Photo Digitization Project
Lambda Archives of San Diego hold well
over 40,000 historical photographs. While the photos are
primarily from the 1970’s and later, some document the early
LGBT history of San Diego, dating as early as the 1920’s.
The photo collection includes images of important local LGBT
events, organizations, and individuals creating a vast
visual record of our city's rich LGBT history.
Scanning of photographs is of the utmost
importance, as even with the best of care, they will lose
color and the quality of the image will degrade over time.
Properly creating a digital copy of these images preserve in
perpetuity this visually rich record of San Diego’s LGBT
history. A digital copy also allows students and researchers
to view the images without fear of damage to the original or
risking gradual degradation due to exposure.
Thanks to a generous grant from:
The California Institute for Contemporary Arts,
LASD has made tremendous progress in
modernizing our internal cataloguing process with state of
the art digitization tools. The work that we have done in
the last year has laid the groundwork for a comprehensive
modernization project which is both a realization of the
LASD vision, as well as a key element to building community
awareness and prominence, which will help sustain the
archives for years to come.
In 2011, LASD undertook the complete
renovation and move to a new greatly expanded space with
collections storage up to the highest archival standards. We
have moved the entire photograph collection to the new
location and placed it in a special, new, archivally safe
environment which is climate controlled at low temperatures
for increased photographic preservation. In the new space
for the first time we have been able to set up a dedicated
workspace for the aforementioned digitization efforts, which
are well underway. The project is progressing well under
archivist supervision and several student volunteers.
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Materials displayed in the Lambda
Archives of San Diego Photo Galleries may be protected by
the U.S. Copyright Law (Title
17, United States Code). Under the law, photocopies or
reproductions produced by libraries and archives are not to
be "used for any purpose other than private study,
scholarship, or research." Any reproduction of items beyond
that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of
LASD and/or the copyright owners.
Images displayed on the LASD Flickr are low-resolution
copies provided for academic research purposes only. LASD
allows authorized publication of images from its collections
for most non-commercial uses, however permission from LASD
is required prior to publication or display. Photo credit
should read: "Photo courtesy of
Lambda Archives of San Diego." Photographic Use Fees may
apply. Permission from Lambda Archives of San Diego is
required for any use of images. To obtain
permission, please contact
LASD Photographic Archivist.
LASD has endeavored to properly identify copyright owners,
but there are some images in its collections about which
little is known. All
responsibility for possible infringement of copyright or
other rights is assumed by the user. LASD
asks any copyright owners who are not properly identified to
contact the LASD Photographic Archivist so that appropriate
credit may be given and permissions observed in the future.
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LASD is utilizing Flickr to provide
access to a sampling of the digitized photographs from
our collections. We’re adding newly processed photos
daily so check back often!
Dates and names* of people in the
photographs have been provided where possible, but often
this information is not available in the original
records. Similarly, we are rarely able to identify the
photographer. If you have
any information about any of the photos please let us
know by commenting on the photo or messaging us
directly. If you have a favorite topic
or collection you would like to see up on our flickr
page drop us a line and we'll see what we can do.
*If you are identified in a photograph incorrectly, or
do not wish to have your name referenced, let us know
and we will immediately remove the citation.
Lambda Archives Historical Photos
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