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Kent Garvey photographs

 Collection
Identifier: Coll2012-043

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.

Dates

  • 1970-2000

Creator

Access

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

Publication Rights

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.

Extent

5.9 Linear Feet (7 boxes.)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

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.

Arrangement

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.

Related Materials

Advocate Records, Coll2012-030, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

Christopher Street West Association Records, Coll2012-134, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

Gay Bands Collection, Coll2011-043, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

Great American Yankee Freedom Band collection, Coll2008-012, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

Processing Information

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the California State Library. Processed by Loni Shibuyama, 2020.

Creator

Title
Finding aid to the Kent Garvey photographs, circa 1970-2000
Status
Completed
Author
John Thompson, Kyle Morgan, and Loni Shibuyama
Date
© 2012, revised 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Repository Details

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

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