|Promotional advertisement for DC Cowboys with photographs by Julian Vankim, 1994-2012: front and verso shown.|
From the DC Cowboys Dance Company Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
The Archives Center at the National Museum of American History is actively collecting records that tell those stories. Recently the Archives Center received a donation of the DC Cowboys Dance Company Records, an all-male, gay, non-profit dance company based in Washington, D.C. that was active from 1994-2012. They performed nationally and internationally, "celebrating diversity through dance." Typical performance venues included: Pride Festivals, the Gay Rodeo circuit, and charity events for numerous local and national charities. The Cowboys also performed on: NBC’s America's Got Talent (2008); Closing Ceremonies of the Gay Games VII at Wrigley Field in Chicago (2006); The Sziget Festival, Budapest, Hungary (2009–2012); ITV’s Dales’ Great Getaway, London, England (2012), and RTE’s The Podge and Rodge show, Dublin, Ireland (2010). The collection includes correspondence, advertisement, financial records, photographs, and ephemera.
The DC Cowboys Dance Records join over 68 cubic feet of LGBT-related collections currently held by the Archives Center. The Archives Center’s growing LGBT collections include: The Shamrock Bar: Photographs and Interviews by Carol Burch-Brown; John-Manuel Andriote VICTORY DEFFERRED Collection; Archives Center Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Collection; the Joan E. Biren Queer Film Museum Collection; and the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network Records. For more information visit the Archives Center website.
Franklin A. Robinson, Jr., Archives Specialist
Archives Center, National Museum of American History