersonators, Transvestism, Vaudeville
    Subject: Charles Pierce, Jim Bailey, Julian Eltinge, Karyl Norman, Ralph Judd
    Description: The collection consists of materials collected by Ralph Judd relating to the history of cross-dressing in the performing arts. The collection is focused on popular music and vaudeville from the 189...
  9. Fine Display of Stage Talent at the Clifton Monday and Tuesday

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1900-1949)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Jan. 29, 1932
    Topics: Crossdressers, Music, Theatre shows, Vaudeville
    Subject: Jean Barrios
  10. Hetty Urma at Piedmont

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1900-1949)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Nov. 15, 1914
    Topics: Drag kings, Male impersonators, Musical theatre, Vaudeville
    Subject: Hetty Urma
  11. Jean Barrios

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1900-1949)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator: Humphrey, Paul
    Date: Jan. 24, 1924
    Topics: Appearance, Clothing, Crossdressers, Theatre shows, Vaudeville
    Subject: Jean Barrios
  12. Jean Barrios (August 12, 1921)

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1900-1949)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Aug. 12, 1921
    Topics: Crossdressing, Theatre shows, Vaudeville
    Subject: Jean Barrios
  13. Jean Barrios (December 5, 1917)

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1900-1949)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Dec. 5, 1917
    Topics: Clothing, Crossdressers, Music, Theatre shows, Vaudeville
    Subject: Jean Barrios
  14. Male Dancer Holding Another Male Dancer in San Quentin Prison

     
    Collection: Prison Photographs
    Institution: California State Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1933
    Topics: Crossdressing, Prisoners, Prisons, Vaudeville
    Description: Shows two dancers on stage. Stamped on verso: "20th Annual Olympic Club Track & Field Meet at San Quentin prison, c. 1920." Annual event sponsored by the Olympic Club of San Francisco. Prison inm...
  15. Mr. Jean Barrios

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1900-1949)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Mar. 16, 1927
    Topics: Crossdressers, Theatre, Theatre shows, Vaudeville
    Subject: Jean Barrios
  16. Mr. Jean Barrios (August 18, 1922)

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1900-1949)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Aug. 18, 1922
    Topics: Crossdressers, Music, Theatre shows, Vaudeville
  17. Neil Burgess (Week of March 6)

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Mar. 5, 1899
    Topics: Comedy, Female impersonators, Theatre shows, Vaudeville
    Subject: Neil Burgess
  18. New York Clipper Registry Collection

     
    Collection: Discovery Resources
    Institution: Emerson College Archives and Special Collections
    Creator:
    Date: Sep. 28, 2015
    Topics: Copyright, Crossdressing, Drag, LGBTQ+ radio, Music, Theatre, Vaudeville
    Subject: New York Clipper
  19. Next Week – The Sensational Stock Surprise Howard Blair

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1900-1949)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Jan. 1925
    Topics: Drag queens, Musical theatre, Vaudeville
    Subject: Howard Blair
  20. Officials Pose with Prisoner Wearing Women's Clothing at the 20th Annual Olympic Club Track & Field Meet

     
    Collection: Prison Photographs
    Institution: California State Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1933
    Topics: Crossdressing, Parades, Prisoners, Prisons, Vaudeville
    Description: Stamped on verso: "20th Annual Olympic Club Track & Field Meet at San Quentin prison, c. 1920." 2012-0123. Annual event sponsored by the Olympic Club of San Francisco. Prison inmates held a fie...
  21. Performers on Stage at 20th Annual Olympic Club Track & Field Meet at San Quentin Prison

     
    Collection: Prison Photographs
    Institution: California State Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1933
    Topics: African-americans, Crossdressing, Musicians, Prisoners, Prisons, Vaudeville
    Description: Stamped on verso: "20th Annual Olympic Club Track & Field Meet at San Quentin prison, c. 1920." Shows stage, performers posing. Annual event sponsored by the Olympic Club of San Francisco. Pris...
  22. Prison inmates (one a female impersonator) in vaudeville act at San Quentin State Prison, circa 1914

     
    Collection: Prison Photographs
    Institution: Anne T. Kent California Room, Marin County Free Library
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1914
    Topics: Crossdressing, Female impersonators, Plays, Prisoners, Prisons, Vaudeville
    Description: Prison inmates (one a female impersonator) in vaudeville act at San Quentin State Prison, circa 1914. From the family album of San Quentin guard, Richard M. Smith, and his wife, the San Quentin mat...
  23. San Quentin Prisoner dancing in Grass Skirt

     
    Collection: Prison Photographs
    Institution: California State Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1933
    Topics: Crossdressing, Prisoners, Prisons, Vaudeville
    Description: Shows stage area, gentleman dressed in grass skirt, grandstand and spectators in background. Stamped on verso: "20th Annual Olympic Club Track & Field Meet at San Quentin prison, c. 1920."
  24. San Quentin Prisoners Performing Onstage

     
    Collection: Prison Photographs
    Institution: California State Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1933
    Topics: African-americans, Crossdressing, Prisoners, Prisons, Vaudeville
    Subject: Poetry of Motion, Smith and Griffith
    Description: Stamped on verso: "20th Annual Olympic Club Track & Field Meet at San Quentin prison, c. 1920." Annual event sponsored by the Olympic Club of San Francisco. Prison inmates held a field and track ...
  25. Sister Kate Dancing in Two Piece in San Quentin Prison

     
    Collection: Prison Photographs
    Institution: California State Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1933
    Topics: African-americans, Crossdressing, Prisoners, Prisons, Vaudeville
    Subject: Sister Kate
    Description: Shows African American prisoner/performer dressed in ruffled two-piece outfit and hat. Stamped on verso: "20th Annual Olympic Club Track & Field Meet at San Quentin prison, c. 1920." Annual event s...
  26. Sister Kate Dancing in Two Piece on Stage

     
    Collection: Prison Photographs
    Institution: California State Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1933
    Topics: African-americans, Crossdressing, Prisoners, Prisons, Vaudeville
    Subject: Sister Kate
    Description: Shows African American prisoner/performer dressed in ruffled two-piece outfit and hat. Stamped on verso: "20th Annual Olympic Club Track & Field Meet at San Quentin prison, c. 1920." Annual event s...
  27. Sister Kate Dancing on Stage

     
    Collection: Prison Photographs
    Institution: California State Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1933
    Topics: African-americans, Crossdressing, Prisoners, Prisons, Vaudeville
    Subject: Sister Kate
    Description: Shows African American prisoner/performer dressed in ruffled two-piece outfit and hat. Stamped on verso: "20th Annual Olympic Club Track & Field Meet at San Quentin prison, c. 1920." Annual event s...
  28. Sister Kate Doing the Splits

     
    Collection: Prison Photographs
    Institution: California State Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1933
    Topics: African-americans, Crossdressing, Prisoners, Prisons, Vaudeville
    Subject: Sister Kate
    Description: Shows African American prisoner/performer dressed in ruffled two-piece outfit and hat. Stamped on verso: "20th Annual Olympic Club Track & Field Meet at San Quentin prison, c. 1920." Annual event s...
  29. Sister Kate Posing for Photograph with Man

     
    Collection: Prison Photographs
    Institution: California State Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1933
    Topics: African-americans, Crossdressing, Prisoners, Prisons, Vaudeville
    Subject: Sister Kate
    Description: Shows African American prisoner/performer dressed in ruffled two-piece outfit and hat. Stamped on verso: "20th Annual Olympic Club Track & Field Meet at San Quentin prison, c. 1920." Annual event s...
  30. Sister Kate Standing with Judges

     
    Collection: Prison Photographs
    Institution: California State Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1933
    Topics: African-americans, Crossdressing, Prisoners, Prisons, Vaudeville
    Subject: Sister Kate
    Description: Shows African American prisoner/performer dressed in ruffled two-piece outfit and hat. Stamped on verso: "20th Annual Olympic Club Track & Field Meet at San Quentin prison, c. 1920." Annual event s...
  31. The Al-Pache-E Dance Troupe

     
    Collection: Prison Photographs
    Institution: California State Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1933
    Topics: Bands, Clowns, Crossdressing, Dancers, Prisoners, Prisons, Vaudeville
    Description: Shows clowns with musical instruments, men dressed as women in prison yard. Stamped on verso: "20th Annual Olympic Club Track & Field Meet at San Quentin prison, c. 1920." Annual event sponsored ...
  32. The Captain

     
    Collection: Sheet Music
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Unknown
    Topics: Male impersonators, Music, Musicians, Vaudeville
    Subject: Ella Wesner
  33. The Celebrated Rentz Santley Novelty Company

     
    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: Peabody Essex Museum
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1870
    Topics: Burlesque (Theater), Female impersonators, Theater, Vaudeville
    Subject: 4 Aesthetic Four 4, Alice Daily, Alice Smith, Andy and Annie Hughes, Annie Boyd, Billy Buckley, Blanch Moncrief, Bruno Kennicott, Don Jose, Dutch Daly, Edgar Edgerton, Edith Sinclair, Emma Alfredo, Emma Wilson, Esther Vaughan, Fannie Florence, Fred Wilson, Georgia Lester, Harry Morris, Harry Woodson, Kate Gresham, Laura Bennett, Lillie Ashford, Lizzie Paine, Louise Giroux, Lulu Mortimer, M. B. Leavitt, Mechanic's Hall, Millie Ellsworth, Rentz Santley, Teddy Raynor, The Masher's Quadrille, The Rentz Santley Novelty Company, The Spanish Dude, Topsy Robins, Victoria North, W.M. Skuse
  34. "The Dumbells" have arrived

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1900-1949)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Aug. 23, 1921
    Topics: Drag, Musical theatre, Theatre, Vaudeville
    Subject: The Dumbells
  35. The Flirting Flapper

     
    Collection: Sheet Music
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: 1925
    Topics: Female impersonators, Music, Musicians, Vaudeville
    Subject: Howard Blair
  36. "The Flirting Flapper" at Opera House

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1900-1949)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Apr. 18, 1925
    Topics: Arts and entertainment occupations, Crossdressers, Musicians, Theatre shows, Vaudeville
    Subject: Howard Blair
  37. The Vaudeville News

     
    Collection: Sheet Music
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: 1923
    Topics: Female impersonators, Music, Musicians, Vaudeville
    Subject: Jean Barrios
  38. The Waltz of Love

     
    Collection: Sheet Music
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: 1925
    Topics: Female impersonators, Music, Musicians, Vaudeville
    Subject: Howard Blair
  39. Two African American Performers Performing in San Quentin Prison

     
    Collection: Prison Photographs
    Institution: California State Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1933
    Topics: African-americans, Crossdressing, Prisoners, Prisons, Vaudeville
    Description: Stamped on verso: "20th Annual Olympic Club Track & Field Meet at San Quentin prison, c. 1920." Annual event sponsored by the Olympic Club of San Francisco. Prison inmates held a field and track d...
  40. Two Male Dancers in Unison

     
    Collection: Prison Photographs
    Institution: California State Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1933
    Topics: Crossdressing, Dancers, Prisoners, Prisons, Vaudeville
    Description: Shows two dancers on stage. Stamped on verso: "20th Annual Olympic Club Track & Field Meet at San Quentin prison, c. 1920." Annual event sponsored by the Olympic Club of San Francisco. Prison inmat...
  41. Two Men Dancing Side By Side

     
    Collection: Prison Photographs
    Institution: California State Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1933
    Topics: Crossdressing, Dancers, Prisoners, Prisons, Vaudeville
    Description: Shows two dancers on stage. Stamped on verso: "20th Annual Olympic Club Track & Field Meet at San Quentin prison, c. 1920." Annual event sponsored by the Olympic Club of San Francisco. Prison inmat...
  42. Two Prisoners Dancing

     
    Collection: Prison Photographs
    Institution: California State Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1933
    Topics: Crossdressing, Dancers, Prisoners, Prisons, Vaudeville
    Description: Shows two dancers on stage. Stamped on verso: "20th Annual Olympic Club Track & Field Meet at San Quentin prison, c. 1920." Annual event sponsored by the Olympic Club of San Francisco. Prison inm...
  43. Two Prisoners Dancing in Front of a Crowd San Quentin

     
    Collection: Prison Photographs
    Institution: California State Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1933
    Topics: Crossdressing, Dancers, Prisoners, Prisons, Vaudeville
    Description: Stamped on verso: "20th Annual Olympic Club Track & Field Meet at San Quentin prison, c. 1920." Annual event sponsored by the Olympic Club of San Francisco. Prison inmates held a field and track ...
  44. Two San Quentin Prisoners Posing Together

     
    Collection: Prison Photographs
    Institution: California State Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1933
    Topics: Couples, Crossdressing, Dancers, Prisoners, Prisons, Vaudeville
    Description: Shows vaudeville act, one man dressed as woman in top and shorts, one man in jacket and hat with cane. Stamped on verso: "20th Annual Olympic Club Track & Field Meet at San Quentin prison, c. 1920."
  45. Unknown Dancer in San Quentin Prison

     
    Collection: Prison Photographs
    Institution: California State Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1933
    Topics: Crossdressing, Dancers, Prisoners, Prisons, Vaudeville
    Description: Shows inmate dressed as belly dancer. Stamped on verso: "20th Annual Olympic Club Track & Field Meet at San Quentin prison, c. 1920."
  46. Variety Protected Materials Department Collection

     
    Collection: Discovery Resources
    Institution: Emerson College Archives and Special Collections
    Creator:
    Date: Unknown
    Topics: Copyright, Crossdressing, Dance, Drag, LGBTQ+ radio, Musicians, Theatre, Vaudeville
    Subject: Charles Grapewin, Fred Allen, Variety
  47. Vaudeville Act Dancing Together

     
    Collection: Prison Photographs
    Institution: California State Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1933
    Topics: Couples, Crossdressing, Dancers, Prisoners, Prisons, Vaudeville
    Description: Shows vaudeville act, one man dressed as woman in top and shorts, one man in jacket and hat with cane. Stamped on verso: "20th Annual Olympic Club Track & Field Meet at San Quentin prison, c. 1920."
  48. Vaudeville Acts Posing as a Group

     
    Collection: Prison Photographs
    Institution: California State Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1933
    Topics: Crossdressing, Prisoners, Prisons, Vaudeville
    Description: Shows several of acts posing for group portrait on stage. Stamped on verso: "20th Annual Olympic Club Track & Field Meet at San Quentin prison, c. 1920." Annual event sponsored by the Olympic Clu...
  49. Vaudeville Groups Walking Through Prison Yard

     
    Collection: Prison Photographs
    Institution: California State Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1933
    Topics: Crossdressing, Prisoners, Prisons, Vaudeville
    Description: Shows acts, spectators, guards. Stamped on verso: "20th Annual Olympic Club Track & Field Meet at San Quentin prison, c. 1920." 2012-0050. Annual event sponsored by the Olympic Club of San Franci...
  50. Vaudeville Performers in front of Red Light Cafe Set

     
    Collection: Prison Photographs
    Institution: California State Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1933
    Topics: Clowns, Crossdressing, Prisoners, Prisons, Vaudeville
    Description: Shows shack decorated with graffiti, saloon doors, men dressed as women posed in front. Stamped on verso: "20th Annual Olympic Club Track & Field Meet at San Quentin prison, c. 1920."