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Finding Aid to the San Francisco Arts Festival Photographs and Records, 1948-1985 (bulk 1967-1985) SFP 30
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Provenance
  • Related Materials
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement

  • Title: San Francisco Arts Festival Photographs and Records,
    Date (inclusive): 1948-1985
    Date (bulk): 1967-1985
    Collection Identifier: SFP 30
    Creator: San Francisco (Calif.). Art Commission.
    Physical Description: 1 carton, 2 boxes, 1 shoebox (2.5 linear feet)
    Contributing Institution: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library
    100 Larkin Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    (415) 557-4567
    info@sfpl.org
    Abstract: The San Francisco Arts Festival Photographs and Records consist of photographic prints, slides, negatives, and a small amount of written and ephemeral records documenting the annual festival that was sponsored by the San Francisco Art Commission.
    Physical Location: The collection is stored onsite.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.

    Access

    The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours, with photographs available during Photo Desk hours. Collections that are stored offsite should be requested 48 hours in advance.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], San Francisco Arts Festival Photographs and Records (SFP 30), San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

    Provenance

    Donated by Debra Lehane in July 2001 for the San Francisco Art Commission.

    Related Materials

    Researchers are encouraged to see also the San Francisco Ephemera Collection under "Fairs and Festivals-- San Francisco Art Festival" and the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection Folder "S.F. Districts -- Civic Center -- Art Show."

    Biographical/Historical note

    The San Francisco Arts Festival in California was the largest and oldest free outdoor public art event on the West Coast, founded in 1938 by San Francisco artists and then sponsored by the San Francisco Art Commission from 1946-1986. The SF Arts Festival exhibited local and contemporary Bay Area artists and craftsmen from San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Sonoma, Napa, and Solano counties. Exhibiting predominantly visual arts, the annual show promoted artistic interest and advancement in its local and regional community by providing a venue for local and contemporary artists and craftsmen to sell, display, and develop sponsorship in a time in history when “official” art was only accepted in museums.

    Scope and Contents

    The San Francisco Arts Festival Records consists of photographic prints, slides, negatives, and a small amount of written and ephemeral records documenting the annual festival that was sponsored by the San Francisco Art Commission. The photographic material depicts participating visual and performing artists, festival attendees, exhibition artwork, the outdoor festival site at the Civic Center, and other subjects. The photographic prints document the festival for the years 1948, 1957, 1967-1979, and 1981-1985; negatives are from 1972-1978; and the set of slides is from 1984.
    Most of the material was received unidentified and undated; dates by year have been added where they could be deduced from similar, dated material present in the collection. Subject matter and persons are also often unidentified; however, names of persons, dates, subject matter, and photographer are sometimes given on the backs of the photographic prints. Notable people depicted in the photographs include George Moscone, Kay Boyle, and Thad Brown attending the opening ceremonies during various years. Some images were used in the festival program brochures. Records include includes reports, newspaper clippings, brochures, a catalog, public relations materials, and press packets.
    Photographic prints are 8" x 10," some of which correspond to negatives in Series 2. Negatives cover a wider range of subject matter than the prints and include negatives that are not printed. Most of the photographs and negatives are by Phillip Chan, with additional photos by Henry L. Cox (1957), Gerhard E. Gscheidle (1971), and C.S. Garrison and Michael Dixon (1972).

    Arrangement

    The collection is arranged in four series: Series 1: Photographs; Series 2: Slides; Series 3: Negatives; Series 4: Records. Each series is arranged chronologically.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Art festivals -- California -- San Francisco -– Photographs
    Art, Modern -- Exhibitions
    San Francisco Arts Festival -- Photographs