Finding aid to the Daniel Nicoletta Photographs Collection, 1976-2000

Finding aid prepared by Tim Wilson
James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA, 94102
(415) 557-4400
info@sfpl.org
2000


Title: Daniel Nicoletta Photographs Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1976-2000
Collection Identifier: GLC 36
Creator: Nicoletta, Daniel
Physical Description: 3 oversized boxes (33.0 images)
Contributing Institution: James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 557-4567
info@sfpl.org
Abstract: The collection is a portfolio of 33 images chosen and arranged by Daniel Nicoletta, a San Francisco-based freelance photographer. He has been documenting the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities since 1975. The collection showcases the wide range of his work including informal street scenes and formal studio portraits.
Physical Location: The collection is stored onsite.
Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.

Access

Available for viewing during the San Francisco History Center's Historical Photograph Collection hours: Tues.: 1-5; Thurs.: 1-5; Sat.: 10-12, 1-5.

Publication Rights

Copyright retained by Daniel Nicoletta.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Daniel Nicoletta Photographs Collection (GLC 36), Gay and Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library.

Provenance

Donated by the Friends and Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library, 2000.

Biographical note

Daniel Nicoletta is a San Francisco-based freelance photographer who has been documenting the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities since 1975. He was hired by Harvey Milk to work at Castro Camera and later worked on Milk's supervisorial campaigns. His work has been featured in The Times of Harvey Milk, Sex Is, The Mayor of Castro Street, Gay by the Bay, and many other venues.

Scope and Contents

This collection is a portfolio of 33 images, chosen and arranged by the artist, showcasing the wide range of his work including informal street scenes and formal studio portraits. Early influences of Diane Arbus particularly informed his fascination with famous figures in San Francisco's transgender community.

Arrangement note

The photographs are in the order preferred by the photographer.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Milk, Harvey -- Pictorial works
Gays--California--San Francisco--Social life and customs--20th century--Photograph collections
San Francisco (Calif.)--Biography--Portraits
San Francisco (Calif.)--Social life and customs--20th century--Photograph collections
Transsexuals--California--San Francisco--Portraits.

Photograph 1

Grenade Boy, May 13, 1996

General Physical Description note: Models: Mark Ewert and Jillian Clarke (mother figure in background); Styling: Scott Pimintel, Jillian's wig by Deena Davenport. Homàge to Diane Arbus' photo Child with a Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park.
Photograph 2

Scorchy's Holster, San Francisco Queer Pride Parade, June 28, 1992

Photograph 3

Former Cockettes Hibiscus and Ebony St. Gerard in a post-Cockettes show by Hibiscus called Femme Fatale, August 1976

Photograph 4

Divine terrorizing his audience at Trockadero Dance Club, October 29, 1978

Photograph 5

LaKish and friends at the Empress Coronation Drag Ball, January 28, 1978

Photograph 6

Sylvester performing at Trockadero Transfer Dance Club, Spring 1978

Photograph 7

Trockadero Transfer, Spring 1978

Photograph 8

3rd Annual Castro Street Fair, August 1976

Photograph 9

Backstage with the Angels of Light during their show Mind Kamp Kabaret, August 1976

General note

Anton Dunnington (also known as Reggie) and Adrian Brooks.
Photograph 10

Harvey Milk clowning around at his Castro Street Camera Store with campaign worker Medora Payne and her mother Gretchen Payne (front left), February 1977

Photograph 11

José Sarria, Harvey Milk and Mavis at the Beaux Arts Drag Ball, presenting a donation for the purchase of uniforms for the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Marching Band, October 28, 1978

Photograph 12

White Night Riot, May 21, 1979

Photograph 13

Harvey's Suit, July 26, 1995

General note

Self portrait in the suit Harvey Milk was wearing the day he was assassinated.
 

[Self-portrait of Danny Nicoletta in the suit Harvey Milk was wearing the day he was assassinated] [graphic], July 26, 1995

Photograph 14

Cirus and Frederick, San Francisco Queer Pride Parade, June 28, 1992

Photograph 15

Crystal May (also known as Eric Wohlgemuth), San Francisco Queer Pride Parade, June 28, 1992

Photograph 16

Crystal May lying in state, January 3, 1996

General note

Also pictured Zeb, Carry Boisvert, Ivana Tramp.
Photograph 17

The Hospital Zone-–Danny Celeri returning home after a hospital stay, October 28, 1997

Photograph 18

Ric Jacobsen being arrested at the Demonstration for Women's AIDS Issues at the 6th International AIDS Conference, San Francisco, California, June 22, 1990

Photograph 19

Miss Kitty (also known as Dan Jones), November 26, 1991

Photograph 20

Angel in America: Portrait of Miss Kitty (also known as Dan Jones), August 6, 1994

General note

Styling by Scott Pimintel, make up by Juliet White, wings by Hogan Vando.
Photograph 21

Mark Ewert and Allen Ginsberg, October 5, 1996

Photograph 22

John Burnside III and Harry Hay and Radical Faerie friends, August 17, 2000

General note

(back row:) Timothy Latz (also known as Buttercup), Thomas Byers (also known as Tree,) Carlos Perea (also known as Pokie), and Peter Kesselman (also known as Buckwheat), (front row:) John Burnside III, Harry Hay.
Photograph 23

Jennifer and Norm Halm, mother and son who are both queer, December 1, 1998

Photograph 24

Loren Cameron, October 22, 1996

Photograph 25

Cougar Cash (also known as Michael Purcell), April 11, 1991

Photograph 26

Sam Beasley, August 16, 1991

Photograph 27

Stafford, July 21, 1991

General note

Make up by Jake.
Photograph 28

Dykes with Decks, San Francisco Queer Pride Celebration, June 25, 1989

Photograph 29

San Francisco Queer Pride Celebration, differently abled people's section for viewing mainstage show in the Civic Center, June 25, 1989

Photograph 30

Native American Indian Advocate Randy Burns and friend at San Francisco Queer Pride Parade, June 25, 2000

Photograph 31

Bar hoppers on Halloween in front of Marlena's Bar, Hayes Valley, San Francisco, October 31, 1997

Photograph 32

Dressing Room, Finocchio's during the last week of performances, November 20, 1999

Photograph 33

Rainbow Flag at Castro and Market Streets in San Francisco flown at half mast on the day after Matthew Shepard was murdered in Laramie Wyoming, October 13, 1998