Scope and Content
Title: Nancy Rosenblum photographs
Collection number: Coll2008-048
Collection Size: 1 archive carton + 3 flat
archive boxes. 3.1 linear feet.
ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives.
Los Angeles, California 90007
Abstract: Sound recordings, photographs and related
material created by Los Angeles-based photographer and filmmaker Nancy
Rosenblum. The core of the collection is photographs and related material from
Rosenblum's two photography exhibitions: "Vegetables: A Reaction to Male
Violence Against Women" (1979) and "Some of My Best Friends... Portraits of
Lesbians," a series of lesbian portraits photographed in Los Angeles in the
1980s and early 1990s. The collection also includes sound recordings of
interviews (2002 - 2003) that Rosenblum conducted for Southern California's
gay- and lesbian-oriented radio program, IMRU Radio.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection:
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access
Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in
writing from ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives as the physical owner.
Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder(s) of any copyrights in
the materials. Note that ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives can grant
copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright.
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for
all other materials directly from the copyright holder(s).
Nancy Rosenblum Photographs, Coll2008-048, ONE National Gay and Lesbian
Archives, Los Angeles, California.
Gift of Nancy Rosenblum, July 2, 2008.
Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama,
July 10, 2008.
Processing this collection has been funded
by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records
Born in August 1954, Nancy Rosenblum grew up in the suburbs of Los
Angeles and developed an interest in photography and filmmaking at age seven.
She often borrowed her father's Bell & Howell 8mm camera and spliced
together short movies. After coming out as a lesbian in 1975, she attended the
photography program at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) for six
years, eventually earning her Master of Fine Arts degree in 1983. During her
time at CalArts, she created two photography exhibits. Her first exhibit,
"Vegetables: A Reaction to Male Violence Against Women," premiered in 1979 and
her second exhibit, "Some of My Best Friends... Portraits of Lesbians," was her
1983 Master's show. She also created a 3-monitor video installation about
growing up in her family.
After graduating from CalArts, Rosenblum turned to video editing and
filmmaking. In 1988, she edited and co-produced with Irene Pinn a documentary
about lesbians called,
You Can Know All I Am. From the 1980s
through the mid-2000s, she worked as an editor for film and television, winning
several Los Angeles Emmy Awards for her work on various news documentaries. She
was also active in the gay and lesbian political movement, contributing to such
organizations and publications as
Connexxus: El Centro de Mujeres,
Lesbian News, Outfest and IMRU Radio; and
she continued to exhibit photographs at various Southern California
In 1983, Rosenblum met Mary Whitlock, who became her life partner. In
August 2008, Rosenblum and Whitlock relocated to Nelson, British Columbia,
where Whitlock studies music and Rosenblum continues to create art works and
teach film editing at Selkirk College.
Scope and Content
Photograph collection created by Los Angeles-based lesbian photographer
and filmmaker Nancy Rosenblum. The collection is divided into two series: (1)
Photographs and Related Material and (2) Sound Recordings. The first series,
and the core of the collection, includes material from Rosenblum's two
photography exhibits: "Vegetables: A Reaction to Male Violence Against Women,"
originally showcased at the CalArts School of Art and Design in 1979; and "Some
of My Best Friends... Portraits of Lesbians," a series of lesbian portraits
photographed in Southern California in the 1980s and early 1990s. The series
also includes miscellaneous photographs from the 1970s, of such subjects as Sue
Fink and Joelyn Grippo, the Los Angeles Women's Chorus, and Rosenblum with her
partner, Mary Whitlock. The second series comprises sound recordings of radio
segments (2002 - 2003) that Rosenblum produced for the Southern California
LGBT-oriented program, IMRU Radio. It includes discussions about gay weddings,
the Los Angeles Women's Building, the Outfest Film Festival, as well as
interviews with such women as Eloise Klein Healy, Lea Delaria and Terry
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Rosenblum, Nancy, 1954-