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Finding aid to the Cathy Cade Photographs Collection, 1972-2002 GLC 41
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  • Title: Cathy Cade Photographs Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1972-2002
    Collection Identifier: GLC 41
    Creator: Cade, Cathy, 1942-
    Physical Description: 1 oversized box (25 photographic prints, black & white and color, 16 x 20 in. matted, some hand colored)
    Contributing Institution: James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center, San Francisco Public Library
    100 Larkin Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    (415) 557-4567
    Abstract: Cathy Cade is an Oakland, California-based photographer. The collection contains images of lesbian mothering, GLBT demonstrations and Freedom Day parades, lesbians at work, and various age groups.
    Physical Location: The collection is stored onsite.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.


    The collection is available for viewing during Photo Desk hours: Tuesday: 1-5; Thursday: 1-5; Saturday: 10-12, 1-5.

    Publication Rights

    Retained by Cathy Cade.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Cathy Cade Photographs Collection (GLC 41), LGBTQIA Center, San Francisco Public Library.


    Donated by the Friends and Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library, 2002.

    Biographical Note

    Cathy Cade is an Oakland, California-based photographer who has been documenting the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities since the 1970s. She is the author, publisher and photographer of A Lesbian Photo Album: The Lives of Seven Lesbian Feminists (Oakland, Ca: Waterwomen Books, 1987).
    Cade grew up during the advent of integration and participated in the Southern Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. She moved to the San Francisco Bay area in 1970 and was a part of the Women's Liberation Movement. During this time she came out as a lesbian and began to document the people and the movements around her. In the late 1970s she had her first child and in 1985 her second. During this time Cade worked on her book of photographs and interviews, A Lesbian Photo Album.
    In the 1990s Cade taught photography in high school and learned to hand-color photos. Her "next day job was with a nonprofit that helps people with disabilities living in developing countries design and build wheelchairs. [She] attended the international women's conference in Beijing out of which has grown an international women's wheelchair building program. In the late 1990s [Cade] started leading a support group for artists." Biographical information above excerpted and quoted from www.CathyCade.com.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection contains 25 photographic prints (some hand-colored), chosen and arranged by the artist. The images cover lesbian mothering, demonstrations and freedom days, lesbian culture, lesbians at work, and generations of the lesbian community.


    The photographs are grouped by subject and are in the order preferred by the photographer.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Cade, Cathy, 1942- --Archives
    Gay men--California--San Francisco Bay Area
    Gays--California--San Francisco--Social life and customs--20th century--Photograph collections
    Lesbians--California--San Francisco Bay Area
    Lesbians--California--San Francisco--Social life and customs--20th century--Photograph collections
    San Francisco (Calif.)--Social life and customs--20th century--Photograph collections