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Woman's Building records, 1970-1992

Creator:
Woman's Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Subject:
Chicago, Judy  Search this
De Bretteville, Sheila Levrant  Search this
Raven, Arlene  Search this
Feminist Studio Workshop  Search this
Women's Graphic Center (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Type:
Slides
Artists' books
Citation:
Woman's Building records, 1970-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Works of art  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Feminism and art  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Art organizations  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6347
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215074
AAA_collcode_womabuil
Theme:
Women
Art organizations
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_215074
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Curriculum for the Feminist Studio Workshop at the Woman's Building

Creator:
Woman's Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Subject:
Woman's Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Type:
Writings
Date:
between 1976 and 1980
Citation:
Woman's Building (Los Angeles, Calif.). Curriculum for the Feminist Studio Workshop at the Woman's Building, between 1976 and 1980. Woman's Building records, 1970-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Education  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)12734
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Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_12734

Advertisement for the Feminist Studio Workshop at the Woman's Building

Creator:
Woman's Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Type:
Printed Materials
Date:
1977
Citation:
Woman's Building (Los Angeles, Calif.). Advertisement for the Feminist Studio Workshop at the Woman's Building, 1977. Woman's Building records, 1970-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Feminism  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)13291
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Archives of American Art
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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.
Topic:
Works of art  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Feminism and art  Search this
Function:
Nonprofit organizations -- California
Arts organizations -- California
Genre/Form:
Slides
Artists' books
Citation:
Woman's Building records, 1970-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.womabuil
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw938796dfe-5dbf-49e9-96e7-5a8745391f13
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-womabuil
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California School of Arts, Class Evaluations

Collection Creator:
Woman's Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 11, Folder 38
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1971
Collection Citation:
Woman's Building records, 1970-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Woman's Building records
Woman's Building records / Series 2: Education Programs / 2.2: Feminist Studio Workshop
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9b0be2b86-36f8-4f2a-9963-c4215ace2905
EDAN-URL:
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California School of Arts, Class Evaluations

Collection Creator:
Woman's Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 11, Folder 39
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1971
Collection Citation:
Woman's Building records, 1970-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Woman's Building records
Woman's Building records / Series 2: Education Programs / 2.2: Feminist Studio Workshop
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9c71f5016-e2aa-4ebf-a099-d64c2c8ebea9
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-womabuil-ref2063

California School of Arts, Class Evaluations

Collection Creator:
Woman's Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 11, Folder 40
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1971
Collection Citation:
Woman's Building records, 1970-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Woman's Building records
Woman's Building records / Series 2: Education Programs / 2.2: Feminist Studio Workshop
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw93cfeceef-45b0-4926-a29c-f5f27edca15c
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-womabuil-ref2064

New Moves Scholarship Program Applications

Collection Creator:
Woman's Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 12, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1982
Collection Citation:
Woman's Building records, 1970-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Woman's Building records
Woman's Building records / Series 2: Education Programs / 2.2: Feminist Studio Workshop
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9fe614d51-5cee-4fb2-a272-aea083db44d8
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-womabuil-ref2065

New Moves Scholarship Program Applications

Collection Creator:
Woman's Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 12, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1982
Collection Citation:
Woman's Building records, 1970-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Woman's Building records
Woman's Building records / Series 2: Education Programs / 2.2: Feminist Studio Workshop
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw96d2bdf82-fd25-4fc4-8835-a0ed234d1318
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-womabuil-ref2066

Planning

Collection Creator:
Woman's Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 12, Folder 17
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1977-1980
Collection Citation:
Woman's Building records, 1970-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Woman's Building records
Woman's Building records / Series 2: Education Programs / 2.2: Feminist Studio Workshop
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw985f8313b-934f-48b0-928d-9cb2bdc7ab9c
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-womabuil-ref2067

Unidentified Manuscript

Collection Creator:
Woman's Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 12, Folder 35
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1972-1980
Collection Citation:
Woman's Building records, 1970-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Woman's Building records
Woman's Building records / Series 2: Education Programs / 2.2: Feminist Studio Workshop
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9657090f3-9ba6-4431-a31d-d2fb5ac10f06
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-womabuil-ref2068

Unidentified Manuscript

Collection Creator:
Woman's Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 12, Folder 36
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1972-1980
Collection Citation:
Woman's Building records, 1970-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Woman's Building records
Woman's Building records / Series 2: Education Programs / 2.2: Feminist Studio Workshop
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw99e1791a3-4f1c-4120-b1cb-e2c0f2c228b1
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-womabuil-ref2069

Advertising

Collection Creator:
Woman's Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1985-1986
Collection Citation:
Woman's Building records, 1970-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Woman's Building records / Series 1: Administrative Files / 1.4: Publicity and Outreach
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Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw96fba1507-bac4-4c14-9196-f3ae766c8087
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-womabuil-ref290

Advertising Campaign

Collection Creator:
Woman's Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1979
Collection Citation:
Woman's Building records, 1970-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Woman's Building records
Woman's Building records / Series 1: Administrative Files / 1.4: Publicity and Outreach
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9b1e1797a-5197-45db-872d-e6286f04e7af
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-womabuil-ref291
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Advertising in Ms. Magazine

Collection Creator:
Woman's Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1976-1980
Collection Citation:
Woman's Building records, 1970-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Woman's Building records
Woman's Building records / Series 1: Administrative Files / 1.4: Publicity and Outreach
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Archives of American Art
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9163cb8f0-d4b1-4735-84f5-e61bc1d76fe1
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Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, Feminist Studio Workshop

Collection Creator:
Woman's Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 20
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1974-1977
Collection Citation:
Woman's Building records, 1970-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Woman's Building records / Series 1: Administrative Files / 1.1: Alphabetical Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9db4c699b-3fdc-4fa8-91e3-25fe203bbfdc
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ead_component:sova-aaa-womabuil-ref33

Event, Judy Chicago

Collection Creator:
Woman's Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 8, Folder 54
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1981
Collection Citation:
Woman's Building records, 1970-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Woman's Building records / Series 1: Administrative Files / 1.5: Fundraising and Membership
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw95a20d6ed-37bc-418b-b936-ac6d39957a0b
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ead_component:sova-aaa-womabuil-ref386
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Education Programs

Collection Creator:
Woman's Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Extent:
4.9 Linear feet (Box 10-14)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1971-1991
Scope and Contents note:
The Woman's Building's educational programs centered on courses offered by the Feminist Studio Workshop and the Extension Program. There is also information regarding the slide library and Los Angeles Women's Video Center. The files within this series document the Woman's Building education programs, including administrative records, curriculum development files, program evaluations, student recruitment and retention, outreach and publicity files. The series also includes individual workshop, conference, and program documentation.
Arrangement:
The Education Program files are arranged into five subseries:

2.1: Administrative Files, 1975-1991

2.2: Feminist Studio Workshop, 1971-1982

2.3: Extension Program, 1975-1981

2.4: Slide Library, 1975-1990

2.5: Los Angeles Women's Video Center, 1975-1981
Collection Citation:
Woman's Building records, 1970-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.womabuil, Series 2
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9631601bc-639a-433a-87d4-234120b12917
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-womabuil-ref434

Advertising in Ms. Magazine

Collection Creator:
Woman's Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 10, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1980
Collection Citation:
Woman's Building records, 1970-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Woman's Building records / Series 2: Education Programs / 2.1: Administrative Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9d9e141c7-440b-4642-99e5-586c96851891
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-womabuil-ref437
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"Artists Who are Mothers,"

Collection Creator:
Woman's Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 10, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1988-1989
Collection Citation:
Woman's Building records, 1970-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Woman's Building records
Woman's Building records / Series 2: Education Programs / 2.1: Administrative Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9e87222a0-d75f-43d8-aa23-530380195772
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-womabuil-ref440

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