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Imperial Court of Nebraska (ICON), 1980 - 2010

 Series

The Terry Sweeney and Pat Phalen Papers document some of their interests and life together in Omaha, Nebraska in the late 20th and early 21st centuries including participating in Marches on Washington (1987, 1993), writing the regional newsletter/magazine The New Voice for a decade, Phalen’s reign as ICON Emperor, the Omaha leather scene, safe sex and HIV/AIDS education, workplace activism, and other activities of the local LGBTQ community. The collection includes newsletters, event programs, Jerry Peck's photo album from Omaha Pride 1987, photographs, signs from protests and rallies as well as memorabilia including buttons, pins, medallions, a sash from Omaha Pride in 1991, hats, and other artifacts.

During Pat Phalen’s reign as Imperial Court of Nebraska (ICON) Emperor VI he was known as the Flamingo Emperor and Sweeney was the Prince Royale. Phalen's moniker as the Flamingo Emperor translates into their likenesses being found throughout the memorabilia such as on his crown, buttons as well as in the scrapbook documenting his reign as Emperor 6. As part of the community service of the reign, Project Concern was created and led by Sweeney to provide safe sex and HIV/AIDS education. Project Concern was active for two years. Some of the collection’s other notable artifacts include: a personalized brick from Omaha’s Diamond Bar presented to Pat Phalen from the bar; the Nebraska banners from the Marches on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights; Pride Week at US West (1988-1989); and others.



New material added 2016-07-19: Includes photographs, a complete run of The New Voice magazine, posters, Christian teaching material, programs, ephemera, and other material.



New material added 2016-11-16: This accrual for the Terry Sweeney and Pat Phalen Papers is ephemera related to Project Concern including: a flier and a wrapper holding a condom and lube; an HIV and AIDS prevention poster from San Diego; and a plaque from the Imperial Court of Nebraska recognizing the work of Project Concern. In the early days of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, HIV and AIDS prevention material specific to Omaha or Nebraska had not yet been produced and so posters and other material from other parts of the country were used.



New material added 2017-05-01: The accession includes a photo album documenting 1986 Gay Pride Nebraska festivities, along with fliers, posters, other documents, tshirts, and sweatshirts documenting LGBTQ events and organizations in Omaha.



Material from this collection that has been digitized is available online at http://queeromahaarchives.omeka.net/collections/show/2.

Dates

  • 1980 - 2010

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the Nebraska Public Records Statutes (Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 84-712 through 84-712.09), and other relevant regulations. Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Nebraska Omaha assumes no responsibility.

Extent

From the Collection: 7.06 Cubic Feet (11 boxes, 2 folders) : VHS tapes; Posters; Programs; Newsletters; Photographs; Medallions; Buttons; Pins; Fliers; Posters; Textiles (tshirts, sweatshirts)

Creator

Repository Details

Part of the UNO Libraries' Archives & Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library
6001 Dodge St.
Omaha Nebraska 68182-0237 United States
402-554-6046