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Finding Aid for the Southern California Designer Crafts records, 1957-1982
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Description
Records of the contemporary craft organization, Southern California Designer Crafts (SCDC), from its founding in 1957 through 1982. A nonprofit organization, SCDC supported cooperation, networking, and critical dialog among craftspeople; the professional development of craft artists; and education about craft art. The collection includes SCDC's administrative documents pertaining to its affiliation with craft and trade organizations, juries and standards, exhibitions, publicity, membership, meetings, governance, and financial documents.
Background
Southern California Designer Crafts (SCDC) was a nonprofit artists' guild active in Los Angeles. When it was founded in 1957, its name was Southern California Designer Craftsmen. SCDC sought to facilitate cooperation among craftspeople, the professional development of craft artists, and public education and research in crafts. Their programs were aimed at increasing social contact between craftspeople and the opportunity for artists to exchange technological, business, and professional information regarding exhibiting, selling, teaching, and producing crafts. They sponsored exhibits of craft work, films, workshops, demonstrations, lectures, and discussions. SCDC was affiliated with local, regional, and national craft organizations, which included the American Craft Council and Artists for Economic Action. SCDC also coordinated efforts with such organizations as the California State Craft Congress and the California Visual Artists' Alliance to secure legislation on behalf of the arts. Membership was originally limited to artists chosen by jury, but later became open to anyone involved in craft art.
Extent
4 document boxes (2 linear ft.)
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.