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Evelyn “Evie” Akers Scrapbook

Identifier: MS-0177

Scope and Contents

The Evelyn “Evie” Akers Collection contains material that reflects the history of a variety of lesbian and gay social and amateur sports-oriented organizations. These organizations were active in the 1970s and 1980s, and included such sports as bowling, softball, horseshoes, darts, and shuffleboard. Ms. Akers was instrumental in founding the Kansas City Coed Sports Association in 1982, an effort to formally organize different types of amateur gay and lesbian sports teams. The scrapbook features newsletters, scoring sheets, photographs, and reminiscences written by Ms. Akers. Most of the photographs include captions as to the nature of the event, but are not completely identified. In addition, there is a section of the scrapbook that is composed of publicity stills of the band Fantasia, which featured Beverly Lynch. The scrapbook also contains Ms. Akers membership card to Pete’s Pub, a bar that primarily catered to the lesbian community, located on 47th Street just west of Rainbow Boulevard in Kansas City, Kansas; an historical list of Kansas City-area gay and lesbian bars; and several miscellaneous newspaper clippings.

The scrapbook was created by Ms. Akers, using vinyl page protectors for each page that were then stored in a three-ring binder. For preservation purposes, the pages were removed from the protectors and binder and placed in archival folders. The pages retain their original order.

Other materials, later donated by Ms. Akers include various other documents, including programs, periodicals and more, as well as a large collection of memorabilia, such as buttons, patches, and matchbooks. Also included is 318 photographs, most of which correspond to organizations and events that are represented in the scrapbook.


  • 1970 - 2010


Conditions Governing Use

Donor has transferred copyright of materials they have created


2 Linear Feet (LaBudde: 4 Manuscript Boxes, 479 Photographs.)

Language of Materials


LaBudde: Stuart Hinds; 2013: Jeff Borowiec, Hinds (supervising archivist).
LaBudde: February 2011; January 2013.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Special Collections and Archives Repository