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Stephen Stewart photographs

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Coll2010-006

Scope and Contents

The collection primarily consists of Stephen Stewart's published and unpublished black and white photographs from his work, Positive Image: A Portrait of Gay America, along with a few other Stewart photographs. Stewart sought to document the people, places, events, and symbols of the United States gay liberation movement. From 1982 to 1984, he traveled the United States photographing gay men, lesbians, and iconic places and events. The photographs of the West Hollywood incorporation include 6 photographs documenting voter registration and election night.


  • 1982-1984

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Biographical note

Stephen Joe Stewart was born November 23, 1953 in southern California. He graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts. During the 1970s and 1980s he was employed as a advertising artist and freelance photographer in Hollywood. His work appeared in the Advocate, prior to his three year journey to document lesbian and gay history. Subsequent to publishing Positive Image he wrote Gay Hollywood, The Voyeur Video Guide, and other titles using the name, Steve Stewart. He has also published under the pseudonym, Bruce Wayne.

MARC Display. Library of Congress, [cited December 15, 2010]. Available from

Stewart, Stephen. Gay Hollywood Film & Video Guide. Laguna Hills,Calif.: Companion Publications, 1994.

Stewart, Stephen. Positive Image: A Portrait of Gay America. New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1985.


2 Linear Feet (2 clamshell binders.)

Language of Materials



Photographs and the resulting published work documenting icons, iconic places, and events of the United States lesbian and gay movement, 1982-1984. The collection primarily consists of Stephen Stewart's published and unpublished black and white photographs from his work, Positive Image: A Portrait of Gay America, along with other Stewart photographs.


This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1. Positive Image: A Portrait of Gay America book

Series 2. People

Series 3. Places, events, and symbols

Series 4. West Hollywood incorporation

Related Materials

Box 67, Folder 100, Pat Rocco Papers, Coll2007-006, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California. - Rocco at home including photographs with his motion picture library and in his living room (4 photographs and contact sheet) 1983

Processing Information

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Stewart's photographs formerly housed in the ONE subject files were brought together in this collection. Collection processed by Renee Saito, February 26, 2011.

Stephen Stewart Photographs
Renee Saito, edited by MIchael C. Oliveira
© 2010
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Finding aid written in: English

Repository Details

Part of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, University of Southern California Repository

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