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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 949; Vt-312; DVD-142

Papers of Deanna Booher, 1970-2017

Fan correspondence, journal, wrestling ephemera, photographs, videotapes, and DVDs of Deanna Booher, wrestler, roller derby player, and fetish performer.

Dates

  • 1970-2017

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research. Researchers seeking to use the collection must sign a form agreeing not to identify by name or try to contact individuals who corresponded with Booher or who appear in the films she produced. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Deanna Booher is retained by Booher during her lifetime. Researchers seeking to quote or use significant amounts of film or other material must seek her permission. With the exception of material in the collection that is clearly marked by Booher relating to Queen Kong, upon her death, Booher transfers and assigns copyright to the President and Fellows of Harvard College. Copyright to the Queen Kong material identified by Booher will transfer, upon her death, to her son Dean. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Extent

1.46 linear feet ((3 + ½ file boxes) plus 1 folio+ folders, 64 photograph folders, 39 videotapes, 50 DVDs, 4 archived web sites)

SERIES I, BIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONAL, 1972-2017 (#1.1-4.16, F+D.1, E.1), includes clippings; articles; correspondence; wrestling programs, business cards and other ephemera; personal advertisements; a journal; astrological readings; etc. Draft and published personal advertisements are included in this series through which Booher as Queen Adrena advertised slave training services, sold fetish products, etc. The bulk of the correspondence consists of letters from fans of Queen Adrena, many of them responding to personal advertisements in local and national fetish magazines, and sending money to purchase photograph sets or fetish audio recordings, requesting personal telephone calls and/or personal meetings, and price lists. Many of these letters include drawings of Booher and fetish sex scenes drawn by fans. Many of the articles by and about Booher and published interviews also document her fetish work. Other articles and a small amount of programs and business cards document her time wrestling with Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling and wresting in other venues. Also included are Booher's web sites, which are being captured periodically as part of Schlesinger Library's web archiving program. A list of periodical titles removed from teh collection and cataloged separately can be found in #3.10.

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.

BIOGRAPHY

Deanna (White) Booher was born to Margaret and Dean White in Torrance, California, in 1948. She had two siblings, a brother, Jim, and a sister, Anita. Her parents divorced in 1963. Booher, an actress, entertainer, professional wrestler, roller derby skater, and fetish sex performer, (also known as Queen Kong, Matilda the Hun, Circe, Queen Adrena, and Juicy Joy) grew up in Lake Arrowhead, California. She became pregnant in 1966 at the age of 18, and gave birth to her son Dean. She was married to Kenneth Booher in 1972, and the couple raised her son Dean together. Her 42-year-long marriage was an open one, and she and her husband developed a telephone sex business catering to a client's taste. She skated for five years with roller derby teams such as the Chicago Hawks and the Texas Outlaws, and was on numerous game shows including The Gong Show, which she co-hosted for 14 episodes. At 6' 4" she made her career mud wrestling, wrestling bears, and in the 1980s was a leading figure in the all-female wrestling show Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. She created and marketed numerous sex fetish photograph sets and videos as the dominatrix Queen Adrena which featured 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., through advertisements in local and national fetish publications. Through these advertisements clients could contact Booher and/or her associates to purchase fetish photograph sets, used panties, and urine; arrange fetish role-play telephone calls; and purchase pre-recorded fetish audio cassettes and videos. More generous individuals could arrange private meetings with Circe/Queen Adrena and/or with her fellow mistresses. She trained a number of other women in fetish work and included them and other women in her photographs and videos. She also acted in a number of television shows including Night Court, Married With Children, and Mama's Family, and in several feature films including Meet Wally Sparks, Club Fed, and Mugsy's Girls. She also appeared at birthday and bachelor parties and made visits to personal homes to perform slam-a-grams where she would lift a targeted man over her head, spin him around, and slam him on the floor. She is the author of Glamazon Queen Kong: My Life of Glitter, Guts, and Glory. Ken Booher died in 2007. As of 2018 Deanna Booher was residing in California.

ARRANGEMENT

The collection is arranged in two series:
  1. Series I. Biographical and personal, 1972-2017 (#1.1-4.16, F+D.1, E.1)
  2. Series II. Photographs and audiovisual, 1970-2006 (#PD.1-PD.64, Vt-312.1-Vt-312.39, DVD-142.1-DVD-142.50)

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2017-M135

The papers of Deanna Booher were acquired by the Schlesinger Library in July 2017.

Processing Information

Processed: June 2018.

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.
Link to catalog
Title
Booher, Deanna. Papers of Deanna Booher, 1970-2017: A Finding Aid
Author
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Sponsor
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Elsie Rodd Fund in the Schlesinger Library and the Ellen Sears Minot Fund.
EAD ID
sch01619

Repository Details

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