Presentation: Hands on History: Identification Photos into Context

Wednesday, 4/12/2023
6:30 - 7:30
San Francisco History Center Exhibit Space - 6th Fl
Main Library

100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

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Join us in a close-up show-and-tell with San Francisco and queer history through the lens of identification photographs. Collections on view from the San Francisco History Center archives will include San Francisco Police Department mug books and World War I Alien Enemy Registration Affidavits. For the exhibition San Francisco IDentities, most of the passports, licenses and club membership cards were pulled from James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center archives. Learn more about the archives these artifacts were pulled from which include Randy Shilts Papers, Barbara Cameron Papers and Dorrwin Jones Papers (recently opened for research).   

This exclusive program takes place within the San Francisco History Center. The behind-the-scenes event is led by our knowledgeable photo archivist. Photography is welcomed and encouraged during the program. 

Companion exhibits: San Francisco IDentities and Artists in the Archives, on view March 11 – June 8, Main Library, 6th Floor 

Learn more about local history.

Gather, share knowledge and celebrate our unique identities at the queerest library ever. 

For more resources, the James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center is the gateway to the Library’s broader collections documenting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual history and culture, with a special emphasis on the San Francisco Bay Area.

Learn from world-class designers, artists and experts in their fields. 

This program is sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Attending Programs

For questions about the program or help registering, contact sfplcpp@sfpl.orgAll programs are drop-in (no registration necessary) unless otherwise noted. All SFPL locations are wheelchair accessible. For accommodations (such as ASL or language interpretation), call (415) 557-4557 or contact accessibility@sfpl.org. Requesting at least 3 business days in advance will help ensure availability.

Notice: This event may be filmed or photographed. By participating in this event, you consent to have your likeness used for the Library’s archival purposes and promotional materials. If you do not want to be photographed, please inform a staff person or the photographer. A sticker will be provided to help identify you so that we can avoid capturing your image.

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