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2003 - A second contribution of WIPI files from 1997 thru late spring 2003 were sent to the Palmquist facility in Arcata and included in the transfer of the Palmquist archive to the Yale University Beineche Library.Library which occurred August 2003. The shipment also included the original 2001 original Tea Time entry slide submissions, files, books, letter, notes, etc, website info, etc.
Peter Palmquist's Memorial Tribute
Peter E. Palmquist Memorial Fund Historical Photographic Research
Carol Glauber letter 1/15/03
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In the coming weeks, we will pay tribute to Peter with letters and notices by his colleagues and dear friends. On a very personal note, words escape me and a disbelief surrounds me, I will miss him terribly since he was my silent partner in the growth of WIPI.org. We love you Peter and may you be at peace.
Jean Ferro, President, Women In Photography International
Picture gallery and message will be upload shortly.
While we were at photo l.a. 2003, we realized SPE Convention was March 20-23, 2003 so the original Tribute to Peter has been change to April 12
will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2003, 2:00 PM until 4:30PM
at the Morris Graves Museum, 636 F Street, Eureka, CA 95501.
More details to follow next week regarding hotels and direction
Peter E. Palmquist Memorial Fund for Historical Photographic Research
There is nothing like a walk in the redwood forest above our home in Arcata for a dose of perspective. The trees slowly prosper. When they fall, they do not fade away. Instead, they remain as sustenance, encouraging other life forms to flourish. Peter, Max, and I took almost daily walks through our community forest. There are the "favorite" fallen mighty giants, and many of them already have enormous trees rooted in and on top of them. The fallen trees are supporting lichen, mushrooms, ferns, you name it. You never quite get over viewing this exquisite manifestation of the insistent life force. There are also spots where trees once stood, now surrounded by circles of new(ish) trees.
They are enveloping what once stood so tall. In my mind/heart, Peter is now among those mighty giants. I know he would want to continue to do what he was already doing so beautifully until the day of his death: nurturing independent research.
How do we continue to honor and support Peter Palmquist's vision for historical photographic research? The Peter E. Palmquist Memorial Fund for Historical Photographic Research is officially up and running at the Humboldt Area Foundation! I hope you will join me in supporting it. I am absolutely convinced Peter would have created this fund himself in a year or two, just deleting the word Memorial. Pam Mendelsohn
The Peter E. Palmquist Memorial Fund for Historical Photographic Research has a double emphasis: the study of under -researched women photographers internationally (past and present) and Western American photographers before 1900. Awards will be made biannually to independent researchers based on their application/proposal.
In addition, grant recipients will be asked to provide the Palmquist Fund's advisory board with a copy of any published work that results from their grant. The Yale University Library has agreed to add that copy to its permanent collections to complement the resources of the Peter E. Palmquist Collection of Western American and Women's Photography at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
The fund will be a combination endowment and expendable one. Obviously, all contributions are fully tax-deductible. The application process, due dates, etc. will be announced shortly.
Members of the advisory board are:
Martha A. Sandweiss, Professor of American Studies and History, Amherst College, Amherst, MA
Tom Kailbourn, co-author with Peter Palmquist of Pioneer Photographers of the Far West: A Biographical Directory, 1840-1865 , Stanford University Press, 2000 with volume two pending
Rebekah Burgess, PhD candidate in Photographic History at Boston University, American & New England Studies Program and stepdaughter of Peter Palmquist
Suzanna Urminska, Associate Curator of the Women In Photography International Archive and co-author with Peter Palmquist and Tom Kailbourn of a global bibliographical directory on women involved in photography before 1871, publication pending
Carl Palmquist, varied interests in history and brother of Peter Palmquist
Carl Mautz, publisher, Mautz Publishing, Nevada City, California
Pam Mendelsohn, Peter Palmquist's lifelong companion and founder of the Memorial Fund
The Humboldt Area Foundation, located in Bayside, California, was created in 1972. It is a community foundation that has been actively involved in creating endowments and expendable funds to serve a broad variety of interests and needs. Grants and awards can be made worldwide. The Peter E. Palmquist Memorial Fund for Historical Photographic Research will join a family of over 400 funds.
Join us in spreading the word about this fund. Help to assure that Peter's vision lives on. Please make a financial donation in memory of a life that was in full swing.
Donations can be sent to: Humboldt Area Foundation, PO Box 99, Bayside, CA 95524. Checks should be made payable to the Humboldt Area Foundation and indicate Peter Palmquist Memorial Fund in the lower left corner. Any questions, please call: Alexandra Reid, Director of Donor Services at 707-442-2993, x302;
From Carol Glauber
Wed, 15 Jan 2003 12:44:20 EST Subject: [PhotoHistory] Peter Palmquist
the President January 30, 2003
Dear WIPI Members, Hello, I would like to take the time to express recent events here at WIPI. Just as we were preparing our exhibition for photo l.a. 2003, the sad news came on Wednesday Jan. 15th that Peter Palmquist 66, had been hit by a car on Saturday Jan. 11th, at 7pm in Emeryville, CA and died on Monday, Jan. 13th. Peter was my collaborating force behind WIPI, I spoke to him around 8am that fateful Jan. 11th morning about WIPI's progress and the upcoming photo l.a. It's taken me a moment to write because a disturbing disbelief and sadness filled my heart and soul and the merry-go-round of prep and work for photo l.a. was in progress, not allowing me to surrender to the grief and loss that gripped my moments of brief stillness.
Peter was the one who encouraged me to take the lead to help secure WIPI's place once again in history as a viable organization to support women's work. (WIP originally started in 1981, fell silent in 1991.) My tenure as President started as a one year, term, which turned into two years and now almost three. When things got tough, Peter would say..."you can do it..Jean, you're doing a great job." It has taken a concentrated amount of time and effort to lay a solid ground work. It began with building the membership, producing WIPI's 20th Anniversary exhibition and CD, a stable website with continuous expansion, online banking, membership growth, artist marketing and promotion, and several exhibitions. The result of this progress, contributed to the growth and success of WIPI's membership of women working in the photographic arts and is part of the archived materials in the Women In Photography International Archive, founded by Peter Palmquist, author, curator and historian who maintained the archive in Arcata, CA. In 2001, Peter and co-writer, Thomas R. Kailbourn won the Denver Public Library's prestigious Caroline Bancroft Western History Prize for their book, Pioneer Photographers of the Far West: A Biographical Dictionary, 1840-1865 (Stanford University Press, 2000).
There is a long list of complimentary notes by colleagues from around the world who wrote fondly of their relationship to Peter. These remembrances can be read at his publishers website at www.CarlMautz.com. WIPI has a special tribute page set up to honor Peter, which you can view via the Historical Profile link on our Home Page www.wipi.org. There you will find a photo of Peter in a blue sweat shirt, taken by Nancy Clendaniel (past WIPI director) from 1997, when Peter visited her in Renton, WA, to pick up the stored 1981-1992 WIPI files of newsletters, images and promotional materials . You will also find Peter's obituary notice, tribute preparations and Memorial Fund information that has been established by Peter's long time mate of 26 years Pam Mendelshon who is also a WIPI Pro member. Pam is now planning Peter's tribute which will be held in Arcata on April 12, instead of their wedding day ceremony and honeymoon trip to Portugal.
Just after grasping the full impact of Peter's departure and following a successful photo l.a., on Friday Jan. 24, I learned about another tragedy that happened in the same week, 3 days after Peter and the same day photo l.a. opened. It was the sad news that Winter Bell died, 27 years young, from a health related problem. She was found on the morning of April 16th in San Francisco by her Aunt. Winter was to begin her school year at the San Francisco Art's Institute on a full scholarship.. Winter's b/w pinhole image "Mooseskull" was the photograph that was placed on the WIPI display wall in the lobby of photo l.a. 2003. We had also made a copy of the image to have on the table in our booth during the 4 day event from Jan.16 thru Jan. 19, all this unbeknownst to us that Winter had already died. Her dear friend Jon wrote to me on Friday Jan. 24, asking me to call so he could personally tell me his tragic news.
Winter's work was cutting edge, dynamic and unhampered by society's curtain of righteousness. She was prolific and pursued her work with abandon. She was also known as one of the Los Angeles based, Fleshtone Lab's best b/w printers. (Winter's self-portrait pinhole camera image, "Mooseskull" can be seen in the Photo l.a. 2003 image section, reached through our Home Page.) A group show at the SoHo Gallery/Studio City, opening February 14, will feature Winter's self-portrait mural sized images. Her family is planning a special memorial tribute on February 16th at the Gallery.
been a very unusual time in WIPI's present history. One that created a
pause and reflection in the midst of a fast moving world. Two people who
never met, died within a few miles of each other, in the same week and
yet had a united connection through WIPI and Photo l.a. 2003. Below is
an e-mail transmission from December 17th, between Peter and myself regarding
my decision to place Winter in the Lobby of photo l.a. Always concerned
that what I do for WIPI is in WIPI's best interest and running things
by Peter since he has archived over 27,000 women's work, and was hands
on with curators and educators throughout the world, I always felt he
would give me an honest and solid answer that would help move us forward.
TRIBUTE: PETER PALMQUIST, 1936-2003
Iron, pulp, and mirrored glass: photography, in all of its varied manifestations, has the distinction of evoking memories of place and person--a sort of medium as medium. Peter's tragic death has left us to comprehend the sudden loss of someone who shared the stories that photography holds in such an effective matter so as to render the image and its maker almost immortal. What remains alive today is Peter s incredible personal and professional legacy. Peter excelled in his ability to trace the legacies of photographers by paying homage to the multifaceted lives of these image-makers, be they paupers or princesses, jesters or kings. Peter's legacy as a photographer and photohistorian is only made more meaningful by our own personal memories of this quiet man. Peter left impressions on many of us that extend beyond emulsion to reveal a man who lived with passion and purpose.
I was fortunate enough to know Peter not only as an accomplished photohistorian, but also as a warm and humble friend with whom I grew potatoes and strawberries, raised chickens and hiked in the Northern California wilderness. Peter and I first met in the summer of 2001, shortly after I'd finished my undergraduate studies in anthropology and photography. It was fitting, then, that I would find a mentor in this "archaeologist of photography,"as Peter once described himself. I was immediately struck by the tremendous enthusiasm with which Peter approached his work and his life. Researching, writing and archiving are often thankless tasks, involving seemingly endless amounts of material to sort through and make sense of. And yet Peter conducted his work with grace, exuberance and generosity.
Peter crafted his contributions to the history of photography in much the same manner as he constructed chicken coops and greenhouses, applying equal measures of salvage, improvisation and practicality. His library, with its rough red exterior and corrugated metal roof, was a sort of clubhouse in which we could bounce ideas off one another and transform piles of primary documents into a previously untold history of 19th century women photographers. Working alongside Peter at the Women in Photography International Archive was an honor and a pleasure, and I am forever grateful for the friendship we share.
Suzanna A. Urminska