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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Typ 1295

My Comrade publication records

Overview

Contains the publication records and materials for the zine My Comrade, as well as its companion zine Sister!.

Dates

  • Creation: 1987-2022

Creator

Language of Materials

All materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

This collection is shelved offsite. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Extent

3.15 linear feet (8 boxes)

The collection contains production material for the main run of the My Comrade, 1987-1994, as well as its companion magazine, Sister!. This includes original boards, negatives, contact sheets, and photographic collages. Further materials include a complete run of the magazine (including those with Sister! on the flip side), as well as press clippings, magazines, newspapers, and reviews related to both runs of My Comrade, 1987-1994 and 2004-2006. The collection contains handbills, advertisements, and business records for My Comrade and Sister!, including business plans, benefit party records and permits, copyright information, original collages for invitations and flyers as well as photocopied versions, and other materials related to publicity.

Biographical / Historical

My Comrade was a queer underground magazine published and edited by Linda Simpson, the drag queen "alter ego"(1) of Les Simpson. My Comrade was published originally from 1987 to 1994 in the form of a zine. Ten issues were published in the original run, growing in content and format, and covered New York City’s queer scene, particularly that of the East Village. In 2004, Simpson decided to bring My Comrade back. One issue was published in 2004 and a second in 2006. The magazine also had a web presence at www.mycomrade.com, which is no longer extant. Simpson explained that My Comrade was “a very organic magazine that specializes in a particular sensibility that celebrates drag and an offbeat, satirical, campy way of looking at the world whether it happens to be a fashionable way of thinking or not.”(2)



Linda Simpson has performed as the drag "alter ego"(3) for Les Simpson throughout New York City since the late 1980s and received the Legendary Award at New York’s annual drag queen awards, The Glammys, in 2003. Simpson not only published and edited My Comrade, but served as the Gay and Lesbian Editor and then acted as a Contributing Writer at Time Out New York. Simpson wrote plays such as The Tranny Chase and The Final Episode, contributed to Out and HX, and co-hosted the cable TV show Party Talk.(4)

Sources



(1) Simpson, Linda. "About" section on her home page: http://lindasimpson.org/about/ (accessed August 2, 2021)

(2)Kramer Bussel, Rachel. “Linda Simpson, Media Queen,” The Gothamist, April 14, 2006; updated March 7, 2008. Accessed July 28, 2021: https://gothamist.com/arts-entertainment/linda-simpson-media-queen

(3) Simpson, Linda. "About" section on her home page: http://lindasimpson.org/about/ (accessed August 2, 2021)

(4)Kramer Bussel, Rachel. “Linda Simpson, Media Queen,” The Gothamist, April 14, 2006; updated March 7, 2008. Accessed July 28, 2021: https://gothamist.com/arts-entertainment/linda-simpson-media-queen

Arrangement

The materials are arranged as they were received from the dealer. It is not certain that this is an original order.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Custodial History

Ownership prior to this acquisition is unknown.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2021MH-2. Purchase from Boo-Hooray LLC, 2021 May 26, with funds from the Hermon Dunlap Smith Bequest, Philip Hofer Charitable Trust, Harmand Teplow Class of 1920 Book Fund, and Maryette Charlton Harvard Theatre Collection Fund.

2023MH-2. (2022 issue) Gift of Boo-Hooray LLC, 2022 July 18.

Processing Information

Processed by Betts Coup, 2021, with descriptive guidance from Joan Ilacqua of the History Project: Documenting LGBTQ Boston. The materials have been rehoused, but original folder titles were maintained in the vast majority of the collection.

Creator

Subject

Title
My Comrade. My Comrade publication records, 1987-2022 (MS Typ 1295): Guide
Status
completed
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard University
Date
2021 June 17
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)
Language of description
eng
EAD ID
hou03390

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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