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Margaret Webb Dreyer papers

Identifier: AAA 7077

Biographical information; correspondence; printed materials including clippings, exhibition catalogs and announcements, articles in the HOUSTON REVIEW by Martin Dreyer, "The Way We Were: Houston's Culture in the 1940's" and "Portrait of a Houston Artist: An Interview with Margaret Webb Dreyer"; Dreyer Galleries file, 1962-1975; and personal photographs.


  • ca. 1948-1979


Conditions Governing Access

Microfilm reel 1703 available for use at Archives of American Art offices; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Archives; and through interlibrary loan.

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Biographical / Historical

Margaret Webb Dreyer (1911-1976) worked with several styles and media, but is best known as an abstract expressionist painter.

She began teaching painting in the 1940's at Ripley House Houston.

She and her husband Martin Dreyer played an important role in progressive and political causes such as The Vietnam War. Margaret ran Dreyer Galleries for many years where she showed support for local, African-American and women artists. The Gallery was associated with progressive politics so much that it was targeted by the Ku Klux Klan group.

She is included in an alphabetical listing of Texas women who have helped shape the history of Texas. In 2013, Houstonia magazine named her one of the most influential Houstonians of all time.

For more information on the artist go to:

Sources: Thorne Dreyer, A tribute to Maggie, my mother,, May 18th, 2020.

Wikipedia, Margaret Webb Dreyer,, May 18th, 2020.

Texas State Historical Association, Webb, Margaret Dreyer,, May 18th, 2020.

Physical Location

Available only on microfilm at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

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Acquisition Information

Lent for microfilming 1983 by Thorne Dreyer, son of Margaret Dreyer. Microfilmed as part of the Archives of American Art's Texas project.(From Smithsonian AAA)

Note: The Margaret Webb Dreyer Papers were microfilmed for the Texas Art Project at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston as part of the Smithsonian Institution's Archives of American Art. Currently the papers can be accessed on microfilm at MFAH. The University of Houston Libraries and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston are digitizing the Dreyer papers as part of a collaborative TexTreasures 2020 grant project through the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) with funding from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).When digitization is complete, the Dreyer papers will be made available online through UH Libraries and MFAH websites.

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Repository Details

Part of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas Art Project Microfilm Repository