Francesca Roccaforte papers 1977-1994
Finding aid prepared by Stacy Wood, 2013; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
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Title: Francesca Roccaforte papers
Collection number: 2165
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.25 linear ft. (1 box)
Date (inclusive): 1977-1994
Abstract: Francesca Roccaforte is a photographer and teacher living in San Francisco, California. This collection contains photographic prints from several of her projects ranging from documenting horse races to Italian historical sites.
Physical location: COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Creator: Roccaforte, Francesca
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[Identification of item], Francesca Roccaforte papers (Collection 2165). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.
Provenance unknown. This collection is part of an outreach and collection-building partnership between the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives , the UCLA Center for the Study of Women (CSW) and the UCLA Library .
Processed by Stacy Wood, 2013.
The June L. Mazer Lesbian Archive at UCLA is an outreach and collection-building partnership between the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives , the UCLA Center for the Study of Women (CSW) and the UCLA Library . These collections expand the pool of primary source materials available to researchers and to the community at large. This partnership was initiated by CSW and is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to inventory, organize, preserve, and digitize more than eighty Mazer collections pertaining to lesbian and feminist activism and writings.
Francesca Roccaforte was born and raised in New York City, where her early love of photography and aesthetics was nurtured and developed by her parents and environment. Her first solo show was at an organization called the "Door" in the West Village in the 1970s. The "Door" nurtured her creative teenage energy and enabled her to prepare for both intense photographic studies at the School of Visual Arts and Creative Writing at Hunter College in New York. She spent four years immersed in photo studies, and working part time as a documentary photographer, performing arts photographer and darkroom technician. She has taken workshops and classes with W. Eugene Smith, Ansel Adams, Eve Sonneman, Cora Wright Kennedy, Dena, and Alice Beck at the School of Visual Arts.
Roccaforte relocated to the San Francisco area at the age of 23 after a photography trip documenting spirituality and religious customs in Italy, Israel and the United States. She was employed in several photography labs and camera stores and completed her visual arts education in California by earning degrees and/or certificates from The California College of Arts, Berkeley City College and Cal State East Bay. Her thesis project, which focused on portraits and accompanying oral herstories of Italian women was both exhibited and published in the 1990s. She has worked as a freelance photographer, worked in educational and medical institutions and assisted with production and operational aspects of film festivals and accompanying events. Currently, she teaches beginning and advanced digital photography to adult learners. She also exhibits her photographic art in the San Francisco Bay Area.
This collection consists primarily of photographs taken by Francesca Roccaforte. The photographs that make up the collection are assembled from different series and focus on disparate subjects including gay and lesbian pride events, horse racing, cultural events and self-portraits. Also included in the collection are poems written by Francesca Roccaforte as well as documents related to her professional and academic achievement.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Lesbian photographers -- Archival resources.
Box 1, Folder 1
Box 1, Folder 2
Box 1, Folder 3
Box 1, Folder 4
Miscellaneous Photos. 1977-1992.
Box 1, Folder 5
Box 1, Folder 6
Box 1, Folder 7
Box 1, Folder 8
Box 1, Folder 9