Dorr Bothwell papers, 1900-2006

A Finding Aid to the Dorr Bothwell Papers, 1900-2006, in the Archives of American Art, by Jean Fitzgerald

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Biographical Information

Dorr Bothwell (1902-2000) worked primarily in California as a painter, printmaker, and art instructor.

Doris Bothwell was born on May 3, 1902 in San Francisco, and later changed her first name to Dorr in order to more easily enter the art business. Bothwell began her art studies in 1916 with her parents' friend Anna Valentien, a student of Rodin. Between 1921 and 1922, she studied at the California School of Fine Art, and continued her studies at the University of Oregon at Eugene. After attending the Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design in 1924, she established her own studio in San Francisco from 1924 to 1927. Also during this time Bothwell, with eight other artists opened the Modern Gallery on Montgomery Street, mounting her first solo exhibition there in 1927.

Between 1928 and 1929, Bothwell traveled to American Samoa, where she created paintings and drawings, and documented tapa (barkcloth) drawings for the Bishop Museum of Honolulu. She then spent a year of study in Europe, returning to San Diego, California in 1931 and marrying sculptor Donal Hord. Four years later, they divorced and she moved to Los Angeles where she worked for the pottery manufacturer Gladding McBean, joined the post-surrealist group around Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg and opened the Bothwell-Cooke Gallery.

Between 1936 and 1939, Bothwell worked in the mural division of the Federal Arts Project of Los Angeles, and learned the art of serigraph printing. She designed dioramas and mechanized exhibitions for the Los Angeles County Museum. In 1940 she also created murals in the Manning Coffee Restaurant in San Francisco.

After teaching color and design at the California School of Fine Art in San Francisco from 1944 to 1948, Bothwell was awarded the Abraham Rosenberg Traveling Scholarship that financed study in Paris from 1949 to the fall of 1951. In 1952 she taught textile design for mass production at the Parsons School of Design in New York City.

Returning to San Francisco, Bothwell taught again at the California School of Fine Art from 1953 to 1958, and at the San Francisco Art Institute from 1959 to 1960. From 1960 to 1961 she took a sabbatical in England and France, creating paintings for an exhibition. In 1962 she was asked to teach at the new Mendocino Art Center and she taught there until 1983. She was also asked by Ansel Adams to teach design and composition for photographers at his Yosemite Workshop summer sessions, which she did from 1964 to 1977.

From 1966 to 1967, Bothwell documented indigo dying techniques, strip weaving, and pottery in Western Nigeria and Tunisia. In 1968, she published her book, co-authored with Marlys Frey, NOTAN The Principle of Dark-Light Design. The book was reissued in 1991. Bothwell continued her travels from 1970 to 1971, when she studied 12th century enamels in England, France, and Holland, and conducted a symposium, "Notan Design," for the London Educational Authority. In 1974, she traveled to Bali, Java, and Sumatra, making a slide documentary on batik, woodcarving, and folk design.

In 1977 Bothwell moved to Joshua Tree, California, from Mendocino in Northern California, but moved back and forth between the two studio/residences until 1992 when she moved to her last residence on the desert at Apache Junction, Arizona. From 1979 to 1980, she taught composition at the Victor School of Photography in Colorado and a design course at the Women's Art Guild in Kauai, Hawaii. Following a tour of China with a watercolor artists' group in 1982, Bothwell conducted workshops at the Mendocino Art Center. In 1985, she traveled to Japan.

Dorr Bothwell died on September 24, 2000 in Fort Bragg, California.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

The papers of California painter, printmaker, and art instructor Dorr Bothwell date from 1900-2006, and measure 10.6 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical material, correspondence, personal business records, notes and writings, five diaries, art work and 19 sketchbooks, three scrapbooks, printed material, and photographs.

Biographical material consists of biographical sketches, resumés, identity cards, award certificates, typescripts of autobiographical interviews, address books, and a file concerning UFOs, spirituality, and philosophy.

Correspondence consists of letters exchanged between Bothwell and her colleagues and friends discussing their art-related activities, travel, and birthday greetings. There are scattered letters from Ansel and Virginia Adams, Etel Adnan, Benjamin Chinn, Claire Falkenstein, and Emmy Lou Packard.

Personal business records include teaching contracts, contracts and royalty statements for the publication of Bothwell's book Notan, insurance records, income tax records, records concerning a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, estate records, card files, lists of art work, price lists, exhibition entry cards, receipts for the sale of art work, travel receipts, medical receipts, and consignment/sales records.

Notes and writings include three diaries, two travel journals, guest books, miscellaneous lists, schedules of classes for various organizations and art schools including the Ansel Adams Yosemite Workshop, typescripts of lecture notes, and miscellaneous notes. There are also scattered writings by Bothwell and others.

Seventeen sketchbooks, including several completed during Bothwell's travels, and one dated 1942 illustrated with daily drawings of her activities while preparing for World War II, are found within the papers. There are also miscellaneous drawings, collages, a serigraph It's Time for a Change, an etching by Martha Jackson, and a drawing by Charles Howard.

Three scrapbooks contain clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, programs, and photographs of art work. Scrapbook 3 contains materials concerning spiritualism and mysticism. Additional printed material consists of clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, press releases, brochures for art classes, the sale of art work, travel, and camera equipment, reproductions of art work, picture postcards, programs, books, and miscellaneous commercial business cards.

Photographs are of Bothwell, her mother and brother, her studio/residences, miscellaneous friends and colleagues including her former husband, sculptor Donal Hord, miscellaneous events, and art classes conducted by Bothwell. There are also photographs of art work by Bothwell and others, as well as numerous photographs and slides of travel various forms in nature that Bothwell would incorporate into her art work.

Arrangement and Series Description

The collection is arranged as 8 series:

Subjects and Names

This collection is indexed in the online catalog of the Archives of American Art under the following index terms:

  • Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984
  • Adams, Virginia Best
  • Adnan, Etel
  • Chinn, Benjamen, 1921-2009
  • Falkenstein, Claire, 1908-1997
  • Howard, Charles, 1899-1978
  • Jackson, Martha Kellogg
  • Packard, Emmy Lou, 1914-
  • Pollock-Krasner Foundation
  • Art teachers--California
  • Artists' studios--Photographs
  • Awards
  • Collages
  • Contracts
  • Diaries
  • Drawings
  • Interviews
  • Lecture notes
  • Painters--California
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks
  • Sketchbooks
  • Sketches
  • Surrealism
  • Travel journals
  • Visitors' books
  • Women artists--California
  • World War, 1939-1945

Provenance

The Dorr Bothwell papers were donated in 1978 by the artist, and in 2002, 2009, and 2012 by the Dorr Bothwell Trust.

How the Collection was Processed

The Dorr Bothwell papers were processed in 2011 by Jean Fitzgerald. An addition to this collection was processed in 2013 by intern Claire Norman.


How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Dorr Bothwell papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

How to Cite this Collection

Dorr Bothwell papers, 1900-2006. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1939-1999
(Box 1, 11, 13, 15; 0.6 linear feet)

Biographical material consists of biographical sketches, resumés, a handwritten outline of Bothwell's teaching career, identity cards including photocopies of her passport, and student cards from Paris, award certificates, typescripts of autobiographical interviews including one concerning her travel to Samoa, and address books. The recording of Bothwell's memories of Samoa are on five sound cassettes. There is also a file concerning Unidentified Flying Objects, Spirituality, and Philosophy, containing letters, clippings, brochures, and a sheet of UFO stickers.

Box Folder
1 1 Biographical Sketches, 1978-1983, undated
1 2-3 Resumés, 1952-1993, undated
(2 folders)
1 4 Outline of Teaching Career, 1956
1 5 Miscellaneous Identity Cards, 1939-1992
1 6 Membership Cards, 1958-1995, undated
1 7 Award Certificates, 1979-1993, undated
(Oversized Material Housed in Box 11)
1 8 Typescript of Autobiographical Interview 1, 1997, undated
1 9 Typescript of Autobiographical Interview 2, 1997
1 10-11 Autobiographical Typescript "Straws in the Wind," An Artist's Life as Told to Bruce Levene, 1997
(2 folders)
Box Folder
13 2 Transcript of Rudolph Schaeffer Interview, 1981
Box Folder
15 1 Interview concerning Bothwell's Memories in Samoa, 1986-1999
5 Sound cassettes
15 2 Interview Documents concerning Bothwell's Memories in Samoa, 1986-1999
Includes 2 floppy disks.
Box Folder
1 12-21 Transcript of Interview Concerning Bothwell's Memories of Samoa, 1986-1999
(10 folders)
1 22-23 Address Books, 1972, undated
(2 folders)
1 24-25 File Concerning UFOs, Spirituality, and Philosophy, 1955-1967
(2 folders)
Box Folder
13 1 Miscellaneous Biographical Computer Printouts, 2001
Box Folder
11 1 Oversized Award Certificate from San Francisco Art Commission, 1979,
from Box 1, Folder 7

Series 2: Correspondence, 1939-2002
(Box 1-3, 13; 2.3 linear feet)

Correspondence consists of letters exchanged between Bothwell and her colleagues and friends discussing their art-related activities, travel, and birthday greetings. There are scattered letters from Ansel and Virginia Adams, Etel Adnan, Benjamin Chinn, Claire Falkenstein, and Emmy Lou Packard. Most letters from Monica Hannasch contain amusing cartoons that illustrate her messages. Two letters from Ansel Adams are signed with a smiling cartoon doodle.

Box Folder
1 26-28 Unidentified Correspondents, 1952-1996, undated
(3 folders)
1 29 Letters with Multiple Signatures, 1988-1995, undated
1 30 Correspondents' Surnames Unknown; First Names "A" - "B,," 1956-1991, undated
1 31 Correspondents' Surnames Unknown; First Names "C,," 1969-1992, undated
1 32-33 Correspondents' Surnames Unknown; First Names "D,," 1954-1999, undated
(2 folders)
1 34 Correspondents' Surnames Unknown; First Names "E" - "G,," 1958-1999, undated
1 35 Correspondents' Surnames Unknown; First Names "I" - "J,," 1960-1993, undated
1 36 Correspondents' Surnames Unknown; First Names "K" - "L,," 1972-1996, undated
1 37-38 Correspondents' Surnames Unknown; First Names "M,," 1965-1999, undated
(2 folders)
1 39 Correspondents' Surnames Unknown; First Names "N" - "O,," 1991-1992, undated
1 40 Correspondents' Surnames Unknown; First Names "P,," 1974-1999, undated
1 41 Correspondents' Surnames Unknown; First Names "R,," 1981-1993, undated
1 42-43 Correspondents' Surnames Unknown; First Names "S,," 1973-1999, undated
(2 folders)
1 44 Correspondents' Surnames Unknown; First Names "T" - "Z,," 1969, undated
1 45-47 Ansel and Virginia Adams, 1963-1997, undated
(3 folders)
1 48 Adnan - Allied Travel Service, 1974-1997, undated
1 49 Florence and Max Alper, 1957-1958
1 50 Altman - Ansel Adams Gallery, 1947-1989
1 51 Archives of American Art, 1965-1990
1 52 Arthur Jaffé Heliochrome Company - Azrael, 1954-1985
1 53 Ken B. - Bailey, 1993-1995
1 54 Baldwin - Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation, Ltd., 1972-1994
1 55 Brenda Bettinson, 1997, undated
1 56 Bibliothèque Nationale - Biship Museum, 1959-1987, undated
Box Folder
13 3 Bishop Museum, 1999
Box Folder
1 57 Vivi Blanquie, 1959-1995, undated
1 58 Carol Goodwin Blick, 1994-1999, undated
1 59 Bohlig - Bollingen Foundation, 1961-1994
1 60 Arnold Borley, 1971-1999, undated
1 61-64 Dorr Bothwell, 1939-2000, undated
(4 folders)
1 65 Bothwell Family Members, 1993-1996, undated
1 66 Brewer - Buckbee Thorne and Company, 1948-1999
1 67 Tony Buttitta, 1966-1968
1 68 Phil and Hall Byther, 1993-1997
1 69 Caddes - Calcagno, 1953-1979
1 70 California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1947-1972
1 71 California State Fair, 1953
1 72 California: University of California Extension, 1960-1977
1 73 California: University of California at Riverside - Carmel Museum of Art, 1957-1997
1 74 Carnegie Institute, 1952-1955
1 75 Carpenter - Cavagnow, 1968-1999
Box Folder
2 1 Sue Cazaly, 1983-1999
2 2 Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions - Chamberlain, 1951-1969
2 3 Kay Chancellor, 1994-1997, undated
2 4 Chelette - Chico State College, 1963-1994
2 5-6 Benjamin Chinn, 1972-1999, undated
(2 folders)
2 7 Clinton - Contemporary Handweavers of California, 1959-1994
2 8 Conway - Coyne, 1962-1994
2 9 Ruth Cravath, 1949-1987
2 10 Credick - Creel, 1994, undated
2 11 Liz and Loring Cunningham, 1987-1999, undated
2 12 Curry - Custer, 1994, undated
2 13 Davis - De Landrari, 1980, undated
2 14 Rupert De Long, undated
2 15 Denver Art Museum - Detroit Institute of Art, 1949-1960
2 16 M. H. De Young Memorial Museum, 1958-1963
2 17 Doetry - Dunston, 1989-1997
2 18 Evans Ecke, 1957-1997
2 19 ?ditions d"Art Albert Skira - Ehrlich, 1960-1997
2 20 Embroiderers' Guild of America, Inc., 1981-1982
2 21 Falkenstein - Felici, 1942-1998
2 22 Fine Arts Gallery of the City of San Diego - Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 1937-1994
2 23 Fishman - Fletcher, 1985-1986
2 24 Anne Foote, 1963-1997, undated
2 25 Ford Foundation, 1958-1961
2 26 Foreign Service of the United States of America, 1950-1960
2 27 Frances - French, 1975-1999, undated
2 28 Frohnen - Fuller, 1985-1997, undated
2 29 Galerie Billiet-Caputo - Gilbert, 1988-1993, undated
2 30 Gilmore - Guggenheim, 1953-1996, undated
2 31 Catherine E. Hallett, undated
2 32 Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, 1995-1996
2 33 Richard H. Hancock, 1993
2 34-37 Monica Hannasch, 1955-1999, undated
(4 folders)
2 38-40 Zoe Harris, 1972-1999, undated
(3 folders)
2 41 Harvard University - Heritage House, 1965-1999
2 42 Helen Hipshman, 1970-1999, undated
2 43 Hirschl and Adler Galleries, 1988-1990
2 44 Verna and Carmer Hodges, 1989-1997, undated
2 45 Hodowal - Hulbert, 1957-1984
2 46 Idaho Art Association, 1961
2 47 Inner London Education Authority, 1970-1971
2 48 International Graphic Arts Society, 1965
2 49 Jackson - Johnson, 1957-1994
2 50 Esther Johnson, 1998, undated
2 51 Heidi Johst, 1988
2 52 Kahana Ki'i Fine Arts Gallery - Kendall, 1969-1996
2 53 Joan and Hal Kerber, 1987-1997
2 54 Kerchen - Kovacic, 1951-1997
2 55 Lagorio - Lamansky, 1960-1999
2 56 Landor - Lee, 1958-1996
2 57 Leach - Litton, 1977-1996
2 58 Mahaffey - Marin Society of Artists, Inc., 1958-1997
2 59-62 Marlys Mayfield, 1968-2002
(4 folders)
2 63 Marty and Fran McKinnon, 1993-1997, undated
2 64 McNeil - Melberg, 1978-1994
2 65-66 Meltzer Gallery, 1954-1957
2 67 Mendocino Art Center, 1961-1999
2 68 Merhoff - Moise, 1958-1999
2 69 Moltzen - Morrison, 1968-1997
2 70 Jean Moss, 1978-1985
2 71 Moss - Mracek, 1959-1994
2 72 Musée des Monuments Français, 1949-1960
2 73 Museum of Modern Art - Myers, 1956-1994
2 74 Virginia Napier, undated
2 75 National Geographic Society, 1977-1978
2 76 National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1985-1998
2 77 National Serigraph Gallery, 1956-1962
2 78 Nebraska: University of Nebraska - Nowell, 1966-1995
2 79 Oakland - Oliver, 1963-1992
2 80 Oregon State College - Otto, 1956-1995
2 81 Packard - Parsons, 1985-1994
2 82 Virginia Parsons, 1970-1997, undated
2 83 Partridge - Perrill, 1959-1999
2 84 Hilda Pertha, 1959-1996
Box Folder
3 1 Phoenix Art Museum - Polk, 1993-1998
3 2 Pomegranate Publications, 1987-1989
3 3 Pomona College - Prints, Etc., 1956-1997
3 4 Fred Pyrczak, 1987
3 5 Jo Reed, 1984-1999
3 6 Reinhold Book Corporation, 1967-1968
3 7 Lotte Reininger, 1972, undated
3 8 Reiss - Rice, 1983-1992
3 9 Romain - Rummle, 1959-1997
3 10-11 San Diego Historical Society, 1979-1999
(2 folders)
3 12 San Diego Museum of Art - San Francisco Art Association, 1939-1987
3 13 San Francisco Art Institute, 1961-1999
3 14-15 San Francisco Museum of Art, 1942-1967
(2 folders)
3 16 San Jose Art League - Seattle Art Museum, 1954-1993
3 17 Serigraph Galleries, Inc., 1948-1956
3 18 Seri Printers - Sines, 1961-1997
3 19 Siskin - Sonoma State College, 1964-1991
3 20 Bette Sorensen, 1994-1998, undated
3 21 Southern Methodist University - Stanford University, 1956-1999
3 22 Hugo and Alva Steccati, 1986-1998
3 23 Steiner - Stone, 1958-1990
3 24 Sunaire - Sweeney, 1983-1997
3 25 Jean Donald Swiggett, 1985-1990
3 26 Taha - Taliesin, 1955-1997
3 27 William G. Talley, 1967-1985
3 28 Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Association - Twenty-Nine Palms Art Gallery, 1961-1994
3 29 Universe Books - Vaile, 1978-1985
3 30 Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1973-1985
3 31 Verner - Voller, 1959-1980, undated
3 32 Barney Wan, 1966-1991
3 33 Watson-Guptill Publications - Whitney Museum of American Art, 1949-1995
3 34 Who's Who in American Art, 1999
3 35 Williams - Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 1986-1993
3 36 Women's Caucus for Art, 1979
3 37 Charles Woods, 1967
3 38 Worcester Art Museum, 1988-1999
3 39 York - Young, 1978-1994
3 40 William and Jennie Zacha, 1960-1988
3 41 Zegart - Zellerbach Corporation, 1989, undated

Series 3: Personal Business Records, 1925-2006
(Box 3-4; 0.7 linear feet)

Personal business records include teaching contracts for the California School of Fine Arts, University of California at Berkeley, and the Mendocino Art Center, contracts and royalty statements for the publication of Bothwell's book Notan, insurance records, income tax records, records of a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, records concerning Bothwell's estate, lists of art work, price lists, exhibition entry cards, receipts for the sale of art work, travel receipts, and medical receipts. Of primary interest are the consignment/sales records consisting of letters, price lists, and receipts concerning the loan of art work, its temporary display, and possible sale of Bothwell's art work by various galleries including the Bay Window Gallery, the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, the Mendocino Art Center Gallery, the M. H. De Young Memorial Museum, the San Francisco Art institute Art Bank, and the Serigraph Galleries, Inc.

Box Folder
3 42-43 Teaching Contracts, 1956-1991
(2 folders)
3 44 Contracts for Book Notan, and Royalty Statements, 1967-1990
3 45 Miscellaneous Contracts, 1971-1985
3 46 Insurance Records, 1982
3 47 Income Tax Records, 1958-1990
3 48 Check Registers, 1976-1977
3 49-50 Card File of Oil Paintings, 1925-1954
(2 folders)
3 51 Card File of Miscellaneous Paintings, 1929-1940
3 52-53 Card File of Drawings, 1926-1952
(2 folders)
3 54 Card File of Gouaches, 1941-1955
3 55 Card File of Serigraphs, 1943-1960
3 56 Card Files of Miscellaneous Prints, 1928-1950
3 57 Card File of Miscellaneous Art Work, 1946
3 58 Card File of Work Done, 1945-1953
3 59 Lists of Artwork, 1983-1984, undated
3 60-62 Price Lists for Artwork, 1947-1990, undated
(3 folders)
3 63 Consignment/Sales Records for the Bay Window Gallery, 1962-1985
3 64 Consignment/Sales Records for the Brunn Gallery, 1960-1961
3 65 Consignment/Sales Records for the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1945-1955, undated
3 66 Consignment/Sales Records for Gallery Mendocino, 1990-1993, undated
3 67 Consignment/Sales Records for the Jan Holloway Gallery, 1990
3 68 Consignment/Sales Records for the Meltzer Gallery through the National Serigraph Society, 1956-1959
3 69 Consignment/Sales Records for the Mendocino Art Center Gallery, 1979-1992
3 70 Consignment/Sales Records for the M. H. De Young Memorial Museum, 1953-1963
3 71 Consignment/Sales Records for M. Lee Stone Fine Prints, 1989-1990
3 72 Consignment/Sales Records for the Riverside Art Center and Museum, 1979-1980
3 73 Consignment/Sales Records for the San Francisco Art Institute Art Bank, 1959-1964, undated
3 74 Consignment/Sales Records for the San Francisco Museum of Art Rental Gallery, 1941-1959, undated
3 75 Consignment/Sales Records for Serigraph Galleries, Inc. through the National Serigraph Society, 1946-1958, undated
3 76-77 Consignment/Sales Records for the Tobey C. Moss Gallery, 1988-1999
(2 folders)
3 78 Consignment/Sales Records for William P. Carl Prints and Drawings, 1987-1991
3 79 Consignment/Sales Records for Miscellaneous Galleries, 1940-1990, undated
3 80 Card File of Exhibitions, 1925-1947
3 81 Exhibition Entry Cards, 1947-1960, undated
3 82 Receipts for Art Work Sales, 1946-1990
Box Folder
4 1 Notebook of Receipts for Artwork Sales, 1990-1992
4 2-8 Travel Receipts, 1951-1982, undated
(7 folders)
4 9 Medical Receipts, 1982-1999
4 10 Miscellaneous Receipts, 1956-1997, undated
4 11-15 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant Material, 1995-2001
(5 folders)
4 16-20 Estate Materials, 1997-2006
(5 folders)

Series 4: Notes and Writings, 1928-1998
(Box 4, 11, 14, 15; 0.8 linear feet)

Notes and writings include five diaries containing brief daily entries, one journal written during travel in Japan, England, and Mexico, a second journal from a trip to London and Paris, guest books for an exhibition and for various parties including Bothwell's 80th and 90th birthdays, mailing lists, lists of faculty, students, and schedules of classes for various organizations including the Sierra Club, and Artists Equity, and art schools including the Ansel Adams Yosemite Workshop, and Creative Images Class at the Univeristy of California Extension at Santa Cruz. There are also typescripts of lecture notes, a lecture recording on one sound cassette, and supply lists for drawing, collage, color and design, textile and batik, and Notan art classes. Writings include typescripts by Boswell "Rainbow Street" and "Une Nuit de Brume," and writings by others.

Box Folder
14 1-2 Diaries, 1928-1929
Box Folder
4 21-22 Diaries, 1985-1992
4 23 Journal from Travel in Japan, England, and Mexico; Journal from Travel to London and Paris, undated
4 24 Guest Book for Unidentified Party, undated
4 25 Guest Book for Exhibition "All Kinds of Cats,," 1977
4 26 Guest Book for Bothwell's 80th Birthday Party, 1982
4 27-28 Mailing Lists, 1995, undated
(2 folders)
4 29 Faculty Lists and Schedules of Classes for the California School of Fine Arts, 1953-1960
4 30 Participant Lists for the Sierra Club Camp, 1955-1958
4 31 Membership List for the Northern California Chapter of the Artists Equity Association, 1956
4 32 Chaparral Membership List, 1983-1985
4 33-34 Lists of Students for the Ansel Adams Yosemite Workshop, 1965-1977, undated
(2 folders)
4 35 Lists of Students and Schedule for the Creative Images Class at the University of California Extension at Santa Cruz, 1976
4 36 Miscellaneous Lists of Students, undated
4 37 Typescripts and Supply Lists for Monotype and Serigraphy Classes, undated
4 38 Typescript and Supply List for Notan Classes, undated
4 39 Typescripts and Class Lists for Drawing Classes, 1985, undated
4 40 Typescripts and Supply Lists for Collage Classes, 1986, undated
4 41 Typescripts and Supply Lists for Color and Design Classes, 1990, undated
4 42 Typescripts and Supply Lists for Textile and Batik Classes, 1990, undated
4 43-45 Design Lecture Notes from the Schaeffer School, 1959-1960
(3 folders)
Box Folder
15 4 Lecture 1 at San Francisco Art Institute, 1996
1 Sound cassette
Box Folder
4 46 Transcript of Lecture 1 at San Francisco Art Institute, 1996
4 47 Transcript of Lecture 2 at San Francisco Art Institute, 1996
Box Folder
15 3 Documents concerning Lecture 1and 2 at San Francisco Art Institute, 1996
Includes 1 floppy disk.
Box Folder
4 48 Typescript "Rainbow Street" by Dorr Bothwell, undated
4 49 Typescript "Une Nuit de Brume" by Dorr Bothwell, 1949
4 50 Miscellaneous Writings by Dorr Bothwell, 1980, undated
4 51-56 Miscellaneous Notes, 1996-1998, undated
(6 folders)
4 57 Miscellaneous Writings by Others, 1989, undated
Box Folder
11 2 Oversized Guest Book for Bothwell's 90th Birthday Party, 1988-1992

Series 5: Artwork, 1920-1994
(Box 4-5, 13, 16, 17, 11; 1.5 linear feet)

Artwork consists of 19 sketchbooks including one with daily drawings of her preparations for World War II. Also found are 4 albums of artwork which include primarily ink and pencil drawings and sketches but also include some printed material and correspondence.There are also miscellaneous drawings, collages, a serigraph, an etching by Martha Jackson, and a drawing by Charles Howard.

Box Folder
4 58 Sketchbook 1, undated
4 59 Sketchbook 2, undated
4 60 Sketchbook 3, undated
4 61 Sketchbook 4, undated
Box Folder
5 1 Sketchbook 5, 1920-1921
5 2 Sketchbooks 6 and 7, 1942-1949
5 3 Sketchbook 8, 1953
5 4 Sketchbook 9, 1965
5 5 Sketchbook 10, 1968
5 6 Sketchbooks 11 and 12, 1969-1971
5 7 Sketchbook 13, 1974
5 8 Sketchbook 14, 1975
5 9 Sketchbook 15, 1979-1980
5 10 Sketchbook 16, 1985
5 11 Sketchbook 17, 1986
Box Folder
13 4 Sketchbook 18, 1971-1977
Box Folder
16 1 Sketchbook 19, undated
Box Folder
5 12-14 Drawings, 1936-1994
(3 folders; Oversized Material Housed in Box 11)
5 15 Collages, undated
Oversized material housed in Box 16, Folder 2
5 16 Serigraphs It's Time for a Change, 1992
5 17 Etching by Martha Jackson; Drawing by Charles Howard, 1956, undated
Box Folder
16 4 Printed Copies of Albums, 1928-1929, undated
16 3 Artwork Album 1, 1920, 1930, 1939, undated
Box Folder
17 2 Artwork Album 2, 1929-1932, 1937, undated
17 3 Artwork Album 3, 1921-1922, 1928, 1930-1931, 1942, undated
17 4 Artwork Album 4, 1931, undated
17 1 Prints, 1950, 1952, undated
Box Folder
11 1 Three Oversized Drawings, undated,
from Box 5, Folders 12
Box Folder
16 2 One Oversized Collage, undated
from Box 5, Folder 15

Series 6: Scrapbooks, 1926-1979
(Box 5, 11-12; 0.5 folders)

Three scrapbooks contain clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, programs, and photographs of art work.

Box Folder
5 18-20 Scrapbook 3, 1940-1979
Box Folder
11 3 Oversized Scrapbook 1, 1926-1944
Box Folder
12 1 Oversized Scrapbook 2, 1945-1952

Series 7: Printed Material, 1923-2000
(Box 5-7, 12, 13; 1.8 linear feet)

Printed material consists of clippings and exhibition announcements and catalogs that span Bothwell's entire career. Also included are press releases, brochures for art classes, the sale of art work, travel, and camera equipment, reproductions of art work, picture postcards, programs, and miscellaneous commercial business cards. There are also several books including Good Neighbor Color Book: Carlos and Conchita in Coffeeland, illustrated by Bothwell.

Box Folder
5 21-48 Clippings, 1925-2000, undated
(28 folders)
5 49-54 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1925-1946, undated
(6 folders)
Box Folder
6 1-28 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1947-1997
(28 folders; Oversized materials housed in Box 12)
6 29-33 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs for Others, 1951-2000, undated undated
(5 folders)
6 34 Press Releases, 1973, undated
6 35-39 Brochures for Art Classes, 1923-1999, undated
(5 folders)
6 40 Brochures for the Sale of Artwork, 1942-1991, undated
6 41 Brochures for Books, 1972-1986, undated
6 42 Camping Brochures, 1955, undated
6 43-44 Travel Brochures and Maps, 1951-1972, undated
(2 folders)
6 45 Brochures for Camera Equipment and Clocks, 1983, undated
6 46 Miscellaneous Brochures, 1982-1988, undated
Box Folder
7 1-2 Reproductions of Artwork, undated
(2 folders)
7 3-4 Reproductions of Artwork by Others, undated
(2 folders)
7 5 Picture Postcards, undated
7 6 Programs and Ticket Stubs, 1953-1992, undated
7 7 Passenger Lists, 1948
7 8-10 Miscellaneous Commercial Business Cards, undated
(3 folders)
7 11 Book Good Neighbor Color Book: Carlos and Conchita in Coffeeland, illustrated by Dorr Bothwell, 1944
7 12 Book Painting and Sculpture by the San Francisco Art Association, 1952
7 13 Book Hopscotch by Patricia Evans, 1955
7 14 Book A Period of Exploration: San Francisco 1945-1950 by Mary Fuller McChesney, 1973
7 15 Book Fox and Hare by Chester Anderson, 1980
7 16 Book The Singing Tree by Tony Buttitta and Monica York, 1990
Box Folder
13 5 African Sketchbook Booklet, 2000
Box Folder
7 17-18 Miscellaneous Printed Material, undated
(2 folders)
Box Folder
12 2 Oversized Exhibition Catalog, 1986,
from Box 6, Folder 26

Series 8: Photographs, 1900-2001
(Box 7-9, 10; 2.4 linear feet)

Photographs are of Bothwell, her mother and brother, her studio/residences in Mendocino and Joshua Tree, California, and in Apache Junction, Arizona, art classes conducted by Bothwell, events including a reception for Danish royalty in Cheverny, France, and of miscellaneous friends and colleagues including her former husband, sculptor Donal Hord, and friend Francis Cooke. There are also photographs and slides of art work including Bothwell's murals for the Valencia Hotel in La Jolla, and for Manning's Coffee Restaurant, miscellaneous paintings, serigraphs, and collages, exhibition installations, and art work by others. Travel photographs and slides are of scenes in New York, California, Mexico, the Caribbean, France, Italy, Corsica, Spain, the Pacific Islands, Western Nigeria, and China. Miscellaneous photographs and slides are of various forms in nature including trees, fruit, flowers, rock formations, and animals that Bothwell would incorporate into her art work.

Box Folder
7 19 Dorr Bothwell, her Mother and Brother, 1900-1911
7 20-38 Dorr Bothwell, 1922-1994
(19 folders)
7 39-58 Bothwell with Miscellaneous Friends, 1941-1998, undated
(20 folders)
7 59 Memorial Service for Bothwell, 2001
7 60 Photograph Album 1, 1968-1969, undated
7 61 Photograph Album 2, 1980
7 62 Photograph Album 3, 1982
7 63-65 Bothwell's Mendocino Studio/Residence, 1962-1976, undated
(3 folders)
7 66-67 Construction of Bothwell's Joshua Tree Studio/Residence, 1975
(2 folders)
7 68-71 Bothwell's Joshua Tree Studio/Residence, 1980-1992, undated
(4 folders)
7 72 Scenery Near Joshua Tree, California, undated
7 73-75 Bothwell's Apache Junction Studio/Residence, 1993-1998, undated
(3 folders)
Box Folder
8 1 Photographs of an Unidentified Parade, undated
8 2-3 Reception for the King and Queen of Denmark in Cheverny, France, 1949-1950
(2 folders)
8 4-5 Photographs of Art Classes Conducted by Bothwell, 1948-1983, undated
(2 folders)
8 6 Exhibition Installation at Bay Window Gallery, Mendocino, California, 1986
8 7 Exhibition "Early Work (1940-1950) in Moss Gallery,," 1988
8 8-9 Exhibition Installations at Bothwell's Mendocino Studio, 1988-1992
(2 folders)
8 10-12 Miscellaneous Exhibition Installations, 1993-1999
(3 folders)
8 13-16 Album 4: Slides of World Travel, 1947-1991
(4 folders)
8 17 Slides of Travel in New York, 1947
8 18-24 Photographs and Slides of Travel in California, 1947-1991, undated
(7 folders)
8 25-29 Photographs and Slides of Travel to France, 1948-1966, undated
(5 folders)
8 30-31 Photographs and Slides of Travel to Italy, 1948-1990
(2 folders)
8 32 Slides of Travel to the Caribbean, 1949
8 33 Slides of Travel to Corsica, 1950
8 34 Slides of Travel to Spain, 1950-1951
8 35 Slides of Travel in the Pacific Islands, 1964-1974
8 36-37 Photographs of Travel to Western Nigeria, 1968
(2 folders)
8 38-40 Album 5: Photographs of Travel to Mexico, 1987
(3 folders)
8 41-43 Slides of Travel to China, 1982
(3 folders)
8 44 Miscellaneous Travel Photographs and Slides, 1976-1993, undated
8 45 Photographs and Slides of Native Americans, 1972, undated
8 46 Slides of Rock Formations, 1953-1979
8 47 Slides of Trees, 1955-1972
8 48-50 Slides of Flowers, 1957-1983
(3 folders)
8 51 Photograph and Slides of Fruit, 1960-1982
8 52 Slides of Animals, 1961-1972
8 53-55 Photographs "Designs of Mendocino and Elsewhere,," 1952-1982
(3 folders)
8 56 Album 6: Photographs of Artwork Executed Between, 1941-1944, undated
8 57 Album 7: Photographs of Miscellaneous Art Work, 1992, undated
8 58 Photographs of Artwork Labeled "Travel Photos Text,," undated
Box Folder
9 1-26 Photographs of Artwork, 1962-2001, undated
(26 folders)
Box Folder
10 1-4 Photographs of Artwork, 1962-2001, undated
(8 folders)
10 5-6 Slides of Artwork, 1962-2001, undated
10 7-8 Digital Photographs of Artwork, 1962-2001, undated
Includes 8 electronic discs (CD-R).
10 9 Photographs of Murals in the "Lolita" Cocktail Room of the Valencia Hotel, La Jolla, California, undated
10 10 Photographs of Murals in Manning's Coffee Restaurant, undated
10 11 Photographs of Miscellaneous Murals, undated
10 12-13 Photographs of Art Work by Others, undated
(2 folders)
10 14-23 Sets of Negative Strips, undated
(10 folders)