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Ima Hogg Symphony Programs Collection

Identifier: 1969-023

This collection contains materials collected by Ima Hogg in relation to cultural events which she attended. Included in the collection are scrapbooks, programs, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, leaflets, brochures, other ephemeral materials, documents, and a printed book. Materials in the collection date from 1900 to 1978, with the bulk of materials falling between the years 1950 and 1964.

The majority of the programs in the collection are from symphony concerts attended by Miss Hogg, both in Houston and in various cities in the United States and Europe. The development of the Houston Symphony is well-represented in this collection through programs and newspaper clippings.

A significant portion of the programs and clippings are contained in seven scrapbooks which Miss Hogg created. Many of these scrapbooks include Miss Hogg's handwritten comments on the performances she attended.

The collection has been reorganized by format for improved access, with materials related to the Houston Symphony or other Houston cultural organizations coming first within each format category. The series are arranged as follows: Scrapbooks; Houston Symphony Orchestra Programs; Houston Symphony Fundraising/Subscription; Music Programs; Opera/Drama/Ballet Programs; Clippings; and Miscellaneous.


  • 1900-1978
  • Majority of material found within 1950-1964


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Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian. Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis.


7.00 linear feet

Biographical / Historical

Ima Hogg, daughter of Governor James Stephen Hogg, was born in Mineola, Texas, on July 10, 1882. After graduating from the University of Texas, Ima spent the years between 1901 and 1909 studying music in New York, Berlin, and Vienna. She then moved to Houston, where she provided private piano lessons to select individuals and helped found the Houston Symphony Orchestra. She served as the first vice president of the Houston Symphony Society and became president in 1917.

Along with her musical talents, Ima Hogg also involved herself in numerous philanthropic endeavors. She aided in the founding the Houston Child Guidance Center and the Hogg Foundation for Mental Hygiene, later known as the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. She also participated in the Philosophical Society of Texas, the Texas State Historical Survey Committee, and the Academy of Texas. In 1966 Ima donated her American art and antique collection along with her River Oaks mansion, Bayou Bend, to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

Ima spent the majority of her life working with the arts both on the local and national levels. Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed Ima to a committee for the planning of what is now known as the Kennedy Center and she also served on an advisory panel tasked with selecting historic furniture for the White House. She received numerous awards and honors for her philanthropic and cultural contributions to the state of Texas. Included in her accolades, Ima, along with Oveta Culp Hobby and Lady Bird Johnson, became the first three members of the Academy of Texas. On August 19, 1975, at the age of 93, Ima Hogg died of complications from a traffic accident while she was vacationing in London.

Related Materials

Ima Hogg Papers, 1888-1991, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Hirsch Library (

Ima Hogg Papers, 1824-1977, University of Texas at Austin (


Other Information:

Uploaded to TARO, 2006.

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Processing Information

Monika Zarzycka and Julie Grob, 2000


Guide to the Ima Hogg Symphony Programs Collection
Monika Zarzycka and Julie Grob, 2000; Alison Ward, 2006; Timothy Wyatt, 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections Repository

University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
MD Anderson Library
4333 University Drive
Houston TX 77204-2000 USA