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Texas Art Project Microfilm: Terese Tarlton Hershey Papers

Identifier: AAA 7746

Correspondence; files on 42 artists, containing clippings, photos, exhibition catalogs and letters; exhibition files for her gallery, Gallery of Wonderful Things, Fort Worth, Texas, and Tall Timbers, Houston, Texas; a scrapbook containing clippings, exhibition catalogs and announcements, photos, and letters about the Gallery of Wonderful Things; printed material and loan records for her private collections of ceramics, paintings and sculpture; photographs; and printed miscellany. Artist files include David Adickes, Ludwig Bemelmans, James Blake, Bill Bomar, Cynthia Brants, David Brownlow, Max Butler, John Chumley, Charles Cobelle, Dorothy Crowley, Montague Dawson, Adolph Dehn, Joseph Domjan, Kelly Fearing, Robert Fowler, Frank Freed, An Furuta, Henry and Leila Gadbois, R.C. Gorman, George Grammer, John Guerin, Dorothy Hood, William A. Kolliker, Richard M. Lincoln, Anthony Martin, Blanche McVeigh, Marc Moldawer, Martha Mood, Charles Pebworth, Margaret Putnam, Dickson Reeder, Andrew Rush, Porfirio Salinas, E.M. (Buck) Schiwetz, Charles Schorre, Mary Ellen Shipnes, Agnes Sims, Emily Guthrie Smith, Trudy Sween, Charles Umlauf, Bror Utter, and Charles T. Williams.


  • 1956-1981


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2 Microfilm Reels

1,248 Images

Biographical / Historical

Terese Tarlton Hershey (1923-2017) was born in Fort Worth, TX. She graduated from The University of Texas with a degree in Philosophy.

Along with her husband, she founded the Jacob & Terese Hershey Foundation, which is a private philanthropic grant making foundation dedicated to the defense and conservation of the natural world, parks, open space, family planning and animal welfare (Houston, Austin and Colorado). She founded the Gallery of Wonderful things in 1956 but handed it over to Electra Carlin in 1958. She also founded numerous organizations dedicated to the environmental protection such as the Bayou Preservation Association, Citizens Who Care, The Citizen’s Environmental Coalition, The Park People and Urban Harvest. Named as one of 20 Houston's most influential women by Houston City magazine, she was awarded the Chevron conservation award and included into the Texas Women's Hall of Fame in 1991.Called "a force of nature" by former president George H.W. Bush.

Source: Texas Woman’s University, 1989 Inductee Civil Leadership,, accessed May 20th, 2020.

In Memory of Terese T. “Terry” Hershey,, accessed May 20th, 2020.

Jacob & Terese Hershey Foundation,, accessed May 20th, 2020.

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Acquisition Information

Lent for microfilming 1981 by Terese Tarlton Hershey. Originals returned to Heshey after microfilming.

Note: The Terese Tarlton Hershey 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 Hershey 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 Hershey papers will be made available online through UH Libraries and MFAH websites.

Related Materials

The University of Houston Libraries Special Collections holds the Terese Tarlton Hershey papers with a focus on Hershey's environment and community work.

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Repository Details

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