A Finding Aid to the Womanspace Gallery records, 1970-1974, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.womagall
Creators:
Womanspace Gallery (Los Angeles, California)
Dates:
1970-1974
Languages:
English
The collection is in English.
Physical Description:
1.7 Linear feet
Repository:
The records of Womanspace Gallery, a cooperative gallery for feminist activities in Los Angeles, California, measure 1.7 linear feet and date from 1970 to 1974. The bulk of the collection consists of exhibition files. Also found are administrative files, correspondence, publishing files, financial records, printed material, and photographic material.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The records of Womanspace Gallery, a cooperative gallery for feminist activities in Los Angeles, California, measure 1.7 linear feet and date from 1970 to 1974. The bulk of the collection consists of exhibition files. Also found are administrative files, correspondence, publishing files, financial records, printed material, and photographic material.
Administrative files include personnel and volunteer records; committee files; a list of names for the Registry of Women Designers; calendars; public relations records; mailing list and guest book information; materials related to building renovations; materials related to summer courses; and notes.
Correspondence is primarily with artists and other arts organizations. Much of the correspondence in the early part of the series concerns the Registry of Women Designers.
Exhibition files include planning notes, correspondence, and loan agreements for Womanspace exhibitions. Some materials related to exhibition committees, proposals for exhibitions, and proposals for exhibitions that did not happen can be found in the administrative files.
Publishing files include materials related to the Womanspace Journal and to the Associated Women's Press.
Financial records include budget projections, billing information, cash records, donation information, and materials related to grants.
Printed material includes press releases, clippings, and printed material Womanspace sent out to membership.
Photographic material includes negatives, a contact sheet, color photographs, and slides.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as seven series.
  • Series 1: Administrative Files, 1970-1974 (Box 1; 0.4 linear feet)
  • Series 2: Correspondence, 1972-1974 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)
  • Series 3: Exhibition Files, 1973-1974 (Boxes 1-2; 0.3 linear feet, OV 4)
  • Series 4: Publishing Files, 1972-1974 (Box 2; 5 folders, OV 4)
  • Series 5: Financial Records, 1972-1974 (Boxes 2-3; 0.3 linear feet)
  • Series 6: Printed Material, 1973-1974 (Box 3, 3 folders, OV 4)
  • Series 7: Photographic Material, 1973-1974 (Box 3, 1 folder)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Womanspace was a cooperatively run gallery in Los Angeles, California dedicated to showing and promoting work by female artists. It opened in January of 1973 and ran a large number of events and programs. When the Woman's Building opened its first location in late 1973, Womanspace moved in. Among its founding members were Wanda Westcoast, Max Cole, Eugenie Osmun, Gretchen Glicksman, Judy Chicago, and Lucy Adelman. The gallery closed in June 1974.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
The collection is available on 35 mm microfilm reels 1257-1259 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Processing Information
This collection was minimally processed and a finding aid prepared by Rayna Andrews in 2017.
Author
Rayna Andrews
Sponsor
Funding for the processing of the collection was provided by Gerald and Bente Buck.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Womanspace Gallery records were donated to the Archives of American Art in January 1975 by Judy Fiskin, president of the West Coast Art Center.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Preferred Citation
Womanspace Gallery records, 1970-1974. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Related Materials
The Archives of American Art also holds the Woman's Building records, 1970-1992.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art -- Study and teaching Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Feminism and art Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women artists -- California -- Los Angeles Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women designers -- California Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Artist-run galleries -- California -- Los Angeles Function Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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