Scope and arrangement
The John Edward Heys papers, Additions (1938-2011) cover Heys' personal and professional life. Most of these materials pertain to his later life and work in Berlin, Germany. Types of materials present include diaries and engagement books, photographs, posters, publicity materials, research materials, costume pieces, personal ephemera, published books, correspondence, notes, and other writings.
Correspondence consists of personal letters to and from Heys from 1956 to 2011. Heys' correspondents include Callie Angell, Penny Arcade, Annette Frick, Wilhelm Hein, Louis Laurita, Ann Magnusson, Tomata du Plenty, Mark Simon, Ingo Taubhorn, and Schwester Siglinde of St. Trudpert Cloister. Electronic records contain exports of personal and professional e-mails from 2008.
Performances and professional projects documented here are theatrical performance pieces, plays, films, short films, books, television shows and episodes, photograph exhibits, film festivals, and special events. Some of the projects documented here include Alarm, American Vision, Beirut Report, Berlin Film Festival, Cafe Schmidt, Charlotte in Sweden, The Childhood Show, Cooch Dance, The Empress V, Das End des Schweins Ist de Anfang der Wurst (The End of the Pig Is the Beginning of the Sausage), Fay Grim, The Friends Connection, The Future Has a Silver Lining, Homage to Ellen Stewart, The Human Voice, John Heys Sings, Live Film! Jack Smith, La Mamounia, The Moroccan Bride, Objects of Life, Oh! Jackie! Oh!, Ridiculous Theatrical Company: 25th Anniversary Gala, La Ronde Supper Club, Salambo, Sounds in the Distance, 2056: The World in 50 Years, Ulrich Gregor hat Geburtsag, Uncle Jack and the Lobster, warum madame warum (why madame why), The Woman with Pearls, Zazie & Sie, and Zazie de Paris. Materials on performances and professional projects include photographs, notes, scripts, posters, correspondence, props, flyers, and other publicity materials. There are also audio and video recordings of some of these productions. Audio/visual materials may be subject to preservation evaluation and migration prior to access. Inquiries regarding audio materials in the collection may be directed to the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound at email@example.com.
Personal materials consist primarily of photographs of Heys and various friends and companions, often taken during their travels to Morocco and other destinations. Personal materials also include photographs of the sisters of St. Trudpert Cloister, family papers and photographs, Gay Men's Health Crisis literature, architectural blueprints for a penthouse, stickers, blank postcards and passports.
Also included are multiple appointment books and a few diaries, documenting Heys' personal and professional life from 1979 to 2009. These books reveal appointments, addresses, friends' birthdays, memoranda of things to do, and notes.
Published books include both German (Edition diá, 1992) and English (Cleis Press Inc., 1995) editions of I Am My Own Woman: The Outlaw Life of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, Berlin's Most Distinguished Transvestite. There are also copies of The Future Has a Silver Lining: Genealogies of Glamour (Herausgbeber, Holert & Munder, JRP Ringier/Migros Museum fr Gegenwartskunst Zurich, 2005), D.V. (Vreeland, Knopf, 1984), In the World: Selected Speeches of Bettino Craxi (Craxi, Vantage Press, 1996), Schwein Oder Nicht-Schwein (Seyfarth, Palette Verlag, 1994), and Schweine Mussen Nacht Sein (Seyfarth, Edition diá, 1995). There are also catalogs for the Berlin Film Festival (2007-2009) and a photograph catalog for Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg (2001).
Artifacts include a mask, a corset, makeup, earrings, Berlin film festival tote bags, and Heys' mother's bible. Please speak to reference staff to request artifacts.
This collection is divided into the following groups: Correspondence, Performances and Professional Projects, Personal Materials, Diaries, and Published Books. Within these groups, the materials are arranged chronologically.