Kent Garvey photographs
Scope and Contents
The collection comprises slides, contact sheets, negatives, photographic prints, and papers, 1970-2000, from photojournalist Kent Garvey, whose photographs appeared in gay and lesbian newspapers such as the Advocate and Update. The photographs document a variety of gay and lesbian-related activities, including gay pride celebrations in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego; Gay Games competitions in San Francisco and Seattle; Gay Men's Chorus concerts; performances of the Great American Yankee Freedom Band; the 1987 March on Washington; fundraisers for AIDS-related organizations; the Supermen pageants; drag pageants; Sunset Junction Street Fairs; Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center (Los Angeles LGBT Center) events; and local organizational and government meetings.
The papers document Garvey's membership in the Great American Yankee (GAY) Freedom Band; as well as an incident in 1989 in which he was shot by an unknown assailant outside of a gay nightclub.
- Garvey, Kent (Person)
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.
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 / Historical
Oren Kent Garvey was born in 1941. He was an independent photojournalist whose photographs in appeared in gay and lesbian newspapers such as Advocate and Update. He was also a member of the Great American Yankee (GAY) Freedom Band in the early 1980s. Garvey died in 2010.
5.9 Linear Feet (7 boxes.)
Language of Materials
Slides, contact sheets, negatives, photographic prints, and papers, circa 1970-2000, from photojournalist Kent Garvey, whose photographs appeared in gay and lesbian newspapers such as the Advocate and Update. Materials in the collection mostly document gay and lesbian events in California such as pride parades, chorus concerts, marching band performances, AIDS benefits, protest marches, gay athletic competitions, men's beauty pageants, drag, and fundraisers for LGBT organizations.
Photographic materials were originally stored in binders organized by the collection creator, Kent Garvey. The contents of the binders were transferred to folders. The titles of the binders are retained and are arranged in alphabetical order with untitled folders at the end. Three additional folders of papers are arranged at the end of the collection.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Mathew Grace, dated December 4, 2013.
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the California State Library. Processed by Loni Shibuyama, 2020.
- AIDS Project Los Angeles
- AIDS activists
- Alliance for Gay and Lesbian Artists
- Christopher Street West Association
- Gay Games
- Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles
- Gay athletes
- Gay community -- Photographs
- Gay musicians
- Gay photographers
- Gay pride parades -- California
- Great American Yankee Freedom Band
- L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center
- Finding aid to the Kent Garvey photographs, circa 1970-2000
- John Thompson, Kyle Morgan, and Loni Shibuyama
- © 2012, revised 2021
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- Description is in English.