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James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center, San Francisco Public Library
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, California 94102
Phone: (415) 557-4567
Email: sfhistory@sfpl.org
Collections with online items: 29
Physical collections: 135
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Adair (Peter) Papers

The bulk of the collection centers on the documentary film (1977), a ground-breaking exploration of the lives of 26 gay men and women. A small portion of the collection concerns (1986), a production of Peter Adair and Rob Epstein's with...

Anchor (Cliff) Papers

The collection documents the life of Cliff Anchor (also known as Michael Erickson), a gay rights activist, military man and radio broadcaster. These documents include speeches, correspondence, papers related to military service, materials related to Leonard Matlovich and Dr. Tom...

Atkins (Chloe) Collection

Chloe Atkins is a photographer who lives in the San Francisco bay area. The collection includes all her film from still photography, including associated proof sheets and model releases where available. Chiefly images of the GLBT community in the bay...

Berner (Lawrence) vs. John Briggs Collection

The collection documents the legal suit brought by homosexual school teacher Lawrence Berner against California State Senator John Briggs for defamation of character. Briggs had sponsored Proposition 6 which would have prevented gay and lesbian teachers from teaching in California....

Cade (Cathy) Photographs Collection

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.

Cameron (Barbara) Papers

Barbara M. Cameron was a Native American lesbian writer, speaker, photographer, and political activist. Her papers include speeches, writings, subject files, photographs, audiotapes, and printed materials on the subjects of: rights for lesbians, for women and for Native Americans; race;...

Collins (John R. (Jack)) Papers

Collins was a professor at City College of San Francisco. The collection documents the courses Collins taught there, and the establishment of its gay and lesbian studies department. There are also catalogs from his work for an antiquarian book dealer....

Fabled Asp Collection

Fabled Asp is a multimedia archive that documents forty years of activist history and creativity. The project illuminates the myriad ways disabled lesbians have been moving against invisibility through civil rights actions, theater, dance, sports, and visual arts. The collection...

Frameline Film Festival Collection

Frameline is a San Francisco Bay Area cultural organization founded in 1977. It hosts an annual LGBT film festival which is the longest-running, largest and most widely recognized LGBT film exhibition event in the world. Since 1977 Frameline has acquired...

Gerharter (Rick) Photographs Collection

Rick Gerharter is a San Francisco-based free-lance photojournalist. This collection of images was selected by the artist and documents activities in San Francisco's LGBT community from 1988 through mid-1995. Many photos were taken while on assignment for the and capture...

Giard (Robert) Photographs Collection

The collection contains portraits of 91 gay men and lesbians who are literary figures, community activists, and performing artists. Some portraits were chosen on the basis of the subjects' connection to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Gruber (John) Papers

Gruber was one of the founding members of the Mattachine Society, a homophile organization. The papers contain letters, clipped news items, draft writings and photographs.

Hay (Harry) Papers

The collection documents the personal and professional interests of Harry Hay and his partner John Burnside. Of particular note are the materials on the Mattachine Society, the Radical Faeries, anti-draft activities, berdache and Native American culture, music, and California Kaleidoscopes....

Jasany (Rick) Papers

The collection contains photographs, slides, and magazines, that document the work of Rick Jasany. His subjects included daily life in San Francisco and street life in the gay community in the 1970s and 1980s. For the magazine "Vector," Jasany created...

Koolish (Lynda) Photographs Collection

Lynda Koolish is a photographer and a professor of English and comparative literature. The collection contains portraits of gay and lesbian writers. Many of these images appear in Koolish's book (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, c2001).

Laton (Leonard) Collection of Anthony (Tony) J. Sansone Photographs

The collection contains original photographs and a book featuring figure studies of Anthony (Tony) J. Sansone, a physique model and dancer from New York. A protégé of Charles Atlas, Sansone was a much sought-after model for photographers and artists during...

Maley (Ken) Papers

Ken Maley is a San Francisco-based media consultant and promoter who has been involved with many civic organizations and events, several of which were for the LGBT community. The collection contains correspondence, flyers, clippings, subject files, photographs, negatives, buttons, and...

Milk (Harvey) Archives--Scott Smith Collection

Harvey Milk was the first openly gay man elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Scott Smith was his partner and friend. The collection documents the personal and political life of Harvey Milk, and the personal life of Scott...

Miller (Grace) Papers

The collection documents the life of Grace Miller through correspondence, subject files, photographs and negatives, and a scrapbook. Miller was a co-owner and bartender at two lesbian bars in San Francisco. As a result of serving underage patrons, she was...

Mintun (Peter) Cockettes Collection

The collection contains photographs of the Cockettes, especially Sylvester and John Rothermel, flyers, show sequence sheets and some scripts for Cockettes performances, correspondence and contracts, newspaper clippings and published articles about the Cockettes, and some audiorecordings.

Nicoletta (Daniel) Photographs Collection

The collection is a portfolio of 33 images chosen and arranged by Daniel Nicoletta, a San Francisco-based freelance photographer. He has been documenting the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities since 1975. The collection showcases the wide range of his...

O'Connor (Jeannie) AIDS Self-Portraits Collection

The collection consists of negatives, contact sheets, proof prints, Polaroid prints, and oversized prints of self-portraits made at several San Francisco Bay Area AIDS and HIV-positive care facilities. The subjects included people with AIDS and HIV, as well as staff...

Reversing Vandalism Collection

The collection includes organizational files, correspondence, programs, clippings, flyers and press coverage that document the Reversing Vandalism project and exhibition.

Rofes (Eric E.) Papers

The Rofes Papers contains drafts of his writings, clippings, subject and research files, teaching notes, and correspondence. Rofes was involved with the Gay Men's Health Collective, and Shanti Project, among others. His research interests included gay teachers, education, charter schools,...

Smith (Evander)--California Hall Papers

The collection contains case files and related materials for the legal defense of Evander Smith, Herbert Donaldson, Elliott Leighton and Nancy May. They were arrested on January 1, 1965 as a result of police harassment at the Mardi Gras Ball...

Streicher (Rikki) and Mary Sager Photograph Albums

The photograph albums document events at Amelia's and Maud's, two lesbian bars in San Francisco that were owned by Streicher, as well as various birthday gatherings, a "Word is Out" event, and a Tribute to Streicher that was a fundraiser...

Survive AIDS--ACT UP/Golden Gate Records

The collection contains minutes, correspondence, clippings files, and subject files produced by the Golden Gate chapter of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (AUGG). Some material is from ACT UP San Francisco (AUSF). The collection also contains banners, posters, buttons...

Sylvester Collection

Sylvester James, Jr. (September 6, 1947–December 16, 1988), better known as Sylvester, was an American disco and soul singer-songwriter. He was known for his flamboyant and androgynous appearance. The collection contains photographs of Sylvester taken at a performance at the...

Tucker (Nancy) T-Shirt Collection

These shirts were produced to commemorate gay and lesbian parades, marches, gatherings, organizations, and AIDS-related groups or events. A sample of subjects includes San Francisco's Lesbian and Gay Freedom Day Parades and Celebrations, the San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay...