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Dorr Bothwell papers, 1900-2006

Bothwell, Dorr Hodgson, 1902-2000

Muralist, Painter, Printmaker

Collection Information

Size: 10.6 linear feet

Summary: The papers of California painter, printmaker, and art instructor, Dorr Bothwell, date from 1900-2006, and measure 10.1 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical material, correspondence, personal business records, notes and writings, diaries, art work and sketchbooks, 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.
Addition: Posthumous correspondence related to Bothwell's estate; two diaries by Bothwell; scrapbooks containing artwork, printed material, and correpsondence; and an audio cassette of recorded lecture Bothwell gave at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1996. Also present are cassette tapes from an oral history interview conducted with Bothwell on her travels in Samoa.

Biographical/Historical Note

Dorr Bothwell (1902-2000) was a painter and printmaker in Joshua Tree, Calif.


Donated 1978 by Dorr Bothwell and 2002-2012 by the Dorr Bothwell Trust via Arnold Borley and Marlys Mayfield, Trustees.