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Woman's Building records, 1970-1992

Woman's Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Representative image for Woman's Building records, 1970-1992

The Women's Building records were digitized in 2019 and total 56,567 images. Materials which have not been digitized include blank pages, blank versos of photographs, and duplicates. In some cases, exhibition catalogs and other publications have had their covers, title pages, and relevant pages digitized. The printed materials series has not been digitized.

Funding for the processing of the Woman's Building records was provided by the Getty Foundation. Funding for the digitization was provided by The Walton Family Foundation and Joyce F. Menschel, Vital Projects Fund, Inc.

Collection Information

Size: 33.5 linear ft.

Summary: The records of the Woman's Building measure 33.5 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. There is a 0.1 linear foot addition to this collection that includes a complete set of twenty posters for Cross Pollination, 1986. Artists include Patssi Valdez, Amani Fliers, Patricia Gaines, Linda Nishio, mary Brus Groenthal, may Sun, Susan E. King, Diane Gamboa, Hyunsook Cho, Lanau Noerdlinger, Suzan Ocona, Linda Vallejo, Carol Chen, Robin Price, Anne Finger, Linda Lopez, Cyndi Kahn, Mari Sansei, Elfie Wilkins-Nacht, and Nelvatha Dunbar.

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.

Provenance

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. Additional set of posters donated 2019 by by ONE Archives at University of Southern California Libraries via Loni Shibuyama, Archives Librarian.

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

Funding for the processing of the Woman's Building records was provided by the Getty Foundation. Funding for the digitization was provided by The Walton Family Foundation and Joyce F. Menschel, Vital Projects Fund, Inc.