Cecilia Kuhn Frightwig Collection
contains material relating to Frightwig and to Cecilia Kuhn. The collection dates between 1977-2014, with the bulk of material
being from 1984-1988. The bulk of this collection is made up of show fliers, newspaper and magazine clippings, magazines,
newspapers and zines. Band photographs, tour journals, a few legal documents, and ephemera make up the rest of the collection.
Frightwig is a feminist punk band founded in 1982 by Deanna Mitchell and Mia d'Bruzzi. Frightwig is credited with inspiring
bands like Hole, Bikini Kill, L7, and Lunachicks. Cecilia Kuhn was the drummer for Frightwig for many years. Cecilia Kuhn
died in 2017.
Cecilia Kuhn (1955-2017) was born in Sacramento and raised in Arkansas. In 1978, Kuhn moved to San Francisco. She was skilled
at shorthand, typing, and copy-editing and worked as a temp in San Francisco. She was an accomplished musician (piano, guitar,
and singing) and took drumming lessons when Frightwig needed a drummer in 1984. She spent several years with Frightwig and
became a driving force of the band. Cecilia Kuhn died in 2017 due to complications with cancer.
3 legal-size manuscript boxes, 1/2 letter-size manuscript box, 2 oversize flat boxes, 1 map folder, 1 tube
(3 Cubic Feet)
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.
The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours, with photographs available during Photo Desk