Finding aid of the Jac McAnelly Papers Coll2008.008

Finding aid prepared by Teresa A. Soleau
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
(213) 741-0094
© 2008

Title: Jac McAnelly papers
Identifier/Call Number: Coll2008.008
Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.4 linear foot. 1 archive carton.
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1980-1985
Date (inclusive): circa 1920-1985
Abstract: Papers of Jac McAnelly, including correspondence from 1980-1985; family photographs circa 1920-1950; Carrier's modeling portfolio, including two photographs with Andy Warhol. Additional materials include a screenplay, The Master of the Discipline (1984), by McAnelly and Michael Zen, and two drawings by McAnelly from the September 1972 issue of Tiger Beat.
creator: McAnelly, Jac, 1940-


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Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

Jac McAnelly papers, Coll2008-008, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

Acquisition Information

Date and method of acquisition unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Teresa A. Soleau, May 6, 2008. Revised by Loni Shibuyama, June 2011.
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


Very little is known about Jac McAnelly. The earliest items among his papers are photographs taken in the early 20th century in Brooklyn; other materials in the collection indicate that the family later lived in Bloomington, Illinois. The Internet Movie Database ( indicates that McAnelly worked in films and television, primarily in production and costume design, from approximately 1973 until at least 1987. The films on which he worked include Your Three Minutes Are Up (1973), Devil Times Five and Big Bad Mama (1974), Crazy Mama (1975), Lady in Red (1979), Rodeo Girl (1980), Hospital Massacre and The Executioner's Song (1982), Repo Man (actor, 1984), Flicks and Voyage of the Rock Aliens (costume designer and actor, 1987); the television programs include two episodes of Alice (1976 and 1977), The Winds of Kitty Hawk (1978), Rodeo Girl (1980), The Patricia Neal Story (1981), A Summer to Remember (1985), and Betrayed by Innocence (1986). He also registered at least two songs with the United States Copyright Office: Hard Kisses (1979), and Dark Angel (1983).

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection consists of the papers of Jac McAnelly for the period circa 1920-1985. The correspondence dates from 1980-1985. The color and black & white photographs include family photographs, circa 1920-1950, a contact sheet and negatives of extracts from a book on historical buildings of Bloomington, Illinois, a modeling portfolio of Carrier, including two photographs with Andy Warhol, and one signed photograph of Jim Steele. The creative works include a screen play, The Master of the Discipline, by McAnelly and Michael Zen from 1984, two drawings by McAnelly from the September 1972 issue of Tiger Beat. The last two items are McAnelly's working script of Robert Patrick's Kennedy's Children and a clipping from the Illinois State University newspaper circa 1980.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Carrier, Gene (aka Johnny Harden), 1956-
McAnelly, Jac, 1940-
Warhol, Andy, 1928-1987
Gays in the performing arts

Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence circa 1980-1985

Box 1, Folder 2-5

Photographs (color and black & white) circa 1920-1985

Physical Description: [4 folders]
Box 1, Folder 2

Family circa 1920-1950

Box 1, Folder 3

Buildings of Bloomington, Illinois undated

Box 1, Folder 4

Gene Carrier (Johnny Harden, pseudonym) circa 1982

General Physical Description note: Photographs from modeling portfolio.
Box 1, Folder 5

Jim Steele undated

Box 1, Folder 6-7

Creative works 1972-1984

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 1, Folder 6

Drawings in Tigerbeat 1972

Box 1, Folder 7

Screenplay, The Master of the Discipline 1984

Box 1, Folder 8-9

Miscellaneous undated

Box 1, Folder 8

Working script of Robert Patrick, Kennedy's Children undated

Box 1, Folder 9

Clipping from Illinois State University newspaper circa 1980