Scope and Contents
Title: Cathy Cade Photographs Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1972-2002
Collection Identifier: GLC 41
Cade, Cathy, 1942-
1 oversized box
(25 photographic prints, black & white and color, 16 x 20 in. matted, some hand colored)
James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Cathy Cade is an Oakland, California-based photographer. The collection contains images of lesbian mothering, GLBT demonstrations
and Freedom Day parades, lesbians at work, and various age groups.
The collection is stored onsite.
Language of Materials: Collection materials are in
The collection is available for viewing during Photo Desk hours: Tuesday: 1-5; Thursday: 1-5; Saturday: 10-12, 1-5.
Retained by Cathy Cade.
[Identification of item], Cathy Cade Photographs Collection (GLC 41), Gay and Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library.
Donated by the Friends and Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library, 2002.
Cathy Cade is an Oakland, California-based photographer who has been documenting the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender
communities since the 1970s. She is the author, publisher and photographer of
A Lesbian Photo Album: The Lives of Seven Lesbian Feminists (Oakland, Ca: Waterwomen Books, 1987).
Cade grew up during the advent of integration and participated in the Southern Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. She moved
to the San Francisco Bay area in 1970 and was a part of the Women's Liberation Movement. During this time she came out as
a lesbian and began to document the people and the movements around her. In the late 1970s she had her first child and in
1985 her second. During this time Cade worked on her book of photographs and interviews,
A Lesbian Photo Album.
In the 1990s Cade taught photography in high school and learned to hand-color photos. Her "next day job was with a nonprofit
that helps people with disabilities living in developing countries design and build wheelchairs. [She] attended the international
women's conference in Beijing out of which has grown an international women's wheelchair building program. In the late 1990s
[Cade] started leading a support group for artists." Biographical information above excerpted and quoted from www.CathyCade.com.
Scope and Contents
The collection contains 25 photographic prints (some hand-colored), chosen and arranged by the artist. The images cover lesbian
mothering, demonstrations and freedom days, lesbian culture, lesbians at work, and generations of the lesbian community.
The photographs are grouped by subject and are in the order preferred by the photographer.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Cade, Cathy, 1942- --Archives
Gay men--California--San Francisco Bay Area
Gays--California--San Francisco--Social life and customs--20th century--Photograph collections
Lesbians--California--San Francisco Bay Area
Lesbians--California--San Francisco--Social life and customs--20th century--Photograph collections
San Francisco (Calif.)--Social life and customs--20th century--Photograph collections