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Lois Dodd papers, 1945-2013

Lois Dodd papers, 1945-2013

Dodd, Lois, 1927-

Art teacher, Painter, Arts administrator

Collection Information

Size: 6.8 linear feet

Biographical/Historical Note

Lois Dodd (1927- ) is an observational painter, educator, activist, and co-founder of the Tanager Gallery who works in New York, New York and Maine.


Lois Dodd donated her papers to the Archives of American Art in several increments between 1981-2007 and in 2014-2015.

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Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Scope and Contents

The papers of New York City painter, educator, gallery owner, and activist Lois Dodd date from 1945 to 2013 and measure 6.8 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.

The 2014 and 2015 additions date from 1945-2013 and provide additional material related to Dodd's career as a painter and educator. Found here are biographical material; correspondence with friends and artists; writings by others; project and teaching files; personal business records; printed material; photographical material of artwork and Dodd; eleven travel sketchbooks; and a few pieces of artwork by George Schneeman.

Notable correspondents in the collection include Charles Cajori, Dave and Kathy Dewey, Lucien Day, Rackstraw Downes, William King, James L. Lentz, James McGarrell, Zalmar Perlin, Sidney Simon, Paul Smith, and Tom Wesselman.

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.

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