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Boom Boom LaTour (Ricky Carter) papers

Identifier: MS0535


Contains material related to Boom Boom LaTour's five-decade career as a drag queen. Includes photographs, awards and memorial materials.


  • 1960 - 2016

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Boom Boom LaTour (Ricky Carter) papers are the physical property of J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections. Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Boom Boom LaTour was a Charlotte native who began performing in drag in her hometown in the 1970s, when homosexuality and drag were severely stigmatized. Her performances as Boom Boom LaTour won fans up and down the East Coast and she was one of the pioneers of Charlotte's drag queen scene. She died in July 2016 at the age of 63.


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The collection is organized into the following three series: Photographs, Awards and Memorial materials.
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte 28223 United Stated