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08. Performing & Visual Arts Research Collection

 Collecting Area
Identifier: 08

Found in 79 Collections and/or Records:

Patricia Covo Johnson Papers

Identifier: 2023-005
Dates: approximately 20th and 21st century
Content Description

Personal and professional papers of art critic Patricia Covo Johnson include her written works, artists files and art institution files, family history, and other materials. Also included are papers of Johnson's husband, artist Lucas Johnson.

Willis Knapp Jones Latin American Theatre Programs

Identifier: 2007-017
Dates: 1939-1961
Scope and Contents

This collection contains theatre programs from 1939-1961.

H. David Kaplan Performing Arts Collection

Identifier: 1986-001
Dates: 1940-1996
Scope and Contents The H. David Kaplan Performing Arts Collection contains correspondence, publicity photographs, photographs taken by Kaplan, programs, various arts publications, autographs, and miscellaneous items such as ticket stubs and clippings. There are more than 1,000 color 35mm slides taken by Kaplan of opera performances and rehearsals by the Houston Grand Opera. Additional oversized collages, posters, showcards, and artwork, along with several framed items, are housed separately. A large part of...

Professor Fredell Lack Papers

Identifier: 2008-001
Dates: approximately 1899-2018, undated
Scope and Contents

This collection contains material from the music career of Fredell Lack dating from 1899 to 2018 with undated material as well. The Professor Fredell Lack Papers contains notations, magazines, and university flyers that document her career as a violist and professor at UH.

This collection does not currently have a finding aid available online. For assistance, please contact Special Collections by emailing

Latinx Comic Book Collection

Identifier: 2018-051
Dates: 1993-2013
Scope and Contents

Collection of comic books, prints, and related items by Latinx authors and artists.

Lawndale Art and Performance Center Records from the Ann Williams Harithas Library

Identifier: 2019-006
Dates: 1979-2015
Content Description

This collection contains materials dating back to 1979, when the Lawndale Art and Performance Center was formed. It includes exhibition announcements, posters, photographs, 35mm slides, artist correspondence, ephemera, and video related to exhibitions and programs presented by the art center.

The Lawndale records are not yet fully processed, but may be available for research. Please contact collection curator Christian Kelleher at for more information.

Bert L. Long, Jr. Papers

Identifier: 2014-016
Dates: 1940-2013
Scope and Contents This collection documents Bert L. Long, Jr.’s life and his career as an artist, which he started in 1979. The original order of the collection as well as the original folder titles and folders were retained whenever possible. When the collection was received, a small percentage of the collection was in order due to the work Pete Gershon did with Bert Long through the CALL project while Ber Long was alive. The collection includes resumes and CV’s, autobiographical statements, and material...

Looking At Art Records

Identifier: 2022-014
Dates: 1989-2022
Content Description

The Looking At Art Records contain 33 program binders from April 5, 1989 – May 4, 2022. Each program year represented in the binders start from September and end in July of the following year. Also contained within the collection are 48 Looking At Art Travel Binders from 1994-2019, as well as a set of 10 Bayou Books from the Contemporary Arts Museum featuring works of Houston Artists.

Main Street Theater Records

Identifier: 2011-004
Dates: 1975-2009
Scope and Contents This collection contains programs, playbills, fliers, photographs, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, reviews, and other memorabilia from Main Street Theater productions, along with materials relating to the theater’s educational programs, administrative records, and financial records. The collection is divided into eight series: Productions, Educational Programs, Publicity/Press, Board of Directors and Committees, Development, Finances, Facilities, and Houston Arts Organizations. This...

Raphaele Malandain Photographic Records

Identifier: 2019-044
Dates: 1983-1999
Scope and Contents

The collection contains newsclippings and publicity of Raphaële’s work as well as slides, prints, photos, negatives and transparencies of her portfolio of work used in corporate ads by many of the largest and most prominent companies around the world.

This collection is not yet fully processed. For questions about materials in this collection or to request access, contact curator Vince Lee at

Andy Mann Video Archive

Identifier: 2023-009
Dates: late 1960s - 2001
Introductory Content Description "Media artist Andy Mann (1949-2001) was a pioneer of video art who lived in Houston between the early-1980s and his death of pancreatic cancer on February 3, 2001. During the first years of Aurora Picture Show, Mann became friends with founder Andrea Grover, created a video sculpture for the entrance of Aurora’s original church space, and presented a program of his work at Aurora in September of 1998. Mann left an extensive collection of his video art and documentation to Aurora Picture Show...

Suzanne Bloom and Ed Hill MANUAL Papers

Identifier: 2017-016
Dates: 1974-2019
Preliminary Scope and Contents Note The organizational records of MANUAL and personal papers artistic collaborators Suzanne Bloom and Ed Hill include correspondence, photographic inventories of works, project files, written works, press, and other materials.This is a preliminary inventory. Materials continue to be added to the collection, and processing is incomplete. Contact collection curator Christian Kelleher at with any questions.The collection does not include MANUAL's original...

Mary Martha Lappe Papers

Identifier: 2019-023
Dates: approximately 1940-2012
Scope and Contents This collection contains approximately 5 linear feet, dating from approximately 1940-2012, of correspondence, news clippings, photographs, awards and other archival records related the life and career of dancer and dance instructor Mary Martha Lappe. It documents her early career in academic dance programs at James Madison University, LSU, and UH, and as founder and director of the dance program at High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA). The collection contains documentation...

Masquerade Theatre Records

Identifier: 2021-002
Dates: 1997-2011
Scope and Contents

Approximately 3 linear feet of materials documenting the Masquerade Theatre, dating from approximately 1982-2019, and including posters, clippings, board records, fundraising records, financial records, marketing materials, DVDs, and programs.

This collection is not yet fully processed. For questions about materials in this collection or to request access, contact curator Mary Manning at

McClain Gallery Records

Identifier: 2024-002
Dates: 20th cent.
Content Description

Artist files from McClain Gallery include Jesus Moroles, Tierney Malone, Slonem Hunt, and Alejandro Garmendia.