Scope and arrangement
The collection consists chiefly of photographs shot or collected for use in the magazine Hit Parade. Most of the photographs are portraits or candid shots of celebrites, artists and performers, including female impersonators. Many of the photographs were taken at clubs and discos iincluding the Red Parrot, Interferon, and the Union Club in New York City, the Ice Palace on Fire Island, and venues in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Photographers include Bruce Jope, Dominique, Virginia Liberatore, Steve Aucoin, Gene Bagnato, and others. In addition to the photographs, the collection includes original cartoon art work by Peter Jarrette and Joel Resnicoff which appeared in Hit Parade, a few clippings of articles by or about Francis Toohey, a volume of Toohey's poetry, and an audiocassette of his interview with Allan Ginsberg.
The Francis Toohey papers are arranged in two series: