International Gay Information Center collection. Photographs

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Description
This collection consists chiefly of photographs donated to the International Gay Information Center Archives before its acquisition by The New York Public Library in 1988. Additional gifts of photography have been added to the collection during the 1990s. The collection documents many aspects of the history and culture of gay men and lesbians, including activism, AIDS, erotica, pageants, parties and theatre. The collection includes snapshots, studio prints, movie stills, and slides. The materials date from 1886 to the present. While the majority of the materials are from the 1970s, there are several images from the 1950s.
Names
International Gay Information Center (Collector)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1886 - 1999
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 1484
Topics
Gays
Homosexuality
Lesbians
Genres
Photographs
Notes
Content: The collection documents many aspects of the history and culture of gay men and lesbians, including activism, AIDS, erotica, pageants, parties and theatre. The collection includes snapshots, studio prints, movie stills, and slides. The materials date from 1886 to the present. While the majority of the materials are from the 1970s, there are several images from the 1950s. The collection contains several photographs of historic interest. Such photographs include a group portrait of The Mattachine Society of Los Angeles founders at Christmas in 1951. Other historic photographs include a series of snapshots of the first Christopher Street Liberation Day march in 1970, and one 19th century image of a female impersonator. A significant portion of the collection are the photographs of Bettye Lane, Fred W. McDarrah, and Richard C. Wandel. Each series includes a significant number of images of gay and lesbian activism and community life.
Biographical/historical: The International Gay Information Center, Inc. (IGIC) was founded in New York City in 1982 for the purpose of collecting and preserving historical records and papers which document the movement for gay rights in America.
Physical Description
Extent: 17 boxes
Type of Resource
Still image
Identifiers
MSS Unit ID: 1484
Archives collections id: archives_collections_1484
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11686548
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 3ce9c740-38d7-0135-00a8-79508491ec78
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