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Finding aid of the Sarah Stifler Papers

Finding aid prepared by Loni Shibuyama, © 2008

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator
Stifler, Sarah
Title
Sarah Stifler papers
Collection no.
Coll2008.071
Date [inclusive]
1967-2002
Extent
2.8 linear feet.
Language
English
Abstract
Journal articles, newspaper clippings, dissertations, bibliographies, correspondence, flyers, slides and photographs collected by art scholar Sarah Stifler who researched the materials for her doctoral dissertation, Slippery When Wet: Visibility Politics and Lesbian Art in Los Angeles from 1970 to the Present (2002). The bulk of the materials are photocopies, and the content documents significant people and organizations in the development of lesbian and feminist art, including the Los Angeles Woman's Building, the Feminist Art Program at the California Institute of the Arts, the Feminist Studio Workshop and the Great American Lesbian Art Show.

Preferred Citation

Sarah Stifler papers, Coll2008-071, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

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Biography

Sarah Stifler is a scholar of art history with particular interests in contemporary art, gender and sexuality. In 1994, she received her Bachelor's degree in Art History at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and in 2000, she received her Master's degree in Art History at the University of Southern California (USC.) From 1997 to 2002, she pursued a Doctorate degree at USC, where she concentrated on lesbian and feminist art in Los Angeles from the 1970s to 2000.

She has worked as a research assistant at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, a teaching assistant at the Department of Art History at USC, a marketing coordinator at the Timothy Yarger Fine Art Gallery, and a public arts advisor for the Boulder City Arts Council. As of July 2007, Stifler continues to work at the Getty Research Institute and lives in West Hollywood, California.

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Scope and Content of Collection

The Sarah Stifler Papers contains photocopies of journal articles, newspaper clippings, book chapters, correspondence, flyers, pamphlets and dissertations; as well as bibliographies, typescripts, photographs and slides collected for Stifler's doctoral dissertation, Slippery When Wet: Visibility Politics and Lesbian Art in Los Angeles from 1970 to the Present. The collection is divided into three series: (1) General, (2) Dissertation Chapter Resources and Notes, and (3) Slides and Photographs. The General Series contains Stifler's resumés, bibliographies and general research material for topics such as the gay and lesbian liberation movement; gay, lesbian and queer art; art in Los Angeles; lesbian and feminist artists; and the Feminist Art Progam at the California Institute of the Arts. The Dissertation Chapter Resources and Notes Series includes material related to specific chapters and sections in Stifler's dissertation. The Slides and Photographs Series comprises images of artworks from lesbian and feminists artists and from the exhibitions "Great American Lesbian Art Show" and "In a Different Light."

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
© 2008
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
(213) 821-2771
askone@usc.edu

Access

The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Publication Rights

Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in writing from ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives as the physical owner. Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder(s) of any copyrights in the materials. Note that ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials directly from the copyright holder(s).

Acquisition Information

Gift of Sarah Stifler, July 14, 2007.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama, December 29, 2008.

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

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Related Materials

Separated Material

The following books have been transferred to the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archive library collection:

Altman, Dennis, et al. Homosexuality, Which Homosexuality? Proc. of International Conference on Gay and Lesbian Studies, 1987, Amsterdam. London: An Dekker/Schorer; GMP Publishers, 1989.

The Gay Liberation Book. Ed. Len Richmond and Gary Noguera. San Francisco: Ramparts Press, 1973.

Homosexuality, Which Homosexuality? Proc. of International Conference on Gay and Lesbian Studies, Dec. 1987, Free University Amsterdam.

Millett, Kate. Flying. New York: Ballantine Books, 1974.

O'Dell, Kathy. Kate Millet, Sculptor: The First 38 Years. New York: Distributed Art Publishers, 1997.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Feminist Studio Workshop
  • Woman's Building

Personal Name(s)

  • Stifler, Sarah

Subject(s)

  • Gay artists
  • Homosexuality and art--United States--California
  • Lesbian artists--United States
  • Lesbian feminism
  • Women artists

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Series 1. General 1967-2002   2.0 linear feet.

Series Scope and Content

This series comprises Stifler's resumés and biographical information, as well as bibliographies, journal articles, newspaper clippings, website printouts, dissertations, book chapters, slides and other material used as general research for Stifler's graduate dissertation. The materials cover such topics as the gay and lesbian liberation movement; gay, lesbian and queer art; feminist art; Los Angeles art; the Lesbian Art Program at CalArts; and prominent lesbian and feminist artists.

 Personal Materials 1999 - 2002 

Box Folder

 Jobs 2000 - 2001 

1 1

 Class syllabi 1999 - 2000 

1 2

 Contact information circa 2001 

1 3

 Handwritten notes 2000 - 2001 

1 4

 GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, vol. 8, no. 1 - 2 2002 

1 5

 Bibliographic 2000 - 2001 

Box Folder

 General 2000 - 2001 

1 6

 Art Abstracts SU: Feminist Art August 2000 

1 7

 Dissertation Citations & Abstracts 2000 

1 8

 First Search: "Lesbian & Art" 2000 

1 9

 Gay / Lesbian Archives 2001 

1 10

 Getty Books: "Feminism & Art" 2000 

1 11

 Lesbian Presence Biblio [sic] 2000 - 2001 

1 12

 USC Books: "Feminism & Art" Homer August 2000 

1 13

 Web Resources On-line Archives 2000 

1 14

 Woman's Building (UCLA) 2000 

1 15

 Womanhouse 2001 

1 16

 Dissertations 1994 - 1998 

Box Folder

 Paper Lesbians: Alternative Publishing and the Politics of Lesbian Representation in the United States, 1950-1990, by Kathryn Tracy Adams August 1994 

1 17

 A World We Have Invented Here: Exploring Community, Identity and Art in the Construction of 'The Farm,' Kate Millet's Feminist Art Colony, 1978-1994, by Anne B. Keating 1995 

1 18

 Building Women's Culture: Feminism and Art at the Los Angeles Woman's Building, by Michelle Marie Moravec 1998   2.0 folders.

1 19 - 20

 Victims of Desire, by Gregory A. Spicer 1997 

2 1

 Sex and Sensibilities: The Aesthetic and Political Struggles Over Women's Representations of the Female Body, 1966-1980, by Margo Hobbs Thompson 1998   3.0 folders.

2 2 - 4

 Gay, lesbian and queer 1970 - 2000 

Box Folder

 Gay liberation movement articles 1970 - 1984 

2 5

 Phelan, Shane. Identity Politics: Lesbian Feminism and the Limits of Community. Philadelphia: Temple University Press 1989 

2 6

 UCLA University Research Library Exhibit Catalog; "With Equal Pride" Gay & Lesbian Studies at UCLA, by Dan Luckenbill 1993 

2 7

 Hope, Trevor. "Sexual Indifference and the Homosexual Male Imaginary." Diacritics, vol. 24, no. 2-3 1994 

2 8

 Typescripts 1995 - 2000 

Box Folder

 The Queer History and Politics of Lesbian and Gay Studies, by George Chancey 1995 

2 9

 Unmasking the Homophile in the 1950s Los Angeles: An Archival Record, by Karen Quimby and Walter Williams. circa 1995 - 2000 

2 10

 Dissertation draft, by Yolanda Retter 1999 

2 11

 Lesbian Activism in Los Angeles, 1970-1979, by Yolanda Retter circa 1995 - 2000 

2 12

 Gay, lesbian, and queer art 1977 - 1998 

Box Folder

 Articles about gay, lesbian and queer art 1977 - 1998   2.0 folders.

3 1 - 2

 "Extended Sensibilities: Homosexual Presence in Contemporary Art," The New Museum 1982 

3 3

 "All But the Obvious," Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) 1990 

3 4

 Recent Lesbian / Gay / Queer Art Shows 1992 - 1996 

3 5

 "part FANTASY [sic]" June 12 - July 11, 1992 

3 6

 "Pervert," curated by Catherine Lord 1995 

3 7

 "Gender, fucked," by David Joselit 1996 

3 8

 Gay and lesbian representation 2001 

Box Folder

 Lesbian rep [sic] in general date unknown 

3 9

 Lesbians and film visibility 2001 

3 10

 Feminism and art 1988 - 2000 

Box Folder

 Fresno Feminist Art Program, "Sexual Fantasies" date unknown 

3 11

 Genders. Austin, Tex: University of Texas Press in cooperation with the University of Colorado at Boulder 1988 

3 12

 Engaging with Irigaray, edited by Carolyn Burke, Naomi Schor & Margaret Whitford circa 1994 

3 13

 New Feminist Criticism: Art, Identity, Action, edited by Joanna Frueh, Cassandra L. Langer & Arlene Raven 1994 

3 14

 Lord, Catherine. "The Feminist Vision Thing: Utopias, Memories, Projects." Whitewalls: A Journal of Language and Art, No. 33-34 1994 

3 15

 Domesticity of women & artists 1999 

3 16

 Domesticity & lesbians 2000 

3 17

 Feminist Art Program at California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts) 1971 - 2001 

Box Folder

 Cal Arts 1992 

3 18

 Cal Arts Feminist Art Program 1971 - 1993 

Box Folder

 General 1971 - 1993   3.0 folders.

3 19-20

 General 1971 - 1993 

7 1

 Student writing and evaluations 1971 

3 21

 Chicago, Judy 1971 - 2001 

Box Folder

 Archive 2001 

4 1

 Early interviews & articles 1971 - 1976 

4 2
Box Folder

 Feminist Art Workshop 1998 

4 3

 Womanhouse & Cal Arts 1972 - 1995 

4 4

 Lesbian Artists 1967 - 2000 

Box Folder

 Bamber, Judie 1991 - 2000 

4 5

 Chicago, Judy 2000 

4 6

 Klein, Jeannette 1996 - 2000 

Box Folder

 Klein, Jenny 1996 - 1997 

4 7

 Excavating the Goddess in the Nineties 1998 

4 8

 Articles 2000 

4 9

 Millett, Kate 1967 - 1998 

Box Folder

 Articles 1967 - 1996 

4 10

 FLAP: Feminist, Literary, Artistic & Political Dimensions of Kate Millet's Sculpture 1967 - 1998   40.0 slides.

4 11 - 12

 Lesbian Photographers 1970 - 1998 

Box Folder

 Corinne, Tee. 1970 - 1992 

4 13

 Marion Post Wolcott, FSA Photographs 1983 

4 14

 Lesbian Photography on the U.S. West Coast 1970 - 1997, by Tee A. Corinne 1998 

4 15

 Los Angeles Art 1983 - 1993 

Box Folder

 Eco, Umberto. Travels in Hypereality. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1983. (translated from Italian) 1983 

5 1

 King, Margaret. "Never Land or Tomorrowland?" Museum 43, No. 1 (1991): 6 - 8 1991 

5 2

 Sorkin, Michael. "See you in Disneyland." Design Quarterly, No. 154 (Winter 1992): 5 - 13 1992 

5 3

 L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art and the Body of Marilyn Monroe, by Jo-Anne Berelowitz 1993 

5 4

 Protecting High Culture in Los Angeles: MOCA and the Ideology of Urban Redevelopment, by Jo-Anne Berelowitz 1993 

5 5
Box Folder

 Newman, Barnett. "The Sublime Is Now" articles date unknown 

5 6

 Special Journals 1990 - 2000 

Box Folder

 Journal of Aesthetics & Art Criticism; Feminism Issue 1990 

5 7

 Art Journal; Feminist Art Issue 1991 

5 8

 Art Papers, vol. 18, no. 4 July - August 1994 

5 9

 Art Papers; Lesbian Issue November - December 1994 

5 10

 October - "Feminist Issues" 1995 

5 11

 Art Journal; Gay & Lesbian Issue 1996 

5 12

 Molesworth, Helen articles 1998 - 2000 

5 13

 Mira Schor, "Contemp. [sic] Feminism" Art Journal 1999 

5 14

 Eve K. Sedgwick, "What Isn't Gender" 2000 

5 15

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Series 2:  Series 2. Dissertation Chapter Resources and Notes 1970-2001   0.7 linear foot.

Series Scope and Content

This series comprises photocopies of journals, newspapers, books, correspondence, flyers, pamphlets and other documents used as sources for specific chapters and sections in Stifler's doctoral dissertation. The materials include information about the Los Angeles Woman's Building, the Feminist Studio Workshop, the Great American Lesbian Art Show, video and performance art, and lesbian and feminist artists.

 Early Articles 1970s 1971 - 1981 

Box Folder

 General 1975 - 1981 

5 16

 LA Council of Women Artists Report (and article from LA Times) 1971 

5 17

 Womanspace Journal 1973 

5 18

 Womanspace and Womanspace Journal 1973 

5 19

 Early Feminist Art Journal 1975 

5 20

 "The Pains & Pleasures of Rebirth: Women's Body Art," by Lucy Lippard 1976 

5 21

 Lawrence Alloway & responses 1976 

5 22

 Woman's Building (General) 1973 - 2001 

Box Folder

 General 1977 - 2001 

5 23

 Woman's Building Archive; Archive of American Art 2001 

5 24

 Articles about the Woman's Building 1973 - 1992 

6 1

 Gallery schedule 1976 - 1977 

6 2

 Personal letters, resumés 1977 

6 3

 "What is Feminist Art?" Responses to question asked for exhibition at [Woman's] Building circa 1977 

6 4

 Chapter #2 FSW [Feminist Studio Workshop] 1974 - 1981 

Box Folder

 State incorporation, bylaws 1974 

6 5

 CR [consciousness-raising] 1978 

6 6

 Correspondence 1974 - 1978 

Box Folder

 Chicago / Raven / Iskin / De Bretteville correspondence & conflict 1974 - 1976 

6 7

 Letters about FSW 1978 

6 8
Box Folder

 Curriculum / Syllabus 1976 - 1980 

6 9

 Lippard & Raven on FSW 1977 

6 10

 Program descriptions 1980 

6 11

 Proposed pedogogy & evaluations 1979 - 1981 

6 12

 Woman's Building Educational Programs 1976 - 1978 

6 13

 Feminist Studio Workshop, Lesbian-Related Material 1976 - 1981 

Box Folder

 Hammond, Harmony, "Class Notes" date unknown. 

6 14

 Iskin, Ruth articles 1976 

6 15

 Iskin, Ruth and Arlene Raven, "Through the Peephole" 1977 

6 16

 Lesbian Art Project 1979 

6 17

 Lesbian curriculum at FSW (Lesbian Art Project) 1979 - 1981 

6 18

 Lesbian imagery (examples of) from WGC 1978 

6 19

 Lesbian students of FSW, correspondence: Stifter, et al 1979 - 1981 

6 20

 Los Angeles Herald Examiner; Anti-Lesbian 1979 

6 21

 Stifter, Catherine, "Lesbian Creative Community" 1979 

6 22

 Chapter #3 Video / Performances 1977 - 1998 

Box Folder

 Dougherty, Cecilia. "Stories from a generation: early video at the LA Woman's Building." Afterimage, vol. 26, no. 1 1998 

6 23

 "Femina," by Terry Wolverton 1978 

6 24

 Film at the Woman's Building LAWVC [Los Angeles Women's Video Center] circa 1977 

6 25

 An Oral Herstory of Lesbianism 1979 

6 26

 Performance Art 1978 

6 27

 Video Project, PSAs 1977 - 1979 

6 28

 Chapter #4 GALAS 1970 - 2000 

Box Folder

 General 1979 - 1980 

7 2 (oversize)

 Early Lesbian Art; Lesbian Art Project, etc 1970 - 2000 

6 29

 Artists 1977 - 1978 

Box Folder

 Lakich, Lili 1978 

6 30

 Millett, Kate 1977 

6 31

 Late Articles 1984 

Box Folder

 From History to Action; Woman's Building Anniversary Lippard 1984 

6 32

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Series 3:  Series 3. Slides and Photographs 1980-2000   0.1 linear foot

Series Scope and Content

This series comprises slides and photographs of artworks from a variety of artists and art exhibitions, including the "Great American Lesbian Art Show" and "In a Different Light," an art exhibit that highlighted the influence of gay and lesbian experience on 20th century American art.

Box Folder

 Baca, Judy 1981 - 1996   22.0 slides.

7 3

 Ewing, Lee B circa 1995 - 2000   12 photographs : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.

7 4

 Great American Lesbian Art Show (GALAS) circa 1980   13.0 slides.

7 5

 In a Different Light [exhibition] circa 1995   28.0 slides.

7 6

 Various artworks dates unknown   17.0 slides.

7 7

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