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Robert Giard Photographs Collection, 1977-2003
GLC 37  
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Provenance
  • Related materials
  • Biographical note
  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement

  • Title: Robert Giard Photographs Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1977-2003
    Date (bulk): 1985-2000
    Collection Identifier: GLC 37
    Creator: Giard, Robert, 1939-2002
    Physical Description: 8 oversized boxes (91 gelatin silver prints (16" x 20"), matted (20" x 24"), titled, numbered, dated, some signed)
    Contributing Institution: James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library
    100 Larkin Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    (415) 557-4567
    info@sfpl.org
    Abstract: 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.
    Physical Location: The collection is stored onsite.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.

    Access

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

    Publication Rights

    Retained by the Estate of Robert Giard. For contact information, please see the website of The Robert Giard Foundation at www.robertgiardfoundation.org.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Robert Giard Photographs Collection (GLC 37), Gay and Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library.

    Provenance

    Donated by the Friends and Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library, 2000, 2003, and 2006.

    Related materials

    Researchers are encouraged to see also the Robert Giard Papers, Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (Uncat MSS 765).

    Biographical note

    Robert Giard (1939-2002) was a photographer based in Amagansett, N.Y. He began photographing gay and lesbian literary figures in 1985. The archives of his project includes over 500 images, some of which have been exhibited at the San Francisco and New York Public Libraries and many other venues. For further information on Robert Giard, please see the website of The Robert Giard Foundation at www.robertgiardfoundation.org.

    Scope and Contents

    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. Several of these images are reproduced in Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Writers (MIT Press, ©1997). All photographs were printed by Robert Giard with the exception of Sherry Thomas and the self-portrait which were printed by the estate in 2003.

    Arrangement

    Arranged alphabetically by subject.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Giard, Robert, 1939-2002--Archives
    Authors, American--20th century--Portraits
    Gay authors--United States--Portraits
    Gay men--United States--Portraits
    Gays--California--San Francisco--Social life and customs--20th century--Photograph collections
    Lesbians--United States--Portraits
    San Francisco (Calif.)--Biography--Portraits
    San Francisco (Calif.)--Social life and customs--20th century--Photograph collections