Alida Walsh papers
Scope and Contents
The papers include artwork by Alida Walsh, including copies of her films and other audiovisual media; photographs, slides, color photocopies, writings, and correspondence of and pertaining to her work; and posters, reviews, and press releases for her exhibitions. Includes oversize birthday card/drawing by Kate Millett.
Dates of Materials
- 1960 - 2000
- Walsh, Alida (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
Copyright to unpublished works is owned by Mary Walsh Brand. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.
Biographical / Historical
Alida Walsh was the daughter of Grace Farwell and Elmer Michael Walsh. She had a sister, Mary (Brand), and two brothers, Charles and Michael. Walsh earned her BS at Northwestern University in 1955 and her MFA at San Diego University in 1956. She was a visual artist working in sculpture, film and multi-media, and was a member of Women Artists in Revolution. Her best-known sculptures are Earth, Mother, Goddess and Walking Nude Mirror. Walsh exhibited in the first all-women art exhibit titled X-12 in New York City in 1969, and co-founded Women Artist Filmmakers in 1973. Her films include The Martyrdom of Marilyn Monroe, and Happy Birthday, I'm 40, an autobiographical film, as well as Women Bound and Unbound, a multimedia performance presented at the National Women's Conference in Houston and funded by the Ms Foundation. One of the founding members of Women/Artist/Filmmakers, Inc., Walsh was assistant professor at Montclair State University for twenty-six years, where she taught film history, and film and video as art forms; she also taught at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York City. Walsh died in December 2006 in Schenectady, New York, from complications due to a heart aneurysm.
8 boxes (8.5 linear feet)
Alida Walsh was an artist, filmmaker, feminist, and professor of film studies. Artwork by Alida Walsh, including copies of her films and other audiovisual media; photographs, slides, color photocopies, writings, and correspondence of and pertaining to her work; and posters, reviews, and press releases for her exhibitions.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Alida Walsh Papers were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by her sister, Mary Walsh Brand in 2008.
Accessioned by Burd Schlessinger, 2008.
- DVD-Video discs
- Feminism and motion pictures
- Feminism in art
- Motion pictures
- Sound recordings
- Walsh, Alida
- Women artists -- United States
- Women artists -- United States
- Women in art
- Women in the motion picture industry
- Women/Artist/Filmmakers, Inc (New York, N.Y.)
- press releases
- Finding aid to Alida Walsh papers
- Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
- Finding aid prepared by Burd Schlessinger
- 2009; 2020
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- 2020-03-20: Description added and finding aid updated to current standards
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