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Guide to the Irene Peslikis Papers, 1957-2002 and undated

Abstract

Feminist artist, activist, and educator Irene Peslikis (1943-2002) was born in New York, New York, and raised in different locations in Queens, New York. She was instrumental in a number of influential feminist and feminist art groups, including the New York Feminist Art Institute, the journal Women & Art (co-founded with Pat Mainardi), and the group Redstockings.

The Irene Peslikis Papers span the years 1957-2002 and document Peslikis's life as a feminist artist, activist, and educator. The collection is organized into nine series: Feminist Activism, Correspondence, Writings, Personal Files, Subject Files, Education, Art, Printed Material, and Audiovisual Material. Materials in this collection include correspondence, essays, personal journals, exhibit files, artwork in a number of media, personal files, her student files, teaching files, clippings, photographs, journals, pamphlets, and audiocassettes. Frequent and/or notable correspondents include her immediate family: her mother, father, and brother, Michael; and friends Ursula Karau, Alix Kates Shulman, Rosalyn Baxandall, Robin Morgan, Carol Hanisch, Lucinda (Cindy) Cisler, Lucia Vernarelli, Pat Mainardi, Judy Chicago, and Shulamith (Shulie) Firestone.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Irene Peslikis papers, 1957-2002 and undated
Creator
Peslikis, Irene
Language of Material
English, Greek
Extent
27.0 Linear Feet , 20,250 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.

Collection Overview

The Irene Peslikis Papers span the years 1957-2002 and document Peslikis's life as a feminist artist, activist, and educator. The collection is organized into nine series: Feminist Activism, Correspondence, Writings, Personal Files, Subject Files, Education, Art, Printed Material, and Audiovisual Material.

The Feminist Activism Series is composed of materials from three key venues for Peslikis's feminist activist work: the New York Feminist Art Institute, the journal Women & Art, and the group Redstockings. This series includes organizational records, related correspondence and articles, exhibition announcements, and grant proposals.

The Correspondence Series contains letters, postcards, and cards received by Peslikis from family and friends. Frequent and/or notable correspondents include her immediate family: her mother, father, and brother, Michael; and friends Ursula Karau, Alix Kates Shulman, Rosalyn Baxandall, Robin Morgan, Carol Hanisch, Lucinda (Cindy) Cisler, Lucia Vernarelli, Pat Mainardi, Judy Chicago, and Shulamith (Shulie) Firestone. A smaller amount of outgoing letters is also included. Correspondence depicts Peslikis's work as an activist and as an artist, as well as her financial and medical difficulties.

Materials in the Writings Series include manuscripts, notes, notebooks, and journals kept by Peslikis. The Manuscripts subseries includes writings by people other than Peslikis which directly impacted her work, as well as drafts and outlines of Peslikis's publications. Notes, notebooks, and journals were all penned by Peslikis. Notebooks are primarily personal journals kept by Peslikis from her teenage years through the early 1980s and again from the early 1990s until the end of her life.

The Personal Files Series depicts the numerous financial, legal, and medical issues confronted by Peslikis over three decades. Peslikis received assistance in the form of Supplemental Security Income (SSI), food stamps, and subsidized housing for artists (at Westbeth Artist Housing), each of which required meticulous documentation in order to retain. A portion of this series is closed until 2099.

The Subject Files Series consists primarily of clippings and notes retained by Peslikis on a number of women- and feminism-related subjects, as well as on art, astrology, United States foreign policy, and Greek politics.

The Education Series is composed of files documenting Peslikis as a student, an instructor, and an instructor in search of employment.

Items in the Art Series include artwork by Peslikis, duplications of her artwork, sketchbooks, and files related to her exhibits, including flyers, reviews, and catalogs.

The Printed Material Series comprises periodicals, pamphlets, and printed essays. Subjects represented include feminism, Marxism, and art.

The Audiovisual Material Series consists of audiocassettes and super 8 film documenting discussions, meetings, and other events. Items are labeled with original descriptions provided by Peslikis. Also included is a VHS tape of a memorial service for Peslikis.

Administrative Information

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The contents of Box 20 are closed until 2099. With that exception, the collection is open for research.

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Contents of the Collection

Peslikis was an integral element of a number of feminist efforts emerging from the second wave of feminism in the United States, including the New York Feminist Art Institute, the journal Women & Art, and the group Redstockings. Materials related to each organization are included in this series.

The New York Feminist Art Institute, of which Peslikis was a founding member, began in 1979 and offered a radical feminist art education for women. In 1981 Peslikis was voted off the Institute's board of directors, prompting the resignation of others. This stemmed from a disagreement about racial intergration in the Institute. Includes workshop and course announcements, related correspondence and articles, grant proposals, and letters of resignation from board members due to the controversy over the organization's racial politics. Arrangement is chronological.

Walton, Joanna, Anglo-American workshop, 1976 Mar.-Apr.
Box 1
Pauley, Sylvia Nelson, Spring 1977-1978

[Note: Includes slides of her work.]

Box 1
Notes, 1977 Nov.- 1978 May
Box 1
Newspaper articles, 1977 Dec.-1979 July
Box 1
Mailing lists, arts letters, and policies, 1977 Dec.-Summer 1979
Box 1
Course notes, procedures, 1978
Box 1
Correspondence, 1978 Feb.-Dec.
Box 1
Meeting notes, reports, and minutes, 1978 Mar.-Dec.
Box 1
Proposals, 1978-1979
Box 1
Grants, collage contributions, and other fundraising ideas, 1978 June-1979 May
Box 1
Kurland, Roberta, dissertation seminar, Autumn 1978-1979 Jan.
Box 1
Curriculum vitae and extra information on instructors, 1979
Box 1
Expenses, paid and unpaid, 1979
Box 1
Notes, curriculum analysis, 1979 Jan.-Mar.
Box 1
Raffle benefit, fundraising, 1979 Jan.-Mar.
Box 1
Mailing list information, 1979 Mar.
Box 1
Fall preparation, printer's prices, 1979 Mar.-Aug.
Box 1
Course descriptions, Summer 1979
Box 1
Forms, Summer 1979
Box 1
Original copy of schedule, flyer, and press release, Summer 1979
Box 1
Press release and programs, Summer 1979
Box 1
Workshop descriptions, Summer 1979
Box 1
Notes, course descriptions, 1979 May-July
Box 2
Appointments, notes, 1979 June
Box 2
Events, curriculum vitae, 1979 June-July
Box 2
Notes, 1979 June-July
Box 2
Summer program, preliminary proposal and objectives, 1979 June-July
Box 2
Board meeting: original goals, summer program, progress report, 1979 July 18
Box 2
Meetings, 1979 July-Aug. notes
Box 2
Brochures, flyers, Autumn 1979
Box 2
Workshop descriptions, Autumn 1979
Box 2
Notes, 1979 Sept.
Box 2
Simone de Beauvoir conference papers, mailing list, and correspondence, 1979 Sept. 27-29
Box 2
Board of directors, notes, 1979 Oct.
Box 2
Notes, correspondence, curriculum vitae, 1979-1980
Box 2
Proposal and projected first year budget, 1979-1980
Box 2
Commercial space availability, 1979-1980 Oct.
Box 2
Proposals and budgets, 1979 Feb.-Spring 1980
Box 2
Correspondence, 1979 July-1980 Mar.
Box 2
Official documents, bylaws, and meeting minutes, 1979-1981
Box 2
Workshops and catalog, Summer 1979-1981
Box 3
Events, 1979 Nov.-1981 Apr.
Box 3
Art Association presentation notes, 1980
Box 3
Personal notes, 1980 Mar.-Oct.
Box 3
Attempts at community meetings, 1980 May 2
Box 3
Ford Foundation: correspondence, budgets, letters of recommendation, and notes, 1980 July-Dec.
Box 3
Rules and regulations for raffle, 1980 Oct.-Dec.
Box 3
Notes, minutes, 1980-1981
Box 3
Political issues and aesthetics, 1980-1981
Box 3
Sexism/racism workshop, 1981 Jan.
Box 3
Transformations exhibit, 1981 Mar.
Box 3
Political consciousness/political action weekend, 1981 Apr.
Box 3
Letters of resignation, Race and Politics at the N.Y.F.A.I., 1981 June-July
Box 3
Catalog, 1981-1982
Box 3
Budget, proof, memo, undated
Box 3
Notes, undated
Box 3
Publicity information, inexpensive printing, undated
Box 3

Feminist journal co-founded with Patricia Mainardi. Includes press releases, article submissions, exhibition announcements, and correspondence regarding the organization's liberal/Marxist split. Arrangement is chronological.

Articles, 1965-1972
Box 3
Notes on reductive art and art group agenda, 1970
Box 3
Articles and conference announcements, 1970 Mar.-1973 May
Box 3
Manifestos of women artists, 1970 Mar.-1972 Mar.
Box 3
New articles, 1970 Nov.-1971 Oct.
Box 3
Notes on aesthetics, society, and criticism, 1971
Box 3
Articles and exhibition announcements, 1971 Apr.-July
Box 4
Redstocking artists and fundraising for feminist gallery, 1971 May
Box 4
Financial and administrative papers, 1971 May-1973 May
(3 folders)
Box 4
Redstocking artists of the Woman Artists Group, 1971 June-Aug.
Box 4
Correspondence, 1971 Nov.-1972 Mar.
Box 4
Female sexuality and censorship, 1972
Box 4
Egbert, Donald, The Idea of the Avante Gardein Art and Politics, 1972 Mar.
Box 4
Liberal/Marxist split, 1972 Mar.-Apr.
Box 4
Newsletters, 1971 Autumn-Winter
Box 4
Proposal notes, 1971 May-1979 Aug.
Box 4
Magazine contributions and art exhibition, Two Nations, Six Artists, 1972 Mar.-1974 Feb.

[Note: Includes photographs and pen and ink drawings.]

Box 4
Supplement, Summer/Autumn 1972
Box 4
Articles, 1973
Box 4
Ideas and correspondence, 1973
Box 4
Submissions, Spring 1973
Box 4
A Group Project, notes, 1974 Nov.-Dec.
Box 4
Articles 1974-1975 May
Box 4
Women & Art collective exhibit, 1975 Apr.
Box 4
Women & Art exhibition, 1976
Box 4
Articles and events, 1977
Box 5
Women & Art workshop of American Studies, third annual exhibit, 1977
Box 5
Newsletter, articles, and catalog, 1977 Feb.-June
Box 5
Bibliography and resource list, 1977 Apr.
Box 5
Articles, undated
Box 5
Lecture notes, Lehman College, undated
Box 5
Notes regarding supplement on Marxist aesthetics, undated
Box 5

A feminist theoretical and consciousness-raising group in New York City, which Peslikis co-founded. Includes articles on radical feminist politics and draft of the "Redstockings Manifesto." Arrangement is chronological.

Consciousness-raising and Intuition, 1968 Nov.
Box 5
Consciousness-raising, session outline, 1968
Box 5
What Can Be Learned?: A Critique of the Miss America Protest and Defining Reality, 1968 Nov.
Box 5
Consciousness-raising, 1969
Box 5
Whatever Happened to Women?, The Politics of Free Love, and Consumerism and Women, 1969
Box 5
Resistance to Consciousness, 1969 June 27
Box 5
Testimonies: how marriage oppresses single women, 1969 Aug.
Box 5
A Woman Scientist Speaks, 1969 Nov. 20
Box 5
Manifesto and notes, 1970 Mar.
Box 5
Workshop on class, 1970 Apr.-May
Box 5
Steinem, Gloria, press release, 1975 May 9
Box 5
Course description: Women Thinking About Themselves, Autumn 1978
Box 5
Abortion forum, 1989 Mar. 3
Box 5
Veteran feminists and women's liberation, 1999-2001
Box 5
Consciousness-raising evaluation event, 2000 Dec. 10
Box 5
Women's Liberation & National Health Care: Confronting the Myth of the Nation, 2001 Dec. 19
Box 5
Brainwashing and Women: The Psychological Attack, and False Consciousness, undated
Box 5
Redstockings Manifesto, principles and letter, undated
Box 5

Contains letters, postcards, and cards received by Peslikis from family and friends. Frequent and/or notable correspondents include her immediate family: her mother, father, and brother, Michael; and friends Ursula Karau, Alix Kates Shulman, Rosalyn Baxandall, Robin Morgan, Carol Hanisch, Lucinda (Cindy) Cisler, Lucia Vernarelli, Pat Mainardi, Judy Chicago, and Shulamith (Shulie) Firestone. A smaller amount of outgoing letters is also included. Correspondence depicts Peslikis's work as an activist and as an artist, as well as her financial and medical difficulties. Arrangement is chronological.

1958
Box 6
1960 June-1969 Oct. and undated
Box 6
1961 July-Sept.
Box 6
1962 Feb.-July
Box 6
1963 Sept. 10
Box 6
1964 Feb.-Mar.
Box 6
1967 Mar. 3
Box 6
1969 June-Aug.
Box 6
circa 1970
Box 6
1970 Mar.-June
Box 6
1971 Feb.-Dec.
Box 6
1972
Box 6
1973
Box 6
1974 Mar.-Sept.
Box 6
1975 May-Aug.
Box 6
1976 May-Oct.
Box 6
1977
Box 6
1978
Box 6
1978-1997
Box 6
1979
(2 folders)
Box 6
1980
Box 6
1980-1981
Box 7
1981
Box 7
1981-1982
Box 7
1982
Box 7
1983 Feb.-Aug.
Box 7
1984 Feb. 25
Box 7
1985
Box 7
1986
Box 7
1987
Box 7
1988 Jan.-Mar.
Box 7
1989 Oct.-Nov.
Box 7
1990 July
Box 7
1990-1993
Box 7
1990-1994
Box 7
1991
Box 7
1992 Jan.-Apr.
Box 7
1993
Box 7
1994
Box 7
1995-1996
Box 7
1997
Box 8
1998
(2 folders)
Box 8
1999
Box 8
2000
Box 8
2001-2002
Box 8
2002
Box 8
undated
(3 folders)
Box 8

Contains manuscripts, notes, notebooks, and journals kept by Peslikis. The Manuscripts subseries includes writings by people other than Peslikis which directly impacted her work, as well as drafts and outlines of Peslikis's publications. Notes, notebooks, and journals were all penned by Peslikis.

Includes early drafts, outlines, and related notes of Peslikis's publications as well as the creative and scholarly works of her associates and influences. Files are arranged alphabetically.

Anonymous, Encyclopedia Britannica submission on Crime and Punishment, undated
Box 9
Anonymous, The Fire Last Time, undated
Box 9
Berl, Christine, essay on the function of socialist art, notes, 1971 Jan. 3
Box 9
Chatwood, Kathleen, Art Under Capitalism, 1979 Feb.
Box 9
De Beauvoir, Simone, The Question of Fidelity, 1963
Box 9
Dodge, Natt N., Poisonous Dwellers of the Desert,undated
Box 9
Forer, Anne, Dedicated to Irene, Easter, Stories and Letters, Philosophy, 1994
Box 9
Forer, Anne, A Pink Cloud, A Spritual Struggle, and untitled story, 1989-1991
Box 9
Giardina, Carol Ann, A Critical Analysis of Marxist Theory and Practice on the Woman Question, 1970 June
Box 9
Guerrier, Dexter, untitled play, 1980 Nov.-Dec.
Box 9
Jarratt, Kent, My Brother's Friend and Irene's Story, undated
Box 9
Jarratt, Kent, Noho Gallery article in honor of Peslikis's photo-collage exhibit, undated
Box 9
Jarratt, Kent, Sunbathing and untitled poems, undated
Box 9
Jarratt, Kent, This Saturday, The Decay of Stone, Tarantella, undated
Box 9
Peslikis, essays on Marxism and modern art, 1969-1980
(7 folders)
Box 9
Random House permission release form for Women in Revolt, 1970
Box 9
Unfinished article and newspaper clippings, 1971 Sept.-1972 Jan.
Box 9
Untitled speech, 1977 Mar. 16
Box 9
Heresies, introduction and outline, 1978 Dec.-1979 Mar.
Box 9
Notes for Heresies, 1979 Jan.
Box 9
Notes for Heresies and Reviewing my past thoughts, undated
Box 10
et al., Men Have Died from Time to Time and Worms Have Eaten Them, But Not for Love: The Woman Artist and the Myth of Romantic Love,1979 July 1
Box 10
Colette's Independent Study of A.H., Drawn from the Lifetime of Her Friend, and notes, 1979-1983
Box 10
Untitled fragments on the avant-garde, 1982 Mar.-1982 May
Box 10
Untitled poem, circa 1982 Mar. 17
Box 10
Presentation on the context, form, and content of art, preliminary draft and notes, 1982 May 13
Box 10
Feminist Memoir Project, prospectus and notes, 1994
Box 10
Cooper/Grey cubist aesthetics, paper and notes, undated
Box 10
Cooper/Grey paper, preliminary drafts, and notes on Simone de Beauvoir and Marxism, undated
Box 10
Inevitable Truths, preliminary draft, undated
Box 10
Resistance to Consciousness, prelimary drafts and notes, undated
Box 10
Toward an Understanding of Marxist Theory on Art, undated
Box 10
Peslikis, John, The Uncharted Voyage and other writings, 1966 Dec.-1993 Nov.
(2 folders)
Box 10
Poussaint, Alvin F., The Stresses of the White Female Worker in the Civil Rights Movement in the South, 1966 May 13
Box 10
Rakow, Raymond W., Pro-Choice vs. Pro-Abortion: An Important Difference, Psychoanalysis and Psychosomatic Medicine, Sexual Freedom and Oppressive Ideology, Sex, Politics, and Psychology, 1982-1989
Box 10
Sheehy, Gail, Bachelor Mothers, undated
Box 10
Sherman, Susan, untitled, undated
Box 10
Shulman, Alix Kates, untitled paper, undated
Box 10
Smith, Christine, Klimt's Image of Women, undated
Box 10
Wahous, Jane, 1963-1967 Oct.
Box 10
Winters, Laurence E., The Problematic of Contemporary Art: Impasse or Opening, 1979
Box 10
Zalamea, Pilar, Friend, undated
Box 10

Includes Peslikis's outlines and research notes for her articles and activism, as well as personal reflections on these topics. Arrangement is chronological.

Speech notes on abortion and feminist history, 1969-1979 Mar.
Box 11
Dialectical materialism, 1971-1989
Box 11
Some thoughts on Simone de Beauvoir, woman and history, 1971 Apr.
Box 11
1977 Aug.-1994 Aug.
Box 11
Conference notes, 1978 Jan.
Box 11
1978-1979
Box 11
Expenses regarding WBAI program, 1978 Apr.-1979 Mar.
Box 11
Art history and anthropology, 1979 Jan.-March
(3 folders)
Box 11
Dictaphone messages, 1983-1992
(2 folders)
Box 11
Marriage, 1994-2002
(6 folders)
Box 11
Biological determinism, teaching, and Women's Movement, 1998-2000
Box 11
Foreign policy, historical chronology, 2000 Mar.-Apr.
Box 11
Bibliographic information, undated
Box 11
Contacts, undated
(3 folders)
Box 12
Lecture notes on Mary Cassatt, undated
Box 12
Marxism and bourgeois radicalism, undated
Box 12
Scrapbooking material, undated
Box 12
Stop Smoking Guide and contacts, undated
Box 12
Women's Movement, undated
Box 12

Consists primarily of personal journals kept by Peslikis from her teenage years through the early 1980s and again from the early 1990s until the end of her life. Arrangement is chronological.

1960-1970
Box 12
Typed transcriptions of journal entries, 1960-1973
Box 12
1961
Box 12
1962 Nov.-1973 May
Box 12
Loose leaf journal entries, 1963 Mar.-1996 Aug.
Box 12
1967
Box 12
1968
Box 12
1968 Mar.-1969 Dec.
Box 13
1968 Sept.
Box 13
1969
(4 folders)
Box 13
1970
(2 folders)
Box 13
1970
Box 13
1970 Feb.-Mar.
Box 13
1971
Box 13
1971 Mar.-Oct.
Box 13
1971 Sept.-Nov.
Box 13
1972
Box 14
1972-1993
Box 14
1972 Dec.-1973 Jan.
Box 14
1973
Box 14
1973-1991
Box 14
1977 June-1981 Aug.
Box 14
1977 Apr.-1984 Aug.
Box 14
1980 Mar.-Aug.
Box 14
1992 Jan.-1995 Sept.
Box 14
1994 June
Box 14
1997-1999
Box 14
Redstockings meeting notes, 1999 Oct.-2000 Mar.
Box 14
1999-2002
Box 15
2001 Oct.
Box 15
Journals, undated
(6 folders)
Box 15
Loose leaf journal entries, undated
Box 15
Loose leaf journal entries and draft of letter, undated
Box 15
Notebooks, undated
(3 folders)
Box 15
Notebooks, undated
(5 folders)
Box 16
Recipes, undated
Box 16

Consists of files depicting the numerous financial, legal, and medical issues confronted by Peslikis over three decades. Peslikis received assistance in the form of SSI, food stamps, and subsidized housing for artists (at Westbeth Artist Housing), each of which required meticulous documentation in order to retain. Files are arranged alphabetically.

A portion of the files in this series, as indicated below, are closed until 2099.

Apartment matters, 1975-1976
Box 17
Art sales, 1971, 1979, 1997-1999
Box 17
Artists' rights/art transfer agreements, 1982
Box 17
Bankruptcy, 1983-1989
Box 17
Boarder baby, 1987
Box 17
CAPS (Creative Artists Public Service) Program, 1975-1985
Box 17
Copyrights/patents, 1980
Box 17
Date books, 1969-2001
(5 of 6 folders)
Box 17
Date books, 1969-2001
(6 of 6 folders)
Box 18
Failed foot surgery, 1997
Box 18
Financial and related material, 2000
Box 18
Food stamps, 1986-1993
(3 folders)
Box 18
Grant application materials, 1983-1990
Box 18
Letters from doctors re: disabilities, 1998-1999
Box 18
Lucia Vernarelli Hacker inheritance, 1994-1997
Box 18
Medicaid, 1993
Box 18
Medical reports, 1985
Box 18
Medical reports, 1998
Box 18
Notes, 199 Feb.-Mar.
Box 18
Peslikis v. D'Agostino, 1998
Box 18
Pollock-Krasner Foundation, 1997, 2000
Box 18
Scooter accident, 1986-1987
Box 18
Supplemental Security Income (SSI), 1984-1986
Box 19
SSI, 1988-1993
Box 19
Sylvia G. Traube, M.D., 1989
Box 19
Westbeth, 1992-1994
(2 folders)
Box 19
Westbeth recertification, 1982
Box 19
Westbeth recertification, 1987-1989
Box 19
Westbeth recertification, 1991-1993
(3 folders)
Box 19
Westbeth recertification, 1996-1999
Box 19
Divorce and legal files, 1994-1999
Box 20

Consists primarily of clippings and notes retained by Peslikis on a number of women- and feminism-related subjects, as well as on art, astrology, United States foreign policy, and Greek politics. Subseries are arranged alphabetically.

Includes articles, notes, and event announcements related to various second and third wave feminist organizations, notes and research materials related to the first and second waves of the women's movement, and materials related to women's rights, women's health, the lesbian and gay rights movement, feminist theory, and sexuality.

Pamphlets, articles on legislation, reproductive rights, and women's and religious views, 1969
(2 folders)
Box 21
Abortion Action Panel, 1969 Feb.-Mar.
Box 21
National Association for Repeal of Abortion Laws, 1969-1970
Box 21
Leaflets, articles on repeal of anti-abortion laws, 1969-1970
Box 21
Notes on reproductive rights and birth control, 1977 Oct.
Box 21
No Restrictions!, speakout, 2000
Box 21
Leaflets on Women's liberation and welfare, undated
Box 21
Association of Libertarian Feminists, 1973-1979
Box 21
Bread and Roses, conference on worker's culture, 1993 Dec. 11
Box 21
Congress to Unite Women, 1969
Box 21
Consciousness-raising, 1998-1999
Box 21
Labor laws, 1970
Box 21
Action and follow-up, 1978
Box 21
National march, 1978
Box 22
Leaflets and list of sponsors, undated
Box 22
The Feminist, articles by members, 1971
Box 22
Reports and notes, 1968-1999
(4 folders)
Box 22
Magazine clippings, 1969-1975
Box 22
Newspaper clippings, 1968-1970
(2 folders)
Box 22
Newsletters, 1969-1970
Box 22
Business letters, 1969-1971
Box 22
Feminist theory, commemorative conference, 1979
Box 22
Lesbian and Gay Rights Movement, 1970
(2 folders)
Box 23
Male liberation and socioeconomic formations, 1973
Box 23
Marxist feminist group, 1975-1977
Box 23
Marxist feminist conference materials, 1978-1979
Box 23
National Organization for Women, 1966-1969
Box 23
New York Radical Women, 1975-1977
Box 23
Oasis Oil, 1967 July-Dec.
Box 23
Publishing: Groove Press, undated
Box 23
Radical Feminist Organizing Committee, 1981
Box 23
Redstockings, 1969-1979
(2 folders)
Box 23
Redstockings Anthology, articles for notes from the first and second year, 1968-1970
(2 folders)
Box 23
Scum Manifesto, undated
Box 23
Sisterhood is Powerful Inc., open report by Robin Morgan, 1974
Box 23
Women Against Government Surveillance, 1977
Box 23
Women Against Pornography, 1979
Box 23
Women in the Arts, 1971
Box 23
Art groups, manifestos, and reports, 1971-1972
Box 23
Newspaper clippings, 1971-1972
Box 23
Women's Action Alliance, 1979
Box 24
Women's Health Movement, 1968
Box 24
Women's Labor, 1966-1978
Box 24
Queen's College, 1967-1970
Box 24
Conference, Chicago, IL, 1968
Box 24
Conference contacts, 1968
Box 24
New School Graduate Center conference, 1968
Box 24
Publications, 1968-1971
Box 24
Class-consciousness, Colorado Springs, 1969
Box 24
Leaflets, 1969-1972
(2 folders)
Box 24
Bibliographies and resources, 1969-1974
Box 24
Resources and articles, 1971-1978
(2 folders)
Box 24
Marriage, divorce, 1974
Box 24
Articles, 1978-1980
Box 24
News and Letters, 1978
Box 24
Notes, undated
Box 25
Selected writings, undated
Box 25
Self-defense, undated
Box 25
Song sheets, undated
Box 25
149th Anniversary of the Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention of 1848, resolutions of 1997, undated
Box 25
Notes on Five for Freedom, by Constance Buell Burnett
Box 25
Veteran Feminists of America, 1996-1997
Box 25

Contains clippings and articles retained by Peslikis on a number of subjects of interest to her beyond feminism, incuding art, astrology, and Greece.

The art establishment, 1970-1978
Box 25
Art in schools, including newspaper clipping on Peslikis, 1971-1998
Box 25
Artists Group, 1970
Box 25
Notes on horoscopes and article, 1984-1985

[Note: Includes photographs of Peslikis in China and Russia.]

Box 25
Finished horoscope charts, sketches, 1985 Mar.-June
Box 25
Horoscope calculations, 1985-1986
Box 25
Natal horoscope and words of comfort, 1991 Oct.-1992 Jan.
Box 25
New York School of Astrology announcement, horoscope descriptions, and articles, undated
Box 25
Conferences and panels, 1972-1976

[Note: Item removed to Oversized Materials.]

Box 25
Cultural control in the visual arts, workshops, 1976
Box 25
Angela Davis Festival of the Arts, undated
Box 25
Ethnic heritage: Images of Immigrants Festival, Queens College, 1980 Apr. 26-27
Box 25
PBS controversy, 1979-1980
Box 25
Equipment rental and workshops, 1980 Mar.-June
Box 25
Union of Greeks and Americans for Democracy, articles on foreign capital investment and women political prisoners, 1967-1972
Box 26
Articles, leaflets on fascist junta, notes for art exhibit, 1967-1971
Box 26
Issues of Demokratia on the execution of Mikis Theodorakis and The New York Review of Books, 1969 Apr.-1971 June
Box 26
Foreign press, Mikis Theodorakis, and clippings from Demokratia, 1969 Oct.-1970 May
Box 26
Pamphlets and articles on anti-imperialist activity; report of the First World Congress of Anti-Dictatorial Committees, 1969-1972
Box 26
Anti-dictatorial struggle, political cartoons, and draft of Peslikis's speech, 1970
Box 26
Community activism, leaflets, articles, 1970-1971
Box 26
Fascist rule and US involvement, 1970-1971
Box 26
Anti-dictatorial activity, reports, 1972-1974
Box 26
Cultural productions, 1973
Box 26
The Greek American Artists Projects, 1977 Mar.
Box 26
Laography and Hellenic dances, undated
Box 26
Hacker, Ernst and Lucia Vernarelli, Dahlias, undated
Box 27
Hanisch, Carol, writings, events, correspondence, 1991-1997
Box 27
Karate, chart of basis techniques and notes, undated
Box 27
Marriage, lecture material, 1977-1978
Box 27
Matisse, Henri, Retrospective Exhibition, Philadelphia Museum of Art, letter, 1948
Box 27
Millet, Kate, article, 1970 July
Box 27
National Campaign for Tolerance, inscription of Peslikis's name on the Wall of Tolerance, 2002 June 28
Box 27
National Congress of Neighborhood Women, 1976
Box 27
New York Studio School, 1964-1966
Box 27
Class materials, undated
Box 27
Negatives, undated
Box 27
Professional interests, undated
Box 27
Publicity, 1975-1976
(2 folders)
Box 27
Self-help resources, 1988
Box 27
The Society for the Study of Social Problems, thirtieth annual meeting, 1980 Aug. 23-26
Box 27
State University of New York College at Old Westbury, undated
Box 27
Surrealist artists, articles and exhibitions, 1967-1970
Box 27
University budgets, article, 1994
Box 27
Women artists: articles, exhibits, performances, and workshops, 1972-1981
Box 27
Women in business, 1969 Aug.-1979 Oct.
Box 27
Women's health, medical news, 1979
Box 27
Women writers, newspaper clippings, 1972-1978
Box 27
World Festival of Youth and Students, 1973 July-Aug.
Box 27
Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association, 1966
Box 27
Youth festival, East Berlin, 1973 Aug.
Box 27

Composed of files documenting Peslikis as a student, an instructor, and an instructor in search of employment. All subseries are arranged chronologically.

Contains school records, course work, and notes.

Richmond Hill High School, course work, 1957-1962
(2 folders)
Box 28
School records, and curriculum vitae, 1957-1983
Box 28
Course work and notes, Art History seminar, Queens College, 1970
Box 28
Senior project on cityscapes, 1971 Dec.
Box 28
Course notes, Queens College, 1971-1972
Box 28
Course notes, Art and Society, Queens College, circa 1972
Box 28
Course notes, Queens College, 1972
Box 28
Application materials for graduate programs, 1981-1982
Box 28
City College of New York, Master of Fine Arts application materials, 1981-1982
Box 28
Graduate course work and notes, 1981-1982
Box 28
Course notes, Contemporary Art seminar, 1982 Mar.-Nov.
Box 28

Contains application materials (including curriculum vitae), teaching notes, and syllabi.

The Queens School, teaching appointment, 1969 June-1970 Apr.
Box 28
Ramapo College of New Jersey, course in crafts, 1974
Box 28
Ramapo College of New Jersey, course in jewelry making, 1974
Box 28
State University of New York (SUNY) College at Old Westbury, teaching notes, American Studies course in Women and Art, 1973-1981
(2 folders)
Box 29
SUNY College at Old Westbury and College of New Rochelle, Women's Studies syllabi, 1974-1979
(2 folders)
Box 29
SUNY College at Old Westbury, Art History lecture notes and class schedule, 1975 Jan.-Apr.
(2 folders)
Box 29
Teaching notes, Introduction to Art Making, 1976-1992
Box 29
SUNY College at Old Westbury, Introduction to Women's Studies, 1977-1978
Box 29
SUNY College at Old Westbury, teaching notes and xeroxes for Introduction to Women's Studies, 1977-1981
(3 folders)
Box 29
College of New Rochelle School of New Resources, teaching appointments and opening of Women's Center, 1978-1979
Box 30
New York Feminist Art Institute, two-year outline of course in Elemental Feminism and syllabus, 1978-1979
Box 30
SUNY College at Old Westbury, course in Women and Art, lecture materials, 1979
Box 30
SUNY College at Old Westbury, notes for course development, Visual Diaries and/or Visual Histories, 1979 Nov.-Dec.
Box 30
SUNY College at Old Westbury, American Studies Department Women & Art workshop, 1980 May
Box 30
City College of New York, presentation slides and notes, Autumn 1981
Box 30
City College of New York, teaching plans for drawing course, 1982 Feb.-Mar.
Box 30
City College of New York, Visual Arts orientation, 1982 Feb.-May
Box 30
Vermont College of Norwich University, 2001
Box 30

Contains letters of inquiry and responses, teaching statements, application materials, and course and instructor evaluations.

Curriculum vitae, circa 1973-1999
Box 30
Responses to letters of inquiry, 1974-1975
(2 folders)
Box 30
Course and instructor evaluations, 1974-1986
Box 30
SUNY College at Old Westbury, appointment letters and contracts, 1974-1980
Box 30
Letters of recommendation, 1975-1994
Box 30
Letters of inquiry and responses, 1976
Box 30
Letters of inquiry and rejection, 1976-1985
(2 folders)
Box 30
Course descriptions and syllabi, 1977 and undated
Box 31
Applications materials and letters of inquiry, 1978-1983
Box 31
Teaching statements, 1983 and undated
Box 31
Empire State College, application materials, 1983-1984
Box 31
Guggenheim fellowship application materials, 1984
Box 31
Hunter College, application letter, 1985 Mar.
Box 31
Rejection letters, 1992
Box 31
Application materials and letters of inquiry, 1993
Box 31
Sarah Lawrence College application information, 1993 Jan.
Box 31
College Art Association, 1993 Sept.
Box 31
Vermont College of Norwich University, Artist-Teacher position, 1993-1999
Box 31
Farleigh-Dickinson University, 1994
Box 31
Rejection letters, 1994
Box 31
Application materials, 1994 Mar.
(2 folders)
Box 31
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, application packet, 1994 Mar.
Box 31
Bowling Green State University, 1999
Box 31

Composed of artwork by Peslikis, duplications of her artwork, sketchbooks, and files related to her exhibits, including flyers, reviews, and catalogs. Materials are arranged alphabetically.

Artist's proofs of etchings
Box 32
Artist's proof, 1982
Box 32
Book illustrations
Box 32
Charcoal, pen and ink, pencil drawings, and prints, undated
(2 folders)
Box 32
Cloister, pastel, 1966
Box 32
Collages and photocollages
Box 32
Conte crayon
Box 32
Drawings, pencil and pen and ink
Box 32
Exhibit files, 1975-2001
(Folders 1-3 of 6)
Box 32
Exhibit files, 1975-2001
(Folder 4-6 of 6)
Box 33
Film negatives from "Street Miracle," undated
Box 33
Graphics, 1980-1991 and undated
(Folders 1-4 of 5)
Box 33
Idea scrapbook, 1959-1969
(2 folders)
Box 34
Negatives
(Folder 1 of 2)
Box 34
Negatives, 15th Street apartment, Richard, Allen, and Pilar, Head, and Domestic Queen
(Folder 2 of 2)
Box 34
Nell Blaine, recent paintings, 1983
Box 34
Notes, 1978 and undated
Box 34
Notes, 1980-1983
Box 34
Paintings
Box 34
Photograph of artist Tedde Wisefield, undated
Box 34
Photographs: black and white glossies, undated
Box 34
Photographs of Peslikis paintings, undated
(2 folders)
Box 34
Prints of photocollages, Noho Gallery exhibit, 1978
Box 35
Sketchbooks
(8 folders)
Box 35
Slides
(Folders 1-14 of 27)
Box 36
Slides
(Folders 15-27 of 27)
Box 37
Story panels, pen and ink, 1997 Nov.
Box 37
Transparencies
Box 37
Untitled
Box 37
Watercolor, Maine, 1967
Box 37
Watercolor, Maine, 1974
Box 37
Watercolor, Sag Harbor, Helen and Roy, 1979
Box 37
Watercolor, Susquehana, PA, 1979-1980
Box 37
Watercolor, California, 1985
Box 37
Watercolor, pencil drawings, Colorado, 1987-1989
Box 37
Watercolor, 1988 July
Box 37
Watercolor, undated
Box 37
Slides, handmade glass slides for 1980 performance
(7 color slide boxes)
Box 37
Buttons
Box 37
Acrylic, pen and ink, pencil drawings, prints, undated
Box OS 2
Japan Peace Conference, undated
Box OS 2
Watercolor, Maine, Summer 1967
Box OS 2
Watercolor, Sag Harbor, Helen and Roy, 1979
Box OS 2
Watercolor, pencil drawings, undated
Box OS 2
Drawings undated
Box OS 3
Drawings and paintings, undated
Box OS 3
Paintings, watercolor, undated
Box OS 3
Posters and prints, undated
Box OS 3
Prints, undated
Box OS 3

Periodicals, pamphlets, and printed essays comprise this series. Subjects represented include feminism, Marxism, and art. A number of periodicals were removed from this collection and added to the Women's and LGBT Movements Periodicals collection. Materials are arranged alphabetically.

Amazon Quarterly, Fall 1972
Box 38
Aphra: the Feminist Literary Magazine, Spring 1975
Box 38
Art, Architecture, and the Decorative Arts, 1983
Box 38
Art News, Jan. 1971, Oct. 1980
(2 folders)
Box 38
Arts Magazine, Oct. 1977-Jan. 1978
(2 folders)
Box 38
Atlantic Monthly, undated
Box 38
Brief presented to the Royal Commission on the Status of Women in Canada, Bonnie Kreps, 1968
Box 38
A Documentary Herstory of Women Artists in Revolution, 1973
Box 38
Enter Fighting: Today's Woman, a Marxist-Leninist View, Clara Colon, 1970
Box 38
Every Woman, vol. 1, no. 9
Box 38
The Family: Revolutionary or Oppressive Force? by Caroline Lund, 1971
Box 38
Feminism and Marxism, Dorothy Ballan, 1971
Box 38
Fight on Sisters...and other Songs for Liberation, Carol Hanisch, 1978
Box 38
Four Women Living the Revolution: An Oral History of Contemporary Cuba, Oscar Lewis, et al., 1970
Box 38
Free Space: a Perspective on the Small Group in Women's Liberation, Pamela Allen, 1970
Box 38
Green Mountain Quarterly, Feb. 1976
Box 38
Hacker Art Books, Autumn 1995-Winter 1996
Box 38
Health Policy Advisory Center Bulletin, Mar. 1970
Box 38
Heresies: a Feminist Publication on Art and Politics, Jan., Fall 1977, Winter 1978
(2 folders)
Box 38
Lectures on Liberation, Angela Y. Davis, circa 1970
Box 38
Leviathan, vol. 2, no. 1, May 1970
Box 39
Liberation, Sept.-Nov. 1971, Aug. 1972
Box 39
Liberation, Jan., May 1975
Box 39
Liberation Will Come From a Black Thing, James Forman, 1967
Box 39
Looking at Women: Poems by Fran Winant
Box 39
Mademoiselle, Sept. 1969
Box 39
Meeting Ground, 1977-1980
(2 folders)
Box 39
Mushroom Effect: A Directory of Women's Liberation, 1970
Box 39
The Myth of the Black Matriarchy, Robert Staples, 1970
Box 39
New York Feminist Manhattan Tribune, 1970
Box 39
off our backs, vol. 1, no. 7, 1970 Jun. 26
Box 39
On-the-Job Oppression of Working Women: A Collection of Articles, undated
Box 39
Place of American Women: Economic Exploitation of Women, Joan Jordan, 1968
Box 39
Problems of Women's Liberation: A Marxist Approach, Evelyn Reed, 1969
Box 39
Protective Legislation, Joan Jordan, 1970
Box 39
Psychology Today, 1968 Apr.
Box 39
Ramparts, 1970 Apr.
Box 39
RAT, no. 20
Box 39
Red Herring, no. 2
Box 39
Redstockings press release, 1975 May 9
Box 39
Revolutionary Dynamics of Women's Liberation, George Novack, 1969
Box 39
The Second Page, no. 6, 1971 Nov.
Box 39
The Second Wave, vol. 2, no. 2
Box 39
Sisterhood is Powerful, Betsey Stone, 1970
Box 39
Small pamphlets, circa 1969
Box 39
The Spokeswoman, vol. 2, no. 8, 1972 Feb. 1
Box 39
Teachers & Writers, 1979
Box 39
Times Change and with them Their Demands, 1970
Box 39
Tooth and Nail, Jan. 1970
Box 39
The Traffic in Women and other Essays on Feminism, Emma Goldman, 1970
Box 39
Vague, 1980
Box 39
Whole Woman, vol. 1, no. 2-3
Box 40
Witches, Midwives, and Nurses: A History of Women Healers, Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English, undated
Box 40
Woman's World, 1971 Apr. 15, 1971 July-August
Box 40
Women: A Journal of Liberation, Fall 1970
Box 40
Women & Abortion: the Body as Battleground, Rosalyn Baxandall, 1992
Box 40
Women and Art, Winter 1971, Summer/Fall 1972
Box 40
Women in the Chinese Revolution, Laurie Landy, undated
Box 40
Women in Health, Women's Work Project, undated
Box 40
Women in Today's Economic Crisis, Women's Work Project, undated
Box 40
Women on the Job: A Marxist-Leninist View, Judy Edelman, 1970
Box 40
Women under Attack: Abortion, Sterilization Abuse, and Reproductive Freedom, Committee for Abortion Rights and Against Sterilization Abuse, 1979
Box 40
The Women's Page, no. 3-4
Box 40
Women's Studies and the Arts, 1978
Box 40
Worker-Student Action Committees: France, May '68, R. Gregoire, F. Perlman
Box 40
Working Women for Freedom, Angela Terrano, et al., 1976
Box 40
The Village Voice, 1968 June 6, Guardian, 1969 Mar. 29, Look, 1969 Dec. 16
Box OS 1
Daily World, 1969 Apr. 24, "Masculine Movement," New York Times, 1970 Aug. 27, "Women, Resistance, and Revolution," Books, 1973 May
Box OS 1
The New York Times Magazine, 1970 Sept. 20-Oct. 25
Box OS 1

Consists of audiocassettes and super 8 film documenting discussions, meetings, and other events. Items are labeled with original descriptions provided by Peslikis. Also included is a VHS tape of a memorial service for Peslikis.

OR-1 Ann from South Africa, Anne Forer and Irene Peslikis
Box 41
OR-2 Alix Kates Shulman and Irene Peslikis, Questions Re: Approach/Avoidance, 1979 Nov. 18
Box 41
OR-3 Beverly, Irene, and Adrienne, 1980 Mar. 4
Box 41
OR-4 Brooke and Irene, 1978-1979
Box 41
OR-5 Community meeting, New York Feminist Art Institute, 1980 June 13
Box 41
OR-6 Dad at home
Box 41
OR-7 D.B., 1979 Dec. 6; R.R., 1979 Dec. 6 re: Army; Diane Wentwik
Box 41
OR-8 Facing
Box 41
OR-9 First class on Hegel
Box 41
OR-10 Irene Peslikis, 1991 Apr. 25
Box 41
OR-11 Joana and Irene fighting and reciting
Box 41
OR-12 Greek
Box 41
OR-13 Leslie, Irene, and Susan, 1970
Box 41
OR-14 Lousy tape of men and Ray Shitzler, radio interview
Box 41
OR-15 Lucia and Irene and approach avoidance, 1979 Nov. 9
Box 41
OR-16 My tape
Box 41
OR-17 Pat and Helen
Box 41
OR-18 Que...
Box 41
OR-19-20 Women's Lib: Redstockings: single women and married women question, why we got married, why we do OR-don't want to get married
Box 41
OR-21-24 Redstockings: If we are married, how do we feel about single women; if we are single, how do we feel about married women?
Box 41
OR-25-26 Are men oppressed as men? Redstockings, 1969 Sept. 3
Box 41
OR-27-28 R and I
Box 41
OR-29 R and I, aftermath and fight
Box 41
OR-30 Toes/free
Box 41
OR-31-33 untitled
Box 41
OR-34 V. F. Women, approach/avoidance
Box 41
OR-35 Women & Art opening
Box 41
OR-36 Walter and Irene, 1971 Oct. 29

[Note: Item removed to Box 43.]Enter scope/content note.

Box 41
OR-37 WNYC radio interview on program, New York Now, M regarding her art exhibit at Noho Galleries

[Note: Item removed to Box 43.]Enter scope/content note.

Box 41
Beach, car window
Box 42
Beach, Helen and Roy
Box 42
Beverly and Robin
Box 42
Boat ride, NRDC
Box 42
Boat ride and trailer
Box 42
Box
Box 42
Chair and ditch
Box 42
Community meeting and Westbeth festival
Box 42
Community meeting #2, Feldman's feet
Box 42
Crested bottle
Box 42
Crested bottle #2
Box 42
Dawn on school roof
Box 42
Film developed 1980 Oct. 10,
2 super 8 films
Box 42
Helen and Roy's opening
Box 42
Kay Brown and slide
Box 42
Laundry
Box 42
Marilyn and some television
Box 42
My Water Hock Stuff #1200
Box 42
Namis stuff
Box 42
Peslikis's work from Feminist Art Institute
Box 42
Ribbing
Box 42
Ribbed glass and table at Ear Inn
Box 42
Still life
Box 42
Sue Knoll at Feminist Art Institute
Box 42
Sunset and moon at Westbury
Box 42
Susquehana,
4 super 8 films
Box 42
Trailer
Box 42
Train and tree on Saint Marks Place
Box 42
Television, Beth Lord, and community meeting #1
Box 42
Two punk people at Ear Inn
Box 42
Westbeth festival, opera gallery, and Westbury from a cab
Box 42
Westbury feminist and art show,
2 super 8 films
Box 42
Irene Peslikis memorial
Box 43
Sunset
Box 43
Untitled
Box 43
Miscellaneous
Oversize Folder Folders 1-2

Historical Note

Feminist artist, activist, and educator Irene Peslikis was born 7 October 1943 in New York, New York. Upon completing high school in 1962, she began studies in art at Pratt Institute. In 1963, Peslikis, along with others, broke away from Pratt and co-founded the New York Studio School for Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture. She was a founding member of the feminist theoretical and consciousness raising group Redstockings, authored "Resistances to Consciousness," a paper on understanding consciousness raising, and was one of the organizers of and participants in the Redstockings Speak Out on Abortion at Washington Square Methodist Church in New York City. Peslikis founded the journal Women & Art with another feminist artist, Pat Manairdi, in the early 1970s, and in 1973 graduated from Queens College.

The first Women and Art course on a college campus was taught by Peslikis at the State University of New York at Old Westbury, and she was a founder of the New York Feminist Art Institute. From the 1970s through 1980s, Peslikis taught at a number of post-secondary institutions, including the City College of New York, the College of Staten Island, the College of New Rochelle, and Ramapo College. She taught courses such as Painting, Drawing, Visual Arts Orientation, Introduction to Art Making, Women and Art Studio Workshop, and Contemporary Perspectives on Art. Peslikis had a number of solo art exhibitions, and participated in a larger number of group exhibitions. In 1983, she earned an MFA from the City College of New York. Peslikis died on 28 November 2002 at the age of 59.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Women's and LGBT Movements Periodicals Collection (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Irene Peslikis Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Irene Peslikis Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2003.

Processing Information

Processed by Jodi Berkowitz and Aisha Peay

Completed June 2008

Accessions 03-141 and 04-055 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and our local Style Guide.