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Silvia Kohan papers
2008-46  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Silvia Kohan papers
    Dates: 1948-2007
    Collection Number: 2008-46
    Creator/Collector: Kohan, Silvia
    Extent: 2 linear feet (1 carton, 2 boxes)
    Repository: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
    San Francisco, California 94105
    Abstract: The Silvia Kohan papers document the life and musical career of this Argentinian-Jewish lesbian singer and songwriter and contains journals; scrapbooks; correspondence and e-mails; photographs that date back to her childhood; music and lyrics; publicity materials; DVDs and audio recordings of her music, materials from her memorial; and costumes.
    Language of Material: English

    Access

    Collection is open for research. Funding for processing this collection was provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has been transferred to the GLBT Historical Society.

    Preferred Citation

    Silvia Kohan papers. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Feliza Kohan on July 4, 2007.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Silvia Kohan papers document the life and musical career of this Argentinian-Jewish lesbian singer and songwriter. Kohan (1948-2003) was known for her big voice, flamboyant costumes and showy stage presence. Her family emigrated from Argentina in 1957 when she was ten years old, and she learned English by singing show tunes. Starting in 1965, she toured Europe, Asia and the U.S. with “Up With People.” Kohan was also a lead performer in the Venice Free Theatre in Los Angeles. Her only commercial album, “Finally Real,” was produced by George Winston and released in 1984. Her best known original song was called "Fat Girl Blues." The collection contains journals; scrapbooks; correspondence and e-mails; photographs that date back to her childhood; music and lyrics; publicity materials; DVDs and audio recordings of her music, performances, and life; materials from her memorial; and costumes. The photographs are unsorted, but Kohan’s sister, Feliza, has identified many of them.

    Indexing Terms

    Jewish lesbians
    Lesbian musicians

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