San Francisco Women Artists records, 1920-1997

San Francisco Women Artists

Collection size: 15.9 linear ft.

Collection Summary: Scrapbooks (1925-1998); bulletins; membership rosters (1925-1998); artists' biographical files;(1925-1955); annual reports; applications for membership; administrative documents;exhibition catalogs of the SFWA (1933-1976); minutes of meetings (1920-1940); exhibition announcements; index card file on artists' exhibitions; Marcelle Labaudt video and audio tapes; photographs; and newspaper and magazine clippings.

Biographical/Historical Note: Art organization; San Francisco, Calif. San Francisco Women Artists (SFWA) is one of California's oldest arts organizations, dating back to 1887 as the Sketch Club, which was organized by independent women who met to share and critique each other's work and to counter the all-male Bohemian Club. During the early 1920s, it reorganized as the San Francisco Society of Art, and included men and women. By 1925, the women of the Society branched off as a separate entity as the San Francisco Society of Women Artists. In 1946 it became the San Francisco Women Artists. This organization, with a membership of 400, is dedicated to encouraging and promoting the work of women artists. In 1983 the SFWA procured a gallery which provides exhibition space for members. Members included Marcella Labaudt, Alice B.Chittenden, M. Evelyn McCormick, Helen Hyde, Dorr Bothwell, Claire Falkenstein, Ruth Asawa, Nell Sinton, Eva Almond Withrow, Imogen Cunningham, and Emmy LouPackard.

Donated 1999 by San Francisco Women Artists via Pam Foley, president of SFWA.

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