Carol Newhouse photographs and papers, 1974-1981  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Newhouse, Carol
Carol Newhouse photographs and papers
1974-1981 (bulk)
1973-1998 (inclusive)
0.5 linear feet, (1 container)
Collection Number
Coll 431
Carol Newhouse is a photographer, activist, and spiritual teacher in the Pacific Northwest, and active in the women's back-to-the-land movement during the 1970s. The collection includes images and ephemera from this period, as well as some later publications pertaining to the herstory of WomanShare and lesbian photography in the West.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SCUA
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Carol Newhouse, sometimes credited as Carol Osmer-Newhouse, was born in 1943 in New York City. In 1970, she apprenticed herself to the fashion photographer, which would be the extent of her formal artistic training. Following her divorce, she arrived in the bay area and become involved with the feminist movement there.

A photographer, activist, and spiritual teacher in the Pacific Northwest, Newhouse was a central member of the WomanShare collective in Grants Pass, Oregon from its inception in 1974, and would go on to engage such lesbian art icons as Ruth Mountaingrove and Tee A. Corrine. She is the co-author of A Woman's Guide to Spiritual Renewal and made numerous contributions to WomanSpirit Magazine.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection consists of the papers and photographs of artist Carol Newhouse. Folder contents include WomanShare ephemera, hard copy documentation of an internet installation focused on twentieth-century lesbianism in America, a chapbook centered around women's experience of labor, one scrapbook including images of Newhouse and others at Womanshare completing work around the commune, photographs of spiritual icons, negatives and prints of a WomanShare event, and portraits of women at and affiliated with WomanShare.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Carol Newhouse papers, PH356, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

[workshop and visitor materials], c. 1981Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 1

Folder contains fliers for workshops at WomanShare in Grants Pass, Ore., information regarding safety and expectations for visitors to the site, and letterhead.

"Lesbian Photography on the U.S. West Coast: 1970 - 1997", 1998Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 2

Folder contains one publication, "Lesbian Photography on the U.S. West Coast: 1970 - 1997." The publication is hard copy documentation of an internet installation focused on a essay/lecture by Tee A. Corinne and includes portraits, self-portraits, artists' statements, and reflections which pertain to the experience of lesbianism in America during the last quarter of the twentieth century.

"Women Working: Poems and Pictures", 1980Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 3

Folder contains one chapbook of poetry and images centered on women's experience of labor.

[scrapbook], 1974Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 4

This folder is comprised of one scrapbook, compiled by Carol Newhouse, as a Christmas gift for her parents. The scrapbook includes images of Newhouse and others at Womanshare chopping wood, digging latrines, planting trees, and completing other work around the commune.

[Guanyin negatives and contact sheet]Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 5

This folder contains a 24-exposure contact sheet and one sleeve of negatives, which depict statues of the bodhisattva Guanyin in her two- and eighteen-armed forms, as well as a wooden panel image of an unidentified figure.

[informal portraits at WomanShare event]Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 6

This folder contains a sleeve of twelve negatives and eighteen prints taken at a WomanShare event. Most of the prints are spontaneous portraits, taken informally, with two arranged group photos.

Portraits, 1973-1990Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 7

The contents of this folder comprise portraits of women at and affiliated with WomanShare.

Container(s) Description Dates
box folder
1 7
Susann Shanbaum at WomanShare (Carol Newhouse)
Carol Newhouse at WomaShare in a circle for discussion and decision making
Carol Newhouse (Ruth Mountaingrove)
Billie Miracle in Puerto Rico
[group of women in circle with arms around each other's backs] (Carol Newhouse)
Billie in Mexico before WomanShare was founded (Carol Osmer-Newhouse)
January 1974
Stone Bathing (Carol Newhouse)
[women sitting in river] (Carol Newhouse)
Young woman visitor to WomanShare
c. 1975
Carol Newhouse and Su Shanbaum in tepee [sic] at Fish Pond Woman's Land next door to WomanShare
c. 1978
Chez at first WomanShare workshop
"Joanne" (Carol Osmer-Newhouse)
Jessie Taras from Montreal visiting WomanShare. Flaming apron days, art and photography workshop.
[woman playing electric guitar]
[unidentified woman]
"Dress up" -- at Woman Share, Carol Newhouse
Carol Newhouse, Susann Shanbaum - Berkeley, CA (Carol Newhouse)
Susann and Billie, "The Two of Flames" (Carol Newhouse)
Susann Shanbaum music workshop at WomanShare
c. 1977
WomanShare workshop participant - reading women's music - "Lavender Jane Loves Women" album
[topless group photo] (Tee A. Corinne)
[woman milking goats] (Carol Newhouse)
[woman milking goats, cropped] (Carol Newhouse)
[woman pouring milk] "Billie Potts?" Women's land in N.Y.
[woman in front of window with black-eyed Susans] ("Jeb")
Carol Newhouse leading meditation workshop at WomanShare
c. 1977
Cathy Cade giving a workshop on WomanShare art and women's land
c. 1978
[group of women in circle with arms around each other's backs] (Carol Newhouse)
[woman pushing 100-pound sack of seed]
Billie Potts at outdoor shower
[women kissing] (Carol Newhouse?)
[conga drum circle]
[drum circle, dancers crouching]
[conga drum circle, larger print]
Bev Brown at WomanShare
"Butch-Femme #1" - Tee Corinne on left, JEB (?), Joan E. Biren, on right
[Carol Newhouse in front of water]
Carol Newhouse at WomanShare art and photography workshop
Carol Newhouse
Carol Newhouse during Taror Reading, Berkeley, CA
c. 1978 - 1980
Outdoor shower - women's land, Billie Potts in shower
c. 1980
Ann Hershey and Carol Newhouse recording WomanShare herstory
c. 1990
Carol Newhouse at WomanShare
c. 1980
Billie Miracle, first day at WomanShare (Carol Newhouse)
[bald woman]
[Holley Humphey]
c. 1980
Dian Wager and Holley Humphrey at WomanShare
c. 1979
Carol Newhouse at WomanShare (Billie Miracle)
c. 1975
Nelly and Zarod - "Dress up" at WomanShare (Carol Newhosue)
[older woman feeding goat from metal bowl] (Carol Newhouse)
[woman with beaded necklace]
Susann Shanbaum at Berkeley Women's Music Collective - concert at WomanShare
c. 1975
Woman at "ovular" photo workshop at Rootworks, Oregon (Carol Newhouse)
c. 1976

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Communal living--Oregon--Photographs
  • Lesbian communities--Oregon
  • Corporate Names :
  • WomanShare.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Grants Pass (Or.)
  • Oregon