Freda Leinwand Collection
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.
- Creation: 1947 - 2007
- Creation: Majority of material found within 1967 - 1988
- Leinwand, Freda (Person)
This collection has no restrictions.
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.
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.
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.
15 Linear Feet (8 records boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 5 bankers boxes )
The collection consists of the photographs, posters, books, and t-shirts of the photographer, Freda Leinwand.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photography collection donated to the Archives by Kim Erle. T-shirt, poster, and book collection donated to the Archives by Karin Leinwand.
This collection was processed and the finding aid written by Heather Lember in June, 2013.
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