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Marge Jacques Papers (MS-00438)

Abstract

The Marge Jacques Papers (1960-1990) comprise the personal papers of Marge Jacques, a prominent member of the Las Vegas, Nevada gay and lesbian community, and owner of the gay bar, Le Cafe. The papers contain correspondence, licensing records, financial statements, and artifacts from clubs that Jacques owned or managed. Also included are photographs, videotapes, audiotapes, newspaper clippings, and Gipsy Nightclub promotional material.

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Date
1960-1990
Extent
1.25 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Resource Type
Papers
Related People/Corporations
Access Note

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Scope and Contents Note

The Marge Jacques Papers (1960-1990) comprise the personal papers of Marge Jacques, a prominent member of the Las Vegas, Nevada gay and lesbian community, and owner of the gay bar, Le Cafe. The papers contain correspondence, licensing records, financial statements, and artifacts from clubs that Jacques owned or managed. Also included are photographs, videotapes, audiotapes, newspaper clippings, and Gipsy Nightclub promotional material.

Biographical / Historical Note

Marge Jacques moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1959 and worked as a cocktail waitress at the Sands Hotel and Golden Nugget until 1970. In 1970 Jacques purchased the Club de Paris and changed the name to Le Cafe. Le Cafe was the first openly gay bar in Las Vegas. Le Cafe produced Gay Notes, the first gay publication that covered news and gossip about the Las Vegas gay community. Le Cafe closed after a fire in 1978 and Jacques went on to operate and manage two gay bars, the Other Place (1978) and Village Station (1980), which later became Gipsy (1981). In 1983 Jacques reopened Le Cafe with the new name, Disco Le Cafe and Restaurant, however, the business failed after less than a year. In addition to her business career, Jacques was an active figure in the gay community, appearing on local television programs and lecturing about gay people and gay life in Las Vegas. Jacques moved away from Las Vegas in 1984 and died in 2001 in Arizona.

Arrangement

Material remains in original order.

Preferred Citation

Marge Jacques Papers, 1960-1990. MS-00438. Special Collections, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

EAD ID
US::NvLN::MS00438
Acquisition Note

Materials were donated by Marge’s niece Aline Jacques in 2001; accession number 2001-022.

Processing Note

This collection is partially processed. An inventory of the videotapes was created by Dennis McBride. In 2014, as part of a legacy finding aid conversion project, a rough inventory of the accession was created by Hannah Robinson. To prepare the inventory, the described materials were reviewed to create a contents list, estimate dates, and identify material types. No other work has been performed on the materials. Hannah Robinson wrote the collection description and entered the data into ArchivesSpace. In 2015, Joyce Moore added one box of photographs to the collection.

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