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Alida Walsh Papers, 1960-2000
8 boxes (8.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 628

Abstract:
Artist; Filmmaker; Feminist; Professor, Film studies. Artwork by Alida Walsh, including copies of her films and other audiovisual media; photographs, slides, color photocopies, writings, and correspondence of and pertaining to her work; and posters, reviews, and press releases for her exhibitions.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following caveats:

  • The collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.
  • This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.
  • Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to unpublished works is owned by Mary Walsh Brand. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use."Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Alida Walsh was the daughter of Grace Farwell and Elmer Michael Walsh. She had a sister, Mary (Brand), and two brothers, Charles and Michael. Walsh earned her BS at Northwestern University in 1955 and her MFA at San Diego University in 1956. She was a visual artist working in sculpture, film and multi-media, and was a member of Women Artists in Revolution. Her best-known sculptures are Earth, Mother, Goddess and Walking Nude Mirror. Walsh exhibited in the first all-women art exhibit titled X-12 in New York City in 1969, and co-founded Women Artist Filmmakers in 1973. Her films include The Martyrdom of Marilyn Monroe, and Happy Birthday, I'm 40, an autobiographical film, as well as Women Bound and Unbound, a multimedia performance presented at the National Women's Conference in Houston and funded by the Ms Foundation. One of the founding members of Women/Artist/Filmmakers, Inc., Walsh was assistant professor at Montclair State University for twenty-six years, where she taught film history, and film and video as art forms; she also taught at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York City. Walsh died in December 2006 in Schenectady, New York, from complications due to a heart aneurysm.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The papers include artwork by Alida Walsh, including copies of her films and other audiovisual media; photographs, slides, color photocopies, writings, and correspondence of and pertaining to her work; and posters, reviews, and press releases for her exhibitions. Includes oversize birthday card/drawing by Kate Millett.

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Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following caveats:

  • The collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.
  • This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.
  • Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to unpublished works is owned by Mary Walsh Brand. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use."Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Alida Walsh Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The Alida Walsh Papers were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by her sister, Mary Walsh Brand in 2008.

Processing Information

Accessioned by Burd Schlessinger, 2008.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

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Language
English


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Subjects
  • Feminism and art -- History -- Sources
  • Feminism and motion pictures
  • Feminists -- Biography -- Sources
  • Walsh, Alida
  • Women artists -- Biography -- Sources
  • Women in art
  • Women/Artist/Filmmakers, Inc (New York, N.Y.)


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