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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Archive of Recorded Sound
    Title: Meridian Gallery Collection
    creator: Meridian Gallery
    Identifier/Call Number: ARS.0192
    Physical Description: 22.5 Linear Feet 24 boxes and 1 flat folder; including 199 CD-ROM(s), 2 mini CD-ROM(s) 10 DVD(s), 13 video cassette(s), 29 tape cassette(s), 40 DAT cassette(s), 1 LP, 2 5.5" floppy disk, 5 photograph memory cards, 2 32-gigabyte flash drive, 1 500-gigabyte flash drive, and 2 external hard drive(s)
    Date (inclusive): 1956-2017
    Abstract: The Meridian Gallery Collection documents the activities of the Meridian Gallery, a non-profit exhibition and perrformance space, which was founded in San Francisco by Anne Brodzky and Anthony Williams. The collection consists of audio and visual recordings, photographs, slides, negatives, correspondence, exhibition catalogs, flyers, notes, newspaper clippings, computer media, and other materials.

    Scope and Contents

    The Meridian Gallery Collection documents the activities of the Meridian Gallery which was founded in San Francisco by Anne Brodzky and Anthony Williams. The collection consists of correspondence, notes, flyers, exhibition catalogs, photographs, slides, negatives, audio and visual recordings, newspaper clippings, computer media, and other materials.
    Some of the artists, performers and composers whose work is documented in this collection include: Enrique Martinez Celaya, Abby Leigh, Robert Colescott, Susanna Heller, Carla Kihlstedt, Mark Trayle, Pauline Oliveros, Ladonna Smith, Francis Wong, Walter Kitundu and Friends, Scot Gresham-Lancaster, Jie Ma, Stuart Dempster, and Pamela Z.

    Administrative History

    The Meridian Gallery was a non-profit exhibition and performance space in San Francisco, California that showcased innovative music, performances, lectures and visual arts. The gallery grew out of the Society for Art Publications of the Americas (SAPA), which was founded in 1985 by Anne Brodzky and Anthony Williams. In 1989 the Meridian Gallery moved into its own space near Union Square in San Francisco, California. After dealing with escalating rents the gallery briefly moved to the Presidio before ending operations in 2017.
    The Meridian Gallery sought to promote an understanding of the arts and culture and the value of diversity in contemporary culture. The Meridian Gallery sponsored a series of monthly performances called Composers in Performance. The Meridian Gallery also ran the Meridian Interns Program, a paid internship for low-income teens where artist instructors taught art workshops and job-related training. The Interns would showcase their artwork in annual exhibitions.
    The Society for Arts Publication of the Americas, was a quarterly arts review focused on the Americas.


    Original order has been maintained as closely as possible.
    The collection is arranged into seven series. Series 1: Audio and visual recordings, 1989-2017. Series 2: Business files, 1960-2015. Series 3: Society for Arts Publications of the Americas, 1979-2016. Series 4: Meridian Interns Program, 1994-2017. Series 5: Exhibition catalogs, books and flyers, 1956-2016. Series 6: Binders, 1984-2013. Series 7: Computer media, 2003-2013.


    Open for research; material must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use. Contact the Archive of Recorded Sound for assistance.


    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head Librarian, Archive of Recorded Sound, Braun Music Center, Stanford, California 94305. Consent is given on behalf of the Archive of Recorded Sound as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns.

    Cite as

    Meridian Gallery Collection, ARS-0192. Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, CA.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased by Stanford in two accessions in 2017, ARS-2017-020 and ARS-2017-022. An additional accession was donated to Stanford in 2018, ARS-2018-051.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Live sound recordings
    Electronic music
    Computer music
    Meridian Gallery