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Womanspace Gallery records, 1970-1974

Womanspace Gallery

Collection Information

Size: 1.7 Linear feet

Summary: The records of Womanspace Gallery, a cooperative gallery for feminist activities in Los Angeles, California, measure 1.7 linear feet and date from 1970 to 1974. The bulk of the collection consists of exhibition files. Also found are administrative files, correspondence, publishing files, financial records, printed material, and photographic material.
Administrative files include personnel and volunteer records; committee files; a list of names for the Registry of Women Designers; calendars; public relations records; mailing list and guest book information; materials related to building renovations; materials related to summer courses; and notes.
Correspondence is primarily with artists and other arts organizations. Much of the correspondence in the early part of the series concerns the Registry of Women Designers.
Exhibition files include planning notes, correspondence, and loan agreements for Womanspace exhibitions. Some materials related to exhibition committees, proposals for exhibitions, and proposals for exhibitions that did not happen can be found in the administrative files.
Publishing files include materials related to the Womanspace Journal and to the Associated Women's Press.
Financial records include budget projections, billing information, cash records, donation information, and materials related to grants.
Printed material includes press releases, clippings, and printed material Womanspace sent out to membership.
Photographic material includes negatives, a contact sheet, color photographs, and slides.

Biographical/Historical Note

Womanspace was a cooperatively run gallery in Los Angeles, California dedicated to showing and promoting work by female artists. It opened in January of 1973 and ran a large number of events and programs. When the Woman's Building opened its first location in late 1973, Womanspace moved in. Among its founding members were Wanda Westcoast, Max Cole, Eugenie Osmun, Gretchen Glicksman, Judy Chicago, and Lucy Adelman. The gallery closed in June 1974.


The Womanspace Gallery records were donated to the Archives of American Art in January 1975 by Judy Fiskin, president of the West Coast Art Center.

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Language Note

The collection is in English.


Funding for the processing of the collection was provided by Gerald and Bente Buck.