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Woman's Building records, 1970-1992

Woman's Building records, 1970-1992

Woman's Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Collection Information

Size: 33.4 linear ft.

Summary: The records of the Woman's Building measure 33.4 linear feet and date from 1970 to 1992. The organization played a key role as an alternative space for women artists energized by the feminist movement in the 1970s. The records document the ways in which feminist theory shaped the Building's founding core mission and goals. During its eighteen year history, the Building served as an education center and a public gallery space for women artists in Los Angeles and southern California; the records reflect both functions of the Building's activities.

Biographical/Historical Note

Woman's Building (founded 1972; closed 1991) was a feminist art organization in Los Angeles, Calif. Existed to provide support and opportunities for women artists.


Donated by Board of Directors for Woman's Building, through Sandra Golvin, 1991. Five boxes of video tape were transferred to the Long Beach Museum of Art, Video Annex, 1994.

Related Materials

The Archives of American Art donated 5 boxes of video tape from the collection to the Long Beach Museum of Art, Video Annex in 1994. According to documentation, this was the desire of Sandra Golvin and the Board of Directors of the Woman's Building.

Among the other resources relating to the Woman's Building in the Archives of American Art is an oral history with Suzanne Lacy on March 16, 1990, March 24, 1990, and September 24, 1990. While not credited as a founding member, Lacy was among the first group of staff of the Woman's Building which she discusses in her interview.


Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Getty Foundation.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Woman's Building records, 1970-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.