Betty LaDuke papers, 1935-2014  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
LaDuke, Betty
Title
Betty LaDuke papers
Dates
1935-2014 (inclusive)
Quantity
9 linear feet
Collection Number
WUA108
Summary
The Betty LaDuke papers document her prolific career as a painter, including her creative process using photography and sketchbooks, from 1950 to 2014. The papers also demonstrate LaDuke's commitment to advocate for and represent women and women artists around the world.
Repository
Willamette University Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Mark O. Hatfield Library
900 State Street
Salem, OR
97301
Telephone: 503-370-6866
Fax: 503-370-6141
archives@willamette.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Betty LaDuke was born Betty Berstein in 1933 in the Bronx, New York. She enrolled in the High School of Music and Art in New York when she was sixteen and attended a summer camp where she took art classes taught by well-known African-American artists, Elizabeth Catlett and Charles White. As a college student, she continued her education through scholarships to Denver University, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and the Instituto Allende in San Miguel, Mexico. She lived in Mexico from 1953 to 1956, and it was there that she was first introduced to indigenous cultures and also met Mexican modernists Rufino Tamayo, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros. It was this early exposure to a diverse array of experiences, cultures, and artists that set LaDuke on a path she still follows today.

In 1963 LaDuke completed her academic schooling at California State University in Los Angeles with a special secondary art teaching credential and a master's degree in printmaking. She immediately started teaching junior high school art in East Los Angeles but in 1964 took a teaching position at Southern Oregon University (SOU) in Ashland. She was the only woman in the Art Department for eighteen years of her thirty-two-year career there. Her teaching and art demonstrated her desire to raise the profile of women and international artists. As part of her efforts she initiated "Women and Art" and "Art in the Third World" courses at SOU, and her exhibitions highlighted the themes from the courses she taught, including one at Willamette University in 1977 titled Landscape: A Feminine Mythical View. LaDuke has also published a number of books documenting the art and experiences of women in Africa, Asia, and Latin-America.

LaDuke has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and is represented in many public collections, including Willamette University's Hallie Ford Museum of Art. Her process involves developing a series of sketchbooks and taking numerous photographs during her travels that form the basis for her larger works and exhibitions. Other thematic elements in her work include animals, rituals, and celebrations, which LaDuke uses to illustrate similarities among geographically and traditionally disparate cultures. She received the Oregon Governor's Award in the Arts in 1993 and the National Art Education Association's Ziegfield Award for distinguished international leadership in 1996.

LaDuke has completed several large-scale projects, including multi-panel exhibitions and murals. For a commission from Heifer International, she created an extensive mural sequence called Dreaming Cows (2009) to explore poverty and food-related issues throughout the world. In 2013 the Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport installed twenty-six panels by LaDuke entitled Celebrating Local Farmers and Farmworkers that share her vision of the dignity and hard work of Southern Oregon's farmers and farm workers. In December of 2016, LaDuke saw her artwork documenting the life and struggles of the people of Eritrea from 1994 onward installed permanently in Eritrea at the invitation of the Eritrean government. LaDuke's most recent project includes a walking exhibit of her artwork, classroom visits, and a public presentation at Willamette University during fall 2017, courtesy of a Willamette University Sustainability Institute Green Fund Grant.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Betty LaDuke papers (1935-2014) include photographs, sketchbooks, scrapbooks, clippings, drafts of published works and projects, and other materials related to her long career as an artist. The materials document her extensive travels in Asia, Africa, and Latin America; her many writing and sketchbook projects; and her exhibitions throughout the United States. A significant portion of the materials relate to LaDuke's projects as an advocate for women and women artists around the world.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.

For further information, see the section on copyright in the Regulations and Procedures of the Willamette University Archives and Special Collections.

Copyright Information: Before material from collections at Willamette University Archives and Special Collections may be quoted in print, or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part, in any publication, permission must be obtained from (1) the owner of the physical property, and (2) the holder of the copyright. It is the particular responsibility of the researcher to obtain both sets of permission. Persons wishing to quote from materials in any collections held by University Archives and Special Collections should consult the University Archivist. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Betty LaDuke papers, Archives and Special Collections, Mark O. Hatfield Library, Willamette University.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Photography, 1976-2008Return to Top

The photographs in this series document LaDuke's travels throughout the world and often are a component of her paintings and projects. Included are batches of photographic prints and their corresponding negatives as well as matted photographs with captions used for display purposes.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
26
Mexico - Otomi Indians
1955, 1979
36
China
1976
36
Borneo
1980
26
India
1980
36
Sulawesi
1980
36
Papua New Guinea
1980
37
Pablita Velarde
1980s
33
Puerto Rico
1980s
42
Cuba
circa 1980-1985
37
Latin America
circa 1980-1985
37
Latin America - Women Artists International Project
circa 1980-1985
37
Latin America - Chile, Perú, Nicaragua, and Ecuador
1981
33
Nicaragua
1981, 1984-1985
33
El Savador
1982, 1984
33
Honduras
1982
33
Guatemala
1982
33
Mexico - Fanny Rabel
1982
42
Cuba
1982-1983
33
Grenada
1983
33
Grenada, Cuba, Haiti, and Guatemala
1983
35
Haiti
1983
33
Peru
circa 1983
42
Bolivia
1984
42
Brazil, Bolivia, and Ecuador
1984
42
Brazil
1984
33
Ecuador
1984
35
Jamaica
1985
37
Lois Mailou Jones
1986
37
Mine Okubo
1986
37
Sue Williamson - A Few South Africans installation
1986
41
Yugoslavia
1986
30
Egypt
1987
34
Egypt
1987
31
Morocco and other locations in Africa
1988
37
Lois Mailou Jones - Washington DC
1989
35
Atzompa, Mexico
1990
41
Cameroon
circa 1990s
26
Togo, Benin, and Ghana
1992
29
Ghana and Burkina Faso, Africa
1993
30
Ghana and Burkina Faso, Africa
1993
42
Bolivia - Food for Hunger
1995
24
Thailand (FFH and FIAM)
1995
30
Mississippi Delta
1995
34
Tears of Joy - Portland, Oregon
circa 1996
34
Nigeria
2001
41
Jordan
circa 2005
41
Syria and Lebanon
2005
34
Cedarburg, Wisconsin - Out of Africa installation
2006
41
Albania
2006
41
Kosovo
2006
41
Rwanda
2006
28
Nepal
2007
24
Dreaming Cows Mural Project
Locations include Albania; Poland; Eastern Europe; Asia; Uganda; Rwanda; Africa; Long Island, New York; Atlanta, Georgia; and the Mississippi Delta.
2007-2008
28
Dreaming Cows Mural Project
Locations include Monmouth, Oregon; Denver, Colorado; Houston, Texas; Peru; Ecuador; Latin America; Thailand; Asia; Rwanda, Africa
2007-2008
30
Nepal
2009
Matted photographs

Series II:  Project Files, 1935-2009Return to Top

This series contains materials related to a variety of projects undertaken by LaDuke throughout her career. The subseries are the titles of specific projects or a grouping of projects by type of material. Some projects are documented in files and scrapbooks while others are represented entirely in scrapbook form. Projects include publications by LaDuke, publications about LaDuke, exhibitions, sketchbooks (drafts and process), and teaching materials.

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries A: China
1975-1992
Box
10
China Today: A Study Guide for Traditional and Contemporary Art with Creative Projects for Classroom Use
1976
Folder
6 19
China: An Outsider's Inside View
1975-1976
6 20
China: A Study Guide
circa 1976-1977
6 21
China: A Sketchbook Tour
1977, 1992
6 22
China - Photographs
1976
6 23
China - Photographs
1976
6 24
China - Photographs
1976
6 25
China: A Sketchbook Tour
1976
Subseries B: Women Artists International
1974-1986
Box Folder
6 1
Chicanas
1984-1985
6 2
Jamaica
1977-1985
6 3
Jamaica
1974-1975
6 4
Latin America
1980-1982
6 5
Latin America - Photographs
1983
6 6
Latin America - Photographs
1974-1985
6 7
Latin America - Photographs
1981-1983
6 8
Nicaragua - Research materials
1979-1985
6 9
Nicaragua - Research materials
1977-1982
6 10
Nicaragua - Research materials
1982-1987
6 11
Nicaragua - Research materials
1984
6 12
Nicaragua - Research materials
1982, undated
6 13
Yugoslavia - Ljerka Njers
1980-1985
6 14
Yugoslavia - Milena Lah
1979-1984
6 15
Yugoslavia - Neda Miranda Blazevic
1984-1985
6 16
Yugoslavia - Nives Kavuric Kurtovic
1976-1986
6 17
Yugoslavia - Miscellaneous artists
1980-1986
6 18
Yugoslavia - Travel arrangements
1985-1986
Subseries C: Nigeria
1968-1987
Box Folder
8 32
Background on Nigeria
Includes exhibition catalogs, articles, and magazines.
1984-1986
8 33
Background on Nigeria
1968-1986
8 34
Background on Nigeria
1984-1986
8 35
Susanne Wenger articles
1968
8 36
Jean Kennedy resume and articles
undated
8 37
Chief Twins Seven Seven
1985-1986
7 19
Background on Nigeria
1980-1987
7 20
Norma Haas Rosen
1981-1983
7 21
Muraina Oyelami
1969-1985
7 22
Nigeria notebook
1986
7 23
Nigeria notebook
1986
Subseries D: Africa through the Eyes of Women Artists
1935-1991
Box Folder
8 1
NWSA 1(3) 8 Figures Coen Photos Originals Pictorial Engraving - Charlotte
Photographs of artists' works.
undated
8 2
Chapter 1 - Africa Between Myth and Reality
1980-1989
8 3
Chapter 2 - Traditional Women Artists
1987-1989
8 4
Chapter 3 - Princess Olowu: Nigerian Sculptor
1979-1986
8 5
Chapter 4 - Nike Davies: Nigerian Batik Artist
1980-1986
8 6
Chapter 5 - Susanne Wenger: Nigeria's Sacred Osun Grove
1987
8 7
Chapter 6 - Pama Sinatoa: Mud-Cloth Paintings
1988-1989
8 8
Chapter 7 - Anta Germaine Gaye: Women of Senegal
1988
8 9
Chapter 8 - Theresa Musoke: East African Painter
1982-1987
8 10
Chapter 9 - Chiabia: Moroccan Artiste-Peintre
1978-1988
8 11
Chapter 10 - Inji Efflatoun: Art, Feminism and Politics
1952-1987
8 12
Chapter 11 - Sue Williamson: Art and the Struggle for South Africa
1983-1986
8 13
Chapter 12 - Lois Mailou Jones: The Grande Dame of African American Art
1938-1981
8 14
Chapter 13 - Edna Manley: Mother of Jamaican Art
1935-1983
8 15
Chapter 14 - June Beer: An Artist of New Nicaragua
1982-1984
8 16
Miscellaneous photographs with captions
1962-1989
8 17
Background on Lois Mailou Jones (Chapter 12)
1972-1989
8 18
Background on Princess Elizabeth Olowu (Chapter 3)
1985-1988
8 19
Background on Theresa Musoke (Chapter 8)
1971-1987
8 20
Background on Edna Manley
1986
8 21
Background on Tahi Halim
1951-1981
8 22
Background on Nazli Madhour
1983-1985
8 23
Background on Inji Efflatoun
1959-1987
8 24
Background on Gazbia Sirry
1986
8 25
Background on Sue Williamson
1985
8 26
Background on Egypt and Egyptian artists
1975-1987
8 27
Notes on Egypt and African artists
circa 1987-1990
8 28
Background on Kenya and Nigeria
1986-1987
8 29
Background on Nigeria
1974-1987
8 30
Background on Chaibia
1983-1988
8 31
Photographs for book
circa 1987-1990
Subseries E: Women Artists: Multi-Cultural Visions
1935-1991
Box Folder
9 1
Mine Okubo
1981-1991
9 2
Mine Okubo
Includes negatives, photographic prints, and slides.
1972-1990
9 3
Chicana Artists
1983-1991
9 4
Introduction - Sources and notes
1986-1990
9 5
Introduction - Sources and notes
1985-1991
9 6
Introduction - Sources and notes
1988-1991
9 7
Introduction - Sources and notes
1990
9 8
Introduction
1969-1990
9 9
Chapter 1 - Borneo
1980
9 10
Chapter 2 - India
1972-1980
9 11
Chapter 3 - Earth Magic: The Legacy of Teodora Blanco
1970-1990
9 12
Chapter 4 - Native American Painters Pablita Velarde & Helen Hardin
1947-1982
9 13
Chapter 5 - Chicana Artist Patricia Rodriguez: Public Murals, Private Vision
1974-1990
9 14
Chapter 7 - Mine Okubo: A Japanese-American Experience
1935-1990
9 15
Chapter 8 - Elizabeth Catlett: A Mighty Fist for Social Change
1950-1991
9 16
Chapter 9 - Yugoslavia: Nives Kavuric-Kurtovic Looking at Your Own Contradictions
1967-1986
9 17
Chapter 10 - Yugoslavia: Milenah Lah, Sculptural Poetry
1968-1984
9 18
Chapter 11 - Betty LaDuke: The Great Chain of Being
1968-1986
Subseries F: Freedom From Hunger
1993-1995
Box Folder
6 26
Freedom from Hunger
1993-1995
11
Ghana and Burkina Faso: Freedom from Hunger - A Sketchbook Journey
1993
12
Thailand: Freedom from Hunger Partnership
1994
Subseries G: An Artist's Journey: From the Bronx to Timbuktu
1948-1996
Box Folder
7 1
Figures
circa 1995-1996
7 2
Chapter 1 - Bronx Roots
1948-1952
7 3
Chapter 2 - Mexico and the Otomi Indians
1953-1956
7 4
Chapter 3 - Search for New Roots
1956-1962
7 5
Chapter 4 - Winona's Journey
1959-1991
7 6
Chapter 5 - Jason's Journey
1969-1989
7 7
Chapter 6 - Friendship and Marriage Introspection
1966-1971
7 8
Chapter 7 - Stirring a Ruckus
1968-1971
7 9
Chapter 8 - Oregon Landscape: A Feminine Mythical View
1973-1983
7 10
Chapter 9 - Journey East: Impressions of India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Thailand
1973-1975
7 11
Chapter 10 - China: An Outsider's Inside View
1976-1977
7 12
Chapter 11 - Totems and Creation Myths
1978-1981
7 13
Chapter 12 - Latin America
1976-1985
7 14
Chapter 13 - Africa Between Myth and Reality
1986-1992
7 15
China - Clippings and notes
1974-1982
7 16
Landscape: A Feminine Mythical View
Includes newspaper clippings, letters of recognition, exhibition fliers, etc.
1954-1998
7 17
Betty Bernstein: Mexico (scrapbook)
1953-1956
13
From the Bronx to Timbuctu: Drawings, Paintings, and Prints, 1948-1992
Edited draft
circa 1993-1996
Subseries H: Exhibits
1995-2013
Box Folder
6 27
Miscellaneous Exhibit Materials
1992-2009
6 32
Zimbabwe - Weaving
1995-1996
9 21
Children of the World: Curriculum Resource and New Visions: A catalog of art produced in a workshop with Betty LaDuke (Eritrea)
1995, 2002
7 18
Children of the World
2002-2005
6 28
Celebrating Women's Creative Hands and Spirit
2006
9 20
Dreaming Cows Exhibit
2003-2004
9 19
Dreaming Cows Mural Project
2008-2009
14
Surviving War, Dreaming Home, and Dreaming Cows: Giclee prints, pen and ink drawings by Betty LaDuke
2008
Folder
6 29
International Year of Cooperatives
2012
9 22
65 Years of Art - Celebrating Life
2013
Subseries I: Project Notebooks
1988-2003
Box Folder
9 25
Zimbabwe Sculpture
1993
9 26
Morocco, Senegal, and Mali
1988
9 27
Chiapas, Mexico Global Exchange Tour
2003
9 28
Elizabeth Catlett interview notes
1995
9 29
Uganda, Eritrea - interviews on Africa Women's Art and Women's Lives
1994
9 30
Eritrea, Africa - Women's Art, Women's Lives
1996
9 31
Eritrea
1997
9 32
Eritrea
1998, 2001-2002
Subseries J: Publications Featuring Betty LaDuke's Projects
1960-2008
Box Folder
9 23
Visualizing Your Inner Voice
undated
9 24
Articles featuring Betty LaDuke in World Ark and Africanwatch
2000, 2004
15
Multicultural Print Impressions: Betty LaDuke, 1960-1995 by Gloria Feman Orenstein
Edited draft
circa 1996
Folder
6 30
In Unison: Issues for Oregon's Contemporary Woman
1986-1988
6 31
Porcupine Magazine - War Stories, Albania & Kosovo: Documenting the Aftermath of War through Art
2008
Subseries K: Various Project Scrapbooks
1951-2009
Box
22
Scrapbook
1951-1954
16
Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee
1995
17
Guatemala - Sketchbook draft
undated
18
Africa: Timbuktu, Mali & Zimbabwe
1993-1994
19
Boliva: Women's Solidarity Projects
1994
20
Nepal: A Sketchbook Journey - Heifer International
A scrapbook of photographs taken during the project accompanied by corresponding pages from the sketchbook.
2009
21
Painting Process
1993-1994
14
Carved Love: African-American and African Women Sculptors
1969-1993

Series III:  Sketches and Sketchbooks, 1950-2014Return to Top

This series includes matted sketches by LaDuke as well as sketchbooks, both her informal process sketchbooks and formalized, published sketchbooks.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
2 4
Self-portraits
1950 June
2 5
Betty Bernstein
Includes sketches of people with loose sketches and artwork tucked in the back.
circa 1950
3 2
Mexico
1954 August
3 1
Mexico
1954 October
4 1
Mexico
1954-1955
2 1
Mexico
Sketches of dancers and indigenous dancing.
1955
4 2
Mexico
1955 February
4 3
Mexico
1955 June
1 2
New York City
1956
1 1
New York City
1956-1957
2 2
Betty Bernstein
1957
2 3
Los Angeles
Winona, pow wow sketches, and etching plate designs.
1958-1959, 1962
Folder
5 1
Galapagos: A Sketchbook Journey
Includes a print titled Oregon Fog, 1980.
undated, 1980
5 2
Oregon: Bean Harvest
2010
5 3
Cooperative Principles
2012
5 4
Turkey
2012
5 5
Honoring Our Earth: Sketchbook Journeys
1972-2013
5 6
The Heart of India & Bhutan
2013
5 7
Trinity Medical Brigade: Nicaragua
2014
Matted sketches
Box item
43 1
New York City
From cover:"Diary notes - back street sketches"
1956
43 2
Cleveland, Ohio
1952
43 3
Mexico
1955 August

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Arts--Northwest, Pacific
  • Fine Arts
  • Women artists
  • Women artists--Africa
  • Women artists--Asia
  • Women artists--Latin America
  • Corporate Names :
  • Freedom from Hunger (Organization)
  • Heifer International
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • paintings (visual works)
  • Photographs
  • sketchbooks