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Richard Kavanaugh photographs

Collection number: ahc.VIS420

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photographs of Richard Kavanaugh's personal life and professional career. The personal images are primarily in the photo albums and depict parties at Kavanaugh's residence on East Morningside Drive in Atlanta, Georgia. Albums also highlight Kavanaugh with friends, including many of them in Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Georgia. Many the photo albums also contain images related to Kavanaugh's professional career as an editor for Cruise. Included are travel photographs with friends and colleagues to locations such as Daytona Beach, Florida; Memphis, Tennesee; New Orleans, Louisiana; New York City; and San Francisco. Also included are images of Cruise staff and offices on Armour Circle in Atlanta, Georgia; events such as drag shows at Sweet Gum Head and the Atlanta Pride Parade; and individuals featured in the magazine. Of special note are portraits of Richard Kavanaugh and Robert "Bob" Swinden, president of Cruise. Included with the photo albums are notes identifying individuals and events featured in the albums.


  • approximately 1960-2007


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This material is protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Biographical / Historical

Richard James Kavanaugh (1932-2012) was born in Beaumont, Texas, and grew up in East Caddo Parish, Louisiana. From 1950 to 1954. he attended Louisiana Tech University, then transferred to the Georgia Institute of Technology where he graduated with a degree in industrial management in 1955. He served as a jet pilot in the United States Air Force from 1955 to 1960 then worked a variety of jobs, including a dealer for Piper Aircraft, a fixed base operator at the Tifton Municipal airport in Tifton, Georgia, and two more fixed base operations in Moultrie, Georgia, and Parkaire Field, Georgia. He moved to Atlanta in 1968 to sell real estate and insurance. After 1975, he worked for International Publications on the magazine Missing, and then became a partner in Cavco, Inc., which published the gay nightlife and travel magazine Cruise from 1976 through the 1980s. In 1983, he moved back to Shreveport, Louisiana, where he published The Real Estate Book of Shreveport/Bossier and started a senior magazine that became known as The Golden Years in 2001.


694 photographic print(s) (626 color photographic prints and 68 black and white photographic prints)




This collection is arranged alphabetically by titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2007, with subsequent additions

Related Materials

Richard Kavanaugh papers, MSS 729f, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2021.

Richard Kavanaugh photographs
Kate Daly
November 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305