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Amy Freeman Lee papers

Identifier: AAA 7945

Biographical information; correspondence; scrapbooks spanning the years 1934-1979, arranged by year or subject and containing correspondence, clippings, printed material concerning her riding stables in San Antonio. Also, her "Local Painter of the Year Exhibit," 1953, at the Witte Museum, San antonio; the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters bestowed by Incarnate Word College, 1965; various exhibitions catalogs, photographs, invitations and announcements. There are also 12 bound volumes of scripts from Lee's radio program, "Call Board," 1947-1951.


  • 1934-1980


Conditions Governing Access

Microfilm rolls 2253-2269 available at the Detroit office of the Archives of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and through interlibrary loan.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests should be made to the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University.

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7000 Items

17 Microfilm Reels

19,327 Images

Biographical / Historical

Amy Freeman Lee (1914-2004) was born in 1914 in Seguin, TX. Freeman graduated from Incarnate Word College and later on, she served as the Chairman of the College Board of Directors. Founder and president of the Texas Watercolor Society (1949).

During the 1940's and 1950's, Amy served as an art critic for the San Antonio Express News and the radio station KONO. She received several awards including the International Women's Forum: "Women who Made a Difference" Award, Maury Maverick Award from ACLU and The Ford Motor Company Lifetime Achievement Award.

Amy Freeman Lee has been represented in 1,253 national and international exhibitions.

Sources: Texas Archival Resources online, An Inventory of Her Papers, 1909-1997 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library,, accessed May 19th, 2020.

Texas Woman’s University, 1984 Inductee Arts and Humanities,, accessed May 19th, 2020.

UTSA Libraries Special Collections, Interview with Amy Freeman Lee,, accessed May 19th, 2020.

Wikipedia, Amy Freeman Lee,, accessed May 19th, 2020.

Porter Loring Mortuaries, Dr. Amy Freeman Lee,, accessed May 19th, 2020.

Other Finding Aids

AAA online guide at

Acquisition Information

Lee has donated her papers to the Southwest Collection at Texas Technological University which in turn has lent them to the Archives of American Art for microfilming. (From Smithsonian AAA)

Note: The Amy Freeman Lee 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 Lee 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 Lee papers will be made available online through UH Libraries and MFAH websites.

Existence and Location of Originals

13 boxes and 10 scrapbooks (23.0 linear feet) of the Amy Freeman Lee Papers are held at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University. A guide to the archives can be found at

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Repository Details

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