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The Jewel Box Revue

Collection number: ahc.MSS796f

Scope and Content

This collection contains a booklet advertising The Jewel Box Revue. The booklet primarily contains photographs of the performers both in and out of drag; in one section the author encourages the reader to match fully-costumed performers to photos of their more conventionally-attired selves. Of particular note is mention that there was only one woman performer in the Revue, Storme DeLarverie.


  • approximately 1960


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

The Jewel Box Revue was a travelling drag show founded by Doc Brenner and Danny Brown in 1939. The Revue was one of the first companies to bring cross-dressing to the public with openly gay men as its operators. The performers, then known as "female impersonators," consisted almost entirely of gay men. Two decades after it was established, The Jewel Box Revue hired Storme DeLarverie, a "male impersonator" who was heavily involved in the Stonewall riots, which took place in 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in New York City. By hiring DeLarverie, The Revue more closely tied itself to the political strife surrounding the greater LGBT community. The Revue closed in the early 1970s.


1 folder(s)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, 2008

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2018.


The Jewel Box Revue
Karissa Kang
May 2018
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Finding Aid Prepared According To Dacs
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Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305