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Frances A. Pici visual arts materials

Collection number: ahc.VIS418

Scope and Contents

This collection contains color slides and videos of LGBTQ+ activist events, performances, and sports. Included are images of two Atlanta lesbian softball teams, the Lorlei Ladies and the Tower Hotshots, as well as materials related to the Red Dyke Theatre and Lucina's Music performance venues. Also included are two activist events related to the Equal Rights Amendment (labeled as a picnic) and a gay rights march, both in Atlanta, Georgia. The videos depict performances by members of the Red Dyke Theatre, as well as Animated Air, a mime performance under her stage name, Pici. All images and videos were taken in Atlanta, Georgia.


  • approximately 1975-1990


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This material is protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Biographical / Historical

Frances A. Pici (1954?- ) was born in Buffalo, New York. She attended the University in Buffalo, enrolling in the Buffalo Women’s Studies College (WSC), then one of only two Women’s Studies programs in the United States. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance Studies, her Master of Arts in Communication and Performance Studies, and her PhD in Film, Theatre, and Performance Studies, all from Georgia State University. In 1974, Pici moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she joined the Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance (ALFA) and the ALFA Omegas softball team, the first openly lesbian softball team in Atlanta. Pici helped found the Red Dyke Theatre, a lesbian feminist theatre troupe which ran from 1974-1978. After the theatre disbanded, Pici worked as a City of Atlanta umpire and a comedy and mime performer under the stage name Pici. In 1982, she began working for the Cable News Network (CNN) Library and in 1992 helped deploy In 2008, she joined Access Services at Emory University's Woodruff Library, where she managed the Music and Media Library. She later served as the Open Access Repository Analyst at Emory Library’s Scholarly Communication Office.


134 item(s) (122 color slides and 12 video tapes)




This collection is arranged alphabetically by titles supplied by staff.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Video recordings were made on magnetic tapes and can be made accessible only through conversion to digital video. Patrons who request access to the video content in this collection are responsible for digital conversion costs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1992

Related Materials

Atlanta Lesbian and Gay History Thing papers and publications, MSS 773, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Atlanta Lesbian and Gay History Thing visual arts materials, VIS 412, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2021.

Frances A. Pici visual arts materials
Kate Daly
October 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305