Papers of Deanna Booher, 1970-2017
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Use
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
1.46 linear feet ((3 + ½ file boxes) plus 1 folio+ folders, 64 photograph folders, 39 videotapes, 50 DVDs, 4 archived web sites)
While very little about Booher's personal life is revealed in these papers, several letters between Booher and her husband reveal a rocky relationship and episodes of jealousy in their open marriage. A single journal documents Booher's struggle with depression; her rocky relationship with her husband and thoughts about leaving him; problems with her weight, and physical problems as a result of her career in wrestling and her slam-a-gram appearances. This journal is also peppered with psychic and tarot card readings. Folder titles were created by the archivist. The series is arranged alphabetically.
SERIES II, PHOTOGRAPHS AND AUDIOVISUAL, 1970-2006 (#PD.1-PD.64, Vt-312.1-Vt-312.39, DVD-142.1-DVD-142.50), includes photographs, photograph albums, video cassettes and DVDs. The bulk of the photographs document Booher's fetish work as the dominatrix Circe/Queen Adrena with men and occasionally women, who acted as her slaves and engaged in wrestling, spanking, foot worship, crushing, smothering, water sports, humiliation, transvestite training, light torture, whipping, etc., and were available through advertisements in local and national fetish publications. A smaller number of photographs document her work with Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling and other types of wresting appearances both in the United States and the United Kingdom and her time in roller derby. Several photographs of Booher and her husband are also included. Video cassettes and DVDs document the span of her fetish work and include recordings from the late 1970s through 2005. These recordings include Queen Adrena as well as several other dominant mistresses as well as a number of men who appeared as slaves in her videos. A number of these videos include Booher giving direction to other performers in the videos and well as instructing them in how to perform crushing and body walking without causing injury, particularly broken bones. These videos were first marketed in fetish publications, later being sold on several of Booher's websites. Many of them are still available online. Material is arranged by format and thence chronologically. Folder titles for photographs were created by the archivist. Photograph album, video, and DVD titles were created by Booher.
Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be digitized and available online.
- Series I. Biographical and personal, 1972-2017 (#1.1-4.16, F+D.1, E.1)
- Series II. Photographs and audiovisual, 1970-2006 (#PD.1-PD.64, Vt-312.1-Vt-312.39, DVD-142.1-DVD-142.50)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of Deanna Booher were acquired by the Schlesinger Library in July 2017.
By: Mark Vassar, with assistance from Ashley Thomas.
The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit. Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
General processing procedures in place at the Library include the following: books (when not heavily annotated) by and about the collection's creator and on subjects which fall within the Library's collecting area are removed and cataloged separately with information about their provenance; other books and serials are not retained. Other material not normally retained include: clippings that are not by or about the collection's creator; research files; financial documents such as checkbooks, cancelled checks, bank statements, etc. (when there is financial documentation at a higher level); invoices, receipts, orders, airline tickets, etc.; and envelopes (when they do not contain additional information).
When samples of weeded documents are retained, it is indicated in the finding aid.
- Actors--United States
- DVD-Video discs
- Erotic films
- Fan mail
- Fetishism (sexual behavior)
- Pornographic films--United States
- Pornography--Social aspects--United States
- Sex in popular culture--United States
- Telephone sex--United States
- Web archives
- Women--Sexual behavior
- Women-owned business enterprises--United States
- Wrestling matches
- Booher, Deanna. Papers of Deanna Booher, 1970-2017: A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
- Processing of this collection was made possible by the Elsie Rodd Fund in the Schlesinger Library and the Ellen Sears Minot Fund.
- EAD ID
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