Finding Aid for the Southern California Designer Crafts records, 1957-1982

Processed by Linda Klouzal in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Joan Benedetti and Kelley Wolfe Bachli, 2009; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.


Descriptive Summary

Title: Southern California Designer Crafts records
Date (inclusive): 1957-1982
Collection number: 1837
Creator: Southern California Designer Crafts
Extent: 4 document boxes (2 linear ft.)
Abstract: 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.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

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.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

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.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

After Southern California Designer Crafts was disbanded, its files were given to the Edith R. Wyle Research Library of the Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM), and then were transferred, along with the CAFAM records, to the UCLA Library in 1998.

Processing Note

Processed by Linda Klouzal in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Joan Benedetti and Kelley Wolfe Bachli, 2009.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Southern California Designer Crafts records (Collection Number 1837). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Biography

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.

Scope and Content

The Southern California Designer Crafts (SCDC) Records include administrative documents pertaining to the following: memberships in craft and trade organizations; correspondence; minutes for committee, membership, and recording secretary board meetings; exhibition papers, including catalogs; financial and tax documents; governance; publicity and sales; and projects and events. SCDC meeting minutes and by-laws contain discussions of many aspects of the organization and its objectives including information about the governmental structure of SCDC; the professional development of artists; the definition of craft; art education; pricing for artists' works; ethics; and art standards. Of special interest are documents pertaining to SCDC's efforts with its affiliated organizations to increase governmental support for the arts in California. The California Visual Alliance folder contains information on efforts to promote artists' input into governance for the arts including references to specific legislation. At a Visual Arts Conference in 1975 artists throughout California gathered for the first time to formulate policy for presentation to the state legislature regarding artists' economic needs. Two months later, then Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. agreed to sponsor a bill creating a new State Arts Council composed of artists.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Southern California Designer Crafts.

Related Material

The Southern California Designer Crafts Records, along with the Mandell Gallery Records, were given to the Craft and Folk Art Museum. When the Craft and Folk Art Museum Records were donated to and processed at UCLA, three collections were created: Southern California Designer Crafts Records, Mandell Gallery Records, and the Craft and Folk Art Museum Records. For a complete description of the Mandell Gallery Records and the Craft and Folk Art Museum Records, please see separate finding aids under these titles.

Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

American Crafts Council (ACC) 1964 September - 1973 June

Box 1, Folder 2

Announcements 1964 January - 1973 July

Box 1, Folder 3

Artists for Economic Action (AEA) 1975 March - June

Box 1, Folder 4

Board of Director's Meeting Minutes 1961 October - 1979 October

Box 1, Folder 5

Bus Tour Project ca. 1977 May

Box 1, Folder 6

By-Laws 1958 - 1976

Box 1, Folder 7

California Arts Commission (CAC) 1975

Box 1, Folder 8

California Confederation of the Arts 1976 July - 1977 November

Box 1, Folder 9

California State Craft Congress (CSCC) 1966 April - 1973 August

Box 1, Folder 10

California Visual Artists' Alliance ca. 1975 March - October

Box 1, Folder 11

Committee Meetings, SCDC 1974 September

Box 1, Folder 12

Correspondence (folder 1 of 10) undated

Box 1, Folder 13

Correspondence (folder 2 of 10) 1973 April - December

Box 1, Folder 14

Correspondence (folder 3 of 10) 1974 January - December

Box 1, Folder 15

Correspondence (folder 4 of 10) 1975 January - December

Box 1, Folder 16

Correspondence (folder 5 of 10) 1976 January - December

Box 2, Folder 1

Correspondence (folder 6 of 10) 1977 January - December

Box 2, Folder 2

Correspondence (folder 7 of 10) 1978 January - November

Box 2, Folder 3

Correspondence (folder 8 of 10) 1979 February - June

Box 2, Folder 4

Correspondence (folder 9 of 10) 1981 June - October

Box 2, Folder 5

Correspondence (folder 10 of 10) 1982 June - September

Box 2, Folder 6

Exhibition Catalogs 1958 February - 1978 January

Box 2, Folder 7

Exhibition Correspondence, Miscellaneous 1960 April - 1978 January

Box 2, Folder 8

Exhibition, Oakland Museum, Ceramics and Glass ca. 1973 November - 1974 January

Box 2, Folder 9

Exhibition, The Western Edge ca. 1980 July - August

Box 2, Folder 10

Fact Sheets ca. 1977 May - 1980 March

Box 2, Folder 11

Grants, Applied for 1973 December - 1979 December

Box 2, Folder 12

Juries and Standards (Handbook of Craft Standards) 1961 November

Box 2, Folder 13

Ledger, General 1960 June - 1964 May & 1970 October - 1973 November

Box 2, Folder 14

Ledger Book 1979 October - 1982 January

Box 2, Folder 15

Membership Lists 1957 April - 1981 January

Box 3, Folder 1

Membership (General), Meetings 1962 May - 1979 October

Box 3, Folder 2

Newsletter, SCDC 1962 May - 1982 February

Box 3, Folder 3

Photos, SCDC Members, Artwork, and Shows undated

Box 3, Folder 4

Publicity 1959 March - 1966 February

Box 3, Folder 5

Recording Secretary's Minutes and Reports (SCDC) (folder 1 of 7) 1957 April - 1958 May

Box 3, Folder 6

Recording Secretary's Minutes and Reports (SCDC) (folder 2 of 7) 1958 October - 1959 May

Box 3, Folder 7

Recording Secretary's Minutes and Reports (SCDC) (folder 3 of 7) 1959 October - 1960 May

Box 3, Folder 8

Recording Secretary's Minutes and Reports (SCDC) (folder 4 of 7) 1960 June - 1961 June

Box 3, Folder 9

Recording Secretary's Minutes and Reports (SCDC) (folder 5 of 7) 1961 July - 1962 July

Box 4, Folder 1

Recording Secretary's Minutes and Reports (SCDC) (folder 6 of 7) 1962 August - 1963 May

Box 4, Folder 2

Recording Secretary's Minutes and Reports (SCDC) (folder 7 of 7) 1963 October - 1964 June

Box 4, Folder 3

Sale, Membership -- Laguna Beach Museum Exhibit ca. 1973 November

Box 4, Folder 4

Secretary -- Corresponding Secretary Procedures 1976 August

Box 4, Folder 5

Slide Collection Files, SCDC Members undated

Box 4, Folder 6

State Board of Equalization 1976 January

Box 4, Folder 7

Stationary, SCDC undated

Box 4, Folder 8

Taxes (Exempt Status and Tax Returns) 1961 December - 1981 February

Box 4, Folder 9

Transcripts, Court (a panel) undated (February, no year)

Box 4, Folder 10

Treasurer's File 1973 October - 1982 February