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James E. Gordon Color Slide Collection of San Francisco Murals
SFP 90  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: James E. Gordon Color Slide Collection of San Francisco Murals
    Dates: 1976-1984
    Collection Number: SFP 90
    Creator/Collector: Gordon, James E.
    Extent: 1 manuscript box with 465 color slides
    Repository: San Francisco Public Library. San Francisco History Center
    San Francisco, California 94102
    Abstract: This collection contains 465 color slides which document murals, primarily in San Francisco between 1976 and 1984. Collection contains significant documentation of murals at North Beach Place public housing and the O’Farrell Theater as well as many neighborhoods throughout San Francisco.
    Language of Material: English

    Access

    The collection is available for use during Photo Desk hours.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Photo Curator. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.

    Preferred Citation

    James E. Gordon Color Slide Collection of San Francisco Murals. San Francisco Public Library. San Francisco History Center

    Acquisition Information

    Gift from photographer. 2011-102.

    Biography/Administrative History

    James E. (Jim) Gordon was born in 1938 in Buffalo, New York and received a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Miami, Florida. He served four years in the United States Navy and was employed for over 14 years at Golden Gate Regional Center in San Francisco. He served as first secretary of Bay Area Gay Liberation and co-founded the San Francisco Gay Democratic Club (now the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club). Gordon later co-founded the Harvey Milk Archives, in partnership with Milk’s partner Scott Smith, the holdings of which are divided between the Hormel LGBTQIA Center of the San Francisco Public Library and the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection contains 465 color slides which document murals, primarily in San Francisco between 1976 and 1984. Neighborhoods documented include North Beach, South of Market, Fillmore, Haight-Ashbury, Castro/ Eureka Valley, West Portal and the Mission as well as Oakland and Berkeley. Collection contains significant documentation of North Beach Place public housing (49 slides) and the O’Farrell Theater (21 slides) as well as photographs of Vesuvio Cafe, Moscone Center (during construction), French American School, Paltenghi Youth Center, Balboa Theater, Garfield Park, Bernal Dwellings, Valencia Gardens, and Balmy Alley. Slides have hand-written captions detailing the location of each photograph, as well as mural artist’s names (when available).

    Indexing Terms

    Mural painting and decoration, American - California - San Francisco - 20th century.
    Street art - California - San Francisco.
    San Francisco (Calif.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
    Neighborhoods-California-San Francisco.
    Photography-California-San Francisco.
    Slides -- Color --1970-1980
    Slides -- Color --1980-1990