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Tom Rolfsen and Chal Cochran photograph albums
2000-20  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Tom Rolfsen and Chal Cochran photograph albums
    Dates: 1937-1999
    Collection Number: 2000-20
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    Extent: 2.1 linear feet
    Repository: GLBT Historical Society
    San Francisco, California 94103
    Abstract: This collection contains 17 photograph albums that document the life of Thomas Franklin Rolfsen and his partner of 52 years, Chalmer "Chal" Clemons Cochran. Rolfsen and Cochran were among the founders of the Gay Atheists League of America (GALA). Cochran was a typesetter for the Bay Area Reporter and he and Rolfsen owned several businesses together, including a restaurant and printing company. They died less than two weeks apart in 2000.
    Language of Material: English

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    Tom Rolfsen and Chal Cochran photograph albums. GLBT Historical Society

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection contains 17 photograph albums that document the life of Thomas Franklin Rolfsen and his partner of 52 years, Chalmer "Chal" Clemons Cochran. Rolfsen and Cochran were among the founders of the Gay Atheists League of America (GALA). Cochran was a typesetter for the Bay Area Reporter and he and Rolfsen owned several businesses together, including a restaurant and printing company. They died less than two weeks apart in 2000. The albums contain photographs of their homes together (“Our Homes”), their family and friends, their travels in the U.S. and abroad (“Ohio to California!") and their activism in GALA. There is also a drawing, a few personal paper documents, Rolfsen’s military papers, materials related to the homes they owned together, a few letters, materials related to their deaths and some ephemera.

    Indexing Terms

    Photography
    Long-term relationships
    Gay men