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April Palmieri Papers

Call Number



1980-1990, inclusive


Palmieri, April


3.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.


In the 1980's, April Palmieri was a member of the East Village band, Pulsallama, and a close friend of an eminent performer and member of the scene, John Sex. Included in the collection are Sex's videotapes of his performances, flyers, posters, and other materials about Palmieri and Sex.

Historical/Biographical Note:

April Palmieri performed with a 12-piece all-girl percussion band, Pulsallama, that played at such venues as the Mudd Club, Danceteria, the Pyramid and Club 57 in New York's East Village during the early 1980's. She was also a close personal friend of eminent performer and member of the scene, John Sex. Following his death from AIDS in 1990, she received his collection of video tapes which contain his 1980's performances. These represent the most complete collection of video documenting Sex on stage. Also included in the collection are flyers, posters, and other materials about Palmieri and Sex. Other groups mentioned in the collection include the Bodacious Ta Ta's and the Fleshtones.


Folders are arranged alphabetically in Series I and chronologically within Series II.

The files are grouped into two series.

Missing Title

  1. Series I: General Files
  2. Series IIA: Videorecordings [Access Copies]
  3. Series IIB: Videorecordings [Archival Originals]
  4. Oversize

Scope and Content Note

The April Palmieri Papers are a part of the Downtown Collection at the Fales Library, New York University. The Fales Library is the primary special collections division of the NYU Libraries, housing nearly 200,000 volumes of English and American literature from 1700 to the present. Strengths of the collection include the development of the English and American novel, with an emphasis on the Gothic and the Victorian novel, and the post-1975 Downtown New York scene.

The April Palmieri Papers consist of correspondence, flyers, newspaper clippings, and video recordings that are related to events and people associated with the New York City downtown scene of the 1980's.


Series I contains the general files, which include correspondence, flyers, press releases, and newspaper clippings. These files are arranged alphabetically by folder title. Series II contains videos of performances and shows from the collection. These files are arranged chronologically and then alphabetically. [Research copies may not be available for these materials yet. Check with the Fales archivist.]

Access Restrictions

Materials are open to researchers. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections,, 212-998-2596.

Use Restrictions

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections,, 212-998-2596.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); The April Palmieri Papers; MSS 115; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections , New York University Libraries.


The April Palmieri Papers were the gift of April Palmieri in 2000.

Separated Material

There is no information about materials that are associated by provenance to the described materials that have been physically separated or removed.

Collection processed by

Processed by: Matt Moore, 2001.

About this Guide

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2023-08-20 17:10:54 -0400.
Language: Description is in English.

Revisions to this Guide

March 2017: Updated by Jacqueline Rider to reflect incorporation of video preservation master and sub-master files.
October 2019: Updated by Kelly Haydon to reflect the removal of VHS access copies

Edition of this Guide

This version was derived from Palmieri finding aid.doc


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