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Works by Women: A Film and Video Festival

Identifier: BC28-1

Collection Scope and Content Summary

Box contains correspondence, programs, posters, clippings, and press releases regarding the Works by Women Film and Video Festival. Correspondence regarding budget cuts and cancellation are also included.


  • Creation: 1977 - 1992


This collection has no restrictions. This collection is located on-site.

Publication Rights

Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Barnard College Archives. The Barnard College Archives approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Reproduction Restrictions

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes.

Historical Note

Works by Women was an annual Barnard film and video festival that ran from February 1977 to October 1990. The festival was begun by Barnard’s Women’s Center and received funding from the Barnard College library. Works by Women originally focused on showcasing films and videos containing feminist themes, such as Marie Ashton’s The Yellow Wallpaper and Lynda Benglis’ Female Sensibility. Each year a few of the filmmakers would visit Barnard to speak about their films in conjunction with the screenings. 1982 marked a shift in focus from explicitly feminist work to any films by women of artistic value. While many of the films shown were still largely feminist, others, such as Mira Nair’s Salaam Bombay! and Maren Erskine’s Hell’s Kitchen Chronicle, focused on themes such as loss of childhood and urban redevelopment respectively. Some years advertised specific themes-- in 1979, the Works by Women had an international theme, and in 1988 the festival promoted itself as “a salute to the arts”, showcasing films related to the arts world. Most years, however, the festival simply celebrated women’s filmmaking. The final Works by Women festival took place in October 1990. Due to budget cuts, the library could no longer fund Works by Women in the years following, leading to cancellation of the festival.


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This collection consists ofmaterials from the Works by Women Film Festival that took place annually from 1977 to 1990. This collection includes programs from each festival year, as well as press releases, clipping, and correspondence with artists and administrators.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically.

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

Acquisition Information

Transferred from Media Services, Wollman Library.


No additions are expected.

Processing History

This collection was processed and the finding aid written by archives assistant Stephanie Mannheim in May 2011

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

Encoding: Machine readable finding aid encoded in EAD 2002.

Finding aid written in English.

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Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

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