Papers of Glenda F. Hydler, 1941-2015 (inclusive), 1970-2005 (bulk)
- Majority of material found within 1970-2005
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Use
Copying. Hydler's written permission is required for copying. If electronic copies of the artist books are requested for use on the internet, the format of the books must remain the same as in the originals, which is writing on the left side with an image opposite.
41.1 linear feet ((30 file boxes, 2 half file boxes, 20 cartons, 2 folio boxes, 1 folio+ box) plus 1 folio folder, 1 folio+ folder, 6 photograph folders, 1 reel-to-reel audiotape, 1 audiocassette, 3 videotapes, 5 CDs, 9 film reels, electronic records)
Series I, BIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONAL, 1951-2014 (#1.1-23.6, FD.1), includes appointment books and diaries; correspondence (including Hydler's letters to her parents, birthday cards, and letters from friends to her and to her dog); and charm bracelets Hydler was given by her parents. The series also contains report cards, school papers, and other coursework, including notebooks for Hydler's classes at the City College of New York and her first artist book, which she made in fifth grade. Also included are clippings regarding Hydler's friend and collaborator Suzanne Harris and Hydler's correspondence with Harris. The series also includes diaries and writings by Susan Stockman (Hydler's partner in the early 1970s), as well as a memorial service program for Stockman, who died in 1972. The bulk of the series consists of notebooks in which Hydler recorded her thoughts, dreams, and daily activities, often accompanying them with drawings. The notebooks also include descriptions of trips to Budapest, Vienna, and Vietnam, etc. Some notebooks contain only drawings. The series is arranged alphabetically.
Series II, ARTIST BOOKS, 1972-1990 (#24.1v-47.6), contains completed artist books and draft text for them. Between 1973 and 1981, and from 1988 to 1989, Hydler created a book each month, with the bulk of them including images of her accompanied by text expressing her feelings about sexuality, relationships, and social issues. She also created books as gifts or to commemorate family, friends, lovers, and her cat. The book titled Fae (#42.1v) celebrates Hydler's relationship with her maternal grandmother and includes images of Fae Slatin and other family members. In addition, she created books from performance pieces developed with Terence M. Costello and Susan Stockman. The capitalization and punctuation of the book titles in the inventory is taken from the books' title pages. The series is arranged chronologically with completed artist books appearing first, followed by background material.
Series III, WRITINGS AND PROJECTS 1967-2004 (#47.6-52.8, 53FB.1-53FB.2, 55FB.1, 54F+B.1, F+D.1, E.1), contains contracts, interviews, chronologies of events, and statements regarding the making of the film Regrouping and the conflict between filmmaker Lizzie Borden and the subjects of the film, as well as material related to other films and performance pieces Hydler created alone or with others. The series also includes poetry and other writings by Hydler; flyers and booklets featuring photographs by her; books of drawings; and publicity and reviews of her work. The series is arranged alphabetically.
Series IV, PHOTOGRAPHS AND AUDIOVISUAL, ca.1950-2004 (#PD.1-PD.6, T-414.1 - T-414.2, Vt-214.1 - Vt-214.3, CD-89.1 - CD-89.5, MP-62.1 - MP-62.9), includes photographs of Hydler as a child and as an adult, as well as images of her parents, grandparents, friends, and dog. Also included are outtakes from the film Regrouping on videotape and 16mm and 8mm film; The Bird Movie and outtakes from it; a film made by Hydler's partner Susan Stockman; and a tape of Hydler and Susan Fisher's performance piece, Outside Oneself. The series also contains recordings of conversations Hydler had with Suzanne Harris about interpersonal relationships and other issues, and a recording of a session Harris had with a psychic analyst. The series is arranged by format and thereunder chronologically.
Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be digitized and available online.
In 1974, filmmaker Lizzie Borden began making a film, titled Regrouping, about Hydler and fellow artists Ariel Bock, Marion Cajori, and Kathleen Mooney. This began as a collaborative process but Borden became dissatisfied with the project; as a result, she began filming the others without their knowledge and also filmed scenes with other women performing a prepared script. The nature of the film thus changed from the originally agreed-upon concept, and Hydler and her associates demanded that their names be removed from the finished film.
Hydler had one-woman shows at venues including Franklin Furnace and the Clocktower Gallery in New York City and has also participated in group shows. She has published articles in Heresies magazine and other publications. She has also worked as a photographer, taking pictures to accompany articles by others, and to promote theatrical events, frequently providing promotional photographs for works choreographed by Mary Jane Eisenberg. Hydler also participated in several collaborative projects, including the improvisational film The Bird Movie which she created with Suzanne Harris in 1972; Outside Oneself, a musical piece developed with Susan Fisher; and performance pieces developed with Terence M. Costello and Hydler's romantic partner, Susan Stockman. The pieces developed with Costello and Stockman were later transformed into artist books. As of 2016, Hydler was living in Brooklyn, New York.
- Series I. Biographical and personal, 1951-2014 (#1.1-23.6, FD.1)
- Series II. Artist books, 1972-1990 (#24.1v-47.6)
- Series III. Writings and projects, 1967-2004 (#47.6-52.8, 53FB.1-53FB.2, 55FB.1, 54F+B.1, F+D.1, E.1)
- Series IV. Photographs and audiovisual, ca.1950-2004 (#PD.1-PD.6, T-414.1 - T-414.2, Vt-214.1 - Vt-214.3, MP-62.1 - MP-62.9, CD-89.1 - CD-89.5)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Papers of Glenda F. Hydler were given to the Schlesinger Library by Glenda F. Hydler between July 2005 and August 2014.
Accession number: 2005-M133
Processed by: Susan Earle
The following items have been removed from the collection and transferred to the Pearl Hydler papers:
- Photographs of Pearl and Sam Hydler
- Lesbian News (Vol. 20 No. 8 and Vol. 22 No.9), March 1995 and April 1996
- GLAAD/LA Reports (Vol. 5 No. 7 and Vol. 6 No. 5), July 1993 and May 1994
- GLAAD Reports (Vol. 7 Nos. 2-3), February-March 1995
By: Susan Earle with assistance from Dan Bullman.
- Appointment books
- Artists' books--United States
- Artists--United States
- Compact discs
- Conceptual art--United States
- Electronic records
- Feminists--United States
- Lesbian artists
- Lesbians--United States
- Motion pictures
- Performance art--United States
- Photographers--United States
- School records
- Web sites
- Women artists--United States
- Women photographers--United States
- Hydler, Glenda F., 1951- . Papers of Glenda F. Hydler, 1941-2015 (inclusive), 1970-2005 (bulk): A Finding Aid
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