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William A. Rhoads Nude Male Photographs

Finding aid prepared by Michael P. Palmer, © 2008

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator
Rhoads, William A.
Title
William A. Rhoads Nude Male photographs
Collection no.
Coll2008.026
Date [inclusive]
circa 1975-1981
Extent
1.25 linear feet.
Language
English
Abstract
Nude photographs of male hitchhikers on Pacific Coast Highway between Santa Monica and Santa Barbara taken by amateur photographer William A. Rhoads, circa 1975-1981.

Preferred Citation

William A. Rhoads Nude Male Photographs, Coll2008-026, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

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Biography

William A. Rhoads earned a PhD in botany, and worked for defense contractor EG&G (Egerton, Germeshausen, and Grier), Inc., studying the effects of radiation on plants for the Atomic Energy Commission. He spent his weekends in a small house he owned near Venice Beach, but lived weekdays in Goleta, where EG&G's Santa Barbara Operations were based. He died of congenital heart disease in the early 1980s.

Source: Letter from Joseph Carrier to Gregory L. Williams. August 3, 2006.

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Scope and Content of Collection

The collection consists of nude photographs of males, and in one instance of a male-female couple, most apparently picked up hitchhiking along the Pacific Coast Highway on the northward journey from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara. Approximately a third of the models are identified, and their photographs dated; a list of these models is available with the collection, but for privacy reasons they are identified in this finding aid only by initials. The remaining photographs are not identified, and are not dated. An account by Joseph Carrier of the circumstances under which the photographs were taken is included with the collection. Between Rhoads' death and the acquisition of the collection by ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives many of the prints and virtually all the negatives in the original collection were damaged beyond repair by high humidity; many of the surviving photographs are heavily warped.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
© 2008
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
(213) 821-2771
askone@usc.edu

Access

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

Publication Rights

Publication of images in this collection is restricted until 2061.

Custodial History

Upon Rhoads' death, following instructions left to the executor of his estate, all his photographs were given to Joseph Carrier, who donated the collection to ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives in June 2006.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Joseph Carrier, June 2006.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Michael P. Palmer, June 3, 2008.

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Photographs

Personal Name(s)

  • Rhoads, William A.

Subject(s)

  • Gay erotic photography
  • Photography of men
  • Photography of the nude

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

 Account by Joseph Carrier August 3, 2006 

1 1

 C No date   1.0 photograph.

1 2

 X. from Aguas Calientes March 1975   1.0 photograph.

1 3

 M. B No date   3.0 proof sheets.

1 4

 R. C No date   1.0 photograph.

1 5

 D. C No date   1 photograph, 1 proof sheet.

1 6

 G. E August 11, 1979   4 photographs, 1 proof sheet.

1 7

 D. L No date   11.0 photographs.

1 8

 Male-female couple (L. M. & B. D.) November 1975   6 photographs, 8 proof sheets.

1 9

 T. M October 1979   7.0 photographs.

1 10

 J. M January-February 1981   9.0 photographs.

1 11

 R. R November 1980   11 photographs, 3 proof sheets.

1 12

 M. S No date   15 photographs, 4 proof sheets.

1 13

 M. A. T January 20, 1980   1.0 proof sheet.

2 1

 D. W. V. S. August 7, 1981   25 photographs, 4 proof sheets.

2 2

 Unidentified June 21, 1978   19 photographs, 7 proof sheets.

2 3

 Unidentified No date   9.0 photographs.

2 4

 Unidentified No date   2.0 photographs.

2 5

 Unidentified No date   2.0 photographs.

2 6

 Male couple No date   3.0 photographs.

2 7

 Older male (?self portraits) No date   5 photographs, 1 proof sheet.

2 8

 Unidentified No date   4.0 photographs.

2 9

 Unidentified No date   8.0 photographs.

2 10

 Unidentified No date   28.0 photographs.

3 1

 Unidentified No date   15 photographs, 1 proof sheet.

3 2

 Unidentified No date   29 photographs, 2 proof sheets.

3 3

 "I'm a Pepper" t-shirt No date   11 photographs, 2 proof sheets.

3 4

 Unidentified No date   2.0 photographs.

3 5

 Unidentified No date   9 photographs, 1 proof sheet.

3 6

 Unidentified No date   13 photographs, 4 proof sheets.

4 1

 Unidentified (very similar to 4 : 3) No date   16.0 photographs.

4 2

 Unidentified (very similar to 4 : 2) No date   7.0 photographs.

4 3

 Unidentified No date   2.0 photographs.

4 4

 Unidentified No date   4.0 photographs.

4 5

 Unidentified No date   4.0 photographs.

4 6

 Unidentified No date   2.0 photographs.

4 7

 Unidentified No date   21 photographs, 1 proof sheet.

4 8

 Unidentified No date   15.0 photographs.

5 1

 Yoga poses No date   6.0 photographs.

5 2

 Unidentified No date   1 photograph, 1 proof sheet.

5 3

 Unidentified No date   3 photographs, 4 proof sheets.

5 4

 Miscellaneous No date   7 photographs, 2 proof sheets.

5 5

 Negative: male-female couple (L. M. & B. D., see 1 : 8) November 1975 

5 6

 Negative: subject unidentified No date 

5 7

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