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Carol Newhouse photographs and papers

Identifier: Coll 431

Scope and Contents

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.


  • Creation: 1973-1998
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1974 - 1981


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

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.


0.5 linear feet (1 container)

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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.


Collection arranged minimally by SCUA staff member, including some rehousing and preservation.

Related Materials

Other collections relating to Carol Newhouse at Special Collections and University Archives include: WomanShare records, Coll 269; Ruth Mountaingrove papers, Coll 309; Coll Ruth Mountaingrove videotape autobiography, Coll 265.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Chasmodai Cassidy.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA