A Finding Aid to the Lois Dodd Papers,
1949-2001, in the Archives of American Art, by Jayna M. Hanson
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art
Table of Contents:
- Biographical Information
- Overview of the Collection
- How to Use the Collection
- Detailed Description and Container Inventory
Lois Dodd (1927- ) is an observational painter, educator, activist, and co-founder of the Tanager Gallery. She is active in New York City and Maine.
Lois Dodd was born in 1927 in Montclair, New Jersey. Beginning in 1945, Dodd commuted from Montclair to New York City to attend The Cooper Union, from which she graduated in 1948. She married fellow student and sculptor William King with whom she had one child, Eli. King and Dodd, among others, established the Tanager Gallery in 1952.
Dodd worked for various organizations in New York City promoting affordable housing for artists, especially the renewal of Cooper Square. She continues to exhibit her paintings at both individual and group exhibitions.
Overview of the Collection
Scope and Contents
The papers of New York City painter, educator, gallery owner, and activist Lois Dodd date from 1949 to 2001 and measure 2.0 linear feet. The papers focus on Dodd's personal work and contain little documentation of her involvement with Tanager Gallery. Found are biographical materials, including an interview conducted by Pat Mainardi in 1973; personal business records; professional correspondence; project and teaching files for Artist Housing Projects and various teaching positions; scattered writings and notes; printed materials including exhibition catalogs and announcements; and photographs.
Notable correspondents include Lucien Day, Rackstraw Downes, James McGarrell, James L. Lentz, and Sidney Simon.
Arrangement and Series Description
The collection is arranged as 7 series:
- Series 1: Biographical Information, 1949-1989 (Box 1; 9 folders)
- Series 2: Personal Business Records, 1950-1990 (Box 1; 0.1 linear feet)
- Series 3: Correspondence, 1952-1991 (Box 1; 0.7 linear feet)
- Series 4: Project and Teaching Files, 1969-1983 (Box 1-2; 0.2 linear feet)
- Series 5: Writings and Notes, circa 1970-1990 (Box 2; 5 folders)
- Series 6: Printed Material, circa 1970-2001 (Box 2; 0.6 linear feet)
- Series 7: Photographs, 1952-circa 1990 (Box 2; 0.3 linear feet)
Subjects and Names
This collection is indexed in the online catalog of the Archives of American Art under the following terms:
- Art teachers--New York (State)--New York
- Artists' studios--Photographs
- Artists--Housing--New York (State)--New York
- Gallery owners--New York (State)--New York
- Painters--New York (State)--New York
- Women painters--New York (State)--New York
Types of Materials:
- Day, Lucien B., 1916-
- Downes, Rackstraw
- Mainardi, Patricia, interviewer.
- McGarrell, James, 1930-
- Simon, Sidney, 1917-1997
Lois Dodd donated her papers to the Archives of American Art in several increments between 1981-2007.
Separated and Related Materials
Among the collections of the Archives of American Art are the Tanager Gallery records, 1952-1972 and an oral history interview with Lois Dodd by Barbara Shikler conducted in 1988.
How the Collection was Processed
The Lois Dodd papers were minimally arranged upon receipt. In 2012, all accretions were merged, processed, and described by Jayna Hanson with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
How to Use the Collection
Restrictions on Use
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Ownership & Literary Rights
The Lois Dodd papers 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
The Lois Dodd papers, 1949-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Detailed Description and Container Inventory
Biographical Information, 1949-1989
(Box 1; 9 folders)
Found are records concerning awards, memberships, and certificates; biographical sketches and resumes; and personal materials including a driver's license from Maine, travel papers concerning Dodd's trip to Italy, and a transcript of a 1973 interview of Dodd by Pat Mainardi.
|1||2||Biographical Sketches, 1958-1960|
|1||4||Drivers License, Maine, before 1971|
Membership Records, 1987-1989
Travel Papers, 1949-1960
|1||9||Interview Transcript, 1973|
Personal Business Records,,
(Box 1; 0.1 linear feet)
Found are Lois Dodd's loan and exhibition agreements, contracts, donation records, gallery plans, lists, purchase orders, receipts, sales records, and shipping records. Also found is a file of correspondence and agreements for the publishing of Dodd's print Laundry.
|1||10||Agreements, Exhibitions, 1987|
|1||11||Agreements, Loans, 1982-1983|
|1||12||Concerning Laundry, 1984, 1990|
|1||14||Donations, Works of Art, 1987|
|1||15||Donations, Monetary, 1990|
|1||16||Gallery Plans, circa 1974|
Price Lists, 1987-1990
|1||19||List of Artists Exhibiting, 1968-circa 1980s|
|1||20||Purchase Order, 1961|
|1||21||Shipping Receipts, 1969-1990|
|1||23||Delivery Confirmation Receipts, 1976-1987|
|1||24-25||Sales Records, 1974-1990|
|1||26||Shipping Notes, 1972|
(Box 1; 0.7 linear feet)
Found are incoming and drafts of outgoing correspondence, the majority of which focuses on Dodd's painting career. Some personal correspondence may also be found. Notable correspondents include Lucien Day, Rackstraw Downes, James McGarrell, James Lentz, and Sidney Simon. Invitations to serve as art juror and to exhibit are found at the end of the series. Correspondence is also found in the project and teaching files.
Correspondence is arranged chronologically.
|1||62||Correspondence, circa 1950s-1980s|
|1||63||Invitations, Art Juror, 1979-1990|
|1||64||Invitations, to Exhibit, 1979-1989|
Project and Teaching Files, 1969-1983
(Box 1-2; 0.2 linear feet)
Project files concern Dodd's work with the five Artist Housing Projects, including the Cooper Square Renewal and one file concerning a mural at Citibank. Files contain corresondence, publicity materials, clippings, and drafts of writings. Teaching files include materials from Dodd's positions at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, the Cleveland Institute of Art, Colby College, Louisiana State Univeristy, the Skowhegan School of Painting, and the Vermont Studio School, and may include correspondence and financial materials.
|1||Artist Housing Projects|
|1||66||Cooper Square Renewal, 1969-1972|
|1||67||Cooper Square Renewal, Wyoming Building, 1972-1973|
|1||69||Soho Lofts, 1969-1983|
|1||71||Citibank Mural, 1983|
|2||1||Brooklyn College, 1973-1990|
|2||2||City University of New York, 1984|
|2||3||Cleveland Institute of Art, 1980|
|2||4||Colby College, 1976|
|2||5||Louisiana State University, 1983-1984|
Skowhegan School of Painting, 1979-1988
|2||8||Vermont Studio School, 1984-1989|
Writings and Notes, circa 1970-1990
(Box 2; 5 folders)
Scattered writings include a statement of plans by Dodd and a draft of a speech by Joe Fiori.
|2||9||Statement of Plans, circa 1970s|
|2||10||Notes, Concerning Italian Grant, circa 1970|
|2||11||Speech Notes, Joe Fiori, circa 1980|
|2||12||Writings, circa 1970s-1980|
|2||13||Notes, circa 1990|
Printed Material, circa 1970-2001
(Box 2; 0.6 linear feet)
Printed materials include invitations, announcements, and catalogs for exhibitions of Dodd's work, including solo and group shows, as well as exhibitions of other artists. Also found are clippings, flyers, newsletters, and press releases. Of note are two publications featuring articles about and an interview with Dodd.
Exhibition Announcements, circa 1970-1994
Exhibition Catalogs, 1981-2001
|2||25||Auction Catalog, 1989|
|2||26||Business Cards, circa 1990|
|2||27||Blank Stationery, circa 1980|
|2||30||Flyers and Info Sheets, circa 1970-1980|
|2||31||Magazine Articles About Dodd, circa 1980|
Press Releases, 1968-1990s
Italian Materials, circa 1960
(Includes a blueprint of a ship and a pamphlet)
(Includes article on Lois Dodd by Laurie Hurwitz)
(Interviews with Bernadette Mayer and Lois Dodd)
Photographs, 1952-circa 1990
(Box 2; 0.3 linear feet)
There are personal snapshots and professional portraits of Lois Dodd and of Dodd with Bill and Eli King, Ann Arnold, Lee Bontecon, Angelo Ippolito, and others. Also found are photos of Dodd with her artwork and in her studio, and of works of art by Dodd and others.
Lois Dodd, Portraits, 1965-1975
(Includes potraits in her studio)
Lois Dodd, Portraits, circa 1980
(Includes potraits in her studio with works of art. Photos by Bob Brooks)
|2||41||Lois Dodd and Bill King, circa 1950|
Lois Dodd and Eli King, 1952-circa 1954
|2||44||Lois Dodd, Lee Bontecon, Ann Arnold, by Mozette Tawil, circa 1990|
|2||45||Lois Dodd and Angelo Ippolito, 1952|
|2||46||Lois Dodd and Others, 1957-1969|
|2||47||Angelo Ippolito and Anita (no last name), 1952|
|2||48||Interior of Summer Studio, Cushing, Maine, 1969|
|2||49||Auction, Cushing, Maine, 1969|
Works of Art, by Lois Dodd, circa 1960-1979
|2||53||Works of Art, by Others, circa 1960|