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Sarah Stifler papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Coll2008-071

Scope and Content of Collection

The Sarah Stifler Papers contains photocopies of journal articles, newspaper clippings, book chapters, correspondence, flyers, pamphlets and dissertations; as well as bibliographies, typescripts, photographs and slides collected for Stifler's doctoral dissertation, Slippery When Wet: Visibility Politics and Lesbian Art in Los Angeles from 1970 to the Present. The collection is divided into three series: (1) General, (2) Dissertation Chapter Resources and Notes, and (3) Slides and Photographs. The General Series contains Stifler's resumés, bibliographies and general research material for topics such as the gay and lesbian liberation movement; gay, lesbian and queer art; art in Los Angeles; lesbian and feminist artists; and the Feminist Art Progam at the California Institute of the Arts. The Dissertation Chapter Resources and Notes Series includes material related to specific chapters and sections in Stifler's dissertation. The Slides and Photographs Series comprises images of artworks from lesbian and feminists artists and from the exhibitions "Great American Lesbian Art Show" and "In a Different Light."


  • 1967-2002



The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Publication Rights

Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in writing from ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives as the physical owner. Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder(s) of any copyrights in the materials. Note that ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials directly from the copyright holder(s).


Sarah Stifler is a scholar of art history with particular interests in contemporary art, gender and sexuality. In 1994, she received her Bachelor's degree in Art History at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and in 2000, she received her Master's degree in Art History at the University of Southern California (USC.) From 1997 to 2002, she pursued a Doctorate degree at USC, where she concentrated on lesbian and feminist art in Los Angeles from the 1970s to 2000.

She has worked as a research assistant at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, a teaching assistant at the Department of Art History at USC, a marketing coordinator at the Timothy Yarger Fine Art Gallery, and a public arts advisor for the Boulder City Arts Council. As of July 2007, Stifler continues to work at the Getty Research Institute and lives in West Hollywood, California.


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Journal articles, newspaper clippings, dissertations, bibliographies, correspondence, flyers, slides and photographs collected by art scholar Sarah Stifler who researched the materials for her doctoral dissertation, Slippery When Wet: Visibility Politics and Lesbian Art in Los Angeles from 1970 to the Present (2002). The bulk of the materials are photocopies, and the content documents significant people and organizations in the development of lesbian and feminist art, including the Los Angeles Woman's Building, the Feminist Art Program at the California Institute of the Arts, the Feminist Studio Workshop and the Great American Lesbian Art Show.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Sarah Stifler, July 14, 2007.

Separated Material

The following books have been transferred to the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archive library collection:

Altman, Dennis, et al. Homosexuality, Which Homosexuality? Proc. of International Conference on Gay and Lesbian Studies, 1987, Amsterdam. London: An Dekker/Schorer; GMP Publishers, 1989.

The Gay Liberation Book. Ed. Len Richmond and Gary Noguera. San Francisco: Ramparts Press, 1973.

Homosexuality, Which Homosexuality? Proc. of International Conference on Gay and Lesbian Studies, Dec. 1987, Free University Amsterdam.

Millett, Kate. Flying. New York: Ballantine Books, 1974.

O'Dell, Kathy. Kate Millet, Sculptor: The First 38 Years. New York: Distributed Art Publishers, 1997.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama, December 29, 2008.

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Finding aid of the Sarah Stifler Papers Coll2008.071
Loni Shibuyama
© 2008
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Finding aid written in: English

Repository Details

Part of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, University of Southern California Repository

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