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Descriptive Summary

Organization History

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Administration

Firehouse Gallery

Newsletters

Exhibitions

Events

Fundraising

Members

Finances

Conferences

Photographs

Posters

Clippings

General Visual Arts (GVA)

University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Houston Women's Caucus for Art Records, 1978-1997



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Women's Caucus for Art. Houston Chapter.
Title: Houston Women's Caucus for Art Records
Dates: 1978-1997
Abstract: The National Women's Caucus for Art grew out of a discussion on gender at an art conference in San Francisco in 1972. The National Women's Conference in 1977 inspired women in Houston's artistic community to form their own chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art. The records consist of photographs, newsletters, grant applications, financial records, conference and art exhibition information.
Identification: 1999-006
Quantity: 24 boxes; 12.5 linear feet
Repository: Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Organization History

The surge of woman-centered activity that came in the wake of the 1977 National Women's Conference inspired women in Houston's artistic community to bind together and form their own chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art. Papers for the National Women's Conference are held by the Women's Archive and Research Center, Special Collections, M.D. Anderson Library, University of Houston, Houston, Texas. The National Women's Caucus for Art had grown out of a discussion on gender at an art conference in San Francisco, California in 1972. The national organization's stated purpose was “to win parity in the valuation of works by women; to create new opportunities for women to document, produce and exhibit works, and to assemble for the exchange of ideas, experience and constructive criticism.” “Background of the Women's Caucus for Art,” Houston Women's Caucus for Art Collection, Women's Archive and Research Center, Special Collections, M.D. Anderson Library, University of Houston.On January 10, 1978, the Houston Women's Caucus for Art expanded that mission to Houston and held its first organizational meeting. In 1980, the state of Texas recognized the group as a non-profit organization.

Meetings were held monthly, and membership quickly expanded. Members elected a board of directors, or executive board. The positions in this board have varied over the years, but consisted of a president, program coordinator, secretary, treasurer, exhibition coordinator, publicity coordinator, membership coordinator, newsletter editor, and special events coordinator in 1997. The board makes all of the major decisions for the organization; however, officers welcome input from a community advisory board and all members.

While the Caucus first met in the household of one of its members, the organization soon realized the need for a larger meeting space. Preferably, this space should have a gallery in which members could hold exhibitions. To obtain this, the Caucus joined other Montrose area organizations in the Neartown Association. This neighborhood community group helped to preserve and restore an old Montrose fire station at 1413 Westheimer, which became the meeting and exhibition hall for all groups. By 1983, the Caucus proved to be the most frequent user of the facility, and signed a long-term lease. In 1998, Harris County purchased the Firehouse and the Caucus continued to sublet its space as a gallery for experimental, up and coming, and member artists until 1999. During 1999, the county decided to use the entire building as office space, and so the Caucus relocated to 3015 Richmond, Suite 270, in the Upper Kirby Building. The Caucus has an office and a large meeting room available, but presently does not have a space which can be used as a gallery.

The Caucus has remained true to its purposes in the two decades of its existence. The group sponsors local artists through individual, group, and member shows. The organization has also helped to bring many artists of national renown and controversy to Houston, such as Matuschka, Judy Chicago, and Karen Finley. Not only has the Caucus shown a commitment to artistic expression, but it has also shown a commitment to feminist activism. Exhibitions have included artwork by survivors of domestic violence and art promoting awareness of breast cancer. Furthermore, the very existence of the HWCA has allowed many women an exhibition space that would otherwise be denied to them due to gender and racial discrimination in the art world.

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Scope and Contents

The papers for the Houston Women's Caucus for Art (HWCA) date from its founding in 1978 to 1997. Some items, however, pre-date this period. The largest portion of the papers is devoted to photos and to art exhibitions sponsored by the Caucus. The next largest portion includes newsletters, grant applications and fundraising, financial records, and conferences. The remainder of the papers is devoted to information pertaining to the business of the Caucus, membership, and the visual arts in Houston. Many of the items located in this collection do not specifically deal with the HWCA. Some drift toward general art news, activism, arts organizations, or other chapters of the National Women's Caucus for Art. These materials have been retained in order to give researchers a sense of the networking, interests, and activities of the Caucus beyond the confines of the Firehouse.

The collection has thirteen series: Administration, Firehouse Gallery, Newsletters, Exhibitions, Events, Fundraising, Members, Finances, Conferences, Photos, Posters, Clippings, and General Visual Arts. The original arrangement varied according to year. Generally, previous record keepers tended to organize the documents around fundraising, particularly grant applications, and around the art shows sponsored by the Caucus. This current organization was imposed by the archivist, and follows a topical arrangement. In the future, the archival staff may add new material to the end of each series and sub-series.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use Restrictions

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian.

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Index Terms

Terms are either Library of Congress Subject Headings or taken from local sources.

Subjects (Organizations)

Women's Caucus for Art
Women's Caucus for Art. Houston Chapter.

Subjects

Women Societies and clubs -- Texas -- Houston.
Women in community organization -- Texas -- Houston.
Feminism and the arts
Women artists

Formats

Records
Photographs
Newsletters

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Houston Women's Caucus for Art Records, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.

Acquisition

Donated by Houston Women's Caucus for Art, 1999

Processed by

Leigh Fought, June 1999

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Detailed Description

 

Administration

Information on the formation and business operation of the Houston Women's Caucus for Art from 1978 to 1998 lies in the Organization series. This series contains thirty-two folders and five sub-series: Board, Correspondence, Documentation, Meetings, and Office. The Board sub-series includes rosters of the officers for the Community Advisory board and the Executive Board, as well as descriptions of board positions. This sub-series also contains two folders, President (Joy Mullet), and Chapter Representative, that duplicate most of the information found throughout the collection. These two folders have been kept intact, as they were found in the original order of the collection, in order to give researchers insight into the activity of a president and chapter representative through the course of their tenure. The Correspondence sub-series contains all general correspondence to HWCA. Letters referring to specific events or grants were kept in those categories. The Documentation sub-series includes such official organizational information as the by-laws, articles of incorporation, mission statement, various guidelines, and the official history of the HWCA. The Meetings sub-series contains the outline for the original meeting of the HWCA, and the announcements, agenda, and minutes for subsequent meetings. This set is incomplete. The Office sub-series includes media mailing lists, notes scribbled on scrap paper, information on office supplies and printers, and the address for the HWCA web site.
Documentation
box folder
1 1 Mission Statement, undated [c. 1980-1995]
2 History, 1982-1996, undated
3 Articles of Incorporation, 1980
4 By-laws, 1979-1995
5 Chapter Organization Guidelines, undated [c. 1978-1980]
6 Affirmative Action Policy, 1988, 1992
7 Women's Business Enterprises Certification, 1987-1988
8 Ethics Guidelines, undated
Correspondence
box folder
1 9 Correspondence, 1978-1989
10 Correspondence, 1990-1997, undated
Board
box folder
1 11 Community Advisory Board, 1980-1992, undated
12 Executive Board, 1981-1997, undated
13 President, 1981, 1992-1993, undated
14 President (Joy Mullet), January-June 1996
15 Chapter Representative, 1992-1995
16 Committees, undated
17 Position Descriptions, 1995
Meetings
box folder
1 18 Suggested Procedures for First Meeting, January 10, 1978
19 Meetings, 1978-1989
20 Meetings, 1990-1992
21 Meetings, 1993-1994
22 Meetings, 1995-1996
box folder
2 1 National, 1982
2 National, 1995-1996
Office
box folder
2 3 Brochures, undated [c. 1980-1995]
4 Media Mailing Lists, 1993-1997, undated
5 Miscellaneous Notes, undated
6 Office Supply Catalogs, 1995-1997, undated
7 Printing Sources, undated
8 Shipping/Mailing Information, 1981, 1987, 1996, undated
9 Stationary, undated [c. 1980-1998]
10 Web Site, undated [c. 1997]

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Firehouse Gallery

The HWCA held exhibitions and meetings in the old Firehouse building on Westheimer Road until 1999. This series contains information relating to that building from its renovation as a community center in 1980, through the HWCA use and upkeep of the facility until 1999. The series contains fifteen folders, organized alphabetically by subject: Alarm System, Expenses, Floor Plans, Gallery Agreements, Gallery Sitters, Insurance, Lease Agreement, Parking, Neartown Association, Renovation, Sign, Use.
box folder
2 11 Alarm System, undated [c. 1984]
12 Expenses, 1985-1986, undated
13 Floor Plans, 1984, undated
14 Gallery Agreements, 1982-1995, undated
15 Gallery Sitters, undated
16 Insurance, 1982-1986
17 Insurance, 1996
18 Insurance, 1997
19 Lease Agreement, 1991
20 Lease Agreement, undated [c. 1996]
21 Parking, 1989, undated
22 Neartown Association, 1984-1993, undated
23 Renovation, 1981-1983, undated
box folder
3 1 Sign, 1991
2 Use, 1980-1989, 1995, undated

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Newsletters

The Newsletters series includes sixty-one folders spanning the years 1978 to 1997. They are divided into four sub-series: Houston, Chapters, Regional, and National. The National newsletter changed titles several times, from simply Newsletter, to Hue Points, to Update. An incomplete set of these can be found in the National sub-series. Researchers wishing to find a full set of National newsletters should refer to the National Women's Caucus for Art archives in New Jersey. The Regional sub-series contains only one folder, and is not specific to any region. The Chapters sub-series contains newsletters for various WCA chapters throughout the nation. This sub-series is arranged alphabetically according to state, then according to chapter within that state. None of the sets of these newsletters are complete, and researchers should refer to those individual chapters for more information. Although the National, Regional, and Chapter subseries do not contain all of the newsletters for those organizations, they have been retained in this collection in order for researchers to ascertain the interaction of the HWCA with their sister organizations throughout the nation. The Houston sub-series contains an incomplete set of newsletters for the HWCA, arranged chronologically. This set is almost complete, missing most of 1986, 1987, 1989, and 1990.
Houston
box folder
3 3 Houston, 1978
4 Houston, 1979
5 Houston, 1980
6 Houston, 1981
7 Houston, 1982
8 Houston, 1983
9 Houston, 1984
10 Houston, 1985
11 Houston, 1986 (June)
12 Houston, 1987 (March, October, December)
13 Houston, 1988
14 Houston, 1989 (May)
15 Houston, 1990 (September)
16 Houston, 1991
17 Houston, 1992
18 Houston, 1993
19 Houston, 1994
20 Houston, 1995
21 Houston, 1996
22 Houston, 1997
Chapters
box folder
3 23 Arizona, 1982, 1992-1993
24 California - Northern, 1983-1995
25 California - San Francisco Bay Area, 1992-1993
26 California - Southern, 1983, 1991-1994
27 Colorado, 1994
28 Connecticut, 1992, 1994
29 Florida - Miami, 1983-1984, 1991-1996
30 Florida - Sarasota, 1993, 1994
box folder
4 1 Illinois - Chicago, 1989, 1993, 1994
2 Indiana, 1989, 1992
3 Iowa - Central, 1990-1994
4 Louisiana - New Orleans, 1982-1984
5 Massachusetts - Boston, 1994
6 Massachusetts - Valley, 1991
7 Minnesota - Twin Cities, undated
8 Missouri - St. Louis, 1979, 1983
9 Nebraska, 1992-1994
10 New Jersey, 1983-1984
11 New Mexico, 1993-1994
12 New York - Albany, 1992
13 New York - Hudson Valley, 1992-1994
14 New York - New York City, 1983, 1984, 1992-1994
15 Ohio, 1990-1994
16 Oregon, 1992, 1993
17 Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, 1979, 1989-1990
18 Pennsylvania - Philadelphia/New Jersey/Delaware, 1992-1993
19 Texas - Dallas, 1991-1994
20 Texas - San Antonio, 1992-1994
21 Vermont, 1982-1984, 1989-1994
22 Virginia - Richmond, 1983, 1985, 1989, 1993
23 Washington, D.C., 1979, 1992, 1993
24 Washington - Seattle, 1989-1993
25 Wisconsin, 1989-1991
26 Wisconsin - Central, 1992-1993
Regional
box folder
4 27 Regional, 1990-1994
National
box folder
4 28 National, 1978-1979
29 Newsletter, 1980-1981
30 Hue Points, 1982, 1984
31 Update, 1986-1989
32 Update, 1990-1992
33 Update, 1993-1995

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Exhibitions

The Exhibitions series includes information, programs, invitations, and correspondence regarding exhibitions sponsored by the Caucus. The series contains eighty-nine folders, covering the years 1981 through 1997, and is divided into seven sub-series: Annex, Houston Area, Firehouse, Member Show, Out of Town, Proposed, and Schedule of Events. The shows in these sub-series are arranged chronologically.
Schedule of Events
box folder
5 1 Schedule of Events, 1979-February 1997
Member Show
box folder
5 2 1980, March 1980
3 1981 [?], October 10-28, 1981 [?]
4 1984, February-June 1984
5 "Self-Images," April 5-May 10, 1985
6 "Self-Images," - Loan Agreements, April 5-May 10, 1985
7 Austin, TX, June 4-24, 1989
8 "Revealing Ourselves," September 1991
9 "Common Denominator," September 15-October 9, 1992
10 "SisterSister: Who We Are," September 9-October 15, 1994
11 "SisterSister: Who We Are" - San Antonio, TX, January 8-28, 1995
12 "Power in Transition," February 1-March 31, 1995
13 "Out of the Cold," September 30-October 29, 1995
14 "Personal Alchemy," September 6-October 12, 1997
Firehouse
box folder
5 15 Dedication Exhibit August 1982-May 1983
16 "Traces," December 1982-January 1983
17 "Swamp Songs" - Clyde Connell, September 20-October 27, 1984
18 "Paper Tiger," November 2-December 1, 1984
19 "Homages in Clay" - Jose Varela, December 1984-January 1985
20 "Private Rites," January 22-February 23, 1985
21 "Innovative Prints," March 8-April 12, 1985
22 "Some Things Are Not What They Seem," May 21-June 22, 1985
23 "Men of the Women's Caucus," October 4-30, 1985
24 "Passageways" - Karen Hillier, November 5-27, 1985
25 "The Neverending Story," January 1986
26 "Contemporary Women in Documentary Photography," March 1-29, 1986
27 "Herstory: Black Women Photographers," March 4-25, 1988
28 "At Twelve" - Sally Mann, February 10-March 10, 1990
box folder
6 1 "Boxworks: Ancestors Known and Unknown," May 7-June 1, 1991
2 "Wallpaper" - Annette Lawrence, October 11-November 10, 1991
3 "Desperately Seeking...," April 14-18, 1992
4 Guest books, 1992-1995, undated
5 "Trail of Tears," January 10-February 1, 1992
6 "Ex-Officio," February 6-March 7, 1992
7 "Self-Discovery of Women" - Debra Reub, March 13-April 1, 1992
8 "Taking a Bite of the Apple," April 10-May 15, 1992
9 "Women Taking a Stand," August 1992
10 "Wild Women, Art Savage," September 10-October 2, 1992
11 "From Within Walls," October 23-November 14, 1992
12 "Goddesses, Witches, and Saints," December 1992-Jan. 1993
13 "Conception, Pre-Conception," February 27-March 26, 1993
14 "Untold Stories," November 12-December 31, 1993
15 "Perceptions of Men," January 21-February 26, 1994
16 "Women and Aging," March 12-April 19, 1994
17 "Ecofeminism," April 15-May 20, 1994
18 "Dogs Bark but the Caravan Moves On," May-June 1994
19 "Social Reflections" - Elisa Alvarado, July 29-August 27, 1994
20 "Out of the Sky" - Anne Noggle, November 12-December 10, 1994
21 "A Conversation Piece," January 14-February 10, 1995
22 "Companeras," February 17-March 31, 1995
23 "Healing Works," April 11-May 21, 1995
24 "Landscapes of the Mind" - Ann Webb, June 10-July 9, 1995
25 "Thought and Choice" - Laurie Waller, July 15-August 12, 1995
26 "Primitive Streak," August 19-September 16, 1995
box folder
7 1 "Serial Imagery," November 11-25, 1995
2 Artgirls of the West, January 6-February 25, 1996
3 Artgirls of the West - Marilyn Bendell, January 6-February 25, 1996
4 Artgirls of the West - B. J. Billups, January 6-February 25, 1996
5 Artgirls of the West - Beverly Carrick, January 6-February 25, 1996
6 Artgirls of the West - Louise DeMore, January 6-February 25, 1996
7 Artgirls of the West - B. R. Gates, January 6-February 25, 1996
8 Artgirls of the West - Catherine Gill, January 6-February 25, 1996
9 Artgirls of the West - Januaryce Yow Hines, January 6-February 25, 1996
10 Artgirls of the West - DeAnne Limley, January 6-February 25, 1996
11 Artgirls of the West - Martha Saudek, January 6-February 25, 1996
12 Artgirls of the West - Sherry Blanchard Stewart, January 6-February 25, 1996
13 Artgirls of the West - artists, January 6-February 25, 1996
14 "1/2 of 1/2 of 1/2" - Matuschka, March 1-April 22, 1996
15 "Salon des Oeuvres Refuses," May 5-June 2, 1996
16 "Elements of Imagination" - Lucy Wiley, July 13-August 4, 1996
17 "Altars as Art," September 21-November 16, 1996
18 "Luscious Show," January 11-February 28, 1997
19 "Women and Cleaning," July 12-August 16, 1997
20 "The Circle" - the Artists' Way, June 7-July 5, 1997
21 Miscellaneous, 1991-1993, undated
Annex
box folder
7 22 "Creative Communities, Making Friends," September 23-November 3, 1995
23 "Aubrey McCaskell's Place," December 1995-February 1996
Proposed
box folder
7 24 Proposed, 1992-1997
Houston Area
box folder
8 1 "The Exchange: AH-HA," January 23-February 13, 1981
2 "Women Sculptors' Drawings," 1982
3 "Showdown," November 4-30, 1983
4 Karen Finley, October 27-28, 1989
5 "Mail Art," February 10-March 3, 1995
6 Canary Project, 1996-1997
7 Canary Project - "Banners Project," 1997
8 Canary Project - "Mother Earth," 1997
9 "Art in Houston" - Internet, undated
10 Miscellaneous, 1979-1997, undated
Out of Town
box folder
8 11 Out of Town, 1979-1989
12 Out of Town, 1990-1996, undated

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Events

The Events series covers all events held by the HWCA that do not fall into the fundraising or the exhibition categories. The ten folders cover the years 1982 through 1997, and are arranged into six subjects: Houston International Festival, Retreat, Social, Speakers, Studio Tours, and Workshops. Houston International Festival, and Retreat currently contain only one folder each. The Social folder includes primarily fliers for social gatherings that did not include a show, a meeting or any other functions. The Speakers folders are arranged by title of the lecture series or subject. While many of the artists who showed their work at the Firehouse gallery also gave talks or sat on panels in conjunction with those exhibitions, information about those engagements have been left with the information about the exhibition. The Studio Tours folder contains schedules and fliers for seasonal tours of various artists' working environments. These materials are arranged chronologically. The Workshops folder is in chronological order, and contains brochures and fliers about various Workshops held by the caucus. The workshops were not strictly limited to the creation of art, but also extended to the marketing and display of art.
box folder
8 13 Houston International Festival, 1996
14 Retreat, September 1991
15 Social, 1982, 1992-1996, undated
Speaker
box folder
8 16 AIDS, 1989, 1993, 1995
17 the Artist in Society, 1982-1983
18 the Artist at Work, 1984
box folder
9 1 "Does Government Funding = Censorship of the Arts?," October 1989
2 Speakers: Miscellaneous, 1982-1998, undated
3 Studio Tours, 1983, 1990-1995
4 Workshops, 1980-1997, undated

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Fundraising

The Fundraising sub-series covers the years 1982 through 1996. It contains forty folders arranged into five sub-series: Contributors, Grants, Events, Reports, and Miscellaneous. The Contributors sub-series includes lists of Gifts-In-Kind, information about the Kroger Share Card, and correspondence with various companies, individuals and organizations in regard to donations to HWCA. The Grants sub-series is arranged alphabetically by organization. The largest of these groups is the Cultural Arts Council of Houston (CACH). This sub-series contains grant applications and correspondence concerning those grants. The Events sub-series is arranged chronologically according to the particular fundraising event. “Drop In, Switch On” is the most recurrent of these events. The Reports sub-series contains an incomplete set of summaries of Caucus fundraising activities. All other fundraising information can be found in the Miscellaneous sub-series.
Contributors
box folder
9 5 Gifts-in-Kind, 1995-1996
6 Kroger Share Card, 1996-1997
7 Miscellaneous, 1978-1989
8 Miscellaneous, 1990-1995
Grants
box folder
9 9 Computer Affairs Program, Apple Computer, Inc., 1983
10 Greater Houston Women's Foundation, 1992-1995
11 Cultural Arts Council of Houston, November 1980-May 1981
12 Cultural Arts Council of Houston, March 1981-June 1981
13 Cultural Arts Council of Houston, 1982
14 Cultural Arts Council of Houston, March 1982-July 1982
15 Cultural Arts Council of Houston, August 1982-May 1983
16 Cultural Arts Council of Houston, January 1984-October 1984
17 Cultural Arts Council of Houston, July 1984-July 1985
18 Cultural Arts Council of Houston, January 1985-July 1985
box folder
10 1 Cultural Arts Council of Houston, July 1985-June 1986
2 Cultural Arts Council of Houston, May 1986-June 1987
3 Cultural Arts Council of Houston, Januaryary 1987
4 Cultural Arts Council of Houston, 1988-1989
5 Cultural Arts Council of Houston, September 1989-October 1989
6 Cultural Arts Council of Houston, July 1990-June 1991
7 Cultural Arts Council of Houston, May 1991-June 1991
8 Cultural Arts Council of Houston, July 1991-June 1992
9 Cultural Arts Council of Houston, July 1992-June 1993
10 Cultural Arts Council of Houston, July 1995-June 1996
11 Cultural Arts Council of Houston, 1994-1996
12 National Endowment for the Arts, 1984-1987
13 National Endowment for the Arts: Interdisciplinary Arts Fellowship Program, 1986
14 Grants: National Endowment for the Arts: New Forms Regional Initiative Grants Program, 1992
15 Grants: Texas Commission on the Arts, 1982-1995
16 Grants: Texas Commission on the Arts: Artists-in-Education, 1982-1985
17 Grants: Texas Commission on the Arts: Education and Technical Assistance Program, 1994-1995
Events
box folder
10 18 "An Artful Affair," 1981
19 "Drop In, Switch On," 1994
20 "Drop In, Switch On," 1995
21 "Drop In, Switch On," 1996
22 "Drop In, Switch On," 1997
box folder
11 1 "4×4 Recreational Vehicle," 1995
2 Miscellaneous, 1979-1995
Reports
box folder
11 3 Reports, 1985-1987, undated
Miscellaneous
box folder
11 4 Miscellaneous, 1982-1996

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Members

This series icludes twenty-nine folders of information concerning the members and membership dues. This series covers the years 1979-1997, and is divided into 4 sub-series: Directory, Dues, Rosters, and Miscellaneous. A complete list of members and their addresses can be found in the Rosters sub-series. Much of the information in the Members series is sensitive, and researchers should check with the archivist before using this material.
Directory
box folder
11 5 Directory, 1979-1994, undated
6 Directory: Change of Address, 1984, undated
Dues
box folder
11 7 Dues, 1980-1981
8 Dues, 1983-1984
9 Dues, 1984-1985
10 Dues, 1988
11 Dues, 1989-1990
12 Dues, 1992-1993
13 Dues, 1993-1994
14 Dues, 1995
15 Dues, 1996
16 Dues, 1997
17 Dues: Payment Reports, 1989-1992
Rosters
box folder
11 18 Rosters, 1979
box folder
12 1 Rosters, 1980
2 Rosters, 1981
3 Rosters, 1982
4 Rosters, 1984
5 Rosters, 1988
6 Rosters, 1990
7 Rosters, 1992
8 Rosters, 1993
9 Rosters, 1995
10 Rosters, 1997
11 Rosters, undated
12 Rosters: Other Chapters, undated [c. 1980]
Miscellaneous
box folder
12 13 Mailing List, 1984, 1990-1996, undated
14 Membership Canvas, 1983, 1992-1993
15 Volunteers, 1995-1996

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Finances

The Finances series contains an almost complete financial record of the Caucus from 1980-1996. This series includes fifty folders arranged into twelve sub-series: Bank Statements; Blazek, et al, CPA; Budgets; Checks; Deposits; Income Tax; Ledgers; Receipts; River Oaks Bank; Treasurer; Yearly Financial Statements; and Miscellaneous. The Bank Statements sub-series ends in July of 1996; and it is missing June through December 1994, and all but July and September of 1995. Blazek, et al CPA is the accounting firm that handles tax matters for the Caucus. This sub-series includes predominantly correspondence with that company. The Budgets sub-series is incomplete, and reflects only the budgets for the activities of the entire Caucus. Budgets for individual exhibitions are found in the folders for those particular shows. The Treasurer sub-series contains the procedures for the office of the treasurer, and an incomplete set of monthly reports made by the treasurer at Board Meetings. The Yearly Financial Statements sub-series is not complete, and includes annual and biannual reports. Miscellaneous contains all other financial information that did not fit into any particular category.
Bank Statements
box folder
12 16 Bank Statements, December 1980
17 Bank Statements, 1981
18 Bank Statements, 1982
19 Bank Statements, 1983
box folder
13 1 Bank Statements, 1984
2 Bank Statements, 1985
3 Bank Statements, 1986
4 Bank Statements, 1987
5 Bank Statements, 1988
6 Bank Statements, 1989
7 Bank Statements, 1990
box folder
14 1 Bank Statements, 1991
2 Bank Statements, 1992
3 Bank Statements, 1993
4 Bank Statements, January-May 1994
5 Bank Statements, July, September 1995
6 Bank Statements, January-July 1996
Blazek, et al., CPA
box folder
14 7 Blazek, et al., CPA, 1981-1992
Budget
box folder
14 8 Budgets, 1981-1996
Checks
box folder
14 9 Blank, undated [c. 1990]
10 Stubs, March 1978-January 1981
11 Stubs, January 1981-December 1983
box folder
15 1 Stubs, January 1984-January 1985
2 Stubs, January 1985-January 1987
3 Stubs, January 1987-June 1989
4 Stubs, February 1988
5 Receipts, 1982-1996
Deposits
box folder
15 6 Deposits, 1983-1985
7 Deposits, 1986-1995
Income Tax
box folder
15 8 Exempt Status, 1977-1983
9 State of Texas, 1980-1996
10 Returns, 1982-1993
Ledgers
box folder
15 11 Ledgers, 1983-1985
box folder
16 1 Ledgers, July 1981-October 1982
2 Ledgers, 1985-1991
Receipts
box folder
16 3 Receipts, 1982
4 Receipts, 1983
5 Receipts, January-May 1984
6 Receipts, June-December 1984
7 Receipts, 1985
8 Receipts, 1986
9 Receipts, 1987
box folder
17 1 Receipts, 1988
2 Receipts, 1989
3 Receipts, 1990
4 Receipts, 1991
5 Receipts, 1992
6 Receipts, 1993
7 Receipts, 1994
8 Receipts, 1995
9 Receipts, 1996
River Oaks Bank
box folder
17 10 River Oaks Bank, 1985-1992
Treasurer
box folder
17 11 Procedures, 1981
12 Reports, 1980, 1984, 1990-1994
Yearly Financial Statements
box folder
18 1 Yearly Financial Statements, 1979-1995
Miscellaneous
box folder
18 2 Miscellaneous, 1985-1996, undated

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Conferences

The Conferences series contains fliers, invitations, programs and brochures for conferences attended by the HWCA between 1978 and 1997. There are two sub-series: National Women's Caucus for Art and Other. The thirty-five folders are arranged chronologically within their subseries. In 1988, the National Women's Caucus for Art held their annual conference in Houston. Thus, within the National Women's Caucus for Art sub-series exists a longer grouping for the Houston conference, arranged by topic.
National Women's Caucus for Art
box folder
18 3 Washington, D.C., 1979
4 New Orleans, LA, 1980
5 San Francisco, CA, 1981
6 New York, NY, 1982
7 Philadelphia, PA, 1983
8 Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1984
9 Los Angeles, CA, 1985
10 New York, NY, 1986
Houston, TX
box folder
18 11 Audio Service, 1988
12 Bus Service, 1988
13 Catering, 1988
14 Cocktail Receptions, 1988
15 Exhibitions, A-M, 1988
16 Exhibitions, N-Z, 1988
17 Hotel Arrangements, 1988
18 Mayor Whitmire, 1988
19 Museums and Galleries, 1988
20 Newsletters, 1988
21 Panels, 1988
22 Planning Procedures, 1988
23 Programs and Brochures, 1988
box folder
19 1 Progressive Dinner, 1988
2 Publicity, 1988
3 Registration, 1988
4 T-Shirts, 1988
5 Houston, TX: Volunteers, 1988
6 San Francisco, CA, 1989
7 Seattle, WA, 1993
8 San Antonio, TX, 1995
9 Boston, MA, 1996
10 Philadelphia, PA, 1997
Other
box folder
19 11 Mid-America College Art Association, 1978, 1980
12 "NOW and the Future," 1980
13 "Visions: the Women's Expo," 1994
14 Miscellaneous, 1980-1994, undated

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Photographs

The Photographs series is one of the strongest in the HWCA collection. The photographs in this series depict various events and artwork for exhibitions sponsored by the Caucus. This series contains one hundred firty-four folders covering the years 1980 through 1997, and is divided into four sub-series: Negatives, Proofsheets, Slides, and Prints. Within these sub-series, the items are arranged chronologically according to event or exhibition. Dates in brackets are estimates based on the location of the photograph in the original arrangement. Unknown photographs and undated photographs are at the end of each sub-series. Most people depicted in the photographs are unidentified. Those who are identifiable are labeled on the tissue paper separating the photographs. Each folder indicates the number of items in the folder, and the type of photo (black and white or color). Where possible, the artist of a particular work has been identified.
Negatives
box folder
19 15 Firehouse (b/w), undated [c. 1982]
16 "Private Rites" (color), 1985
17 "Out of the Cold" (color), 1995
18 "Aubrey McCaskell's Place" (color), December 1995-February 1996
19 "Why Girls Can't Paint Cows" (color), February 1996
20 "Salon des Oeuvres Refuses" (color), May 5-June 2, 1996
21 "1/2 of 1/2 of 1/2" - Matuschka (b/w), 1996
Proofsheets
box folder
19 22 Firehouse Renovation (b/w), undated [c. 1982]
23 "Private Rites" artwork (b/w), 1985
24 "Self-Images" artwork (b/w), 1985
25 "Self-Images" artwork (color), 1985
26 "Contemporary Women in Documentary Photography" artwork (b/w), 1986
27 National WCA Conference - Houston, TX (b/w), 1988
28 "Mother Earth" ground breaking (b/w), 1995
29 HWCA Board (b/w), undated [c. 1995]
Slides
box folder
19 30 Artwork (color), 1978-1989
31 National WCA Conference New York, NY (color), 1986
32 "Contemporary Women in Documentary Photography" artwork (b/w), 1986
33 "Women in Art" installation (color), 1987
34 National WCA Conference Houston, TX artwork (b/w), 1988
35 Members' Names, 1990, undated
36 Alvarado, Elisa artwork (color), 1991
37 Artgirls of the West artwork (color), February 1996
38 "1/2 of 1/2 of 1/2" - Matuschka artwork (b/w), 1996
39 Unidentified Event, undated
Prints
box folder
19 40 "Stones" reception - Lucy Lippard (color), February 19, 1979
41 National WCA Conference Washington, D.C. (b/w), 1979
42 "An Artful Affair" fundraiser (color), September 25, 1980
"12 On Site"
box folder
19 43 Planning (color), September 1980
Installation
box folder
19 44 Viveka Barnett (color), October 23, 1980
45 Gertrude Barnstone (color), October 23, 1980
46 Marilyn Biles (color), October 23, 1980
47 Cecile Burns (color), October 23, 1980
48 Linda [Gratz?] (color), October 23, 1980
49 Heidi Stanfield (color), October 23, 1980
50 Vicki Stewart (color), October 23, 1980
51 Tracy Trajan(color), October 23, 1980
52 Martha Terrill (color), October 23, 1980
53 Toby Topek (color), October 23, 1980
54 Tralene Vassilopolos (color), October 23, 1980
55 National WCA Conference San Francisco, CA (color), 1982
56 Membership Party and Reception (color), December 5, 1982
67 "Swamp Songs" - Clyde Connell (b/w), September 20-October 27, 1984
58 "Homages in Clay" - Jose Varela (color), December 1984-January 1985
Member Show Catalog
box folder
20 1 Viveka Barnett, 1984
2 Gertrude Barnstone, 1984
3 Malinda Beeman, 1984
4 Wayne Blythe, 1984
5 Derek Boshier, 1984
6 Chuck Dugan, 1984
7 Bobby Duncan, 1984
8 David Folkman, 1984
9 Sally Gall, 1984
10 Robert Harris, 1984
11 Ron Hoover, 1984
12 Benito Huerta, 1984
13 Terrell James, 1984
14 Lucas Johnson, 1984
15 Pam Johnson, 1984
16 Lynn Knippa, 1984
17 George Kraus, 1984
18 Arturo Lindsey, 1984
19 Bert Long, 1984
20 Jack Massing, 1984
21 Peter McClennan, 1984
22 Jesus Baustista Moroles, 1984
23 Helen Orman, 1984
24 Jim Poag, 1984
25 Pam Pool, 1984
26 Lynn Randolph, 1984
27 Charlie Sartwell, 1984
28 Gail Siptak, 1984
29 Susan Smith, 1984
30 Gael Stack, 1984
31 Earl Staley, 1984
32 Sharon Stewart, 1984
33 Richard Stout, 1984
34 Lin Swannet, 1984
35 Marasu Takiguchi, 1984
36 Toby Topek, 1984
37 Josefa Vaughn, 1984
38 Casey Williams, 1984
39 Frank Williams, 1984
40 Geoff Winningham, 1984
41 Unidentified Artists, 1984
42 "Self-Images" artwork (b/w), 1985
"Private Rites" artwork,
box folder
20 43 Susie Rosmarin (b/w), January 22-February 23, 1985
44 Kelly Alison (b/w), January 22-February 23, 1985
45 Unidentified Artist (b/w), January 22-February 23, 1985
46 Artwork - Januaryt Zweig (b/w), 1985
"Contemporary Women in Documentary Photography" artwork,
box folder
20 47 Annie Liebowitz (b/w), March 1-24, 1986
48 Ruth Pine Morgan (b/w), March 1-24, 1986
49 Wendy Watriss (b/w), March 1-24, 1986
50 National WCA Conference Houston, TX (b/w), 1988
51 "Women Taking a Stand" panel (color), August 1992
52 "From Within Walls" artwork Molly Campbell (b/w), November 14, 1992
53 "Untold Stories" reception Diana Block, juror (color), November 12-December 31, 1993
54 Studio Tour (color), undated [c. 1993]
55 "Women and the Representation of Aging" artwork (b/w), 1994
56 "Handmade Book" workshop (b/w), April 1994
57 "Handmade Book" workshop (color), April 1994
58 Postcard Show artwork (b/w), May 1994
59 Postcard Show opening (color), May 1994
60 "Social Reflections" artwork Elisa Alvarado (b/w), July 24-August 27, 1994
61 "Social Reflections" opening Elisa Alvarado (color), July 24-August 27, 1994
63 "Out of the Sky" artwork - Anne Noggle (b/w), undated [c. 1990]
64 "Living With AIDS" panel (color), 1994
65 "A Conversation Piece" (b/w), January 4-February 10, 1995
66 "Companeras" opening (b/w), February 12-March 31, 1995
67 "Companeras" opening (color), February 12-March 31, 1995
68 "Healing Works" artwork (color), April 11-May 21, 1995
69 "Healing Works" artwork (b/w), April 11-May 21, 1995
70 Michea Performance (color), June 1995
71 "Creative Communities, Making Friends" opening (color), September 23-November 3, 1995
72 "Out of the Cold" artwork (color), September 30-October 29, 1995
73 "Serial Imagery" artwork (color), November 11-25, 1995
74 "Aubrey McCaskell's Place" opening (color), December 1995-February 1996
75 "4×4" Fundraiser (color), 1995
"Why Girls Can't Paint Cows,"
box folder
20 76 (color), January 5-February 25, 1996
77 (color), January 5-February 25, 1996
78 (b/w), January 5-February 25, 1996
79 artwork - Louise DeMore (color), January 5-February 25, 1996
80 artwork - B.R. Gates (color), January 5-February 25, 1996
81 artwork - Catherine Gill (color), January 5-February 25, 1996
82 artwork - Karen Hubutzel (color), January 5-February 25, 1996
83 artwork - DeAnne Lemley (color), January 5-February 25, 1996
84 "1/2 of 1/2 of 1/2" - Matuschka (b/w), March 1-April 22, 1996
85 "1/2 of 1/2 of 1/2" - Matuschka (color), March 1-April 22, 1996
86 "1/2 of 1/2 of 1/2" - Matuschka (color), March 1-April 22, 1996
87 "Salon Des Oeuvres Refuses" artwork (color), May 4-June 2, 1996
88 "Drop In, Switch On" (color), December 7, 1996
89 "Drop In, Switch On" (b/w), December 7, 1996
box folder
21 1 "Visions: the Women's Expo" booth (b/w), 1996
2 "Chapel of Pioneers" artwork (color), 1996
3 "Mother Earth" ground breaking, September 1997
4 Art Guys Striptease (color), undated [c. 1996]
5 Artwork - Nancy Haglund, undated
6 Unidentified Show - Steve Hoover (b/w), undated [c. 1984]
7 Catbox (band) (b/w; color), undated
8 Firehouse; exterior (color), undated [c. 1995]
9 HWCA Board (color), undated [c. 1995]
10 Printmaking show artwork (color), undated [c. 1996]
11 "Recycle Sculpture" artwork (color), undated [c. 1996]
12 Unidentified Artwork (color), undated [c. 1984]
13 Unidentified Artwork (color), undated [c. 1994]
14 Unidentified Event (b/w), undated
15 Unidentified Event (color), undated
16 Unidentified Panels (b/w), undated
17 Unidentified Show (color), undated [c. 1995],
3 items
18 Unidentified Show (color), undated [c. 1995],
7 items
19 Unidentified Show (b/w), undated [c. 1995],
4 items
20 Unidentified Show (b/w), undated,
4 items
21 Unidentified Show (b/w), undated,
1 items
22 Unidentified Show (b/w), undated,
4 items
23 Unidentified Workshop (b/w), undated

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Posters

The Posters series contains all oversized posters for various shows and conferences. The fourteen posters that fall into this series are arranged chronologically, with no sub-series assigned.
box folder
24 - National WCA Conference - Washington, D.C., January 30-February 3, 1979
- "Women of Art: Connections West": National WCA Conference San Francisco, CA, February 24-26, 1981
- "Dedication `83: Philadelphia/Houston": National WCA Conference Philadelphia, PA, January 14-April 9, 1983
- "Women: The Power of Art": National WCA Conference Philadelphia, PA, February 15-18, 1983
- "1984 Show," March 6-24, 1984
- "Self-Images: the 1985 Show," April 4-May 10, 1985
- "Take an Alternate Route," undated [c. 1986]
- Dorothy Hood/Jeanne Norsworthy Cocktail Reception, February 2, 1988
- National WCA Conference Highlights Houston, TX, February 1988
- "Karen Finley in Performance," October 27-28, 1989
- Council for Visual and Performing Arts Calendar, 1991-1992
- "Companeras,"
- "Time for Prevention" - Matuschka, 1996
- "Life" - Matuschka, 1996

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Clippings

The Clippings series includes all newspaper and magazine clippings found throughout the original arrangement of the HWCA papers. Due to the great number and concern for preservation of these clippings, they were separated into their own series and copied onto acid-free paper when possible. Some clippings were too large to copy. Those have been removed into Box 24, although they remain in the Clippings series. This series contains seventy-six folders within thirteen sub-series. The sub-series themselves are arranged alphabetically, then chronologically within each sub-series. They predominantly follow a similar pattern as the series for the collection. The Clippings sub-series are arranged topically, and include: AIDS Stories, Art Spaces, Artists, Art News, Conferences, Events, Finances, Firehouse, Houston Image, NEA Battles Censorship, Shows, Women's Issues, and Miscellaneous.
box folder
21 24 AIDS Stories, 1996
25 Art Spaces: Contemporary Arts Museum, 1972
26 Art Spaces: Courthouse Annex, June 1995-February 1996
27 Art Spaces: Intercontinental Airport, 1981-1982
28 Art Spaces: Lawndale Art Center, 1980, undated
29 Art Spaces: Menil Collection, 1981
30 Art Spaces: Museum of Fine Arts, 1981-1982
31 Art Spaces: Rothko Chapel, 1961-1970
32 Artists, 1971, 1980-1995
33 Art News, 1980-1995, undated
Conferences
box folder
21 34 National WCA Conference,
New Orleans, LA, 1979
box folder
21 35 Houston, TX, 1988
box folder
27 2 Houston, TX (OV), 1988
box folder
21 36 "Visions: the Women's Expo," March 18-19, 1995
37 Events: Artist in Society, 1982
38 Events: Studio Tours, undated [c. 1980]
39 Finances: Cultural Arts Council of Houston, undated [c. 1986]
40 Finances: "Drop In, Switch On," 1995-1996, undated
41 Finances: Miscellaneous, 1980-1995
42 Firehouse, 1982-1983, 1995
43 Houston Image, 1996
44 NEA Battles Censorship, 1989-1995
box folder
24 3 NEA Battles Censorship (OV), 1989
Shows
box folder
21 45 "AH-HA," 1981
46 Member Shows, 1983-1985
47 "Women in Photography," 1986
48 Gorilla Girls, 1988
49 Finley, Karen, 1989
50 "Boxworks," May 1991
51 "Women Taking a Stand," September 1992
52 "Perceptions of Men," 1993-1994
53 "McCaskell's Place" - Aubrey McCaskell, December 1995-February 1996
54 "Why Girls Can't Paint Cows" Artgirls of the West, February 1996
55 "1/2 of 1/2 of 1/2" - Matuschka, March-April 1996
56 "Salon des Oeuvres Refuses," May 1996
57 "Altars as Art," October 1996
58 "Luscious Show," Januaryary 1997
59 Canary Project, 1997
60 Miscellaneous, 1983-1996, undated
61 Women's Issues, 1980-1997, undated
box folder
24 4 Miscellaneous (OV), 1971, 1980-1988, 1995-1996

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General Visual Arts (GVA)

This series contains general information related to the visual arts in Houston, little of it directly related to HWCA. The twenty-seven folders contain material from the years 1979-1998, including some with no date. One folder is located in oversized Box 24. There are five subseries, arranged alphabetically: Artists, Art Spaces, Journals, Organizations, and Politics. The Artists sub-series contains an alphabetical arrangement of resumes and biographies of various artists, predominantly from the Houston area and involved with the HWCA. The Art Spaces subseries includes information about various galleries and museum Houston. The Firehouse, the HWCA gallery, is excluded from this sub-series because it merits a series of its own. The Journals sub-series contains various arts journals. The Organizations sub-series contains fliers, brochures, and other information about different artists' groups or organizations supporting the arts. The Politics sub-series includes information on different political issues and candidates involving women and the arts. Most of the information in this series is local. Some organizations and political issues, however, include information from the state and national level.
Artists
box folder
22 1 A-H, undated
2 J-Z, undated
Art Spaces
box folder
22 3 Courthouse Annex, September 1995-September 1996, undated
4 Contemporary Arts Museum, 1986, 1993, undated
5 Intercontinental Airport, 1981
6 Lawndale Art Center, 1983, 1994, undated
7 The Orange Show, 1979, 1997
8 Rothko Chapel, February 1971
9 Miscellaneous, A-Z, 1981-1998, undated
Journals
box folder
22 10 Journals, 1985-1997
box folder
24 1 Journals: Oversized, 1980-1996
Organizations
box folder
22 11 Business Volunteers for the Arts, 1987, 1995-1996
12 Coalition of Women's Arts Organizations, 1981-1983
13 Organizations: Community Artists' Collective, 1988-1990
14 Cultural Arts Council of Houston, 1980-1989
15 Cultural Arts Council of Houston, 1990-1997, undated
box folder
23 1 Gorilla Girls, 1988-1992
2 Houston Coalition for the Visual Arts, 1990, 1995-1997
3 Houston/Harris County Task Force, 1991-1992
4 International Art Exchange, 1995
5 National Endowment for the Arts, 1989, 1995
6 Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts, 1982-1996
7 Texas Commission on the Arts, 1980-1994
8 Miscellaneous, A-Z, 1986-1998
Politics
box folder
23 9 Federal Art Bank, 1978-1979
10 Houston (miscellaneous), 1980-1996
11 Presidential Election, 1992
12 Women and Art, undated [c. 1990]

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