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Guide to the Fred W. McDarrah Gay Pride Photographs Collection
1964-1993
 MSS 193

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Collection processed by Colin Torre, 2012. Updated by Nicholas Martin, 2012.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on July 12, 2012
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Descriptive Summary

 
Creator - Photographer: McDarrah, Fred W., 1926-2007
Title: Fred W. McDarrah Gay Pride Photographs Collection
Dates: 1964 - 1993
Abstract note: The Fred W. McDarrah Gay Pride Photographs Collection contains portraits of iconic gay figures, as well as photos of demonstrations, parades and other events from 1964 to 1993.
Quantity: 0.3 linear feet
Call Phrase: MSS 193

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Biographical Note

Fred McDarrah was a staff photographer for New York's Village Voice. For many years, his pictures chronicled the people and events of New York's flourishing nightlife and activist communities.

Born in Brooklyn in 1926, McDarrah spent his young adulthood as an Army paratrooper, photographing the U.S. occupation of Japan after World War II. He returned to New York and completed NYU's journalism program in 1954. Starting at the  Voice in 1959, McDarrah set out to document the Village scene, capturing iconic images of burgeoning artists, musicians, performers and activists. He published his photos in a number of books over the course of his career.

In his introduction to  The Artist's World in Pictures, Thomas B. Hess writes, "McDarrah does not claim his photographs are art. He claims they are a part of truth. ...And they have something to do with justice" (11). McDarrah cared little for the artistic merit of his photographs, applying a journalistic objectivity to his work at all times.

At his death in 2007, McDarrah was still consulting photo editor with the  Voice.

Sources:

Fox, Margarit. "Fred W. McDarrah, Photographer, Dies at 81."  The New York Times, November 8, 2007.

McDarrah, Fred W.  The Artist's World in Pictures. Introduction by Thomas B. Hess. New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1961.

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Scope and Content

The Fred W. McDarrah Gay Pride Photographs Collection is composed of photographs taken between the years 1964 and 1993, primarily documenting the Gay Rights Movement in America. The collection contains portraits of iconic gay figures, as well as photos of demonstrations, parades and other events.

Arrangement

The photographs in the Fred McDarrah Collection are arranged chronologically. Three oversize prints are housed in a map case separate from the rest of the items. Work titles and dates are derived from McDarrah's own annotations on each print.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Black-and-white photographs.

Subject Topics

  • Gay rights -- United States.

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Administrative Information

Provenance

The Fred W. McDarrah Gay Pride Photographs Collection was donated to the Fales Library by Fred McDarrah in 2006.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers. Appointments are necessary for the use of manuscript and archival collections.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Fred W. McDarrah Gay Pride Photographs Collection; MSS 193; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University Libraries.

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Container List

Series I: Photographs

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky in their East Village Apartment
November 1, 1964
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Mattachine Society 'Sip-In,' Julius' Bar: John Timmons, Dick Leitch, Craig Rodwell, Randy Wicker
April 21, 1966
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Marty Robinson In a Rally In Front of Stonewall
June 27, 1969
Box: 1 Folder : 4 First Gay Pride Demonstration After Stonewall
July 27, 1969
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Craig Rodwell, Oscar Wilde Bookstore
October 14, 1969
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Craig Rodwell, Oscar Wilde Bookstore [Copy]
October 14, 1969
Box: 1 Folder : 7 First Gay Liberation March
June 28, 1970
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Mattachine Society Marching On Gay Liberation Celebration
June 28, 1970
Box: 1 Folder : 9 First Gay Pride Rally and March
June 28, 1970
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Candy Darling (James Slattery) on David Susskind Show
December 7, 1970
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Gay Pride Celebration
June 27, 1971
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Jeanne, Jules, Morty Manford and Sarah Montgomery, Gay Pride March
June 24, 1973
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Sheridan Square Gay Pride March
June 24, 1973
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Street Transvestites Gay Pride March
June 24, 1973
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Bouquet at Stonewall Doorway
June 30, 1974
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Celebration Gay Pride
June 29, 1975
Box: 1 Folder : 17 John Noble, Bishop Robert Clement, Church of the Beloved Disciple
June 29, 1975
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Man With Tattoos at Gay Pride Rally
June 29, 1975
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Performance Artist Stephen Varble at Rizzoli Bookstore
December 2, 1975
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Christopher Street
March 29, 1981
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Quentin Crisp, Passing Old Stonewall Inn
June 27, 1982
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Support Blind Gays
June 27, 1982
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Tattoos, Chains & Leather Celebration
June 27, 1982
Box: 1 Folder : 24 ACT-UP At City Hall
March 28, 1989
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Annual Garden Party, Lesbian & Gay Community Center
June 24, 1991
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Leather Bikers Wynn Miller, Gary Sechen
June 30, 1991
Box: 1 Folder : 27 Support Vaginal Pride Stonewall Anniversary
June 30, 1991
Box: 1 Folder : 28 ACT-UP of Los Angeles at Democratic Convention, N.Y.C.
July 15, 1992
Box: 1 Folder : 29 Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, Washington D.C.
October 10, 1992
Box: 1 Folder : 30 Names Quilt, Washington D.C.
October 10, 1992
Box: 1 Folder : 31 Gary Sechen, Wynn Miller, Fredda Rubin, Katia Netto, Domestic Partners
March 1, 1993
Box: 1 Folder : 32 Disability Pride Washington Demonstration
April 25, 1993
Box: 1 Folder : 33 Gravestone, Sergant Leonard Matlovich, Congressional Cemetary
April 25, 1993
Box: 1 Folder : 34 Domestic Partners Jill Johnston, Ingrid Nyeboe
October 27, 1993

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Oversize Series I: Photographs

Container 1     Title Date
Map-case: 2F Stonewall Inn


2 prints, mounted on foam core.

June 27, 1969
Map-case: 2F Stonewall Inn Memorial Mama Jean Devente


Same image as "Bouquet at Stonewall Doorway", enlarged and with a different title.

June 30, 1974

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