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Biographical material, personal and professional correspondence, legal material, financial records, notes, writings, art works, subject files, photographs, printed material, and videocassettes.
Included are resumes; membership cards; correspondence, 1954-1981, concerning Dickinson's participation in art organizations and the exhibition of her work, including letters from Judy Chicago and Bruce Conner; legal and financial material, 1957-1980; engagement calendars, 1959-1974; attendance and grade record book for classes taught by Dickinson, 1971-1973; text cards for "Mechanicals"; mailing lists; notes; a transcript of panel discussion "The Problems of Art Now," 1981; a typescript "What's Happening in Art Today?" by Dickinson, 1981; typescript, illustrations, notes, and proof copies of Dickinson's book REVIVAL!, 1973-1974; writings by Dickinson and others, 1955-1967; 7 sketches, undated and 1971; clippings, 1955-1981; exhibition announcements and catalogs for Dickinson and others, 1953-1977; other printed material and books; a metal pin designed by Dickinson; files containing letters and printed material concerning art organizations, meetings and classes; and photographs of Dickinson, 1961-1970, her works, art openings, 1958-1975, including photographs of Robert Arneson, Bruce Conner, and David Gilhooly, and revival services, 1969-1974. Also included is a videocassette (VHS, 120 min., b&w), containing: "Artists' Models of San Francisco, 1985"; an interview of Florence Allen, conducted by Dickinson, Sept. 22, 1984; and footage from the 1977 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Soap Box Derby II and the 1984 Women's Caucus for Art body painting event, "Pygmalian Revisited".
ADDITION (16 ft.): Correspondence; insurance records, legal records concerning Trutton Gallery vs. ACT, 1967-1968; a 1979 interview with Horst W. Janson; records regarding the San Francisco Art Institute, 1966-1986, and Artists Equity Association, 1980s; exhibition announcements; and a video by Dickinson "Rev. Howard Finster from God Paints a Picture," c1987; materials on Dickinson's involvement with many state and university organizations, including the California Lawyers for the Arts, Artists Equity Association, Bay Area Visual Arts Coalition, College Art Association, Graphic Arts Council, and others; material concerning the California College of Arts and Crafts, where Dickinson was a faculty member; newspaper and magazine articles;and exhibition announcements. Also includes newsletters for "Women Artists News" and "Rooster's Crow," biographical data , exhibition catalogs, newspaper and magazine articles; also personal and professional letters and cards, and student evaluations, as well as professional correspondence, photographs, exhibition catalogs and announcement, and video tapes (VHS and Beta format) of interviews with artists, models, art historians, and art critics. A portion of this addition concers her research material and statistics for a paper, "Gender Discrimination in the Field of Art."
Eleanor Dickinson papers, 1951-2003. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Painter, graphic, video artist, instructor; San Francisco, Calif.
Donated 1979-2005 by Eleanor Dickinson. Additions are expected.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001