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Bee Ottinger collection of Lesbian House photographic negatives

 Collection
Identifier: C-71
The photographs in this collection of the women and their daily activities at the Lesbian House in Los Angeles were taken in 1972-1973 by Ottinger for her thesis project at the California Institute of the Arts. Includes negatives for photographs taken using 35, 46, and 60 mm film.

Also included in the collection is an interview with Ottinger from 2010.

Dates

  • 1972-1973

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

For permission to publish materials, contact: Special Collections & Archives Middlebury College Phone: (802) 443-2387 Email: specialcollections@middlebury.edu

Extent

1 Box (Includes photographic negatives and one DVD)

Biographical / Historical

Bee Ottinger graduated from Middlebury College in 1970. She has taught as a visiting professor at Middlebury College, and in 2010, founded Snapcuts, which allows users to combine video clips, add text and share custom messages via email, Facebook, twitter and text. The photographs in this collection of the women of the Lesbian House in Los Angeles were taken in 1972-1973 by Ottinger for her thesis project at the California Institute of the Arts. The Lesbian House was established by a wealthy woman who had a painful coming out experience and wanted to provide a place for lesbians, who often had been kicked out of their homes, to stay. The house was managed by Yolanda Retter (whom Ottinger sites as her mentor) as a safe space for lesbians regardless of class, race, religion, or background. Also included in the collection is an interview with Ottinger from 2010.

Arrangement

The collection maintains the arrangement scheme used by the photographer, and is divided by series to reflect how Ottinger organized her work.

Folder 1: Introductory materials (notes on the collection and DVD containing 2010 interview with Ottinger.

Series I: Numbered photographs. Folder 2: Photograph sleeves 001-055, Folder 3: Photograph sleeves 056-110, Folder 4: Photograph sleeves 111-166, Folder 5: Photograph sleeves 167-210

Series II: Unnumbered photographs. Folder 6: Unnumbered photographs 01-25

Series III: Jason. Folder 7: Jason photo sleeves 01-45

Series IV: GC. Folder 8: GC photo sleeves 01-12

Repository Details

Part of the Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives Repository

Contact:
Middlebury College
Davis Family Library
110 Storrs Avenue
Middlebury Vermont 05753 United States