Letter from Nina Howell Starr to Catharine Stimpson, December 7, 1971
NINA HOWELL STARR 333 EAST 68 STREET NEW YORK. NY 10021 December 7, 1971 Miss Catherine Stimpson, Director Barnard Women‘s Center Barnard Hall Dear Miss Stimpson, I was very interested to receive the announcement of the Barnard Women's Center. As a 1926 graduate of Barnard, and now living in New York, the Center sounded hopeful. I have been in touch with Nancy Jacobs since last spring, in the hope of having my photography exhibited at Barnard. As last reported by her, the prospects are very dim. Since hearing of all the ambitions of the Women's Center, I would like to propose an exhibition there. Spec- ifically I would like to propose an exhibition of Photographs of Women, of which I have made a considerable number. You may have seen the, I believe still current exhibition at the Museum of Modern art, Photographs of Women. I heard pf this project too late to submit my own for inclusion, but Ann Tucker, the then:intern in Photography at Mama came to see mine and was very respectful. I suggest that you may want to call her for reference. She is now with the state Creative Artists Program, 250 West 57 St. ‘his exhibition has been criticized on several levels, such as that 60% of the photographers are men, but to me the really inexcusable omission is that there is not a single photograph of a black woman. My portfolio includes many. I enclose a recent bulletin from the Two—Woman show of my work and that of Minnie Evans, also an announcement of this exhibition. ‘he effect I intended when I sent the photographs of Mrs. Evans and me for this announcement was that we would be facing each other. But reversing the photograph of me, the printer not only disturbed the intention, but succeeded in distorting the photograph of myself that I had sent. I blieve that Nancy Jacobs has a copy of POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY for October '71, that has a number of reproductions of my work and an interview by Ralph Hattersey. Do excuse my terrible typing, please. I would be glad to show you my photographs. Sincerely Nina Howell Starr M.F.A. University of Florida '63 I took a course at Barnard called Economic and Political Position of Women.