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Kitty C. L. Fischer papers relating to Frans Wildenhain

Creator:
Fischer, Kitty C. L.  Search this
Names:
Bauhaus -- Students  Search this
Fischer, Hermann G.L.  Search this
Wildenhain, Frans, 1905-1980  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1940-1981
Scope and Contents:
Letters, 1940-1981, are primarily from ceramist Frans Wildenhain to Kitty and Hermann Fischer. Thirteen of the letters are illustrated. Also included are a watercolor sketch, undated; 3 clippings and an announcement for Wildenhain's pottery in Putten, Holland; and photographs, 1944-1975, of Wildenhain with his third wife Lili and Fischer's friend Helen Weynerowsky, and of 3 pots by Wildenhain.
Biographical / Historical:
Kitty, a weaver, and Hermann Fischer, an architect, both of Holland, became acquainted with ceramist Frans Wildenhain as fellow students at the Bauhaus. They maintained their friendship throughout World War II via correspondence. Wildenhain established pottery workshops in Putten and Amsterdam, Holland before immigrating to the United States in 1947. After spending three years with the Pond Farm Workshops in Guerneville, California, he became an instructor at the School for American Craftsmen, Rochester Institute of Technology, N.Y. After his divorce from Marguerite Friedlaender Wildenhain in 1955, he was married to Marjorie McIlroy until her death in 1967. His third wife was Elisabeth (Lili) Wildenhain.
Provenance:
Donated 1981 by Kitty C. L. Fischer.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Weavers -- Netherlands  Search this
Architects -- Netherlands  Search this
Topic:
Ceramics  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women textile artists  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.fisckitt
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9f4af6a02-876c-47e3-a87a-631d8d074f1d
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-fisckitt

Amsterdam -- Miscellaneous Sites in the Netherlands

Collection Creator:
Sears, Thomas Warren, 1880-1966  Search this
Sears & Wendell  Search this
Olmsted Brothers  Search this
Harvard University  Search this
American Society of Landscape Architects  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Thomas Warren Sears photograph collection.
Identifier:
AAG.SRS, File NET001
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Thomas Warren Sears photograph collection
Thomas Warren Sears photograph collection / Series 1: Photographic Images / International / Netherlands
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb607c89a6c-3048-4794-992d-a4e50931e6d2
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-srs-ref2514

[Miscellaneous Sites in the Netherlands]: an unidentified location, probably in Amsterdam.

Photographer:
Sears, Thomas Warren, 1880-1966  Search this
Collection Creator:
Sears, Thomas Warren, 1880-1966  Search this
Sears & Wendell  Search this
Olmsted Brothers  Search this
Harvard University  Search this
American Society of Landscape Architects  Search this
Extent:
2 Negatives (black-and-white, 3.5 x 6 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Reproductions
Place:
Netherlands -- Amsterdam
Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Netherlands -- North Holland -- Amsterdam
Date:
1906 Sep.
General:
Originals were nitrate negatives which have been digitized and the nitrate negatives destroyed. Duplicate film negatives are at Photographic Services, Smithsonian Institution (OIPPS). Negative Numbers: 94-7170 and 94-7172.
The two images show the same location from slightly different perspectives.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Topic:
Barges  Search this
Trees  Search this
Row houses  Search this
Allées  Search this
Canals  Search this
Genre/Form:
Negatives
Reproductions
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Thomas Warren Sears photograph collection.
Identifier:
AAG.SRS, Item NET001001
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Thomas Warren Sears photograph collection
Thomas Warren Sears photograph collection / Series 1: Photographic Images / International / Netherlands / NET001: Amsterdam -- Miscellaneous Sites in the Netherlands
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb630e2f702-ddb1-4a35-b42a-c5f5380d7b40
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-srs-ref2807
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[Miscellaneous Sites in the Netherlands]: looking across the Damrak in Amsterdam, with the tower of the Oude Kerk (Old Church) in the distance.

Photographer:
Sears, Thomas Warren, 1880-1966  Search this
Collection Creator:
Sears, Thomas Warren, 1880-1966  Search this
Sears & Wendell  Search this
Olmsted Brothers  Search this
Harvard University  Search this
American Society of Landscape Architects  Search this
Extent:
2 Negatives (black-and-white, 3.5 x 6 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Reproductions
Place:
Netherlands -- Amsterdam
Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Netherlands -- North Holland -- Amsterdam
Date:
1906 Sep.
General:
Originals were nitrate negatives which have been digitized and the nitrate negatives destroyed. Duplicate film negatives are at Photographic Services, Smithsonian Institution (OIPPS). Negative Numbers: 94-7181 and 94-7192.
The two images show the same location from slightly different perspectives.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Topic:
Canals  Search this
Signs and signboards  Search this
Barges  Search this
Commercial buildings  Search this
Church buildings  Search this
Genre/Form:
Negatives
Reproductions
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Thomas Warren Sears photograph collection.
Identifier:
AAG.SRS, Item NET001002
See more items in:
Thomas Warren Sears photograph collection
Thomas Warren Sears photograph collection / Series 1: Photographic Images / International / Netherlands / NET001: Amsterdam -- Miscellaneous Sites in the Netherlands
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb62e820f3c-77ce-4429-90d1-960e161af1fb
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-srs-ref2808
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[Miscellaneous Sites in the Netherlands]: an unidentified location, probably in Amsterdam.

Photographer:
Sears, Thomas Warren, 1880-1966  Search this
Collection Creator:
Sears, Thomas Warren, 1880-1966  Search this
Sears & Wendell  Search this
Olmsted Brothers  Search this
Harvard University  Search this
American Society of Landscape Architects  Search this
Extent:
1 Negative (black-and-white, 3.5 x 6 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Reproductions
Place:
Netherlands -- Amsterdam
Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Netherlands -- North Holland -- Amsterdam
Date:
1906 Sep.
General:
Original was a nitrate negative which has been digitized and the nitrate negative destroyed. A duplicate film negative is at Photographic Services, Smithsonian Institution (OIPPS). Negative Number: 94-7186.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Topic:
Canals  Search this
Barges  Search this
Allées  Search this
People  Search this
Genre/Form:
Negatives
Reproductions
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Thomas Warren Sears photograph collection.
Identifier:
AAG.SRS, Item NET001003
See more items in:
Thomas Warren Sears photograph collection
Thomas Warren Sears photograph collection / Series 1: Photographic Images / International / Netherlands / NET001: Amsterdam -- Miscellaneous Sites in the Netherlands
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb6a3c3351b-f13b-4bc8-98e0-ddd944324022
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-srs-ref2809

Netherlands

Collection Creator:
Sears, Thomas Warren, 1880-1966  Search this
Sears & Wendell  Search this
Olmsted Brothers  Search this
Harvard University  Search this
American Society of Landscape Architects  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Thomas Warren Sears photograph collection.
See more items in:
Thomas Warren Sears photograph collection
Thomas Warren Sears photograph collection / Series 1: Photographic Images / International
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb685d2f027-da7f-4ed7-95a5-2bcc6f4cbf55
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-srs-ref829

Assorted Material

Collection Creator:
Alexander, Robert  Search this
Temple of Man (Venice, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 27
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1960-2010
Scope and Contents:
Includes correspondence related to exhibitions, photographs of artwork, exhibition announcements and brochures, and clippings.
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.

Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records or audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Robert Alexander papers and Temple of Man records, 1938-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Robert Alexander papers and Temple of Man records
Robert Alexander papers and Temple of Man records / Series 3: Correspondence and Artists Files / Berman, Wallace
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw93af7d9a0-0e85-4206-aeb3-39be2a3784c0
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-alexbob-ref93
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Portrait of Wencelaus Coeberger, from the Icones Principum Virorum

Print Maker:
Lucas Vorsterman, Flemish, 1595 - 1675  Search this
After:
Anthony van Dyck, Netherlandish, 1599 – 1641  Search this
Medium:
Engraving on paper
Dimensions:
24.2 × 18.3 cm (9 1/2 × 7 3/16 in.)
Object Name:
Print
Type:
Print
Made in:
Antwerp, Netherlands
Date:
ca. 1630-1640
Accession Number:
1957-41-23
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq47b08c7f3-571b-4872-8782-94b2e0aac00d
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1957-41-23

Portrait of Jacobus de Breuck, from the Icones Principum Virorum

Print Maker:
Paulus Pontius, Flemish, 1603 - 1658  Search this
After:
Anthony van Dyck, Netherlandish, 1599 – 1641  Search this
Medium:
Etching in black ink on paper
Dimensions:
Platemark: 23.3 × 17.1 cm (9 3/16 × 6 3/4 in.)
25.9 × 19.3 cm (10 3/16 × 7 5/8 in.)
Object Name:
Print
Type:
Print
Made in:
Netherlands
Date:
1660
Credit Line:
Gift of Milton Einstein
Accession Number:
1959-49-39
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4069e3e26-c021-48d0-9a47-5f5ab15e3d04
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1959-49-39

Poster for Archis: The Dutch Outlook on Architecture

Medium:
Offset lithography
Dimensions:
61.0 x 42.4 cm (24 x 16 11/16 in. )
Type:
graphic design
Poster
Object Name:
Poster
Date:
late 20th century
Credit Line:
Gift of Unknown Donor
Accession Number:
1994-114-33
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq444b4154f-0c3e-43fe-9d7f-9f81c402244a
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1994-114-33

Mart Stam De Architekt

Designer:
Paul Schuitema, Dutch, 1897–1973  Search this
Medium:
Lithograph on paper
Dimensions:
99.8 × 70 cm (39 5/16 × 27 9/16 in.)
Type:
graphic design
Poster
Object Name:
Poster
Place:
Netherlands
Date:
1972
Credit Line:
Gift of Michael Sheehe
Accession Number:
1996-37-2
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4d2dc57a9-9884-451f-bef1-11dee97d89d2
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1996-37-2

Shaping Culture

Designer:
Alexander Gelman, Russian, active USA, b. 1967  Search this
Medium:
Silk screen on thin wove paper
Dimensions:
52.7 X 78.1 cm (20 3/4 X 30 3/4 in.)
Type:
graphic design
Poster
Object Name:
Poster
Credit Line:
Gift of Design Machine
Accession Number:
1998-32-13
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright Notice:
© Alexander Gelman
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4ae78a7b1-882c-4865-a396-9b7995ac0ccd
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1998-32-13

Zeven Creatieve Vrouwen [Seven Creative Women]

Designer:
Pieter Brattinga, Dutch, 1931 - 2004  Search this
Printer:
Steendrukkerij de Jong and Company, Netherlands, 1911 - 1994  Search this
Medium:
Offset lithograph
Dimensions:
62.9 x 38.1 cm (24 3/4 x 15 in. )
Type:
graphic design
Poster
Object Name:
Poster
Date:
1968
Credit Line:
Gift of Pieter Brattinga
Accession Number:
2000-75-3
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright Notice:
© Pieter Brattinga
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq440cfccbc-2665-4b97-80e0-36173d17008a
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_2000-75-3

V

Designer:
Henry Dreyfuss, American, 1904–1972  Search this
Medium:
B&W Printed Material
Type:
archive
Archive folder
Object Name:
Archive folder
Date:
1968-1972
Credit Line:
Henry Dreyfuss Archive, gift of Various Donors
Accession Number:
Dreyfuss Symbol Sourcebook Working Papers Folder 122
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Archives Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4efccf57f-e6c2-4dd9-9948-d05740645ffb
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_Dreyfuss_Symbol_Sourcebook_Working_Papers_Folder_122

Bionic Partition

Designer:
Airbus, Leiden, Netherlands, founded 1970  Search this
The Living, New York, New York, USA, founded 2008  Search this
AutoDesk, San Rafael, California, USA, founded 1982  Search this
APWorks, Taufkirchen, Germany, founded 2013  Search this
Bastian Schaefer, German, born 1980  Search this
Architect:
David Benjamin, American, born 1974  Search this
Medium:
Partition Structure, Cover and Cabin Attendant Seat; Partition Parts from the Printer; Touch Sample; Video
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2016-ongoing
Credit Line:
Courtesy of The Living, Airbus, Autodesk, and APWorks
Accession Number:
NATURE.039
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Exhibitions Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4eaeab893-57b6-4eac-947c-218cf39342b6
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_NATURE.039

Where the Modern and the Vernacular Meet in Emirati Architecture

Creator:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Blog posts
Published Date:
Tue, 12 Jul 2022 21:25:40 GMT
Topic:
Cultural property  Search this
See more posts:
Festival Blog
Data Source:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:posts_72040c4ab6d30f98ea2aaa0b666b38c0

Interview with A. Elzas

Creator:
Elzas, A.  Search this
Stillman, Rufus  Search this
Subject:
Breuer, Constance  Search this
Breuer, Marcel  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Place:
Netherlands
Date:
1983 September 11
Citation:
A. Elzas and Rufus Stillman. Interview with A. Elzas, 1983 September 11. Marcel Breuer papers, 1920-1986. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Architects  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)10576
See more items in:
Marcel Breuer papers, 1920-1986
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_10576

U.S. Embassy, The Hague, Holland

Subject:
Breuer, Marcel  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
The Hague, Netherlands
Date:
circa 1961
Citation:
U.S. Embassy, The Hague, Holland, circa 1961. Marcel Breuer papers, 1920-1986. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Architects  Search this
Architecture  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)16283
See more items in:
Marcel Breuer papers, 1920-1986
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_16283
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Rendering of the main facade of the U.S. Embassy in The Hague, Netherlands

Type:
Photographs
Date:
1956
Citation:
Rendering of the main facade of the U.S. Embassy in The Hague, Netherlands, 1956. Marcel Breuer papers, 1920-1986. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)9646
See more items in:
Marcel Breuer papers, 1920-1986
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_9646
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Woman's Building records

Creator:
Woman's Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Names:
Feminist Studio Workshop  Search this
Women's Graphic Center (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Chicago, Judy, 1939-  Search this
De Bretteville, Sheila Levrant  Search this
Raven, Arlene  Search this
Extent:
33.5 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Slides
Artists' books
Date:
1970-1992
Summary:
The records of the Woman's Building feminist arts organization in Los Angeles measure 33.5 linear feet and date from 1970-1992. Originally founded by artist Judy Chicago, graphic designer Sheila Levant de Bretteville, and art historian Arlene Raven in 1973, the Woman's Building served as an education center and public gallery space for women artists in southern California. The records document both the educational and exhibition activities and consist of administrative records, financial and legal records, publications, curriculum files, exhibition files, grant funding records and artist's works of arts and prints. A significant portion of the collection documents the Women's Graphic Center, a typesetting, design, and printing service operated by The Woman's Building.
Scope and Content Note:
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.

The Administrative Files series documents the daily operations of the Building, with particular emphasis on management policies, budget planning, history, cooperative relationships with outside art organizations and galleries, special building-wide programs, and relocation planning. Included in this series are the complete minutes from most Building committees from 1974 through closing, including the Board of Directors and the Advisory Council. The General Publicity and Outreach series is particularly complete, containing publicity notices from most events, exhibits, and programs held at the Woman's Building, including brochures, announcements, programs, invitations, press releases, newspaper clippings, and magazine articles.

The Woman's Building's educational programs centered on courses offered by the Feminist Studio Workshop and the Extension Program. While the Workshop provided a two-year program for women interested in fully developing their artistic talent, the Extension Program offered a broad range of classes, specifically oriented to working women interested in art and art vocations. The records fully document both programs, focusing on the course development and descriptions, teacher contracts, class evaluations, budget planning, and scholarship programs. Although the Archives does not have the entire slide library, there are files concerning the establishment and administration of the library, as well as a few folders of slides.

The Gallery Programs series houses the records of the visual, performing, literary and video arts events held at the Woman's Building. Administrative files detail the daily operation of the gallery spaces. The files in the remaining subseries are primarily arranged by event and contain proposals, announcements, publicity, and artist biographies.

The Women's Graphic Center became a profit-making arm of the Woman's Building in 1981 but the typesetting and design equipment had been used by staff and students since 1975. The records in this series focus on the work produced at the Center, including general projects and artist designs and art prints. Many of the design and printing examples were produced for Woman's Building events and programs.

The Artist's Works of Art series includes artist books, resumes, correspondence, postcards, and samples of art in the form of sketches, drawings, and prints. There is also material related to Woman's Building projects. Especially noteworthy is the "What is Feminist Art?" project where artists gave their responses in various formats and mediums from text to pieces of artwork.

The Printed Materials series contains feminist and art publications not produced by or for the Woman's Building.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 7 series.

Series 1: Administrative Files, circa 1970-1991 (Box 1-9, 32; 9 linear feet)

Series 2: Educational Programs, 1971-1991 (Box 10-14; 4.9 linear feet)

Series 3: Gallery Programs, 1973-1991 (Box 14-20, OV 54; 5.7 linear feet)

Series 4: Women's Graphic Center, circa 1976-1989 (Box 20-23, 32, OV 33-50; 5.6 linear feet)

Series 5: Artists' Works of Art, circa 1972-1990 (Box 24-25, OV 51-53; 1.7 linear feet)

Series 6: Grants, 1974-1992 (Box 25-30; 5.3 linear feet)

Series 7: Printed Material (Not Woman's Building), 1970-1983 (Box 30-31; 1.3 linear feet)
Historical Note:
In 1973, artist Judy Chicago, graphic designer Sheila Levant de Bretteville, and art historian Arlene Raven founded the Feminist Studio Workshop (FSW), one of the first independent schools for women artists. The founders established the workshop as a non-profit alternative education center committed to developing art based on women's experiences. The FSW focused not only on the development of art skills, but also on the development of women's experiences and the incorporation of those experiences into their artwork. Central to this vision was the idea that art should not be separated from other activities related to the developing women's movement. In November of 1973 the founders rented workshop space in a vacated building in downtown Los Angeles and called it The Woman's Building, taking the name from the structure created for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The FSW shared space with other organizations and enterprises including several performance groups, Womanspace Gallery, Sisterhood Bookstore, the National Organization of Women, and the Women's Liberation Union.

When the building they were renting was sold in 1975, the FSW and a few other tenants moved to a three-story brick structure, originally designed to be the administrative offices of the Standard Oil Company in the 1920s. In the 1940s, it had been converted into a warehouse and consisted of three floors of open space, conducive to publically available extension classes and exhibitions offered by the Woman's Building staff and students. By 1977, the majority of the outside tenants had left the Woman's Building, primarily because they were unable to sustain business in the new location. The new building was more expensive to maintain and the FSW staff decided to hire an administrator and to create a board structure to assume the financial, legal, and administrative responsibility for the Building. The funds to operate came from FSW tuition, memberships, fund-raising events, and grant monies.

In 1981, the Feminist Studio Workshop closed, as the demand for alternative education diminished. The education programs of the Building were restructured to better accommodate the needs of working women. The Woman's Building also began to generate its own artistic programming with outside artists, including visual arts exhibits, performance art, readings, and video productions. That same year, the Woman's Building founded the Women's Graphic Center Typesetting and Design, a profit-making enterprises designed to strengthen its financial base. Income generated from the phototypesetting, design, production, and printing services was used to support the educational and art making activities of the Building.

When the graphics business closed in 1988, the Woman's Building suffered a financial crisis from which it never fully recovered. The Building closed its gallery and performance space in 1991.
Related Material:
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.

The Getty Research Institute also holds a large collection on the Woman's Building which includes a wide range of material relating to its exhibitions, activities, and projects.
Separated Material:
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.
Provenance:
The Woman's Building records were donated to the Archives of American Art in 1991 by Sandra Golvin, President of the Board of Directors. An small addition of a set of "Cross Pollination" posters was donated in 2019 by by ONE Archives at University of Southern California Libraries via Loni Shibuyama, Archives Librarian.
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Citation:
Woman's Building records, 1970-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
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