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COLLECTION Identifier: PC 208

Photographs of Carolyn Ciardullo, 1988-1989


Photographs and other materials related to Carolyn Ciardullo's participation in bodybuilding competitions in California in the 1980s.


  • 1988-1989

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Carolyn Ciardullo as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


1.17 linear feet (1/2 file box, 1 folio box)

Collection consists of 81 color photographs and 53 black and white photographs of Ciardullo posing in two California bodybuilding competitions in 1988: the Golden State Bodybuilding Championship in Oakland, California, where Ciardullo was the lightweight winner, and the Chico Bodybuilding Contest, where Ciardullo was one of three winners in the women's lightweight category. In addition to the photographs of Ciardullo in various bodybuilding poses, the collection also contains some printed materials related to the competitions, such as flyers, issues of Ironews, programs, and contestant identification tags.

Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be digitized and available online.


San Francisco-based bodybuilder Carolyn S. Ciardullo was born in Kansas, on December 5, 1949, to Tony and Trasie A. Ciardullo. She attended Weir High School in Weir, Kansas, and Wichita State University. In the 1980s she lived in San Francisco, California, and participated in bodybuilding contests. Ciardullo died in 2015.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2021-M70

The photographs of Carolyn Ciardullo were acquired from Tavistock Books, April 2021.

Processing Information

Processed: July 2021

By: Laura Peimer

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description. Books (when not heavily annotated) by and about the collection's creator and on subjects which fall within the Library's collecting area are removed and cataloged separately with information about their provenance; other books and serials are not retained.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Pforzheimer Fund for the Schlesinger Library, Sybil Shainwald Fund at the Schlesinger Library, Mary Mitchell Wood Manuscript Processing Fund, and Class of 1956 Schlesinger Library Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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