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Dorothy Hood papers

Identifier: AAA 5682

Eight scrapbooks; biographical data; letters; and printed material.

REELS 2153-2154 & 2245: Eight scrapbooks, 1888-1981, containing clippings, exhibition catalogs and announcements, photographs, scattered letters and printed material. One scrapbook relates to Hood's family, the others concern her career.

REEL 3340: Biographical data; a copy of a letter to Hood from Joan Mondale, 1978, about Hood's drawing WARRIOR'S PLUMAGE lent by Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for the Vice President's House; a copy of a letter to Eleanor Freed from Hood, 1982; exhibition announcements, invitations, catalogs and posters; a copy of Hood's report "Late Goodbye to Jose Clemente Orozco"; newspaper and magazine clippings; an invitation, program and auction catalog from the Art League of Houston's tribute to Hood, 1984; and printed material relating to The Dorothy Hood Film Project sponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1984.


  • 1888-1984


Conditions Governing Access

Microfilm reels 2153-2154 & 2245 available for use through interlibrary loan.. Microfilm reel 3440 available for use only at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and through interlibrary loan.

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0.6 Linear Feet

4 Microfilm Reels

Biographical / Historical

Dorothy Hood (1919-2000) was born in Bryan, TX. She attended Rhode Island School of Design and The Art Students League in NY.

In 1941 she moved to Mexico City and lived there for 22 years. One of her mentors was the well acclaimed muralist José Clemente Orozco. While in Mexico, she was accepted in a circle of worldwide known intellectuals that influenced her work: Ramon Sender, Sophie Treadwell, Remedios Varo, Leonora Carrington, Luis Buñuel, Miguel Covarrubias, Rufino Tamayo, Frida Kahlo among others. Her work is considered a historical link between Mexican synthetic surrealism and the American color field school.

Back in Houston, Meredith Long signed on as her art dealer. She produced some of her most acclaimed paintings in the 1970´s. By 1971 she had a solo exhibition at The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Rice University and Tibor de Nagy Gallery in NY. She was awarded the woman´s caucus for art in 1988, and the lifetime achievement award. In 1985 an award winning documentary about her work "The Color of Life" was produced by Carolyn Farb . Although she was considered the mother of modern art in Texas, many believed she did not get enough recognition in life.

Her works exhibited nationally and internationally and are collected by institutions such as The Museum of Fine Arts Houston (where she was an instructor at the now Glassell School of Art) , The Museum of Modern Art NY, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Menil Collection and many others.

Source: Dorothy Hood papers, 1888-1984. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, May 20th, 2020.

Moody Center for the Arts, Dorothy Hood,, accessed May 20th, 2020.

Texas Monthly, Fame in the abstract,, accessed May 20th, 2020.

Wikipedia, Dorothy Hood,, accessed May 20th, 2020.

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Acquisition Information

Microfilmed as part of the Archives of American Art's Texas project. Material on reels 2153-2154, 2245 & magazine articles, brochures, catalogs and posters on reel 3340 lent for microfilming 1979 & 1981; and all other material on reel 3340 donated 1979 & 1984 by Dorothy Hood. Reels 2153-2154, 2245 & 3340(part): Originals returned to the lender, Dorothy Hood, after microfilming.

Note: The Dorothy Hood 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 Hood 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 Hood papers will be made available online through UH Libraries and MFAH websites.

Existence and Location of Originals

The University of Houston Libraries Special Collections, through a partnership with the Art Museum of South Texas, holds the Dorothy Hood Papers.

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Repository Details

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