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Janet Shook LaCoste papers

Identifier: AAA 9110

Correspondence; photographs; sketches; notes; announcements; clippings; and printed material.

REELS 1656-1657: Clippings, invitations, announcements, and notes about the Shook-Carrington Gallery; a letter, clippings, and printed material about the San Antonio Art League; correspondence and clippings about Shook as an artist; photos of completed needlepoint; hand-painted sketches of needlepoint designs; and correspondence, 1963-1973, primarily with Lady Bird Johnson, about commissioned Texas wildflower needlepoint chair sets.

REELS 1658-1661: Papers relating to LaCoste's needlepoint design business, 1960-1976, including: an extensive inventory of her designs and tracings of her patterns; sales correspondence; price slips; instruction sheets for the execution of her designs; and clippings.


  • 1948-1976


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2.1 linear feet

6 Microfilm Reels

Biographical / Historical

Janet Shook LaCoste (1912-1983) was a renowned fabric artist and designer. She studied at Incarnate Word College and San Antonio Art Institute.

Opened and managed the Shool-Carrington Gallery in San Antonio where she helped several local artists boost their careers.

Sources:, Shook Carrington Gallery,, accessed May 22nd, 2020.

askART, Janet Shook,, accessed May 22nd, 2020.

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Acquisition Information

Material on reels 1656-1657 lent for microfilming 1979 by Janet Shook LaCoste; material on reels 1658-1661 donated 1979 by LaCoste. Microfilmed as part of the Archives of American Art's Texas project. Reels 1656-1657: Originals returned to Janet Shook LaCoste after microfilming.

Note: The Janet Shook LaCoste 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 LaCoste 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 LaCoste 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