Finding aid of the Sarah Stifler Papers

Loni Shibuyama
ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives
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Finding aid of the Sarah Stifler Papers

Collection number: Coll2008-071

ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives

Los Angeles, California
Processed by:
Loni Shibuyama
Date Completed:
December 29, 2008
Encoded by:
Loni Shibuyama
© 2008 ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives. All rights reserved.
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


Descriptive Summary

Title: Sarah Stifler papers
Dates: 1967-2002
Collection number: Coll2008-071
Creator: Stifler, Sarah
Collection Size: 7 archive cartons. 2.8 linear feet.
Repository: ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives.
Los Angeles, California 90007
Abstract: Journal articles, newspaper clippings, dissertations, bibliographies, correspondence, flyers, slides and photographs collected by art scholar Sarah Stifler who researched the materials for her doctoral dissertation, Slippery When Wet: Visibility Politics and Lesbian Art in Los Angeles from 1970 to the Present (2002). The bulk of the materials are photocopies, and the content documents significant people and organizations in the development of lesbian and feminist art, including the Los Angeles Woman's Building, the Feminist Art Program at the California Institute of the Arts, the Feminist Studio Workshop and the Great American Lesbian Art Show.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Publication Rights

Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in writing from ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives as the physical owner. Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder(s) of any copyrights in the materials. Note that ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials directly from the copyright holder(s).

Preferred Citation

Sarah Stifler papers, Coll2008-071, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Sarah Stifler, July 14, 2007.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama, December 29, 2008.
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Biography

Sarah Stifler is a scholar of art history with particular interests in contemporary art, gender and sexuality. In 1994, she received her Bachelor's degree in Art History at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and in 2000, she received her Master's degree in Art History at the University of Southern California (USC.) From 1997 to 2002, she pursued a Doctorate degree at USC, where she concentrated on lesbian and feminist art in Los Angeles from the 1970s to 2000.
She has worked as a research assistant at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, a teaching assistant at the Department of Art History at USC, a marketing coordinator at the Timothy Yarger Fine Art Gallery, and a public arts advisor for the Boulder City Arts Council. As of July 2007, Stifler continues to work at the Getty Research Institute and lives in West Hollywood, California.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Sarah Stifler Papers contains photocopies of journal articles, newspaper clippings, book chapters, correspondence, flyers, pamphlets and dissertations; as well as bibliographies, typescripts, photographs and slides collected for Stifler's doctoral dissertation, Slippery When Wet: Visibility Politics and Lesbian Art in Los Angeles from 1970 to the Present . The collection is divided into three series: (1) General, (2) Dissertation Chapter Resources and Notes, and (3) Slides and Photographs. The General Series contains Stifler's resumés, bibliographies and general research material for topics such as the gay and lesbian liberation movement; gay, lesbian and queer art; art in Los Angeles; lesbian and feminist artists; and the Feminist Art Progam at the California Institute of the Arts. The Dissertation Chapter Resources and Notes Series includes material related to specific chapters and sections in Stifler's dissertation. The Slides and Photographs Series comprises images of artworks from lesbian and feminists artists and from the exhibitions "Great American Lesbian Art Show" and "In a Different Light."

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Stifler, Sarah
Feminist Studio Workshop
Gay artists
Great American Lesbian Art Show
Homosexuality and art--United States--California
Lesbian artists--United States
Lesbian feminism
Woman's Building
Women artists

Separated Material

The following books have been transferred to the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archive library collection:
Altman, Dennis, et al. Homosexuality, Which Homosexuality? Proc. of International Conference on Gay and Lesbian Studies, 1987, Amsterdam. London: An Dekker/Schorer; GMP Publishers, 1989.
The Gay Liberation Book. Ed. Len Richmond and Gary Noguera. San Francisco: Ramparts Press, 1973.
Homosexuality, Which Homosexuality? Proc. of International Conference on Gay and Lesbian Studies, Dec. 1987, Free University Amsterdam.
Millett, Kate. Flying. New York: Ballantine Books, 1974.
O'Dell, Kathy. Kate Millet, Sculptor: The First 38 Years. New York: Distributed Art Publishers, 1997.

Container List

Box: 1 : 1 - 20 ; 2 : 1 - 11 ; 3 : 1 - 21 ; 4 : 1 - 15 ; 5 : 1 - 15 ; 7 : 1

Series 1.  General 1967-2002

Physical Description: 2 linear feet.

Series Scope and Content

This series comprises Stifler's resumés and biographical information, as well as bibliographies, journal articles, newspaper clippings, website printouts, dissertations, book chapters, slides and other material used as general research for Stifler's graduate dissertation. The materials cover such topics as the gay and lesbian liberation movement; gay, lesbian and queer art; feminist art; Los Angeles art; the Lesbian Art Program at CalArts; and prominent lesbian and feminist artists.
Box 1 : 1 - 5

Personal Materials 1999 - 2002

Box 1 : 1

Jobs 2000 - 2001

Box 1 : 2

Class syllabi 1999 - 2000

Box 1 : 3

Contact information circa 2001

Box 1 : 4

Handwritten notes 2000 - 2001

Box 1 : 5

GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies , vol. 8, no. 1 - 2 2002

Box 1 : 6 - 16

Bibliographic 2000 - 2001

Box 1 : 6

General 2000 - 2001

Box 1 : 7

Art Abstracts SU: Feminist Art August 2000

Box 1 : 8

Dissertation Citations & Abstracts 2000

Box 1 : 9

First Search: "Lesbian & Art" 2000

Box 1 : 10

Gay / Lesbian Archives 2001

Box 1 : 11

Getty Books: "Feminism & Art" 2000

Box 1 : 12

Lesbian Presence Biblio [sic] 2000 - 2001

Box 1 : 13

USC Books: "Feminism & Art" Homer August 2000

Box 1 : 14

Web Resources On-line Archives 2000

Box 1 : 15

Woman's Building (UCLA) 2000

Box 1 : 16

Womanhouse 2001

Box 1 : 17 - 20 ; 2 : 1 - 4

Dissertations 1994 - 1998

Box 1 : 17

Paper Lesbians: Alternative Publishing and the Politics of Lesbian Representation in the United States, 1950-1990 , by Kathryn Tracy Adams August 1994

Box 1 : 18

A World We Have Invented Here: Exploring Community, Identity and Art in the Construction of 'The Farm,' Kate Millet's Feminist Art Colony, 1978-1994 , by Anne B. Keating 1995

Box 1 : 19 - 20

Building Women's Culture: Feminism and Art at the Los Angeles Woman's Building , by Michelle Marie Moravec 1998

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box 2 : 1

Victims of Desire, by Gregory A. Spicer 1997

Box 2 : 2 - 4

Sex and Sensibilities: The Aesthetic and Political Struggles Over Women's Representations of the Female Body, 1966-1980 , by Margo Hobbs Thompson 1998

Physical Description: 3 folders.
Box 2 : 5 - 12

Gay, lesbian and queer 1970 - 2000

Box 2 : 5

Gay liberation movement articles 1970 - 1984

Box 2 : 6

Phelan, Shane. Identity Politics: Lesbian Feminism and the Limits of Community . Philadelphia: Temple University Press 1989

Box 2 : 7

UCLA University Research Library Exhibit Catalog; "With Equal Pride" Gay & Lesbian Studies at UCLA, by Dan Luckenbill 1993

Box 2 : 8

Hope, Trevor. "Sexual Indifference and the Homosexual Male Imaginary." Diacritics, vol. 24, no. 2-3 1994

Box 2 : 9 - 12

Typescripts 1995 - 2000

Box 2 : 9

The Queer History and Politics of Lesbian and Gay Studies, by George Chancey 1995

Box 2 : 10

Unmasking the Homophile in the 1950s Los Angeles: An Archival Record, by Karen Quimby and Walter Williams. circa 1995 - 2000

Box 2 : 11

Dissertation draft, by Yolanda Retter 1999

Box 2 : 12

Lesbian Activism in Los Angeles, 1970-1979, by Yolanda Retter circa 1995 - 2000

Box 3 : 1 - 8

Gay, lesbian, and queer art 1977 - 1998

Box 3 : 1 - 2

Articles about gay, lesbian and queer art 1977 - 1998

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box 3 : 3

"Extended Sensibilities: Homosexual Presence in Contemporary Art," The New Museum 1982

Box 3 : 4

"All But the Obvious," Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) 1990

Box 3 : 5

Recent Lesbian / Gay / Queer Art Shows 1992 - 1996

Box 3 : 6

"part FANTASY [sic]" June 12 - July 11, 1992

Box 3 : 7

"Pervert," curated by Catherine Lord 1995

Box 3 : 8

"Gender, fucked," by David Joselit 1996

Box 3 : 9 - 10

Gay and lesbian representation 2001

Box 3 : 9

Lesbian rep [sic] in general date unknown

Box 3 : 10

Lesbians and film visibility 2001

Box 3 : 11 - 17

Feminism and art 1988 - 2000

Box 3 : 11

Fresno Feminist Art Program, "Sexual Fantasies" date unknown

Box 3 : 12

Genders. Austin, Tex: University of Texas Press in cooperation with the University of Colorado at Boulder 1988

Box 3 : 13

Engaging with Irigaray, edited by Carolyn Burke, Naomi Schor & Margaret Whitford circa 1994

Box 3 : 14

New Feminist Criticism: Art, Identity, Action , edited by Joanna Frueh, Cassandra L. Langer & Arlene Raven 1994

Box 3 : 15

Lord, Catherine. "The Feminist Vision Thing: Utopias, Memories, Projects." Whitewalls: A Journal of Language and Art , No. 33-34 1994

Box 3 : 16

Domesticity of women & artists 1999

Box 3 : 17

Domesticity & lesbians 2000

Box 3 : 18 - 21 ; 4 : 1 - 4 ; 7 : 1

Feminist Art Program at California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts) 1971 - 2001

Box 3 : 18

Cal Arts 1992

Box 3 : 19 - 21 ; 7 : 1

Cal Arts Feminist Art Program 1971 - 1993

Box 3 : 19 - 20 ; 7 : 1 (oversize)

General 1971 - 1993

Physical Description: 3 folders.
Box 3 : 21

Student writing and evaluations 1971

Box 4 : 1 - 2

Chicago, Judy 1971 - 2001

Box 4 : 1

Archive 2001

Box 4 : 2

Early interviews & articles 1971 - 1976

Box 4 : 3

Feminist Art Workshop 1998

Box 4 : 4

Womanhouse & Cal Arts 1972 - 1995

Box 4 : 5 - 12

Lesbian Artists 1967 - 2000

Box 4 : 5

Bamber, Judie 1991 - 2000

Box 4 : 6

Chicago, Judy 2000

Box 4 : 7 - 9

Klein, Jeannette 1996 - 2000

Box 4 : 7

Klein, Jenny 1996 - 1997

Box 4 : 8

Excavating the Goddess in the Nineties 1998

Box 4 : 9

Articles 2000

Box 4 : 10 - 12

Millett, Kate 1967 - 1998

Box 4 : 10

Articles 1967 - 1996

Box 4 : 11 - 12

FLAP: Feminist, Literary, Artistic & Political Dimensions of Kate Millet's Sculpture 1967 - 1998

Physical Description: 40 slides.
Box 4 : 13 - 15

Lesbian Photographers 1970 - 1998

Box 4 : 13

Corinne, Tee. 1970 - 1992

Box 4 : 14

Marion Post Wolcott, FSA Photographs 1983

Box 4 : 15

Lesbian Photography on the U.S. West Coast 1970 - 1997, by Tee A. Corinne 1998

Box 5 : 1 - 5

Los Angeles Art 1983 - 1993

Box 5 : 1

Eco, Umberto. Travels in Hypereality. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1983. (translated from Italian) 1983

Box 5 : 2

King, Margaret. "Never Land or Tomorrowland?" Museum 43, No. 1 (1991): 6 - 8 1991

Box 5 : 3

Sorkin, Michael. "See you in Disneyland." Design Quarterly, No. 154 (Winter 1992): 5 - 13 1992

Box 5 : 4

L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art and the Body of Marilyn Monroe, by Jo-Anne Berelowitz 1993

Box 5 : 5

Protecting High Culture in Los Angeles: MOCA and the Ideology of Urban Redevelopment, by Jo-Anne Berelowitz 1993

Box 5 : 6

Newman, Barnett. "The Sublime Is Now" articles date unknown

Box 5 : 7 - 15

Special Journals 1990 - 2000

Box 5 : 7

Journal of Aesthetics & Art Criticism ; Feminism Issue 1990

Box 5 : 8

Art Journal; Feminist Art Issue 1991

Box 5 : 9

Art Papers, vol. 18, no. 4 July - August 1994

Box 5 : 10

Art Papers; Lesbian Issue November - December 1994

Box 5 : 11

October - "Feminist Issues" 1995

Box 5 : 12

Art Journal; Gay & Lesbian Issue 1996

Box 5 : 13

Molesworth, Helen articles 1998 - 2000

Box 5 : 14

Mira Schor, "Contemp. [sic] Feminism" Art Journal 1999

Box 5 : 15

Eve K. Sedgwick, "What Isn't Gender" 2000

Box: 5 : 16 - 24 ; 6 : 1 - 32 ; 7 : 2

Series 2.  Dissertation Chapter Resources and Notes 1970-2001

Physical Description: 0.7 linear foot.

Series Scope and Content

This series comprises photocopies of journals, newspapers, books, correspondence, flyers, pamphlets and other documents used as sources for specific chapters and sections in Stifler's doctoral dissertation. The materials include information about the Los Angeles Woman's Building, the Feminist Studio Workshop, the Great American Lesbian Art Show, video and performance art, and lesbian and feminist artists.
Box 5 : 16 - 22

Early Articles 1970s 1971 - 1981

Box 5 : 16

General 1975 - 1981

Box 5 : 17

LA Council of Women Artists Report (and article from LA Times) 1971

Box 5 : 18

Womanspace Journal 1973

Box 5 : 19

Womanspace and Womanspace Journal 1973

Box 5 : 20

Early Feminist Art Journal 1975

Box 5 : 21

"The Pains & Pleasures of Rebirth: Women's Body Art," by Lucy Lippard 1976

Box 5 : 22

Lawrence Alloway & responses 1976

Box 5 : 23 - 24 ; 6 : 1 - 4

Woman's Building (General) 1973 - 2001

Box 5 : 23

General 1977 - 2001

Box 5 : 24

Woman's Building Archive; Archive of American Art 2001

Box 6 : 1

Articles about the Woman's Building 1973 - 1992

Box 6 : 2

Gallery schedule 1976 - 1977

Box 6 : 3

Personal letters, resumés 1977

Box 6 : 4

"What is Feminist Art?" Responses to question asked for exhibition at [Woman's] Building circa 1977

Box 6 : 5 - 13

Chapter #2 FSW [Feminist Studio Workshop] 1974 - 1981

Box 6 : 5

State incorporation, bylaws 1974

Box 6 : 6

CR [consciousness-raising] 1978

Box 6 : 7 - 8

Correspondence 1974 - 1978

Box 6 : 7

Chicago / Raven / Iskin / De Bretteville correspondence & conflict 1974 - 1976

Box 6 : 8

Letters about FSW 1978

Box 6 : 9

Curriculum / Syllabus 1976 - 1980

Box 6 : 10

Lippard & Raven on FSW 1977

Box 6 : 11

Program descriptions 1980

Box 6 : 12

Proposed pedogogy & evaluations 1979 - 1981

Box 6 : 13

Woman's Building Educational Programs 1976 - 1978

Box 6 : 14 - 22

Feminist Studio Workshop, Lesbian-Related Material 1976 - 1981

Box 6 : 14

Hammond, Harmony, "Class Notes" date unknown.

Box 6 : 15

Iskin, Ruth articles 1976

Box 6 : 16

Iskin, Ruth and Arlene Raven, "Through the Peephole" 1977

Box 6 : 17

Lesbian Art Project 1979

Box 6 : 18

Lesbian curriculum at FSW (Lesbian Art Project) 1979 - 1981

Box 6 : 19

Lesbian imagery (examples of) from WGC 1978

Box 6 : 20

Lesbian students of FSW, correspondence: Stifter, et al 1979 - 1981

Box 6 : 21

Los Angeles Herald Examiner; Anti-Lesbian 1979

Box 6 : 22

Stifter, Catherine, "Lesbian Creative Community" 1979

Box 6 : 23 - 28

Chapter #3 Video / Performances 1977 - 1998

Box 6 : 23

Dougherty, Cecilia. "Stories from a generation: early video at the LA Woman's Building." Afterimage, vol. 26, no. 1 1998

Box 6 : 24

"Femina," by Terry Wolverton 1978

Box 6 : 25

Film at the Woman's Building LAWVC [Los Angeles Women's Video Center] circa 1977

Box 6 : 26

An Oral Herstory of Lesbianism 1979

Box 6 : 27

Performance Art 1978

Box 6 : 28

Video Project, PSAs 1977 - 1979

Box 6 : 29 ; 7 : 2

Chapter #4 GALAS 1970 - 2000

Box 7 : 2 (oversize)

General 1979 - 1980

Box 6 : 29

Early Lesbian Art; Lesbian Art Project, etc 1970 - 2000

Box 6 : 30 - 31

Artists 1977 - 1978

Box 6 : 30

Lakich, Lili 1978

Box 6 : 31

Millett, Kate 1977

Box 6 : 32

Late Articles 1984

Box 6 : 32

From History to Action; Woman's Building Anniversary Lippard 1984

Box: 7 : 3 - 7

Series 3.  Slides and Photographs 1980-2000

Physical Description: 0.1 linear foot

Series Scope and Content

This series comprises slides and photographs of artworks from a variety of artists and art exhibitions, including the "Great American Lesbian Art Show" and "In a Different Light," an art exhibit that highlighted the influence of gay and lesbian experience on 20th century American art.
Box 7 : 3

Baca, Judy 1981 - 1996

Physical Description: 22 slides.
Box 7 : 4

Ewing, Lee B circa 1995 - 2000

Physical Description: 12 photographs : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
Box 7 : 5

Great American Lesbian Art Show (GALAS) circa 1980

Physical Description: 13 slides.
Box 7 : 6

In a Different Light [exhibition] circa 1995

Physical Description: 28 slides.
Box 7 : 7

Various artworks dates unknown

Physical Description: 17 slides.