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Finding aid to the Lynn Ludwig Photographs Collection, 1988-1998
GLC 65  
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  • Title: Lynn Ludwig Photographs Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1988-1998
    Collection Identifier: GLC 65
    Creator: Ludwig, Lynn
    Physical Description: 41 scrapbooks + circa 200 encapsulated photographs in 3 oversized boxes (25.0 cubic feet)
    Contributing Institution: James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library
    100 Larkin Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    (415) 557-4567
    Abstract: Portraits and informal photographs of gay bears, gay bear events, Ludwig family and events, holidays, Northern California scenery and locations. There are some flyers included in the albums, as well as attendance name badges.
    Physical Location: The collection is stored onsite.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.


    The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours, with photographs available during Photo Desk hours. Collections that are stored offsite should be requested 48 hours in advance.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright retained by Lynn Ludwig. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Lynn Ludwig Photographs Collection (GLC 65), Gay and Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library.


    Donated by Lynn Ludwig, June 2010.

    Biographical note

    Lynn Ludwig is a gay photographer based in the San Francisco Bay area. His work has centered on documenting the "gay bear" social scene and many gay events such as the Harrison, Folsom and Castro Street fairs and San Francisco Pride parades.

    Scope and Contents

    The subjects of Ludwig's photographs include gay bear events, gay bears, Ludwig family and events, holiday photographs, Northern California scenery and locations. There are some flyers included in the albums, as well as attendance name badges. In addition, there are sometimes announcements for weddings or anniversary parties, and obituaries and notices for memorial services. Many albums record attendees at bear social events which often include annual contests for Mr. San Francisco Bear, hot tubs, swimming pools, and bars. Many of the swimming photos appear to be taken at Fifes in the Russian River, Guerneville area. Lots of skin, tattoos, and some albums contain nudity.
    Ludwig numbered his early photograph albums. He has chosen to keep some of the early numbered albums, such as "Album 1" because it contains family photographs. Consequently, the collection contains 41 scrapbooks which begin with Ludwig's "Album 2." There is a note for each album with an original number.


    Arranged by format, then chronologically.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Ludwig, Lynn--Pictorial works
    Bears (Gay culture)--California--San Francisco
    Fairs--California--San Francisco
    Gay men--California--San Francisco--Social life and customs--20th century
    Gay men--United States--Portraits