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Finding aid of the Nancy Rosenblum Photographs

Finding aid prepared by Loni Shibuyama, © 2008

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator
Rosenblum, Nancy
Title
Nancy Rosenblum photographs
Collection no.
Coll2008.048
Date [inclusive]
1976-2008
Extent
3.1 linear feet.
General Physical Description note
1 archive carton + 3 flat archive boxes.
Language
English
Abstract
Sound recordings, photographs and related material created by Los Angeles-based photographer and filmmaker Nancy Rosenblum. The core of the collection is photographs and related material from Rosenblum's two photography exhibitions: "Vegetables: A Reaction to Male Violence Against Women" (1979) and "Some of My Best Friends... Portraits of Lesbians," a series of lesbian portraits photographed in Los Angeles in the 1980s and early 1990s. The collection also includes sound recordings of interviews (2002 - 2003) that Rosenblum conducted for Southern California's gay- and lesbian-oriented radio program, IMRU Radio.

Preferred Citation

Nancy Rosenblum Photographs, Coll2008-048, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

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Biography

Born in August 1954, Nancy Rosenblum grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles and developed an interest in photography and filmmaking at age seven. She often borrowed her father's Bell & Howell 8mm camera and spliced together short movies. After coming out as a lesbian in 1975, she attended the photography program at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) for six years, eventually earning her Master of Fine Arts degree in 1983. During her time at CalArts, she created two photography exhibits. Her first exhibit, "Vegetables: A Reaction to Male Violence Against Women," premiered in 1979 and her second exhibit, "Some of My Best Friends... Portraits of Lesbians," was her 1983 Master's show. She also created a 3-monitor video installation about growing up in her family.

After graduating from CalArts, Rosenblum turned to video editing and filmmaking. In 1988, she edited and co-produced with Irene Pinn a documentary about lesbians called, You Can Know All I Am. From the 1980s through the mid-2000s, she worked as an editor for film and television, winning several Los Angeles Emmy Awards for her work on various news documentaries. She was also active in the gay and lesbian political movement, contributing to such organizations and publications as  Lesbian Tide,  Connexxus: El Centro de Mujeres,  Lesbian News, Outfest and IMRU Radio; and she continued to exhibit photographs at various Southern California locations.

In 1983, Rosenblum met Mary Whitlock, who became her life partner. In August 2008, Rosenblum and Whitlock relocated to Nelson, British Columbia, where Whitlock studies music and Rosenblum continues to create art works and teach film editing at Selkirk College.

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Scope and Content

Photograph collection created by Los Angeles-based lesbian photographer and filmmaker Nancy Rosenblum. The collection is divided into two series: (1) Photographs and Related Material and (2) Sound Recordings. The first series, and the core of the collection, includes material from Rosenblum's two photography exhibits: "Vegetables: A Reaction to Male Violence Against Women," originally showcased at the CalArts School of Art and Design in 1979; and "Some of My Best Friends... Portraits of Lesbians," a series of lesbian portraits photographed in Southern California in the 1980s and early 1990s. The series also includes miscellaneous photographs from the 1970s, of such subjects as Sue Fink and Joelyn Grippo, the Los Angeles Women's Chorus, and Rosenblum with her partner, Mary Whitlock. The second series comprises sound recordings of radio segments (2002 - 2003) that Rosenblum produced for the Southern California LGBT-oriented program, IMRU Radio. It includes discussions about gay weddings, the Los Angeles Women's Building, the Outfest Film Festival, as well as interviews with such women as Eloise Klein Healy, Lea Delaria and Terry Wolverton.

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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

Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in writing from ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives as the physical owner. Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder(s) of any copyrights in the materials. Note that ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials directly from the copyright holder(s).

Acquisition Information

Gift of Nancy Rosenblum, July 2, 2008.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama, July 10, 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

Corporate Name(s)

  • IMRU Radio

Personal Name(s)

  • Rosenblum, Nancy, 1954-

Subject(s)

  • Lesbians
  • Photographers
  • Photographs
  • Portrait photographers

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Series 1. Photographs and Related Material 1976-2008   2.9 linear feet.

Series Scope and Content

This series comprises Rosenblum's photographs and related material from her two photography exhibitions, "Vegetables: A Reaction to Male Violence Against Women" and "Some of My Best Friends... Portraits of Lesbians." The related material includes exhibit descriptions written by Rosenblum, as well as press material and an audience comment book from "Vegetables;" and contact sheets and model releases from "Some of My Best Friends." This series also includes miscellaneous photographs of such subjects as Sue Fink and Joelyn Grippo, the Los Angeles Women's Chorus, and Rosenblum with her partner, Mary Whitlock. Note: numbers written on the back of the exhibit photographs in "Some of My Best Friends" are the donor's original inventory numbers.

Box Folder

 Nancy Rosenblum Photography Resume 2008 

1 1

 "Vegetables: A Reaction to Male Violence Against Women" 1979 - 1983 

Box Folder

 Exhibit Photographs circa 1979   24 photographs : b&w ; 11 x 14 in.

3 1 - 24

 Exhibit Description by Nancy Rosenblum 2008 

1 2

 Comment Book 1979 - 1983 

1 3

 Press Material 1979 

1 4

 "Violence Against Women (as depicted by three books)" Manuscript by Nancy Rosenblum Date unknown 

1 5

 "Some of My Best Friends… Portraits of Lesbians" 1980 - 1992 

 Exhibit Photographs 1980 - 1992 

Box Folder

 #1 - "Mama Rosa" (Rosa Bondini) 1983   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 1

 #2 - Barbara Gehrke and Terrie Trotter 1983   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 2

 #3 - Abigail, Jennifer and Joan Boker 1980   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 3

 #4 - Catherine Lord and Nathalie Magnan 1984   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 4

 #5 - Terry Scannel 1983   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 5

 #6 - Helen Affsa 1980   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 6

 #7 - Pam Salter 1983   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 7

 #8 - Eloise Klein Healy 1984   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 8

 #9 - Laura Aguilar 1987   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 9

 #10 - Gaby Antolovich 1985   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 10

 #11 - Becky Villasenor 1987   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 11

 #12 - Xavier E. Hall 1985   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 12

 #13 - Mary Whitlock 1987   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 13

 #14 - Cheryl R. Bullard 1983   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 14

 #15 - Lori Cutler 1983   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 15

 #16 - Jean Pittman 1980   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 16

 #17 - Carla D. Barboza 1987   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 17

 #18 - Elaine King 1980   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 18

 #19 - Betsy Skidmore 1983   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 19

 #20 - Adrianna Ariente and Alexis Kotter 1981   2 photographs : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 20 - 21

 #21 - Torrie Osborne 1992   2 photographs : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 22 - 23

 #22 - Meredith Portnoff 1983   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 24

 #23 - Robin Ladd and Sharon Holmes 1985   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 25

 #24 - Karen Sandler 1980   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 26

 #25 - Leticia Chavoya and Cathy E. Wilson 1982   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 27

 #26 - Lani Simpson 1983   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 28

 #27 - Terry Wilson 1982   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 29

 #28 - Catherine M. Sifter 1982   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 30

 #29 - Patti Temple 1982   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 31

 #30 - Barbara Marino 1989   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 32

 #31 - Gyl and Nancy Rosenblum 1984   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 33

 #32 - Alix Dobkin 1984   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 34

 #33 - Patricia A. Akers 1982   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 35

 #34 - Sandra B. Pollack and Barbara A. Stopha 1981   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 36

 #35 - Leticia Chavoya 1982   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 37

 #36 - Bia Lowe and Terry Wolverton 1983   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 38

 #37 - Bia Lowe and Terry Wolverton 1983   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 39

 #38 - Loren Bennitt Date unknown   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 40

 #39 - Nancy Rosenblum 1983   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 41

 #40 - Robin Miller and Trudi White 1980   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 42

 #41 - Roxy McGuire 1985   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 43

 #42 - Johanna Gullick 1980   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 44

 #42 - Irma Perez Cordova 1982   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 45

 #43 - Linda Velazquez and Renee Harcourt 1983   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 46

 #44 - Sachiye Yamamoto 1984   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 47

 #45 - Leslie Stone 1982   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 48

 #46 - Randi Hepner 1983   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 49

 #47 - Marge Date unknown   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 50

 #48 - Digby Duncan 1983   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 51

 #49 - Sherry McCoy 1982   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 52

 #50 - Gyl Rosenblum and Donna Marcus Date unknown   1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 20 in.

4 53

 #51 - Linette Burton 1983   1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.

1 6

 #52 - Joan Boisclair 1983   1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.

1 6

 #53 - Diane Gamboa 1983   1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.

1 6

 #54 - Pamela Hamanaka circa 1984   1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.

1 6

 #55 - Diane Rania 1983   1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.

1 6

 #56 - Maria Zavala 1983   1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.

1 6
Box Folder

 Exhibit Description by Nancy Rosenblum 2008 

1 7
Box

 Exhibit Text Panels Date unknown 

2
Box Folder

 Contact Sheets 1983 

1 8

 Model Release Agreements 1982 - 1992 

1 9

 Miscellaneous 1976 - 1985 

Box Folder

 Rhiannon (from Alive!) Concert, Culver City Auditorium 1976   3.0 photographs : b&w.

1 10

 Sue Fink and Joelyn Grippo 1977 

Box Folder

 First Picture Published and First Dollar Earned from Sue & Joelyn 1977 

1 11

 Photos and Flyer 1977   2.0 photographs : b&w.

1 12

 Poster 1977 

4 54
Box Folder

 L.A. Women's Chorus 1978   1.0 photograph : b&w.

1 13

 Nancy Rosenblum & Mary Whitlock, Morro Bay 1985   1.0 photograph : col.

1 14

 Clippings 1977 - 1978 

1 15

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Series 2:  Series 2. Sound Recordings 2002-2003   0.2 linear foot.

Series Scope and Content

This series comprises audio recordings of radio segments that Rosenblum produced for the Southern California gay- and lesbian-oriented program, IMRU Radio. It includes seven audio CDs containing radio segments in which Rosenblum interviews such people as Eloise Klein Healy, Terry Wolverton, and Lea Delaria. The series also includes a sound cassette containing a compilation of all the segments.

Box Folder

 Eloise IMRU; Gay Weddings; Terry Wolverton Women's Building Insurgent Muse; Ruthie and Connie; Leahive Lea Delaria; Outfest Docs 2002 - 2003   1.0 sound cassette.

2 1

 Eloise [Klein Healy] Edited 2002   1 sound disc (16 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.

2 2

 Gay Weddings 2002   2 sound discs (22 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.

2 3 - 4

 Insurgent Muse Aircheck (Interview with Terry Wolverton) 2002   1 sound disc (15 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.

2 5

 Ruthie and Connie Segment; Aircheck 2002   2 sound discs (22 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.

2 6 - 7

 Lea Delaria 2003   1 sound disc (17 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.

2 8

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