Size: 17.2 Linear feet, (microfilmed on 18 reels)
Summary: Correspondence; scrapbooks; a report; financial statements; and blueprints and architectural plans.
REELS 1579-1594: Correspondence, 1961-1967, of the director, James Johnson Sweeney, concerning the operation and exhibitions of the Museum. Sweeney's correspondence as President of the McDowell Association, and correspondence, financial statements, artist information sheets, photos, and printed miscellany relating to Sweeney's position as a member of the Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Inc. are also included.
REELS 3315-A & 3367: A scrapbook, ca. 1950-1970, containing exhibition announcements, catalogs and invitations, clippings, photographs of works of art and biographical data on Texas artists John Squire Adams, David Adickes, John T. Biggers, Bill Bomar, James W. Boynton, Joe Coulter, Otis Dozier, Kelly Fearing, Seymour Fogel, Michael Frary, Henry Gadbois, Herbert Mears, Robert Preusser, Frances Taylor Royston, Everett Spruce, Charles Umlauf and others. Also includes 3 public information scrapbooks, 1924-1958, containing newspaper clippings, magazine articles, exhibition catalogs, correspondence, printed material and photographs of works of art.
REEL 3475: An undated report "Is Houston Lagging in the Fine Arts?" outlining the need for a new wing for the Museum of Fine Arts, a permanent fund for operation and donations for acquisitions; correspondence, 1967-1968, between MFA Director James Johnson Sweeney and Bruno P. Conterato, David Fix, Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, Andrew W. Morgan, S. I. Morris, Hugo Neuhaus, Jr., Arthur Salzman, Francois Stahly, George Tsutakawa, and others regarding a proposed fountain sculpture for Houston and the new addition to the MFA designed by Mies Van Der Rohe; and architectural plans and blueprints, 1954 and 1973, for the new addition.