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Harry R. Eberlin photographs

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-Coll-4
The Harry R. Eberlin Photographs include approximately 100 images of lesbian and gay public events in Philadelphia circa 1972 - circa 1980. Exact dates are difficult to determine, since the photographer did not keep written records of his subjects. These images focus largely on events sponsored by the Gay Community Center of Philadelphia and on public pickets, parades and parties. Some photographs of the Gay Switchboard of Philadelphia are included. Most of the images are contact-print sheets made from 35mm black and white negatives, although there are some enlargements.

Identifiable subjects include Tommi Avicolli, Rita Mae Brown, Franklin Kameny, Kiyoshi Kuromiya, Walter Lear, Marcie Maldauer, Tom Malun, John "Sagittarius" Powell and Steve Wigod.

Dates

  • circa 1972-1980

Creator

General Physical Description note

1 folder

Conditions Governing Access Note

Contact John J. Wilcox Jr. GLBT Archives of Philadelphia for information about accessing this collection.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

Harry R. Eberlin was a prolific photographer who began documenting Philadelphia's lesbian and gay community in the early 1970s. Eberlin contributed photographs to several Philadelphia gay publications, including The Gay Alternative and the Philadelphia Gay News. In the mid 1970s, he was active in such organizations as the Gay Media Project. The Harry R. Eberlin photographs include approximately 100 images of lesbian and gay public events in Philadelphia circa 1972 - circa 1980. These images focus largely on events sponsored by the Gay Community Center of Philadelphia and on public pickets, parades and parties. Most of the images are contact-print sheets made from 35mm black and white negatives, although there are some enlargements.

Biographical/Historical Note

Harry R. Eberlin was a prolific photographer, averaging more than 1,000 pictures per year from 1960 into the early 1980s. He began documenting Philadelphia's lesbian and gay community in the early 1970s. Eberlin contributed photographs to several Philadelphia gay publications, including The Gay Alternative and the Philadelphia Gay News. In the mid 1970s, he was active in such organizations as the Gay Media Project.

Location Note

Collections 6

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Harry R. Eberlin, 1995.

Related Archival Materials Note

John J. Wilcox Jr. GLBT Archives of Philadelphia: Tommi Avicolli papers.

General Physical Description note

1 folder

Processing Information Note

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2011-2012 as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR), using data provided by the John J. Wilcox Jr. LGBT Archives of Philadelphia. The HCI-PSAR project was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was done in the HCI-PSAR project.
Title
Harry R. Eberlin photographs, circa 1972-1980
Status
completed
Author
Finding aid prepared by Steven Capsuto, July 5, 1995
Description rules
dacs
Sponsor
This preliminary finding aid was created by staff of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) using data provided by the John J. Wilcox Jr. LGBT Archives of Philadelphia. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Repository Details

Part of the John J. Wilcox, Jr. LGBT Archives, William Way LGBT Community Center Repository

Contact:
1315 Spruce Street
Philadelphia PA 19107
215-732-2220