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Guide to the Kentucky Foundation for Women Records, 1985-2000

Collection Overview

The Kentucky Foundation for Women Records span the dates 1985-1999, with the majority of papers dating from 1985-1993. The collection provides a rich source of information about grass roots feminist activism, philanthropy, not-for-profit organizations and artistic patronage, feminist art and women's culture. The records of the Foundation include a range of materials, primarily a large number of grant files, including applications and supporting materials of those awarded grants. Also notable are the files for its publication, The American Voice, which include correspondence, copy-edited drafts of poetry and other writings, business records, other publications, miscellaneous ephemera, broadsides, and books of poetry. In addition, there is information on the Hopscotch House and Wolf Pen Writers Colony, miscellaneous correspondence, subject files, annual reports, newsletters, and brochures. The records consist primarily of files, but videocassettes, audiocassettes, and compact disks are also included. The collection is divided into four series: Administrative Files, Project Files, American Voice Files, and Grant Files.

The Administrative Files Series contains Foundation newsletters; administrative correspondence; minutes of Board of Directors meetings; and financial, legal and tax papers. The Project Files Series contains papers on short-term special projects, as well as long-term projects such as the Hopscotch House and the Wolf Pen Women Writers Colony. The American Voice Files Series contains information regarding the publication of the feminist literary journal The American Voice. The series contains correspondence between the editors ( Frederick Smock and Sallie Bingham) and contributors; copy-edited drafts of poetry, prose, and non-fiction essays; business records; broadsides; chapbooks (i.e. hand-bound books); miscellaneous publications; and a partially complete run of the journal. Some of the better-known authors to be published in The American Voice include: Paula Gunn Allen, Isabel Allende, Wendell Berry, Jorge Louis Borges, Kay Boyle, Jo Carson, Andrea Dworkin, Elaine Equi, Doris Grumbach, Joy Harjo, Fenton Johnson, Robin Morgan, Marge Piercy, Reynolds Price, Joyce Carol Oates, and Anne Firor Scott.

Finally, the largest series, the Grant Files Series, contains documentation on the evolution of the Foundation's grant program over the years, as well as files on those projects that received grant monies from the Foundation from 1986 to 1993. The Foundation awarded grants to both men and women, though women are in the majority. The grants supported the work of visual artists, writers, scholars, musicians, composers, documentary and fiction filmmakers, playwrights, painters, sculptors, puppeteers, quilters and other fabric artists, political activists, advocates for physically handicapped women, and those concerned with women and religion and women's employment issues. A unique concern of the grant givers was supporting the exploration and improvement of the situation of women in Appalachia, encouraging women to explore and study the wilderness, and defining and encouraging the emerging field of Ecofeminism.

The addition (Accession 2001-0012) (2208 items, 3.8 lin. ft.; dated 1986-1999) is minimally processed. This addition continues to document the process of publishing The American Voice. Materials include correspondence, board minutes, grant applications and evaluations, financial statements, video (3) and audio (4) cassettes and one audio compact disc, and information files for volumes 32-49. Also included are writings by Sallie Bingham. Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.

The addition (Accession 2007-0126) (5 lin. ft.) consists primarily of files documenting the organization's grant program, and also includes project files, files related to the feminist literary journal The American Voice, publications, and files from Hopscotch House.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Kentucky Foundation for Women records, 1985-2000
Creator
Kentucky Foundation for Women
Extent
31.3 Linear Feet, 29,000 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
English.

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Contents of the Collection

Contains information regarding the conception and incorporation of the Foundation in 1985, as well as the running of the Foundation from its early years through the 1990s. The major administrative figures represented in this series are Sallie Bingham, Maxine Brown, Pat Buster, Ann Stewart Anderson, Tim Peters, Mona Murphy, and Frederick Smock. The General Information and Correspondence folders document the range of ideas and goals for the Foundation originally proposed by its founder, Sallie Bingham, and detail the decisions made about which ideas to pursue and which to abandon. Information on the evolving role of the grant process illuminates the Foundation's increasing focus on women in the arts in Kentucky over the years. The Sallie Bingham correspondence also contains letters she wrote to family members, as well as responses to numerous personal requests for financial support or donations, the majority of which she turned down. The set of newsletters (1985-1999) and Board meeting minutes provide a concise summary of the decisions made and the course of activity followed by the Foundation. The financial, legal and tax papers document the process by which the Foundation acquired and dispensed funds, as well as the overall growth of the Foundation. Original arrangement retained.

General information, 1985-1998
Box AF/PF 1
Newsletters, 1985-1999
(2 folders)
Box AF/PF 1
Anderson, Ann Stewart, 1991-1993
(2 folders)
Box AF/PF 1
Bingham, Sallie, 1985-1991
(6 folders)
Box AF/PF 1
Brown, Maxine, 1985-1986
Box AF/PF 1
Buster, Pat, 1987-1993
(3 folders)
Box AF/PF 1
Murphy, Mona, 1985-1987
Box AF/PF 1
Peters, Tim, 1986-1989
Box AF/PF 1
Miscellaneous, 1986-1991
Box AF/PF 1
Board Meeting Minutes, 1985-1993
Box AF/PF 1
Board Meeting Minutes, 1985-1993
(2 folders)
Box AF/PF 2
Financial Papers, 1985-1993
(6 folders)
Box AF/PF 2
Legal Papers, 1985-1990
Box AF/PF 2
Tax Papers, 1985-1993
(3 folders)
Box AF/PF 2

Contains information about special projects undertaken by the Foundation, some of which were short-lived and some of which continued indefinitely. The Hopscotch House category contains information about the acquisition of the property; discussions about potential and actual events and projects undertaken at the house; the hiring of Patty Wren Smith (a previous grant recipient) as house manager and resident naturalist in 1989; and a run of newsletters written by Smith documenting events at the House including lectures and gatherings. This grouping also contains a file of requests to use the house by various local non-profit groups and reports of their activities. The Wolf Pen Women Writers Colony folders detail the planning and running of the Colony and document the four summer meetings of the Colony, from 1988 to 1991. The group also contains the applications and supporting documents for the women writers who applied to take part in the Colony. The Names and the Topics folders document minor projects undertaken by the Foundation over the years--projects that supported the Foundation's mission, but did not become a lasting part of its activities. The folder groupings are arranged alphabetically. Various persons documented in the Project Files Series are also documented in other parts of the collection. In particular, some of the women writers who participated in the Wolf Pen Colony also were contributors to The American Voice (e.g., Sharon Doubiago, Jan Freeman, Terri Jewel, Cia McClannahan, and Marie Williams), while certain artists who worked on a special project for the Foundation were later successful applicants for Foundation grants (e.g., Jo Carson, Cass Irwin, Brenda Marie Osbey, Maryat Lee). Arranged alphabetically within the categories Hopskotch House, Wolf Pen, Names, and Topics.

Applications for Use, 1988-1998
(2 folders)
Box AF/PF 2
General information, 1988-1996
Box AF/PF 2
Guestbook and Calendar, 1988-1990
Box AF/PF 2
Special Projects, 1990-1994
Box AF/PF 2
Wolf Pen Women Writer's Colony, 1988-1991
(4 folders)
Box AF/PF 2
Alexander, Estrella, 1986-1987
Box AF/PF 3
Atkinson, Morgan, 1986-1987
Box AF/PF 3
Banks, Barbara, 1985-1986
Box AF/PF 3
Chicago, Judy, 1985-1986
Box AF/PF 3
Citrynell, Kyle, 1993
Box AF/PF 3
Elam, Willa, 1986
Box AF/PF 3
Friedan, Betty, 1985
Box AF/PF 3
Hill, Lucinda, 1986
Box AF/PF 3
Julian, Jane, 1991
Box AF/PF 3
Lall, Kanti, 1987-1989
Box AF/PF 3
Nelson, Lori, 1985
Box AF/PF 3
Sales, Patrice, 1986
Box AF/PF 3
Schenkar, Joan, 1988
Box AF/PF 3
Voyles, Naomi, 1989
Box AF/PF 3
A.T. and T. Foundation, 1991
Box AF/PF 3
African-American Networking, 1985, 1991
Box AF/PF 3
Archives Project, 1985-1986
(2 folders)
Box AF/PF 3
Art Show, 1990-1991
Box AF/PF 3
Chapel Gift, 1989-1980
Box AF/PF 3
Conference Reports, 1990-1992
Box AF/PF 3
Courier-Journal, 1993
Box AF/PF 3
Dinsmore Property, 1986
Box AF/PF 3
Disability Rag, 1985-1986
Box AF/PF 3
Dream File, 1992
Box AF/PF 3
Eco Theatre, Inc., 1985-1987
Box AF/PF 3
Fall City Comm. Art Gallery, 1985
Box AF/PF 3
Film/Video Festival, 1990
Box AF/PF 3
Graphic Artists, 1985
Box AF/PF 3
Homecoming Festival, 1986-1987
Box AF/PF 3
KY Women's Agenda Coalition, 1986
Box AF/PF 3
KY Youth Advocates, 1985-1986
Box AF/PF 3
Leadership Black Kentucky, 1985-1986
Box AF/PF 3
Library Acquisitions, 1985
Box AF/PF 3
Louisville Visual Art Association, 1990-1992
Box AF/PF 3
Museum of History and Science, 1985
Box AF/PF 3
National Organization for Women, 1986
Box AF/PF 3
National Committee for Responsible Philanthropy, 1985-1986
Box AF/PF 3
National Women's Hall of Fame, 1989-1991
Box AF/PF 3
New Harmony Gallery, 1990
Box AF/PF 3
Newsletter Lists, 1985
Box AF/PF 3
Playwrights Workshop, 1986
(2 folders)
Box AF/PF 3
Presbyterian Community Center, 1990
Box AF/PF 3
Press Releases, 1986-1993
Box AF/PF 3
Pricing Art Workshop, 1991
Box AF/PF 3
Receptions, 1989-1991
(2 folders)
Box AF/PF 3
Revising the View, 1991-1992
Box AF/PF 3
Rockefeller Archive Center, 1988
Box AF/PF 3
Scherer Foundation, 1990
Box AF/PF 3
Shoe Show, 1992
Box AF/PF 3
Skaggs Foundation, 1985
Box AF/PF 3
Speed Museum, 1991
Box AF/PF 3
Student Internship, 1985-1986
Box AF/PF 3
Tax Information for Grantees, 1986
Box AF/PF 3
Teen Pregnancy Play, 1986
Box AF/PF 3
Tennessee Williams estate, 1987-1988
Box AF/PF 3
Understanding Women in the Arts, 1986
Box AF/PF 3
University of Louisville Business School Council, 1985-1986
Box AF/PF 3
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, 1988-1990
Box AF/PF 3
Video, proposed, 1994
Box AF/PF 3
Women's History Month, 1986
Box AF/PF 3
Women's Writers Conference, 1988-1990
Box AF/PF 3

Documents the origins and development of the literary journal primarily from 1985 through 1993, though there are miscellaneous materials from 1994 to 1998. The journal is feminist in orientation, and highlights (though not exclusively) the work of women writers. The Correspondence folders contain letters between contributors and other interested parties with Frederick Smock and Sallie Bingham, the founders and editors of the journal. The Issue Files folders contain information specific to the publication of numbers one through 31 of the journal. Each issue file contains correspondence about contributions to the journal, correspondence about financial and/or political issues, drafts and galleys of the pieces which appeared in the journal (some of which contain comments by the authors and/or editors), information regarding advertisements and special issues, and letters soliciting or offering material for publication. The journal has featured the work of both well-known and little-known writers. A sampling of the better-known writers includes Marge Piercy, Wendell Berry, Jorge Louis Borges, Elaine Equi, Isabel Allende, Fenton Johnson, Kay Boyle, Joyce Carol Oates, Reynolds Price, Anne Firor Scott, Jo Carson, Doris Grumbach, Paula Gunn Allen, Robin Morgan, Minnie Bruce Pratt, and Joy Harjo. The writing of Sallie Bingham is also often featured in the journal. Other writings are found in the Books grouping: three 1989 chapbooks (hand bound books) of poems on the theme of quilting entitled "No Known Pattern;" and two hard-bound books published under the journal's auspices, namely This Meadow of Time (a 1995 travel memoir written by editor Frederick Smock), and The American Voice Anthology of Poetry (a 1998 collection of poems originally published in the journal, with a preface containing biographical information on Smock). At the end of the grouping is an incomplete run of the journal (nos. 1 through 47, excluding nos. 4 and 30). See oversize materials for broadsides displaying poems published in the journal. Original arrangement retained.

General, 1985-1996
(3 folders)
Box TAV 1
Boyle, Kay, 1986-1992
Box TAV 1
Freeman, Jan, 1989-1992
Box TAV 1
Miscellaneous, 1985-1990
Box TAV 1
Printing Records, 1985-1993
Box TAV 1
Issue Files: No. 1-20, 1985-1990
(20 folders)
Box TAV 1
Issue Files: No. 21-31, 1990-1993
(14 folders)
Box TAV 2
"No Known Pattern," Chapbook no. 1-3, 1989
(3 folders)
Box TAV 2
This Meadow of Time, 1995
Box TAV 2
The American Voice Anthology of Poetry, 1998
Box TAV 2
The American Voice, nos. 1-47 (excluding nos. 4 and 30), 1985-1998
Box TAV 3

During roughly the first year of its existence, from 1985 to 1986, the Foundation awarded grants on an ad hoc basis. During its "second" year, 1987-1988, the Foundation decided to award two runs of grants -- a "spring" run and a "fall" run. In 1988-1989, only one annual run was awarded, covering the spring and the fall together. In 1988, a biennial grants cycle organized by artistic discipline was instituted so that proposals concerning visual and plastic arts were considered in even years, while those concerning writing and the performing arts were considered in odd years. In 1989, the Foundation decided to award grants at the beginning of each year, so starting in 1990 and continuing to the present, each grant run is dated by a single year only.

This series consists of two types of files: the "Grant Review Papers" and the individual grant files. The "Grant Review Papers" first appeared in the fall and spring of 1987-1988, and then appeared annually from 1989 to 1993. These files contain a list of the recipients for that year (or half year), descriptions of each recipients' project, notes on the decision making processes of the grant review committee, and in later years, notes on consultants brought in to advise on grant applications. Read alone, these files provide a quick overview of the types of grant projects supported by the Foundation and the ways in which those projects evolved over time. They also detail the goals and aims of the grant review committee members, including former grant recipients, and members of Sallie Bingham's immediate family (her husband Tim Peters and son Barry Ellsworth).

The individual grant files are arranged chronologically and alphabetized within each year, reflecting the original order maintained by the Foundation staff. In the files from 1985 to 1986, and 1990 to 1993, files for persons and institutions are intermingled and arranged alphabetically, whereas in the files from the spring and fall of 1987-1988, and 1989, the files for persons and institutions are separated, with the institutional files following the personal files. Each individual grant file contains the recipient's application and supporting materials, notes on the application by Board Members, letters of notification from the Foundation, a final report and follow-up materials on the ways in which recipients used grant monies. In certain cases, an individual or institution received many grants from the Foundation over the years, so that the relationship between the recipient and the Foundation was one of long-term patronage (e.g., Cass Irvin, Leslie Wood, Appalshop, the Speed Art Museum). The grant files also reflect the inter-twined nature of many of the Foundation's projects, since in several cases persons who received grants later became part of the Foundation's administration (e.g., Ann Stewart Anderson, Patty Wren Smith), while other grant recipients were involved with The American Voice (e.g., Lucinda Zoe, Marie Williams, Maryat Lee and Susan Griffin).

The projects described in the grant files cover a wide variety of topics relating to feminism, the arts and humanities, and women's culture. These topics include: literature and literary journals; poetry, prose and scholarly writing; historical and literary conferences; playwriting, theatrical production and performance; African-American storytelling; musical performance and composition; photography; documentary filmmaking; painting; sculpture; puppetry; quilting and other forms of fabric art; women in organized religions; women's political activism and employment issues; environmentalism, ecofeminism, naturalism, wilderness and outdoor adventure activities by women; and the work of lesbians, women of color, and physically handicapped women. The series is arranged by years, then alphabetically by name; note that from 1987 to 1989, corporate entities are filed in a separate alphabetical run after the files for individuals.

Appalshop
Box GF 1
Coal Employment Project
Box GF 1
Crawford, Barbara
Box GF 1
Hanger, Barbara
Box GF 1
Louisville Public Library
Box GF 1
Martin, Kirsten Ann
Box GF 1
McMichael, Pam
Box GF 1
Midway College
Box GF 1
Nelson, Assiria
Box GF 1
Robertson, Dean
Box GF 1
Roddey, Gloria
Box GF 1
Smith, Barbara
Box GF 1
Southeast Women's Employment Coalition
Box GF 1
SPARC
Box GF 1
Theater Workshop
Box GF 1
University of Kentucky Rural Women's Conference
Box GF 1
WKPC - TV Program
Box GF 1
Woodland Artists, Inc.
Box GF 1
1986 Fall: Grants review papers
Box GF 1
Advocado Press
Box GF 1
Alternatives for Women
Box GF 1
American Women Composers
Box GF 1
Appalshop (Arnow film)
Box GF 1
Appalshop (Barrett, Elizabeth)
Box GF 1
Arnold, Mary Alice
Box GF 1
Austin, Gayle
Box GF 1
Baker, Cissy
Box GF 1
Banks, Nancy
Box GF 1
Carson, Jo
Box GF 1
Churn, Hartina
Box GF 1
Connerton, Martha
Box GF 1
Dalton, Marcia
Box GF 1
Eastley, Keely
Box GF 1
Ewald, Wendy
Box GF 1
Ferguson, Kathleen
Box GF 1
Gifted Girls Conference
Box GF 1
Glover, Sally
Box GF 1
Griffin, Carol
Box GF 1
Hazelwood, Kimberly
Box GF 1
Kennedy, Margaret
Box GF 1
Kentucky Center Chamber Players
Box GF 1
Kentucky Contemporary Theater
Box GF 1
Kilkelly, Ann
Box GF 1
Kinchlow, Gina
Box GF 1
Lundstrom, Kinda
Box GF 1
Lyon, George Ella
Box GF 1
Mims, Marilyn
Box GF 1
Museum of History
Box GF 1
Olmstead, Jane
Box GF 1
Osbey, Brenda Marie
Box GF 1
Naslund, Sena
Box GF 1
Portland Museum
Box GF 1
Presness, Barbara
Box GF 1
Roadside Theater
Box GF 1
Rodriguez, Andrea
Box GF 1
Sutton, Catherine
Box GF 1
Sutton, Dorothy
Box GF 1
Theater Workshop of Louisville
Box GF 2
Thorne, Florence
Box GF 2
Troutman, Kira
Box GF 2
University of Cincinnati, Sculpture Conference
Box GF 2
Walker, Concetta
Box GF 2
Ward, Lucretia
Box GF 2
Women in Theater
Box GF 2
Women Writers Conference
Box GF 2
1987 Fall: Grants review papers
Box GF 2
Anderson, Ann Stewart
Box GF 2
Bach, Peggy
Box GF 2
Banks, Barbara
Box GF 2
Biggs, Karen
Box GF 2
Blee, Kathleen
Box GF 2
Bradshaw, Cathryn
Box GF 2
Bunch, Marilyn
Box GF 2
Butler, Linda
Box GF 2
Cash, Alice
Box GF 2
Chism, Michele
Box GF 2
Coates, Ann
Box GF 2
Crawford, Barbara
Box GF 2
Crowe-Carraco, Carol
Box GF 2
Davis, Glenetta
Box GF 2
DeShazer, Mary
Box GF 2
Donohue, Jean
Box GF 2
Frederick, Sarah
Box GF 2
Goldman, Pam
Box GF 2
Gregory, Corinne
Box GF 2
Griffin, Susan
Box GF 2
Guyon, Marjorie
Box GF 2
Hanger, Barbara
Box GF 2
Hawkins, Mildred
Box GF 2
Huard, Cynthia
Box GF 2
Jensen, Julie
Box GF 2
Kays, Jeanette
Box GF 2
Kelly, Alex
Box GF 2
Kennelly, Tamara
Box GF 2
Kilb, Jenny
Box GF 2
Kirstein, Janis
Box GF 2
Kruse, Meriah
Box GF 2
Kukla, Cynthia
Box GF 2
Linderman, Laura
Box GF 2
McIntosh, Peggy
Box GF 2
Mitchell, Marie
Box GF 2
Mitter, Sara
Box GF 2
Morehead, Maureen
Box GF 2
Mueller, Lavonne
Box GF 2
Neumayer, Cora
Box GF 2
Ostling, Kristin
Box GF 3
Philpott, Linda
Box GF 3
Powell, Irene
Box GF 3
Reigler, Susan
Box GF 3
Renick, Patricia
Box GF 3
Robinson, Cathy
Box GF 3
Sasso, Sandy
Box GF 3
Shirley, Aleda
Box GF 3
Sutton, Cathy
Box GF 3
Thomas, Ursula
Box GF 3
True, Vikki
Box GF 3
Wood, Leslie
Box GF 3
Zoe, Lucinda
Box GF 3
Appalshop
Box GF 3
Artswatch
Box GF 3
Community Coordinated Child Care
Box GF 3
Education Arts, Inc.
Box GF 3
Georgetown College
Box GF 3
Kentucky Women's History Conference
Box GF 3
Louisville Ballet
Box GF 3
Mount St. Joseph Archives
Box GF 3
Murray State University Visiting Artists
Box GF 3
Planned Parenthood of Louisville
Box GF 3
Shakespeare in the Fields
Box GF 3
State of Mind Exhibit
Box GF 3
University of Louisville Lectures
Box GF 3
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
Box GF 3
1987 Fall: Grants review papers
Box GF 3
Albrink, Nancy
Box GF 3
Apple, Lisa
Box GF 3
Arnillas, Liliana
Box GF 3
Barnes, Linda
Box GF 3
Block, Donna
Box GF 3
Brock, Walter
Box GF 3
Cassell, Nancy
Box GF 3
Cobbs, Rae
Box GF 3
Conway, Bethany
Box GF 3
Cornett, Judy
Box GF 3
Curry, Mary
Box GF 3
Davis, Edith
Box GF 3
DeCourcy, Lynne
Box GF 3
Duke, Jeanette
Box GF 3
Dunn, Millard
Box GF 3
Erwin, Gaela
Box GF 3
Glover, Sally
Box GF 3
Goldstein, Joanna
Box GF 3
Gordon, Lida
Box GF 3
Graybeal, Patricia
Box GF 3
Greenfield, Gretchen
Box GF 3
Hamann, Marilyn
Box GF 3
Hammett, Charlotte
Box GF 4
Haragan, P. and Storey, A.
Box GF 4
Hardesty, Sharon
Box GF 4
Harman, Nancy
Box GF 4
Hart, Lynda
Box GF 4
Havens, Deborah
Box GF 4
Hazelwood, Kimberly
Box GF 4
Johnson, Fenton
Box GF 4
Jordan, Joan
Box GF 4
King, Lou
Box GF 4
Kirchner, Erica
Box GF 4
Knott, Caludia
Box GF 4
Koger, Lisa
Box GF 4
Kopacz, Paula
Box GF 4
Lee, Shawn
Box GF 4
Lindstorm, Anne
Box GF 4
Maldonado, Mara
Box GF 4
May, Kathy
Box GF 4
McKinney, Irene
Box GF 4
Metzmeier, B. and Rhodes, G.
Box GF 4
Mitchell, Suzanne
Box GF 4
Mock, R. and Clem D.
Box GF 4
Naslund, Sena
Box GF 4
Neal, Licia
Box GF 4
Nixon, Rebecca
Box GF 4
Norris, Lynne
Box GF 4
Olmstead, Jane
Box GF 4
Opengart, Bea
Box GF 4
Penkalski, Janice
Box GF 4
Phenix, Lucy
Box GF 4
Richards, Veronica
Box GF 4
Richardson, Josephine
Box GF 4
Rodriguez, Janet
Box GF 4
Sickles, Carol
Box GF 4
Stewart, Deborah
Box GF 4
Streepey, Janet
Box GF 4
Wade, Barbara
Box GF 4
Ward, Lucretia
Box GF 4
Watson, Noelle
Box GF 4
Weis, Ellen
Box GF 4
Wilson, Melissa
Box GF 4
Wood, McCrystle
Box GF 4
Zaniello, Fran
Box GF 4
Zimmerman, Marie
Box GF 4
Appalshop
Box GF 4
Belles Lettres
Box GF 4
Bunbury Repertory Theatre
Box GF 4
Daedalus Productions (2 folders)
Box GF 4
Kentucky State University
Box GF 4
Roadside Theater
Box GF 4
Speed Museum
Box GF 5
University of Louisville Archives
Box GF 5
Urban League of Lexington
Box GF 5
Women Writers Conference
Box GF 5
1988: Grants review papers
Box GF 5
Baldyga, Julie
Box GF 5
Binford, Anne
Box GF 5
Blanton, Eileen
Box GF 5
Christensen, Jean
Box GF 5
Esselman, Mary
Box GF 5
Foster, Catherine
Box GF 5
Franklin, Angela
Box GF 5
Furnish, Denise
Box GF 5
Gaus, Donna
Box GF 5
Gorham, Sarah
Box GF 5
Hazelwood, Kimberly
Box GF 5
Hickes, Robin
Box GF 5
Irvin, Cass
Box GF 5
Lyon, George Ella, et. al.
Box GF 5
Mangine, Genevieve
Box GF 5
Maxson, Richard
Box GF 5
Miller, Zephra May
Box GF 5
Mock, Robin and Deborah Clem
Box GF 5
Morrison, Tracy
Box GF 5
Morsey, Sara
Box GF 5
Pierce, Constance
Box GF 5
Price, Julia
Box GF 5
Renick, Patricia
Box GF 5
Rubio, Gwyn Ellen Hyman
Box GF 5
Searfoss, Kristin
Box GF 5
Shouse, Rebecca
Box GF 5
Smith, Patty
Box GF 5
Stone, Jo
Box GF 5
Theriot, Nancy
Box GF 5
Walker, Marsha
Box GF 5
Wallace, Naomi
Box GF 5
White, Pamela
Box GF 5
Wood, Leslie
Box GF 5
Ars Femina
Box GF 5
Artswatch
Box GF 5
Filson Club
Box GF 5
Louisville Visual Arts Association
Box GF 6
Theatre on the Prowl
Box GF 6
Youth Performing Arts School
Box GF 6
Grants review papers
Box GF 6
Appalshop
Box GF 6
Arnillas, Liliana
Box GF 6
Arnow, Jan
Box GF 6
Artswatch
Box GF 6
Blanton, Eileen
Box GF 6
Cash, Jane
Box GF 6
Darley, Claire
Box GF 6
Dueber, Jeanne
Box GF 6
Duncan, Laura
Box GF 6
Dupree, Adora
Box GF 6
England, Ana
Box GF 6
Farnsley, Brenda
Box GF 6
Farrell, Mary
Box GF 6
Free, Phyllis and Ottzen, Susan
Box GF 6
Grape, Carol
Box GF 6
Kate and Company Productions
Box GF 6
Kirchner, Erica
Box GF 6
Kukla, Cynthia
Box GF 6
LoPiccolo, Hather
Box GF 6
Louisville Visual Art Association
Box GF 6
Maddox, Laura
Box GF 6
Montgomery, Patricia
Box GF 6
Morris, Vanessa
Box GF 6
Priest, Licia
Box GF 6
Progressive Productions
Box GF 6
Rauf, Barbara
Box GF 6
The Road Company
Box GF 6
Robinson, Catherine
Box GF 6
Rodriguez, Susan
Box GF 6
Sasso, Sandy
Box GF 6
Seigel, Rebekka
Box GF 6
Sisto, Penny
Box GF 6
Skinner, Patricia
Box GF 6
Spears, Karen
Box GF 6
Sullivan, Celeste
Box GF 6
Syncopated, Inc.
Box GF 6
Taylor, Marilyn
Box GF 6
Theater Workshop of Louisville
Box GF 6
Volunteers of America
(2 folders)
Box GF 7
Walker, Melanie, D. Clem and R. Mock
Box GF 7
Women in Theatre Festival
Box GF 7
Women Writers Conference
Box GF 7
Wood, Leslie
Box GF 7
Yates, Dawn
Box GF 7
Yer Girlfriend
Box GF 7
Grants review papers
Box GF 7
Alexander, Constance
Box GF 7
Aprile, Dianne
Box GF 7
Belles Lettres
Box GF 7
Bivens, Yaa Floria
Box GF 7
Boisseau, Michelle
Box GF 7
Cebulska, Marcia
Box GF 7
Clark, Cynthia
Box GF 7
Cobbs, Rae
Box GF 7
Colander, Valerie
Box GF 7
Collins, Camilla
Box GF 7
Darrell, Sherry
Box GF 7
Davenport, Doris
Box GF 7
Davis, Louise
Box GF 7
Delgado, Pat
Box GF 7
Finney, Nikky
Box GF 7
Flodin, Lucinda
Box GF 7
Gehringer, Martha
Box GF 7
Gorham, Sarah
Box GF 7
Hawkins, Mildred
Box GF 7
Hazelwood, Kimerly
Box GF 7
Holland, Suzanne
Box GF 7
Irwin, Janet
Box GF 7
Jones, Carridder
Box GF 7
Jones, Marilyn
Box GF 7
Jull, Sandra
Box GF 7
Keelan, Claudia
Box GF 7
Kilkelly, Ann
Box GF 7
Lehman, Rhea
Box GF 8
Lutfiyya, M. and Whittenberger, K.
Box GF 8
Maggard, Sally
Box GF 8
McClanahan, Cia
Box GF 8
McClellan, Eleanor
Box GF 8
McElmurray, Karen
Box GF 8
McMichael, Pam
Box GF 8
Media Working Group
Box GF 8
Morre, Michele
Box GF 8
O'Connor, Kate
Box GF 8
Osborn, Karen
Box GF 8
R.A.P.E. Relief Center (2 folders)
Box GF 8
Rosenman, Ellen
Box GF 8
Skinner, Patricia
Box GF 8
Source: Women Writers
(2 folders)
Box GF 8
Strange, Aralee
Box GF 8
Taylor, Susan
Box GF 8
Templeton, Alice
Box GF 8
Weiner, Jennifer
Box GF 8
Wolf, Geralyn
Box GF 8
Women Writer's Conference
Box GF 8
Grants review papers
Box GF 8
Bacon, O'Leary
Box GF 8
Barnette, Martha
Box GF 8
Brooks, Nan
Box GF 8
Clay, Angelique
Box GF 8
Cunningham, Caren
Box GF 8
Darst, Stephanie
Box GF 9
Dance Brigade
Box GF 9
Edell, Therese
Box GF 9
Einfalt, Linda
Box GF 9
Erwin, Gaela
Box GF 9
Fisher, Suzanne
Box GF 9
Free, Phyllis
Box GF 9
Good Name Productions
Box GF 9
Graves, Jan
Box GF 9
Higgins, Meg
Box GF 9
Irwin, Kim
Box GF 9
Kaufman, Barrie
Box GF 9
Kleffman, Lois
Box GF 9
Larke, Paula
Box GF 9
Louisville Visual Art Association
Box GF 9
Maier, Mary Anne and Chris Doerflinger
(2 folders)
Box GF 9
Morris, Vanessa
Box GF 9
MUSE Cincinnati Women's Choir
Box GF 9
New Harmony Gallery
Box GF 9
Ogden, Joyce
Box GF 9
Randall, Esther
Box GF 9
Rowland, Wendy
Box GF 9
Seeman, Rebecca
Box GF 9
Speed Art Museum
Box GF 9
Sydney, Sandra
Box GF 9
Valois, Valerie
Box GF 9
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
Box GF 9
Yaddo
Box GF 9
Yer Girlfriend
Box GF 9
Grants review papers
Box GF 9
Alford-Haley, Carol
Box GF 9
Anthony, Lillian
Box GF 9
Artswatch
Box GF 9
Beasley, Gabrielle
Box GF 10
Berry, George Ann
Box GF 10
Bondurant, Jackie
Box GF 10
Carnegie Center
Box GF 10
French, Paula
Box GF 10
Halpern, Susan
Box GF 10
Hill, Heather
Box GF 10
Hinton, Rebecca
(2 folders)
Box GF 10
Irwin, Cass
Box GF 10
Johnson, Anne
Box GF 10
Kern, Kathi
Box GF 10
Lee, Diana
Box GF 10
Maier, Mary Anne
Box GF 10
Martin, Lou
Box GF 10
Long, Kate (2 folders)
Box GF 10
Marowitz, Jenny
Box GF 10
Mary Anderson Center
Box GF 10
Nichols, Krista
Box GF 10
Opengart, Bea
Box GF 10
Prager, Adele
Box GF 10
Rysiewicz, Elaine
Box GF 10
Sisters of Loretto
Box GF 10
Snyder, Laura
Box GF 10
University of Louisville Women's Center
Box GF 10
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
Box GF 10
Women's Center, Volunteers of America
Box GF 10
Waggener, Linda
Box GF 10
Wagner, Stephanie
Box GF 10
Wallace, Naomi
Box GF 10
Werking, Kathy
Box GF 10
Writer's Voice of the YMCA
Box GF 10

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[Audio and videocassettes found throughout box were removed and placed at the end of box 4.]

Outgoing correspondence (A-Z), 1994
Box 1
Board minutes, 1994
Box 1
Miscellaneous and early decline grantee information
Box 1
List and description of all grant applications received, 1994
Box 1
Grant applications for 1994
Box 1
Financial information, 1986-1992
Box 1
Approved grants, including evaluation forms and filed by grantee name, A-F, 1994
Box 1

Audio and videocassettes found throughout box were removed and placed at the end of box 4.

Approved grants, including evaluation forms and filed by grantee name, F-W, 1994
Box 2
Approved grants, including evaluation forms and filed by grantee name, Y-Z, 1994
Box 3
The American Voice (TAV) information files, volumes 32-45, 1993-1998
Box 3
TAV volume 4, 1999
Box 4
TAV information files, volumes 46-49
Box 4
TAV correspondence (UK contract), 1998
Box 4
TAV correspondence (UK anthology: letters), 1998
Box 4
Correspondence, Maria Williams, 1998
Box 4
Sallie Bingham, preservation newspaper article, 1999
Box 4
Sallie Bingham, writings, reviews, etc., 1999
Box 4
Audio-visual material removed from box 1
Box 4

Addition consists primarily of files documenting the organization's grant program, and also includes project files, files related to the feminist literary journal The American Voice, publications, and files from Hopscotch House.

Correspondence with Sallie Bingham, 1992-1993
Box 1
The American Voice materials

Layout, correspondence, fundraising, advertising, galleys, subscriptions, etc.

(25 folders)
Box 1
Julia Driskell, photographic exhibit from the International Women's Conference, Kenya, 1985
Box 2
Grant files, 1995
Box 2
Grant files, 1996
Box 2
Grant files, 1997
Box 3
Grant files, 1998
Box 3
Grant files, 1999
Box 4
Grant files, A-N, 2000
Box 4
Grant files, P-Z, 2000
Box 5
Board meetings, 1994-1996
Box 5
Grant Guidelines: Art Meets Activism, 2004-2006
Box 5
Grant Guidelines: Artist Enrichment, 2003-2006
Box 5
Special Initiative on Women, Art, and Change, 2000
Box 5
KFW Update, 2002-2006
Box 5
KFW Annual Report, 1988-2002
Box 5
KFW Newsletter, 1996-2000
Box 5
KFW Day Invitation, 2003-2006
Box 5
KFW Season's Greetings
Box 5
Women's History Month Cards, 2004-2007
Box 5
KFW Brochure
Box 5
Hopscotch House history, 1988-2000 and undated
Box 5
Hopscotch House manager, 1989-1999 and undated
Box 5
Hopscotch House reports, 1997-2000
Box 5
Program information and fliers
Box 5
Guest appraisals
Box 5
Ann Stewart Anderson
Box 5
Sallie Bingham
Box 5
Slides (approximately 200), taken by Kristen Martin, 1990
Box 5

Historical Note

DateEvent(s)
1985 Mar. 19Kentucky Foundation for Women (KFW) incorporated by Sallie Bingham, Founder and Executive Director
1985 Apr. 17First recorded Board of Directors meeting minutes
1985 June 1Lease with Heyburn Building in Louisville, Ky.
1985 Oct.First issue of The American Voice published
1985-1986Grants paid: $38,708 (fiscal year)
1986 July 24Investment contract signed with Citizens Fidelity Bank
1986 Sept. 18Maxine Brown resigned as Executive Vice-President
1986 Nov. 6Board approved new grants
1986-1987Grants paid: $2,793,278 (fiscal year)
1987 Feb. 8Pat Buster hired as administrative assistant
1987 Mar. 30Hopscotch House property purchased
1987 May 29Board approved new grants
1987 Sept. 9Board approved change from biannual to annual grants
1988 JulyFirst Wolf Pen Women Writers Colony
1988 Oct. 20Board approved a biennial grants cycle based on artistic discipline
Early 1989Chapel Partnership donated Chapel to KFW
1989 JulySecond Wolf Pen Women Writers Colony
1989 Oct.Patty Wren Smith hired as manager of Hopscotch House
1990 JulyThird Wolf Pen Women Writers Colony
1990 Aug.KFW donated Chapel to Theater Workshop of Louisville
1990 Dec.Sallie Bingham resigned as Executive Director
1991 Feb. 1Ann Stewart Anderson began serving as Executive Director
1991 JulyFourth Wolf Pen Women Writers Colony
1991 Sept. 7First Founders Day Picnic (held annually since)
1993 JulyEcofeminist Writers Colony
1994 JulyEcofeminist Writers Colony
1995Decade Celebration (events held throughout the year)
1996 Apr. 9Sallie Bingham donated additional Hopscotch Property to KFW
1996 Sept. 8First Sallie Bingham Award given to Mary Jefferson
1996 Sept. 7Sallie Bingham Award given to Alma Lesch
1997 Dec.Ann Stewart Anderson resigned as Executive Director
1998 Aug.Judi Jennings began serving as Executive Director
1998 Sept. 13Sallie Bingham Award given to Ann Stewart Anderson

Sallie Bingham was the founder and first Executive Director of the Foundation, and profoundly shaped its goals. The overall purpose of the Foundation is to support feminist women in the arts. This can be seen in the Foundation's first information pamphlet, which states that the Foundation's goal is "illuminating the plight of women and serving as a catalyst for change on their behalf, primarily through the Arts and Humanities." (This pamphlet can be found in the General Information Subseries of the Administrative Files Series). Additionally, with its publication of the journal The American Voice, the Foundation endeavors to support the work of feminist women writers.

Subject Headings

Related Material

Related Materials

Due to the prominence of Sallie Bingham in the history of the Foundation, materials in this collection complement those in the Sallie Bingham papers, also held by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Kentucky Foundation for Women Records, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Kentucky Foundation for Women Records were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1999.

Processing Information

Processed by Don Sechler; Lisa Stark; Katy Fenn.

Completed December 31, 1999.

Encoded by Michael Shumate; Ruth E. Bryan

Accessions 1999-0131 and 1999-0251 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

Addition 2001-0012 minimally processed by Ruth E. Bryan on February 12, 2001.

Addition 2007-0126 added to the finding aid by Meghan Lyon, May 2011.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.