Scope and Contents
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.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
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.
The Archives of American Art also holds the Woman's Building records, 1970-1992.
Funding for the processing of the collection was provided by Gerald and Bente Buck.
This collection was minimally processed and a finding aid prepared by Rayna Andrews in 2017.