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Guerrilla Girls records, 1979-2003

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Guerrilla Girls Records

Scope and Content of Collection

Guerrilla Girls records document the activities of the feminist art group, comprising a complete set of posters, mass mailings, form letters, and other graphic materials, showing the evolution of their work and their notable expansion of focus from the art world to George Bush-era politics to New York theater. Series I documents their notorious posters in chronological order. Series II. Assorted graphic works, shows their assiduous pursuit of justice through mass and individual mailings about and to various art world figures, along with the private replies they often received. This series also provides a glimpse into their collective compositional process, with drafts of posters and comments on them, along with source material in the form of clippings and statistical reports. Series III concerns books and serials they created.

Series IV. Photographs, V. Exhibitions, and VI. Lectures and Performances, document the Guerrilla Girls' non-graphic activity, though the extensive list of venues is not complete. Of particular interest is Series VIII. Administration files, which includes internal group memoranda, revealing the sometimes emotional conflicts between members, and the challenges of non-hierarchical collective self-management. Also included are letters from fans, business correspondence that offers insight into donors and sponsors, and comprehensive press clippings.


Arranged in ten series:
Series I. Poster projects, 1985-1995;
Series II. Assorted graphic works, 1980-1999;
Series III. Publications, 1986-1995;
Series IV. Photographs, 1987-1997;
Series V. Exhibitions, 1981-2003;
Series VI. Lectures and Performances, 1985-2002;
Series VII. Objects, undated;
Series VIII. Administration files, 1985-2002;
Series IX. Other groups and institutions, 1979-2003;
Series X. Miscellaneous, 1985-2002.

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