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Woman's Building records
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box 1, folder 1

Articles and Clippings circa 1975-1979

General Physical Description note: photocopies

Scope and Contents note

Articles about The Woman's Building and their various activities.

General note

Includes articles about exhibits put on by Ariadne: A Social Art Network which enlisted women to participate in large scale collaborative performance works. Ariadne was founded by Suzanne Lacy and Leslie Labowitz. Also included are articles about various other exhibits including "Beyond the Femininity of Eileen Gray" and "The Still Taboo Subject."
box 1, folder 2, box 7, folder 4

Postcard Project circa 1985-1988

General Physical Description note: letterpress postcards

Scope and Contents note

Records documenting the three-year-long Postcard Project. Box 1, Folder 2 contains the postcards created for the project while Box 7, Folder 4 contains photographs and negatives of the opening of the exhibition.

General note

The Postcard Project was a collaborative project led by artist in residence Cheri Gaulke. Gaukle, a visual artist, first came to The Woman's Building in 1975 and became involved with the Feminist Studio Workshop. Throughout the 1970s she focused predominantly on performance art and has now expanded into a variety of media. The Postcard Project was conceived as a way to celebrate important women in artists' lives, creating an artifact from a personal connection with a historical figure. The project lasted from 1985-1988 and generated hundreds of limited edition postcards.
box 1, folder 3

NAIAD Press circa 1987

General Physical Description note: cardstock mockup book covers, printed paper

Scope and Contents note

Contains various promotional materials, mailers and mockup book covers.

General note

Founded by Barbara Grier and Donna McBride in January 1973, Naiad Press was devoted exclusively to lesbian literature. At its closing in 2003 it was the oldest and largest lesbian/feminist publisher in the world.
box 1, folder 4

Womanhouse circa 1972

General Physical Description note: photocopies

Scope and Contents note

Two copies of the catalog of the Womanhouse exhibition along with the accompanying essay, "The Education of Women as Artists: Project-Womanhouse" by Miriam Shapiro.

General note

Organized by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro, Womanhouse was a feminist art installation and performance space located in an abandoned house in Hollywood, CA. Women artists and the students of both Chicago and Schapiro participated, each woman inhabiting a room or space of her own. Using community collaboration and consciousness raising techniques to generate content, the exhibit focused on the shifting and critical relationship between biology and social roles within the symbolic realm of the home. The exhibition drew approximately 10,000 visitors. Johanna Demetrakas made a documentary film about Womanhouse in 1974.
box 1, folder 5

Printed Ephemera circa 1977-1991

General Physical Description note: photocopies, flyers, folders, calendars

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

COLLECTION CONTAINS AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS: Audiovisual materials in this collection will require assessment and possible digitization for safe access. To review these audiovisual materials, you must notify the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk in advance of your visit.

Scope and Contents note

Includes assorted materials pertaining to Ariadne: A Social Art Network, Women Against Violence Against Women, West End Press, Helaine Victoria Press, Karen Golden (an artist-in-residence at the Woman's Building), and other organizations and performers who collaborated with the Woman's Building between 1977 and 1991. Contains one audio cassette recording labeled " 'Amelia and Poncho Together Again' - Museum of flying Karen Golden."
box 1, folder 6

An Oral Herstory of Lesbianism circa 1980-1982

General Physical Description note: printed paper, handwritten notes

Scope and Contents note

Program from the performance, "An Oral Herstory of Lesbianism" along with an inventory of photos and a list of the artists involved.

General note

"An Oral Herstory of Lesbianism" was a performance piece consisting of over twenty vignettes and sketches about lesbians' experiences and was performed at The Woman's Building in 1979. Additional images from the performance are at OTIS college of art and design.
box 1, folder 7

Press Releases circa 1978-1990

Scope and Content

Includes press releases about local political events and Woman's Building exhibitions, lectures and performances.
box 1, folder 8

L.A. Women's Video Center circa 1979-1981

General Physical Description note: printed paper, photocopies

Scope and Contents note

Contains a flyer about the organization as well as a folder containing historical background. Also included are pamphlets about programming.

General note

Founded in 1976, the LA Women's Video Center (LAWVC) provided classes, equipment and support to women interested in using video to produce documentation, public service announcements, center productions and art tapes.
box 1, folder 9

Kathleen Clark - Artistic Director circa 1990-1991

General Physical Description note: printed paper, photocopies, handwritten notes

Scope and Contents note

Assorted documents from Kathleen Clark's tenure as artistic director of The Woman's Building including flyers, sign-in sheets, letters to the board of directors, executive committee notes, mission statement drafts and notes, values and histories, and fundraising materials.

General note

Kathleen Clark was the Photo Editor of Los Angeles Magazine and LA Weekly, an adjunct faculty member at USC and The Art Center College of Design, and Artistic Director at the Woman's Building from 1990-1991.
box 1, folder 10

Membership (The Woman's Building) circa 1975-1991

General Physical Description note: printed paper

Scope and Contents note

Contains member communications, newsletters, letters, solicitations, and members-only invitations.
box 1, folder 11

The Women's Graphic Center Newsletters 1982-1984

General Physical Description note: bound, printed newsletters

Scope and Contents note

Quarterly newsletters listing recent projects, upcoming classes, information on scholarships.

General note

Founded in 1981, The Women's Graphic Center, also known as The Women's Graphic Center Typesetting and Design, was a for-profit business designed to both support projects and artistic endeavors at The Woman's Building in addition to strengthening the finances of the organization. Phototypesetting, graphic design, production and printing services were all provided by The Women's Graphic Center.
box 1, folder 12

Postcards from The Women's Graphic Center circa 1982-1985

General Physical Description note: letterpress, photo typeset postcards

Scope and Contents note

Postcards produced to promote exhibitions or events at The Woman's Building as well as postcards produced as unique art objects.
box 2, folder 1

The Woman's Building Newsletters 1984-1987

General Physical Description note: bound, printed newsletters

Scope and Contents note

Quarterly newsletters including updates on programming, membership information, and lists of donors.
box 2, folder 2

The Woman's Building Calendars 1987-1990

General Physical Description note: printed paper

Scope and Contents note

Bimonthly calendars of events at The Woman's Building.
box 2, folder 3

Judy Chicago Word and Image Network Materials circa 1981-1982

General Physical Description note: bound, printed catalogs and essays

Scope and Contents note

Includes the first Judy Chicago Word and Image Network (JC/WIN) catalog and Arlene Raven's "Picture This or Why is Art Important?"

General note

The Judy Chicago Word and Image Network (JC/WIN), a small retail outlet that disseminates and publishes feminist literature and artwork both by catalog and on the spot. JC/WIN was a joint project between Judy Chicago and Mary Ross Taylor.
box 2, folder 4

Women's Press Collective Negatives No Date

Scope and Contents note

Contains negatives from the books "Save Joan Little" and "The Inez Garcia Book" as well as a negative from the "Disarm Rapists" and negatives from the band High Risk.

General note

The Women's Press Collective was founded in 1969 by artist Wendy Cadden and Judy Grahan. Dedicated to publishing "work of women that we thought no one else would do," the selections in this collection display particular activist works surrounding individual women.
box 2, folder 5

Woman Carved of Sun by Anne Gordon (Women's Press Collective) circa 1974

General Physical Description note: negatives, hand drawings, mockups, printed paper

Scope and Contents note

Includes drawings, negatives, plates, and paste ups of the poetry collection "Woman Carved of Sun" by Anne Gordon.

General note

Originally published in 1974.
box 2, folder 6

Women's Press Collective circa 1970

General Physical Description note: handwritten notes, paste ups, printed paper

Scope and Contents note

Paste ups and notes for various publications by the Women's Press Collective, mostly poetry.
box 2, folder 7

High Risk circa 1976

General Physical Description note: negatives, photographs, printed paper

Scope and Contents note

Includes promotional photographs, the corresponding negatives, and press releases for the band High Risk.

General note

High Risk was a band that formed in order to create, perform and record a soundtrack to be used in a film by Donna Deitch named Woman to Woman. Side A "The Common Woman (Nadine)" with the words taken from a poem by Judy Grahan is read by Sandi Ajida and the music is composed and arranged by Virginia Rubino. Sandi Ajida also plays the congas and percussion, Cyndy Mason play the saxophone and flute while Bobi Jackson plays the bass. Side B "Degradation" was composed and arranged by Bobi while the background vocals and instruments are the same as those on "The Common Woman."
box 2, folder 8-9

Women's Press Collective: Lesbians Speak Out 1974

General Physical Description note: printed paper, cardstock

Scope and Contents note

Contains the paste up of the manuscript Lesbians Speak Out.
box 3, folder 1

Women's Press Collective: Inez Garcia Book circa 1974

General Physical Description note: handwritten notes, onion skin, paste ups

Scope and Contents note

Paste ups for the book on Inez Garcia.

General note

Inez Garcia was convicted of murder and eventually exonerated. Garcia murdered one of the two men involved in her own brutal rape. Her case became a flashpoint for activists in both the women's rights and Chicano movements. This book was published with proceeds going to the Inez Garcia Defense Committee and discusses the history and causes of rape as well as the political realities of rape as a tool of war.
box 3, folder 2

Women's Press Collective: Save Joan Little circa 1975

General Physical Description note: handwritten notes, paste ups, printed paper

Scope and Contents note

Includes paste ups and drafts. Included in the book is an essay by Angela Davis.

General note

Joan Little, an African American, an inmate of the Beaufort County jail in North Carolina was put on trial for the murder of jailer Clarence Alligood. The case became a cultural rallying cry for the feminist movement, civil rights movement and anti death penalty movements. Little was acquitted using the defense that she used deadly force to resist sexual assault, this is the first instance of this successful defense.
box 3, folder 3

Women's Press Collective: Assorted Graphics No Date

General Physical Description note: hand drawn pictures

Scope and Contents note

Assorted hand drawn pictures and proofs.
box 3, folder 4

Women's Press Collective: Poetry Advertisements No Date

General Physical Description note: printed paper, cardstock

Scope and Contents note

Copy of advertisements of various publications.
box 3, folder 5

Women's Press Collective: Elephant Poem Coloring Book circa 1972

General Physical Description note: hand drawn pictures, printed paper, photocopies

Scope and Contents note

Includes out of order drafts of the Elephant Poem by Judy Grahn along with paste ups for publication.
box 3, folder 6

Women's Press Collective: The Common Woman circa 1970-1973

General Physical Description note: hand drawings, photocopies

Scope and Contents note

Includes sketches, photocopies, paste ups and drafts for publication of The Common Woman. Also includes photocopies of an envelope referring to Donna Deitch's film Woman to Woman
box 3, folder 7-8, box 4, folder 1-4

Programming at the Woman's Building circa 1974-1991

General Physical Description note: printed paper, photocopies

Scope and Contents note

Contains flyers and brochures about exhibitions, performances, workshops, classes, and other programs at The Woman's Building. Some of these promotional materials were created in celebration of the tenth and fifteenth anniversaries of the Woman's Building. Folder 5 also contains press releases, membership information, an inventory of periodicals, award honorees, and newspaper articles.
box 4, folder 5

Women's Graphic Center Programming 1983-1984

General Physical Description note: printed paper, photocopies

Scope and Contents note

Newsletters, correspondence and publicity materials related to the Women's Graphic Center.
box 7, folder 1-2

Woman's Building Class Publications circa 1974-1988

General Physical Description note: bound printed and hand bound books

Scope and Contents note

Contains materials written, illustrated, printed, and bound by different groups and individuals that took classes at the Women's Graphic Center at the Woman's Building.
box 7, folder 3

Newsletters: Spinning Off, Calendars, W.B. circa 1978-1991

General Physical Description note: printed paper, photocopies

Scope and Contents note

Contains calendars, newsletters and issues of Spinning Off.
box 6

Posters, Flyers, Over sized Documents No Date

General Physical Description note: printed paper, posters

Scope and Contents note

Contains posters, flyers, and newspaper articles related to exhibitions and events that occurred at The Woman's Building. Also includes a poster for an event at the Long Beach Museum of Art.