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Annie Brenman-West Papers

Identifier: WH2357

Scope and Contents

Collection contains materials: ceremonial vest, clippings, programs, White Rose Scholarship Foundation, scrapbook, photographs, and ephemera related to Brenman-West's involvement with the Imperial Court of the Rocky Mountain Empire (ICRME); additionally a memorial to and photographs of Les A. Dirks (1956-1994).


  • 1941-2011


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Biographical / Historical

Annie Brenman-West was born In Denver, Colo. on November 5, 1950. In 1981 she was elected Empress VIII of the The Imperial Court of The Rocky Mountain Empire (ICRME). Brenman-West was the first female to hold that position. ICRME is a gay, lesbian, transgender social service organization founded in 1973 in Denver, Colorado. The focus of the organization was originally as a social alternative to the bar scene and to allow an outlet for people interested in female impersonation. ICRME operates the White Rose Scholarship Foundation which has awarded over $240,000 in educational scholarships.


1 box

1 oversize box

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Annie Brenman-West, 2016.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.


Collection acquired through the Colorado LGBT History Project sponsored by the GLBT Community Center of Colorado.

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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

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