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Richard Kavanaugh papers

Identifier: ahc.MSS729f

Scope and Content

This collection mostly contains personal and business correspondence relating to Kavanaugh's management of Cruise magazine.


  • 1973-2007, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

Richard James Kavanaugh was born in Beaumont, Texas, in 1932. He grew up in East Caddo Parish, Louisiana. He attended Louisiana Tech from 1950 to 1954, and transferred to Georgia Tech. He received his Industrial Management degree in 1955. He served as a jet pilot in the United States Air Force from 1955 to 1960. Kavanaugh worked in 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 early 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. Kavanaugh died on July 13, 2012, in Shreveport.


5 folder(s)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2007

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2016.
Richard Kavanaugh papers
Hannah Givens
September 2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305