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Marlene Vanni and Colette photos

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-1031

Content Description

These photos were purchased along with a first edition copy of Nan Goldin's The Other Side, which depicted the lives of her queer friends, who frequented a Boston drag bar called The Other Side. The seller described these photos as "additional photos of subjects" from the book. Almost all photos are of Marlene Vanni, although Colette and Bobby are also named in the captions. Some or all of the photos were sent to Bobby, as Marlene signed several photos to him and he appears in a couple others with captions suggesting that he wrote them. The processor believes that Bobby's surname is Vanni, based on a signature on the back of one photo that reads "Love Bobby Vanni."

The collection contains 72 photos. Many are not original photographic prints. The photographers are almost all unknown, and it is unknown whether Nan Goldin took any of these photographs. The collection also includes a modeling headshot for Marlene, from Bianca Models and Talent in Boston, as well as an advertisement from 1995 that Marlene modeled for.


  • Creation: 1971 to approximately 2000
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1971 - 1995


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical / Historical

Little biographical information is known about the individuals in these photos, except that they were friends and associates of photographer Nan Goldin.


0.19 Cubic Feet (1 letter half box)

Language of Materials



This collection contains photos of several individuals who appear in photographer Nan Goldin's exhibitions and book The Other Side, mostly Marlene Vanni, although Colette and Bobby are also identified in the photos. The photos appear to have belonged at one point to Bobby.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from eBay in October 2022.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in May 2024 by Jenelle Clark.

Guide to the Marlene Vanni and Colette photos
Jenelle Clark
May 2024
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA