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Art Collection, 1857-1988 (Bulk: 1920-1980)
3 boxes; 2 volumes (1.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 429

Abstract:
Documents women's participation in, and contributions to, the broad field of art. Contains primarily printed material, plus, correspondence, interviews, notes, photographs, postcards, posters, speeches, and typescripts. The collection documents the lives and work of individual designers, landscape architects, women in the fine arts, as well as the status of women in the arts and organizations of feminist artists.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

Material in this collection may be protected by copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy all copyright holders. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Scope and Contents of the Collection
Cover of "Famous American Women Painters," in The Mentor, March 16, 1914

Cover of "Famous American Women Painters,"
in The Mentor, March 16, 1914

The Art Collection documents women's participation in, and contributions to, the broad field of art from 1857 to 1988. The material consists of articles, autographs, bibliographies, brochures, catalogs, correspondence, interviews, newsletters, newspaper clippings, notes, pamphlets, photographs, postcards, posters, publicity, resum├ęs, a reel-to-reel tape, speeches, and typescripts. There are only a few items dating from the nineteenth century, all of which are magazine articles or newspaper clippings that focus on the lives and work of individual women artists, including Angelica Kaufman and Rosa Bonheur. The bulk of the collection dates from the twentieth century, with most items originating between 1920 and 1980. The earlier twentieth century material documents women's contributions to the fields of visual art, architecture, landscape architecture, and graphic design. This includes biographical materials on designers Florence Morton and Helen Dryden; landscape architects Adelaide Derringer, Louise Klein-Miller, and Beatrix Farrand; and artists Mary Cassatt, Katharine S. Dreier, Caroline Durieux, Sarah Eddy Jackson, Beth Creevey, Hildreth Meiere, and Georgia O'Keeffe.

There is also a large amount of material in the collection dating from the late 1960s and 1970s documenting the impact of feminism on the art world, showing both the reassessment of women's historical contributions to the field, and the explosion of feminist art that occurred in the 1970s. Included here are studies and reports on the status of women in the arts, catalogs for exhibits of feminist art, newsletters from organizations of feminist artists, and material on contemporary women artists such as Judy Chicago, Alice Neel, Louise Grassie, Frieda Savitz, Myrna Shiras, Lilly Martin Spencer, and many others.


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

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

Material in this collection may be protected by copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy all copyright holders. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" 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:

Art Collection, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Materials in this subject collection were either purchased or given to the Sophia Smith Collection by various donors.

Accruals:

Periodic additions to collection are expected.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised in 2002 by Kerstin Larson, intern. Introductory text by Kate Weigand. Recent additions may not be reflected in the finding aid.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
General



Guide to Women's Art Organizations


Box
Art festivals and gallery shows


Box 1: folder 1
Bibliography: women and the arts


Box 1: folder 2
Clippings


Box 1: folder 3
Miscellaneous


Box 1: folder 4
The New Art Examiner


Box 1: folder 5
New York Feminist Art Institute


Box 1: folder 5a
Pamphlets


Box 1: folder 6
Virginia Center for the Performing Arts


Box 1: folder 7
The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago


Box 1: folder 8
Womanhouse, Los Angeles
circa 1971

Box 1: folder 9
Architects


Box 2: folder 11
Designers


Box 2: folder 12
Filmmakers: films


Box 2: folder 13
Landscape architects



Farrand, Beatrix


Box 2: folder 14
General


Box 2: folder 15
Painters



General bulletins


Box 2: folder 16
Baker, Sarah


Box 2: folder 17
Beaux, C.; Kauffman, A.; and Smith, Jessie Willcox


Box 2: folder 18
Bonheur, Rose; and Brownscombe, Jennie


Box 2: folder 19
Brooks, Romaine


Box 2: folder 20
Brown, Gwyneth King


Box 2: folder 21
Cassatt, Mary


Box 2: folder 22
Dreier, Katherine S.


Box 2: folder 23
Durieux, Caroline



Articles and programs


Box 2: folder 24
Clippings


Box 2: folder 25
Eddy, Sarah Jackson


Box 2: folder 26
Grassie, Louise


Box 2: folder 27
Hamm, Beth Creevey


Box 2: folder 28
Harvey, Bunny


Box 2: folder 29
Kollwitz, Kathe,
1867-1943

Box 2: folder 30
Lumis, Harriet Randall


Box 2: folder 31
Meiere, Hildreth


Box 2: folder 32
Alice Neel: Presentation at Graham Hall, Smith College: audiotape,
8 Apr 1975

Box 2: folder 33
Note:

[Please use research copy in media center]

O'Keeffe, Georgia


Box 2: folder 34
Pereira, Irene Rice


Box 2: folder 35
Reyneau, Betsy


Box 2: folder 36
Saar, Betye


Box 2: folder 37
Sand, George: portraits of and by her


Box 2: folder 38
Savitz, Frieda


Box 2: folder 39
Shiras, Myrna


Box 2: folder 40
Spencer, Lily Martin


Box 2: folder 41
Miscellaneous paintings by various women artists


Box 2: folder 42
Sculptors



General and miscellaneous


Box 3: folder 43
Watertown's Victoria Legacy: A Bicentennial Art Exhibition


Box 3: folder 44
Studio 725


Box 3: folder 45
Bourgeois, Louise


Box 3: folder 46
Chicago, Judy


Box 3: folder 47
Dallin, Cyrus and Vittoria


Box 3: folder 48
Hosmer, Harriet


Box 3: folder 49
Huntington, Anna Hyatt


Box 3: folder 50
Johnson, Adelaide



Letters to Una Winter


Box 3: folder 51
Biographical information


Box 3: folder 52
Loring, Francese (and Florence Wyle)


Box 3: folder 53
Miles, Emily W.


Box 3: folder 54
Nevelson, Louise


Box 3: folder 55
Paeff, Bashka


Box 3: folder 56
Stebbins, Emma


Box 3: folder 57
Whitney, Anne


Box 3: folder 58
Books on Shelf



Art and Handicraft in the Woman's Building of the World's Columbian Exposition Chicago, 1893, Elliot, Maud Howe, ed.,
1894


True Colors: An Artist's Journey from Beauty Queen to Feminist by Patricia Burnett,
1995


Doin' It in Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman's Building (Exhibition guide and article), Megalinton and Sue Maberry, curator
2012


From Site to Vision: The Women's Building in Contemporary Culture, Sondra Hale and Terry Wolverton, editors
2012


DVD: Never Turning Back: The World of Peggy Lipschutz, Terri Zbinal, producer
2008



Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Feminism and art--History--Sources
  • Women architects--History--Sources
  • Women artists--History--19th century--Sources
  • Women artists--History--20th century--Sources
  • Women designers-- History--Sources
  • Women landscape architects--History--Sources
  • Women motion picture producers and directors--History--Sources


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