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Alida Walsh papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00628

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

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research 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Copyright to unpublished works is owned by Mary Walsh Brand. Copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, or which may regard materials in the collection not created by Alida Walsh, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

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.

Extent

8.584 linear feet (9 containers)

Abstract

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.

Processing Information

Accessioned by Burd Schlessinger, 2008.

Title
Finding aid to Alida Walsh papers
Status
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Author
Finding aid prepared by Burd Schlessinger
Date
2009; 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:20-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2020-03-20: Description added and finding aid updated to current standards

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

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