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Guide to the Martha Wilson Papers, 1950-2019 (bulk 1964-2006) MSS.175

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Collection processed by Lydia Brawner (2011); Finding aid completed by Rachel Greer (2012).

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on February 07, 2020
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Updated by Rachel Searcy to reflect the incorporation of 2017 accretion Updated by Jasmine Larkin to include materials from accession numbers 2010.175, 2011.175, 2013.175.001, 2013.175.002, and 2015.175. In addition, the finding aid was edited for compliance with DACS and ACM Required Elements for Archival Description. Updated by Anna McCormick to include bibliographic materials formerly separated from the collection. Updated by Rachel Searcy to reflect 2020 accretion  , April 2017 , May 2018 , August 2019 , February 2020

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Series V. Medical and Finacial Files, Series III. Subject Files - Subseries G: Poconos House, and a few files containing student records are restricted. Researchers should contact for more information.

The remainder of the collection is open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection, created by Martha Wilson was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Martha Wilson Papers; MSS 175; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University.

Selected Performances and Exhibitions

The Martha Wilson Papers consist of comprehensive documentation of the life and career of Martha Wilson. Materials include journals, correspondence, flyers and posters, articles, clippings and juvenilia dating from 1950 on. The collection also contains restricted materials dealing with Wilson's finances and medical history. The following are performances and exhibitions for which the collection contains materials:

2007 "WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution," Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

2006 "The Downtown Show," Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York

2005 "How American Women Artists Invented Post-Modernism," Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

2003 "Separated at Birth," StART Festival, Judson Church, New York City

2002 "Personal & Political," Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York

2002 "Gloria: Another Look at Feminist Art in the 1970s," White Columns, New York City

1994 "Tipper Gore's Advice for the 90s," window installation at Printed Matter, New York City

1992 "Barbara Bush On Abuse," Cooper Union, New York City

1985 "Just Say No to Arms Control," performance in the guise of Nancy Reagan for Brother Ron's Gospel Hour, New York City

1980 DISBAND at Spazio Zero, Rome, Italy

1976 "Queen," Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City

1975 "De-Formation," performance in Autogeography show, Downtown Whitney, New York City

1973 "Transformance: Claudia," collaborative performance with Jacki Apple at The Plaza Hotel, New York City

Audiovisual Access Policies and Procedures

Audiovisual materials have not been preserved and may not be available to researchers. Materials not yet digitized will need to have access copies made before they can be used. To request an access copy, or if you are unsure if an item has been digitized, please contact with the collection name, collection number, and a description of the item(s) requested. A staff member will respond to you with further information.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Born-digital materials have not been transferred and may not be available to researchers. Researchers may request access copies. To request that material be transferred, or if you are unsure if material has been transferred, please contact with the collection name, collection number, and a description of the item(s) requested. A staff member will respond to you with further information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Martha Wilson in 2006. The accession number associated with this gift is 2006.175. Further accretions were donated in 2008-2020. The accession numbers associated with these gifts are 2008.175, 2010.175, 2011.175, 2013.175.001, 2013.175.002, 2015.175, 2017.027, 2018.093, and 2020.008.

Processing Information

In 2017 and 2020, accretions of diaries and journals were intellectually incorporated into the collection as part of Series I. Journals in accordance with the collection's existing arrangement structure.

In 2018 materials from accretions 2010.175, 2011.175, 2013.175.001, 2013.175.002, and 2015.175 were processed and intellectually incorporated into the collection. Materials were housed in archival folders and boxes.

In 2019 bibliographic material which had previously been separated from the collection were reintegrated as Series IX.