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Guide to the Guerrilla Girls Archive

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Collection processed by Rosemary K. J. Davis.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on July 05, 2017
Description is in English.

Scope and Content

This collection includes posters, financial and legal documents, correspondence, and ephemera that span the existence of the collective from its founding in 1985, to the incarnation and continued existence of the splinter group Guerrilla Girls BroadBand. Records shed light on the group's transition from an upstart activist group, to a trio of organizations, each with their own feminist focus.

Arrangement note

Primarily, collection materials are arranged chronologically within each series. Undated materials are generally found at the end of each series or subseries. Realia, video, and audio media have been separated out into a separate subseries to facilitate usage. Each object and media element have then been assigned unique identification numbers.

The collection is arranged into seven series:

Series I. Administrative Records: consists of correspondence, financial records, invoices, and documentation related to the business dealings of the Guerrilla Girls in all their incarnations. The records include details about logistics of gigs, correspondence pertaining to the "break-up" of the group, and information about the donation of their archival holdings.

Subseries A. Guerrilla Girls Notes, Correspondence, and Clippings
Subseries B. GuerrillaGirlsBroadBand Notes and Correspondence
Subseries C. Financial Documentation and Accounting Records
Subseries D. Archive Sale Documentation and Correspondence

Series II. Legal Records and Related Correspondence: contains official legal documents pertaining to a lawsuit instigated by two original members of the Guerrilla Girls against the other members of the group. Official depositions and motions, along with formal and informal correspondence are included.

Subseries A. Legal Documents and Proceedings
Subseries B. Miscellaneous Legal Correspondence and Research Notes

Series III. Lectures, Performances, and Exhibitions: comprises correspondence related to performances and appearances by members of the Guerrilla Girls in all their incarnations. Postcards, posters, press mentions, official catalogs, and research notes are also included.

Subseries A. Gig Notes, Correspondence, and Clippings
Subseries B. Related Catalogs and Publications

Series IV. Research and Notes: contains correspondence, notes, articles, and clippings used to develop projects including books, performances, and artworks.

Subseries A. Guerrilla Girls Project Notes
Subseries B. Miscellaneous Research and Clippings

Series V. Posters and Graphic Works 1985-2010: includes original artistic output from the Guerrilla Girls including posters, graphic works, and objects.

Subseries A. Posters
Subseries B. Postcards, Stickers, and Miscellaneous Graphic Works
Subseries C. Dimensional Works and Ephemera

Series VI. Publications 1985-1998: comprises works authored and compiled by the Guerrilla Girls, along with annotated proofs and drafts.

Subseries A. Publications
Subseries B. Proofs and Notes

Series VII. Media: contains research materials, administrative records and legal documentation.

Subseries A. Originals

The Oversize Series is preserved in boxes 7 and 8. This series includes materials from Series III, V, and VI.