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H.J. Bott Papers

Identifier: 2024-003

Personal papers of Houston artist Harvey "H.J." Bott include photographs of artworks, media clippings, correspondence, written works, artists files, and other materials. Also includes written works, correspondence, and artists files from Margaret Deats Botts.


  • [approximately 1960s-2020s]


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The H.J. Botts papers are an ongoing acquisition and currently unprocessed, but may be open for research. Contact archivist Christian Kelleher at for more information.


11 linear feet

Brief biography from

Born 1933, Gill, Colorado. Attended adult life-drawing classes, summers, for five years, Greeley State College, starting age 9; first major exhibit (2-person) at 14, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX. At 15, developed scale model business working with architectural firms. Thereafter began Tri-Coastal & European education AND exhibition adventure; including galleries, art centers and museums in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Houston, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Denver, Köln, Dusseldorf, Mexico City and others. Over 80 solo exhibitions, 16 solo ROBOTT™ performances, 24 in-situ installations (including 12 deep space/luminescent drawings), more than 700 group survey exhibitions. Over 70 public (museum, city & university) and over 130 corporate collections include the work. Completed 20 government and over 160 private and corporate commissions. First American sculptor to win the "Premier les plus Sculpture," Prix de Paris, Logia Duncan Galleries, Paris, 1965. Only American to win the "Plastik Reisestipedium/Europa," "Köln Kunstuerein, Plastik Kunste," 1956. Invented Tobinite™, a non-toxic plastic that moulds like clay, forty viscosity/texture formulas.

--"Cut-to-the-chase bio" from, accessed 8 February 2024

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