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Margaret Bosshardt Pace papers

Identifier: AAA 10546

A birth certificate and resumes; correspondence; clippings, newsletters, exhibition catalogs and announcements; a scrapbook containing clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs; a sketchbook of Italy; and photographs of Pace and her work.


  • 1949-1984


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Microfilm reel 3358 available for use only at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and through interlibrary loan.

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Biographical / Historical

Margaret Bosshardt Pace Willson (1919-2006) was born in San Antonio, TX to prominent San Antonio businessman, Frank J. Brosshardt, and German-born Hettie Koehler, the niece of the famous Pearl Brewery Koehlers. Pace majored in Fine Arts at the Newcomb College of Tulane University, and undertook postgraduate study in Architecture and Business Administration at the University of Texas, San Antonio. In her early years, she was influenced by European art and by meeting Marion Koogler McNay as a child. Later in life, she split her time between Italy and the United States, and at the start of her career, she worked with renowned San Antonio architect, O’Neil Ford. Pace was an art teacher for many years at San Antonio College, the Hill Country Arts Foundation, and the University of the Incarnate Word, in addition to eventually taking over her family’s business, Pace Foods. She was also a founder and member of the Executive Board of the Southwest School of Arts and Crafts, as well as a charter and signature member of the Board of the Texas Watercolor Society, and she served on the board of several art institutions, including the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Hill Country Arts Foundation, and the Witte Museum. Pace worked in a number of mediums as a painter, muralist, jeweler, sculptor, and a graphic designer, but was best known for her watercolor paintings. At various times throughout her career she studied under well-known artists such as Rico LeBrun, Xavier Gonzales, Etienne Ret, Fletcher Martin and Peter Lanyon, and her work was often influenced by her interest in architecture and landscapes.


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Lent for microfilming by Pace-Willson 1984 as part of the Archives of American Art's Texas project. [From Smithsonian AAA]

The Margaret Bosshardt Pace 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 the MFAH. The University of Houston Libraries and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston are digitizing these 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, these papers will be made available online through UH Libraries and MFAH websites.

Existence and Location of Originals

Originals returned to the lender, Margaret Pace-Willson, after microfilming. The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

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