Linda Stein papers
Scope and Contents
The Linda Stein papers document the evolution of Stein's work both as an artist and as a political activist; her dialogue with other artists, peers and family; public events; her personal thoughts, and private life. The collection includes exhibition catalogs and announcements, press coverage, work documentation, lectures and presentations, writings, speeches, diaries and journals, correspondence, videos, and photographs.
Dates of Materials
- Creation: 1950-2019
- Stein, Linda (Person)
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.
Conditions Governing Use
The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by the creator of this collection. Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.
Biographical / Historical
Linda Stein is an artist-activist, lecturer, writer, performer, video artist and educator. From 1965-1972 Stein was an art teacher at Deer Park High School on Long Island, NY. From 1972-1979, she became Artist in Residence in the Deer Park School District, receiving yearly BOCES grants. Then in 1979 and for 25 years thereafter, Stein supported her “habit” of art as the founding president of the highly successful Calligraphy Studios Inc, a business in Manhattan doing work for Tiffany, Cartier, and many celebrities and corporations around the world.
Starting in 2010, under the auspices of HAWT, her exhibition The Fluidity of Gender: Sculpture by Linda Stein, started to travel nationally, accompanied by her feminist lecture: “The Chance to be Brave, The Courage to Dare.” In 2015, a second traveling event called Holocaust Heroes: Fierce Females—Tapestries and Sculpture by Linda Stein was launched. Other traveling exhibitions are in progress, including Displacement from Home: What to Leave, What to Take –Sculpture by Linda Stein and Exploring, Exploding, Expanding Expression: Masculinities/Femininities, Sexism (tentative title). Stein seeks to engage audiences, educators and students through participatory activities that involve performances, dialogue and curricular components.
Stein has been represented by Flomenhaft Gallery in Manhattan, New York and Longstreth Goldberg in Naples, Florida. She has also been exhibiting with the Anita Shapolsky Gallery since 1991. Her Art papers are at Smith College Archives, Sophia Smith Collection. Stein is Founding President of the non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, Have Art: Will Travel! (HAWT) Her art addresses core issues of empowerment by focusing on the ever-expanding continuum between masculinity and femininity, oppression and bullying.
Stein has been selected as one of the 2018 “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s eNews. The New York City Art Teachers Association (NYCATA) honored Stein with their 2017 Artist of the Year Award. And in 2016 the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) has awarded Stein as the Artist Honoree for her “Outstanding Contribution to the Arts.” For further information, see: https://www.lindastein.com/about/.
Biography written by Linda Stein, 2019
1,767.94 Gigabytes (digital files)
13.042 linear feet (18 containers)
Linda Stein is a visual artist, feminist, and political activist. She is the founder and president of Have Art: Will Travel! Inc. (HAWT) and of the Art Club in Tribeca, New York City. The papers document the evolution of Stein's work both as an artist and as a political activist; her dialogue with other artists, peers and family; public events; her personal thoughts, and private life. The collection includes exhibition catalogs and announcements, press coverage, work documentation, lectures and presentations, writings, speeches, diaries and journals, correspondence, videos, and photographs.
This collection has been added to over time in multiple "accessions." An accession is a group of materials received from the same source at approximately the same time.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
This collection contains content that was received from the donor in digital form and is not currently available online. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request access.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by Linda Stein, 2003-2017.
Accessioned by Burd Schlessinger, 2008.
Accession 2020-S-0001 material arrived from Linda Stein's studio arranged into thematic sections (sub-series). Linda Stein's studio also provided description of all sub-series and files in Accession 2020-S-0001. Finding aid updated with supplied description by Althea Topek in September 2020.
Between September 2022 and February 2023, Smith College Special Collections renumbered many boxes to eliminate duplicate numbers within collections in order to improve researcher experience. A full crosswalk of old to new numbers is available.
- Finding aid to Linda Stein papers
- Finding aid prepared by Burd Schlessinger; Ellice Yasner Amanna
- 2008, 2020
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
- 2017-07-26T17:48:19-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
- 2020-03-24: Description added and finding aid updated to current standards
- 2020-08-31: Accession 2020-S-0001 added to the finding aid
- 2022-11-18: Added donor provided description of 2008 donation
Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository
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