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Finding aid of the Crawford Barton Papers
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This collection contains professional and personal records created and collected by Crawford Wayne Barton. Inclusive dates are 1945-1995; the bulk of the collection is from 1961-1990. The collection has a particular emphasis on the photography of Barton as well as his creative writing. The collection includes photographs, negatives, slides, 8 and 16mm movies, correspondence, journals, manuscripts and clippings.
Crawford Wayne Barton was born on June 2, 1943 in rural Georgia. As a child and teenager Bartontook piano lessons and enjoyed drawing and studying nature. After graduating from Calhoun High School in 1961, Barton attended the University of Georgia on an art scholarship. Barton studied drawing painting and sculpture at three different colleges in Georgia as an art major, but never graduated. Late in 1968 Barton decided to move to Los Angeles, CA to study filmmaking at UCLA. However, Barton never enrolled and instead moved to San Francisco. It was in San Francisco that Barton became a leading photographer of gay life. Barton took photographs for the Advocate, the Bay Area Reporter, the San Francisco Examiner, Newsday, and the Los Angeles Times.
17 manuscript boxes, 4 record carton boxes, 35 medium boxes, and 1 oversize box 38.85 linear feet
Copyright to unpublished manuscript materials has been transferred to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.
Collection open for research.