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The MFAH Archives is open for scholarly research by appointment only.

Please call 713-639-7733 or e-mail the MFAH Archives to schedule an appointment.

Monday Friday
9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.

Closed Saturday, Sunday,
and all major holidays

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Holdings selected for the project include institutional records and collections of personal papers that illustrate the museum's unique and important role in the cultural life of Houston and Texas. Selections of materials were made on the basis of significant historical interest to the art community as well as to students of museum studies, education, history, architecture, design, urban development, landscape design, philanthropy, and women's and ethnic studies. Institutional records for the project are drawn from the Director's Office, the Education department, the Registrar's Office and the Curatorial department. Their subject matter includes the Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations in 1990; the 1987 landmark exhibition, Hispanic Art in the United States: Thirty Contemporary Painters and Sculptors; Isamu Noguchi's design for the museum's Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden, completed in 1986; the ongoing Jack Yates Magnet School photography program; the Masterson collections of Worcester porcelain and David Webb jewelry; and the 1995 installation of American sculpture at the White House. Among the personal papers slated for the project are the estate papers of Texas philanthropist, Miss Ima Hogg, who donated Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens to the MFAH in 1957 and the drawings and correspondence of designer Sally Walsh, the first Houstonian to enter Interior Design's Hall of Fame. Also included in the project is the Art Guys, SUITS Archive, that documents artists Michael Galbreth's and Jack Massing's year-long odyssey that explored the intersection of art and commerce as they sold advertising space on the designer suits they donned for the project.

This recent award is the second grant the MFAH has received from the NHPRC. The first grant provided the original seed money for the establishment of the museum archives in 1984.

One of the oldest art museum archives in the country, the MFAH's Archives consists of 2,500 linear feet of institutional records and manuscript collections spanning more than 100 years.

For Archives information, Call 713-639-7733

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