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Sharon Irish Women Artists Ephemera collection

Identifier: SC32

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The collection contains promotional, fundraising, and communications materials (show cards, newsletters, brochures); catalogs of exhibitions; resumes; correspondence with Irish; slides and other images of artworks; and other artist ephemera exchanged between artists and Irish. Artists represented include Jerri Allyn, Betsy Damon, Mary Beth Edelson, Bonnie Fortune, Janet Goldner, Freda Guttman, Marylee Hardenbergh, Donna Henes, Sarah Kanouse with Shiloh Krupar, Sabra Moore, Claire Pentecost, Sarah Ross, and Faith Wilding, among other artists. Also included are booklets for the Women's Caucus for Art Honor Awards.


  • Creation: 1972 - 2014


This collection has no restrictions.

Publication Rights

Copyright is retained by original copyright holders; permission must be requested to publish materials from this collection.

Reproduction Restrictions

Reproductions can be made for research purposes.

Historical Background

Art and architectural historian Sharon Irish received her PhD in architectual history from Northwestern in 1990 and subsequently became involved in the Women's Caucus for Art (WCA), connecting her art historical study with feminist politics. In 1991, she began reaching out to women artists, at first working from speakers at the 1990 WCA Conference, to acquire slides of their work for her teaching. As she continued her scholarship, working on a book about American artist Suzanne Lacy, she grew her network of acquaintances. She held onto ephemera and other materials that these artists sent to her, which form this collection.


.3 Linear Feet (1 document box)




The Sharon Irish Women Artists Ephemera collection includes ephemeral materials collected by art historian Sharon Irish from primarily white, U.S.-based women artists in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Collection Arrangement

The collection is arranged by individual artist, as received from Sharon Irish.

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

Donated to the archives by Sharon Irish, 2024.

Appraisal Note

Women's Caucus for Art Honor Awards booklets from 2001-2013 were removed from the collection and added to the WCA collection at Rutgers.


Accruals are not expected.

Related Collections

Additional materials related to artist Sabra Moore may be found in SC16, Sabra Moore NYC Women's Art Movement Collection ( and SC22, Connections Project/ Conexus Exhibition Documentation and Artwork (

Women's Caucus for Art Records are held by Rutgers University Archives and Special Collections at New Brunswick (

Processing History

This collection was processed and the finding aid written by Martha Tenney in May 2024, using an inventory created by Sharon Irish. Descriptive Rules Used: Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard. Finding aid written in English.

Guide to the Sharon Irish Women Artists Ephemera collection
Martha Tenney, Sharon Irish
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

3009 Broadway
New York NY 10027 United States