Sheldon Herman Ramsdell Papers,1955-1996.
Collection Number: 7714
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Sheldon Herman Ramsdell papers, 1955-1996.
Ramsdell, Sheldon 1935-1996.
1.4 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, printed material, photographs, scrapbook.
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Files from Ramsdell's work with Vietnam Veterans Against the War. Plus, correspondence mainly with his parents; photographs from his career.
Collection material in English
Photojournalist Sheldon (Shelly) Ramsdell, born on August 31, 1935 in Maine, served in the Navy, flying photograph missions over Indochina ca. 1955-58. He was honorably discharged in 1958. In 1967, he was one of the founders of Vietnam Veterans Against the War, one of the most influential anti-war groups of the era. In addition to photographing celebrities, Ramsdell served as chief press aide for Senator Eugene J. McCarthy's 1968 presidential bid, as well as for New York Congresswoman Bella Abzug. His photographs were published in periodicals including the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Esquire, and Time. He was also an activist in the Democratic Party on labor union issues. Since the early 1980s, Ramsdell was an activist on behalf of people with AIDS, gay men and lesbians, and veterans. He died March 25, 1996 in San Francisco after a long battle with AIDS.
Files from Ramsdell's work with Vietnam Veterans Against the War. Also, correspondence mainly with his parents; photographs from his career, including photos of Bette Midler and a photo of Herbert Hoover's headstone decorated with a pink triangle; a scrapbook of clippings, press releases, and press badges from his time on the McCarthy campaign, including flyers stating McCarthy's support for civil rights and clippings about the assassinations of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Senator Robert F. Kennedy in 1968. Framed photographs of Norman Mailer (when he was running for mayor of New York City in 1969), Helena Rubenstein, and Joel Grey in makeup for the stage production of Cabaret.
McCarthy, Eugene J., 1916-2005.
Mailer, Norman -- Pictorial works.
Rubenstein, Helena -- Pictorial works.
Grey, Joel, 1932- -- Pictorial works.
Vietnam Veterans Against the War.
Gays in military service.
Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Protest movements.
Form and Genre Terms:
Sheldon Herman Ramsdell papers, #7714. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
The "Stacewicz, Richard VVAW interviews, 1992-1995" at the Wisconsin Historical Society contain a tape-recorded interview with Sheldon conducted by Richard Stacewicz in preparation for his book, "Winter Soldiers: An Oral History of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War" (1997). State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Archives Division, 816 State Street, Madison, Wis. 53706.
Related collection: Ramsdell, Sheldon Papers, (#1996-28). Files of his AIDS activism during his 12 years living in San Francisco are at the GLBT Historical Society, 657 Mission Street #300, San Francisco, CA 94105 Phone: 415.777.5455. Email: email@example.com
Collecting Program: Human Sexuality Collection.
Series III. McCarthy Materials
Series IV. AIDS Work
Series V. Photographs
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Personal correspondence, 1968
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Correspondence with FBI, including copy of FBI file on Ramsdell, 1989
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Misc. correspondence, 1958-1996
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Misc. correspondence, 1973-1996
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Misc. personal correspondence, 1992
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Misc. personal materials, including news clippings, correspondence, etc.
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Sheldon Ramsdell obituaries, 1996
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Correspondence regarding Ramsdell's death, 1996
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Trolley Tour Guides
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What Does a Photographer Do?, by T.E. Mergendahl Jr. & Sheldon Ramsdell, 1965
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Military materials from Bainbridge, MD, including ID card and "Welcome Aboard" packet
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Navy publications, including "Rights and Benefits of Navymen and their Dependents", "Going Back to Civilian Life", etc.
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2 issues of the US Navy's Desert News, sent by Ramsdell to his parents, 1956
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Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) info packet
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VVAW publications, newsletters, flyers, etc.
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VVAW 25th Anniversary materials
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Sheldon Ramsdell letter to the editor re: Nixon and the War
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Correspondence from McCarthy campaing
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Correspondence and misc. materials regarding San Francisco CAN (Community Aids Network) and Prop 64, 1986
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Photograph list labels
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Hoover gravesite photo
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Hoover gravesite photos
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Misc. photos and negatives
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Misc. Navy photos/negatives
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AIDS Memorial photos from Dio de los Muertos (?)
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Girls walking around pool
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Advertisement photos (?)
"Highest Quality Metals" advertisement photo, by Ramsdell
Abbie Hoffman photo by Ramsdell, New York City
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Belfast City; Dock, Maine
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Sheldon in San Francisco and Mexico
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March with sign “Colin Powell is Afraid of Me!” and Harvey Milk memorial plaque design.
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San Francisco and DC, military contingent at a march, Vietnam memorial, ACT UP poster “Honoring AIDS activists murdered by Reagan-Bush 1980-92”
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Graves of Audre Lorde and Glyde Anderson Tolson
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Leonard Matlovich grave, Congressional Cemetery, Washington DC
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Graves including Hoover
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Benefit? Restaurant kitchen.
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Sheldon’s parents?, Slides of Sheldon’s parents?, Sheldon’s Cannabis Buyers’ Club card, San Francisco
Framed photographs by Ramsdell of Mme. Helena Rubinstein in her home 625 Park Ave., NYC; Author, Norman Mailor, NYC 1969, “Running for Mayor of NYC”; Joel Grey Cabaret.