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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

  • 1960 - 2000

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections (specialcollections@smith.edu) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

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Copyright to unpublished works is owned by Mary Walsh Brand.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.

Extent

8 boxes (8.5 linear feet)

Overview

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.

Creator

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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