The Los Angeles Woman's Building was established in 1973 by artist
Judy Chicago, designer Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, and art historian Arlene Raven. The
Woman's Building was a center for women's art education and a facility for women's groups
and organizations. During its time, the Woman's Building played a key role in the field of
feminist art and arts education. Materials in the collection offer a comprehensive overview
of the activities of the Woman's Building from 1973 to 1991 and document the organization's
post-1991 projects. Materials were collected by Sue Maberry during her time as an artist and
administrator of the Woman's Building and later as Director of Library and Instructional
Technologies at Otis College of Art and Design. Materials consist of printed ephemera and
photographic material related to educational programs, exhibitions, performances, events,
and various collaborative projects. Included are administrative files, artist files,
publications, correspondence, project files, audio and video recordings, and digital files
produced for various projects. The collection also contains material documenting the Doin' It In Public: Feminism and Art
at the Woman's Building
exhibition held at Otis College of Art and Design in 2011-2012.
The Los Angeles Woman's Building was established in 1973 as a center for educational
programs for women artists and a facility for women's groups and organizations. Founded by
artist Judy Chicago, designer Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, and art historian Arlene Raven,
the Woman's Building was the realization of the founders' vision to provide a space where
art and activities of the women's community could intersect. During its time, the Woman's
Building played a key role in the field of feminist art and arts education.
40 Linear Feet
(40 boxes, 15 flatfile folders. Computer media: 711.7 GB [10,008
files], 12 unprocessed floppy disks, 3 unprocessed compact discs, 3 unprocessed computer
chips, and 1 unprocessed zip disk)
Contact Library Reproductions and
Open for use by qualified researchers. Some items are unavailable pending conservation.
Born digital content will be made available on-site only, through the digital preservation
repository. Born digital content and audiovisual materials are unavailable until
reformatted. Contact reference for reformatting.