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Freda Leinwand Collection

 Collection
Identifier: SC07

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection consists of photographs, posters, books, and t-shirts of photographer, Freda Leinwand. Many of the photographs depict the Women's Liberation Movement and Women's Literary Salons that took place in New York City in the 1970s and 1980s.

The Women's Literary Salon was founded in 1975 by Marilyn Coffey, Erica Duncan, Karen Malpede, and Gloria Orenstein with the purpose of presenting readings, art, and performances created by women to an audience of women scholars, artists, and writers. In addition to the aforementioned Salon founders, many notable figures are depicted in Leinwand's photographs. These women include Judy Chicago, Barbara Deming, Audre Lorde, Meridel Le Sueur, Adrienne Rich, Susan Schwalb, Merlin Stone, Carole Rosenthal, Alida Walsh, Nina Yankowitz, and Susan Yankowitz.

The remainder of the photography and poster collection is comprised of photographs Leinwand took for textbooks and images of her travels to Puerto Rico, Mexico, Ireland, California, and the Arizona desert. In her textbook photography, Leinwand expressed a particular interest in depicting women at work, specifically those employed in jobs commonly understood at the time to be "non-traditional" women's work. In most cases the photographs are undated and unlabeled.



Freda Leinwand's book collection includes many seminal feminist texts, photography manuals, textbooks, and art books of photography. In most cases, the textbooks are those that include Leinwand's images. Many of the photography books are compilations of women photographers, which also includes a number of issues of Aperture and Photography Annual magazines.



The t-shirt collection contains ten shirts printed with feminist slogans. There are images of women wearing similar shirts included in the collection.



The complete collection of photographs and Leinwand's personal papers are held at the Radcliffe Institute’s Schlesinger Library in Cambridge, MA.

Dates

  • 1947 - 2007
  • Majority of material found within 1967 - 1988

Creator

Access

This collection has no restrictions.

Publication Rights

Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the donor and copyright holder, Kim Erle. Upon her death copyright will be transferred to the President and Fellows at Harvard College.

Reproductions Restrictions

Permission to reproduce material from the collection must be requested from the donor and copyright holder, Kim Erle. Upon her death copyright will be transferred to the President and Fellows at Harvard College.

Biography

Freda Leinwand was a photographer noted for documenting the Women's Liberation Movement in the 1970s and 1980s. Leinwand was one of the original tenants of the West Village's Westbeth Artist Housing in New York City, where she lived until her death in 2012. Many of her photographs depict the Women's Literary Salons that were often held at Westbeth.

Although she spent much of her time photographing the Women's Movement, Leinwand made her living taking photographs for textbooks, and expressed a particular interest in depicting women working in "non-traditional" jobs. Prior to her work as a photographer, Leinwand worked as a film editor for 20th Century Fox and MGM Telestudios, and went on to pursue photography at both Columbia University and the New School, where she studied with Ralph Hattersley, Joseph Breitenbac, and Marion Palfi.

Sources:
http://www.publicartinla.com/womens_salons/
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?pid=158308625#fbLoggedOut
http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/schlesinger-library/blog/freda-leinwand

Extent

15 Linear Feet (8 records boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 5 bankers boxes )

Abstract

The collection consists of the photographs, posters, books, and t-shirts of the photographer, Freda Leinwand.

Collection Arrangement

The records are arranged in three series. The series arrangement of the records is as follows:


Series 1, Photographs and Posters, 1967-1988
Series 2, Books, 1947-2007
Series 3, T-shirts, undated

Physical Location

This collection is located in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, Barnard Library. To use this collection, please contact the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at 212.854.4079 or archives@barnard.edu.

Acquisition Information

Photography collection donated to the Archives by Kim Erle. T-shirt, poster, and book collection donated to the Archives by Karin Leinwand.

Related Collections

Freda Leinwand's personal papers and her complete photography collection is held at Radcliffe Institute's Schlesinger Library: http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/schlesinger-library/blog/freda-leinwand

Additional information on Women's Literary Salons, which includes Freda Leinwand's photographs, is located at the Women's Literary Salons Archive: http://www.publicartinla.com/womens_salons/

Processing History

This collection was processed and the finding aid written by Heather Lember in June, 2013.


Descriptive Rules Used: Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard


Encoding:
Title
Guide to the Freda Leinwand Collection
Status
In Progress
Author
Heather Lember
Date
©2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

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