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titleIma Hogg Papers, 1824-1977.
repositoryUniversity of Texas at Austin
descriptionCorrespondence, financial records, legal documents, minutes, reports, literary productions, and printed material document the life of Ima Hogg. The bulk of the material is correspondence and financial records which illuminate family and personal relationships and activities; reflect her involvement in Houston, state, and national cultural, historical, and philanthropic activities and organizations; and document her business and personal financial interests, both income and expenditures.

Correspondents include Marion Wayne Bell, restoration architect of Winedale Historical Center; Robert C. Cotner, biographer of J. S. Hogg; Adele Margulies, Houston concert pianist and music teacher; Katharine Prentis Murphy, a New York collector of antiques; and Jane Zivley, Ima Hogg's personal secretary. Family papers include poems authored by her uncle, Thomas Elisha Hogg, and correspondence and other material relating to her parents and brothers William Clifford, Mike, and Thomas Elisha Hogg. Financial records relate to Hogg family oil, real estate, and investment interests.

See also: Ima Hogg Photographs, 1830-1977, Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
extent107 ft., 7 in.
formatsCorrespondence Financial Papers Legal Papers Personal Papers Printed Materials
accessOpen to researchers with permission of executrix of estate.
record linkhttp://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/utcah/00007/cah-00007.html
record sourcehttp://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/utcah/00007/cah-00007.html
finding aidOnline and in repository.
acquisition informationForms part of: Ima Hogg Papers, 1824-1977.
updated03/16/2023 10:29:52
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titleBayou Bend Collection Records, 1917-1987.
repositoryMuseum of Fine Arts, Houston
descriptionMike Hogg (1885-1941), Texas Legislator, businessman and civic leader in Houston, TX was son to Governor James Steven and Sallie Hogg, and brother to William, Ima, and Thomas Hogg. Hogg was Captain of the 360th Infantry, 90th Division in World War I, a member of the 40th and 41st Texas Legislature, and manager of the Texas "No Third Term Democrats" in opposition to Franklin D. Roosevelt's third term. Alice Hogg was president of the River Oaks Garden Club (1931/2, 1938/9) and a trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from 1963 to her death in 1977.Summary: The papers are organized into two subgroups based upon the origin and purpose the the records: Subgroup 1: Family Papers - comprised of correspondence related to maintenance of the family properties and personal corrrespondence between the Hogg family and friends. The bulk of personal correspondence documents the friendship between Alice and Irvin S. Cobb. Smaller files contain letters received from: Mike's personal secretary Harry E. Bingham; friends Bob Davis and Mr. and Mrs. O.O.McIntyre; and letters from Ima Hogg. Also included are one linear foot of photographic material and two original caricature drawings of Irvin S. Cobb.

Subgroup 2: Mike Hogg - consists mainly of correspondence related to political activity after his terms in the Texas Legislature and until the end of his life. The most comprehensive of this material is that which documents Hogg's fund-raising efforts for the "No Third Term Democrats" in Texas, 1940-41. Earlier political correspondence pertains to repeal of prohibition, and Hogg's endorsement of various Texas Democrats and proposed federal and state legislation. Military records are sparse, but contain Hogg's discharge papers and a commemorative roster of the 360th Infantry, Texas Brigade.

Hist/bio:
Mike Hogg (1885-1941), Texas Legislator, businessman and civic leader in Houston, TX was son to Governor James Steven and Sallie Hogg, and brother to William, Ima, and Thomas Hogg. Hogg was Captain of the 360th Infantry, 90th Division in World War I, a member of the 40th and 41st Texas Legislature, and manager of the Texas "No Third Term Democrats" in opposition to Franklin D. Roosevelt's third term. Alice Hogg was president of the River Oaks Garden Club (1931/2, 1938/9) and a trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from 1963 to her death in 1977.
extent41.25 linear ft. of processed records plus. 40.0 linear ft. of unprocessed additions. .
formatsCorrespondence Ephemera Financial Records
accessRestrictions vary according to nature of materials. Consult the Archives for particulars
record linkhttps://hirsch.mfah.org/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=112646
record sourcehttp://www.hirsch.mfah.org/
finding aidUnpublished finding aid in repository, collection number Ms19.
acquisition informationRecords were initially transferred to the Archives from Bayou Bend during 1984 and 1985, with subsequent additions.
updated08/25/2017 16:01:36
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titleWinterthur Museum, Garden & Library
repositoryWinterthur Library
descriptionConsists mainly of correspondence generated in the course of research for her 1962 and 1968 books. Correspondents include Alice Winchester, Charles Montgomery, Ima Hogg, Milo Naeve, and representatives of most of the institutions with important collections in the American decorative arts. Also includes a great number of photographs showing furniture, period rooms, and art work. Many of the photographs indicate the name of the institution that provided Comstock with the image. The collection also came with ca. 1 cubic ft. of publications, clippings and auction catalogs.

Biographical Statement
Helen Comstock was born in Kansas City, and educated at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and at the University of California. Under her maiden name (she was married to watercolorist Helmut Siber), Comstock wrote numerous articles, edited a two volume Concise Encyclopedia of American Antiques (1958), and wrote the books American Lithographs of the Nineteenth Century (1950), 100 Most Beautiful Rooms in America (1958), American Furniture (1962), and The Looking Glass in America, 1700-1825 (1968).

Comstock began her editorial work on the staff of the International Studio magazine in about 1926, rising to Associate Editor by 1931 when it combined with Connoisseur of London. She eventually became American editor of Connoisseur. Beginning in 1941, Comstock also joined the staff of Antiques. It was not until 1958 that she resigned from Connoisseur's staff.
extent1.3 cubic ft. (4 boxes)
formatsCorrespondence Photographs Writings Printed Materials Ephemera
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record linkhttp://findingaid.winterthur.org/html/HTML_Finding_Aids/COL0044.htm
record sourcehttp://findingaid.winterthur.org/html/HTML_Finding_Aids/COL0044.htm
finding aidOnline and in repository.
acquisition informationGift of Alice Winchester, Newtown, Connecticut.
updated11/12/2014 11:29:52
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titleElectra Havemeyer Webb Papers, 1893-1966 (bulk 1947-1960).
repositoryShelburne Museum
descriptionChiefly materials about the Shelburne Museum, including correspondence, reports, speeches, articles, clippings, financial papers, and scrapbooks, documenting the founding of the museum, its physical structure, and the development and presentation of its collections; together with some personal papers, including scrapbooks relating to Webb's volunteer work during both world wars, menus and invitations for parties (1930-1956), sympathy letters on the death of her brother Horace Havemeyer, Webb-Havemeyer genealogy and family history documents, and hunting records. Webb's direction of the museum is documented through such materials as her correspondence with brother-in-law Vanderbilt Webb about incorporating the museum; correspondence with museum directors, dealers, and donors; daily reports from and correspondence with Shelburne staff members; minutes of staff meetings; thank you letters from Ima Hogg, Henry Du Pont, Katharine Prentis Murphy, and others who stayed with her or visited the museum; notes, clippings, and other working papers on the museum; New York files relating to the museum, kept by secretary Elsie Schoonover; public presentations about the museum, including articles and speeches written or given by Webb; and scrapbooks of photographs and clippings which she assembled.

Museum staff members represented include Sterling D. Emerson, David Webster, Lilian Baker Carlisle, Gordon Parker Manning, Lewis N. Wiggins, and Ralph Nading Hill, a historian friend, who was paid by the museum for special projects. Correspondents include Sanger Atwill, Electra and Dunbar Bostwick, Kenneth Chorley (Colonial Williamsburg Foundation), A.C. Gilbert, Edith Halpert, Louis C. Jones, M. Knoedler & Co., George S. McKearin, Katharine Prentis Murphy, Old Print Shop, Eric Sloane, and Frederick A. Sweet.

Named Person:
Webb family.
Havemeyer family.
Havemeyer, Horace, 1886-1956 -- Death and burial.
Webb, J. Watson (James Watson), 1884-1960.
Hogg, Ima -- Correspondence.
Du Pont, Henry Francis, 1880-1969 -- Correspondence.
Murphy, Katharine Prentis, 1882-1969 -- Correspondence.
Webb, Vanderbilt, 1891-1956 -- Correspondence.
Atwill, J. Sanger -- Correspondence.
Bostwick, Electra Webb, 1910-1980 -- Correspondence.
Bostwick, Dunbar -- Correspondence.
Chorley, Kenneth, 1893-1974 -- Correspondence.
Gilbert, A. C. (Alfred Carlton), 1884-1961 -- Correspondence.
Halpert, Edith Gregor, 1900-1970 -- Correspondence.
Jones, Louis Clark, 1908- -- Correspondence.
McKearin, George S. (George Skinner), 1874- -- Correspondence.
Sloane, Eric -- Correspondence.
Sweet, Frederick A. (Frederick Arnold), 1903- -- Correspondence.
extent13 v. 29 boxes. 6 microfilm reels.
formatsCorrespondence Personal papers Scrapbooks Ephemera
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://www.loc.gov/coll/nucmc/
finding aidFinding aid in the repository.
acquisition informationFrom various files within the museum and from Webb's son, J. Watson Webb, Jr., who in May 1998, donated papers relating to Mrs. Webb's purchase of antiques
updated11/12/2014 11:29:52
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titleRobert S Stuart Papers, 1920-1983.
repositoryThe Winterthur Library
descriptionConsists mostly of letters regarding Stuart's interests in early American silver and early American furniture. The most frequent correspondent was Jesse Bair (Hanover, Pa.), whose papers are also at this repository. Other correspondents include Ima Hogg, David Stockwell, and a variety of museums. Many photographs and some printed materials are also included.

Biography or history
Robert S. Stuart was an active collector and student of the American decorative arts. He also did appraisals and loaned objects for exhibition. Stuart lived in Chestnut Hill, Pa.

Location
The Winterthur Library: Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera, Winterthur, DE 19735.

Call Number
Col. 81
extent.3 cubic ft. (1 box)
formatsCorrespondence Photographs Printed Materials
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record linkhttp://findingaid.winterthur.org/html/HTML_Finding_Aids/COL0081.htm
record sourcehttp://library.winterthur.org:8000/cgi-bin/webgw
finding aidOnline and in repository
acquisition informationGift of Joseph McFalls.
updated11/12/2014 11:29:52
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titleMike and Alice Hogg Papers, 1919-1972, 1930-1941.
repositoryMuseum of Fine Arts, Houston
descriptionThe papers are organized into two subgroups based upon the origin and purpose the the records:

Subgroup 1: Family Papers - comprised of correspondence related to maintenance of the family properties and personal corrrespondence between the Hogg family and friends. The bulk of personal correspondence documents the friendship between Alice and Irvin S. Cobb. Smaller files contain letters received from: Mike's personal secretary Harry E. Bingham; friends Bob Davis and Mr. and Mrs. O.O.McIntyre; and letters from Ima Hogg. Also included are one linear foot of photographic material and two original caricature drawings of Irvin S. Cobb.

Subgroup 2: Mike Hogg - consists mainly of correspondence related to political activity after his terms in the Texas Legislature and until the end of his life. The most comprehensive of this material is that which documents Hogg's fund-raising efforts for the "No Third Term Democrats" in Texas, 1940-41. Earlier political correspondence pertains to repeal of prohibition, and Hogg's endorsement of various Texas Democrats and proposed federal and state legislation. Military records are sparse, but contain Hogg's discharge papers and a commemorative roster of the 360th Infantry, Texas Brigade.
extent2.5lin.ft., including 400 photographs.
formatsCorrespondence Ephemera Financial Records
accessCollection contains restricted material. Consult the Museum Archives for particulars.
record linkhttps://hirsch.mfah.org/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=79213
record sourcehttps://hirsch.mfah.org
finding aidUnpublished finding aid in repository, collection number Ms19.
acquisition informationDonated to by Alice C. Simkins, niece to Alice Hogg Hanszen.
updated08/25/2017 16:01:54
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titleSamuel H. Laidacker Papers, 1880-1987.
repositoryThe Winterthur Library
descriptionThe collection consists of Samuel Laidacker's business papers, including correspondence; card files; sales lists and sales records; issues of American Antiques Collector; photographs; printed material from antiques shows and auctions, including auction catalogs and price lists; newspaper and magazine clippings; and miscellaneous publications. As well, there are some papers from John Gideon Laidacker’s antiques business, and some nineteenth century documents, mostly records of land sales, that have nothing to do with the antiques business but which came in with the rest of the papers.

Important correspondents include Alma and Paul Brunner, Albert W. Claflin, H. F. du Pont, Charles B. Gardner, Ima Hogg , Ruth Webb Lee, Albert C. Marble, George S. McKearin, Jim Rose, Lorraine Southern, Mrs. J. Watson Webb, and R.H. ("Dick") Wood.

The card files include names and addresses of collectors and dealers, subscribers to American Antiques Collector, and notes on the classification of china. The box of magazine and newspaper clippings offers research material on glass and ceramics. The photographs are pictures of china, furniture, glass, textiles, people, metal objects, etc., but unfortunately many are not identified or documented.

The materials about auctions are arranged by name of auction house and are not indexed by the name of the person whose estate was being offered for sale. The show literature is arranged geographically; researchers should note that the names of annual shows sometimes change.

The sales lists, the dates of which range over 40 years, include those issued by Laidacker as well as those issued by some of his competitors. Laidacker coded his lists in the following way: List 5603 is May 1960, list 3; while List 12581 is December 1958, list 1.

Location
The Winterthur Library: Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera, Winterthur, DE 19735.

Call Number
Col. 64
extent19 cubic ft. (79 boxes)
formatsCorrespondence Notes Inventories Photographs Printed Materials
accessMost items are in good condition, except carbon copies of Laidacker's outgoing correspondence which are on brittle paper.
record linkhttp://findingaid.winterthur.org/html/HTML_Finding_Aids/COL0064.
record sourcehttp://library.winterthur.org:8000/cgi-bin/webgw
finding aidFolder list with longer biographical note available at repository.
acquisition informationGift of Samuel Laidacker.
updated11/12/2014 11:29:52
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titleBayou Bend Collection: Dealer/Collector Files, 1917-1981.
repositoryMuseum of Fine Arts, Houston
descriptionThe Dealer/Collector Files contain correspondence and invoices which document transactions conducted between Miss Ima Hogg and various dealers in antique furniture, oriental rugs, decorative arts, paintings, and prints. The papers illustrate in detail Miss Hogg’s dedicated pursuit of the creation of a collection of decorative arts at Bayou Bend. Most of her collecting was accomplished between 1917 and the early 1970s.

The papers also illustrate the work of the professional curatorial staff which arrived with the conversion of Bayou Bend from a private home to a public museum facility. At some time after the opening of Bayou Bend in 1966 the Dealer/Collector Files were adapted for administrative use by the museum’s staff. Curatorial correspondence and other institutional papers dating from the 1960s to 1981 were merged with Miss Hogg’s original correspondence during these years. The papers consist largely of correspondence between dealers and Miss Hogg or her secretary, Miss Jane Zively; the curatorial correspondence of David B. Warren and Barry A. Greenlaw; invoices and receipts for purchases; auction and exhibition catalogues; business cards; and newsclippings. In addition there is extensive corespondence between Miss Hogg and Charles F. Montgomery (then Director of the Henry Francis Du Pont Winterthur Museum), who advised her on acquisitions, on matters concerning the care and cataloguing of her collections, and on the formal conversion of Bayou Bend from a private home to a museum.
extent4 linear ft.
formatsCorrespondence Financial Papers Ephemera
accessRestrictions vary according to nature of materials. Consult the Archives for particulars.
record linkhttps://hirsch.mfah.org/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=112537
record sourcehttp://www.hirsch.mfah.org/
finding aidUnpublished finding aid available in repository.
acquisition informationRecords received from Bayou Bend administrative offices on August 18, 1987.
updated08/25/2017 16:02:12
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titleIma Hogg Photographs, 1830-1977.
repositoryUniversity of Texas, Austin
descriptionImages related to the life of Ima Hogg, her family, friends, associates and activities. Includes photographs of Bayou Bend, Varner-Hogg Plantation, Winedale Historical Center, and historic homes in San Augustine, Texas; the 1830 last will and testament of Martin Varner; an 1834 Varner land deed.

See also Ima Hogg Papers, 1824-1977, Center for American History, University of Texas.
extent1300 (estimated) photoprints, 42 slides, 1 film reel, 4 albums.
formatsPhotographs Photograph Album Slides Film
accessOpen to researchers with permission of executrix of estate.
record linkhttp://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/utcah/00007/cah-00007.html
record sourcehttp://catalog.lib.utexas.edu
finding aidOnline and in repository.
acquisition informationForms part of: Ima Hogg Papers, 1824-1977.
updated11/12/2014 11:29:52
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titleCarl Zigrosser papers, 1891-1971.
repositoryArchives of American Art
descriptionPersonal and professional records including correspondence, writings, notes, printed material, subject files, photograph album, and diaries relating to Zigrosser's work as an authority on prints and printmaking and his personal relationships with artists.

Included are: correspondence with family and with over 900 printmakers, painters, sculptors, acquaintances, friends, associates, organizations, museums, publishers, and magazines; general correspondence, notes, clippings, and manuscripts pertaining to The Modern School Magazine; files of correspondence from Zigrosser's work at: the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1932-1971; John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation; Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum, 1946-1971, including correspondence with Frank Lloyd Wright concerning the Guggenheim Memorial Museum; Print Council of America, 1954-1971, regarding exhibitions, council meetings and other matters; and the Tamarind Workshop, 1960-1971.
Of particular interest is material relating to the 1913 Armory Show, including Zigrosser's annotated catalog, notes and sketches. Also included are speeches and notes, 1930-1968; manuscripts for lectures and unpublished materials; memorabilia; a photo album of sculpture by John B. Flannagan; art work, including prints and drawings by Karig Nalbandian, prints by Rockwell Kent, and oversized works of art on paper by Mabel Dwight, Wanda Gag and Kent; family photograph album; journals and pamphlets (covers only); and diaries, 1916-1971, discussing personal and professional events such as art openings, conversations and activities with Rockwell Kent, Alfred Stieglitz, and Georgia O'Keeffe, among others.
Among the correspondents are: the American Artists Group, John Taylor Arms, Art in America magazine, Art Institute of Chicago, Alfred Barr, E. Boyd, Charles Burchfield, Alexander Calder, Fitz Roy Carrington, Federico Castellon, Ed Colker, Howard N. Cook, Crown Publishers, Adolf Dehn, Caroline Durieux, John Bernard Flannagan, Andre Girard, Stanley William Hayter, Edward Hopper, Victoria Hutson Huntley, Independent Citizens Committee for the Arts, Sciences and Professions, R. Sturgis Ingersoll, Frederick Keppel, Rockwell Kent, Fiske Kimball, Misch Kohn, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Julius Lankes, Mauricico Lasansky, Merritt Mauzey, Kneeland McNulty, James A. Michener, Marian Mitchell,
Museum of Non-Objective Painting (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum), Karnig Nalbandian, Dorothy Norman, Georgia O'Keeffe, Walter Pach, Harold Paris, Print Club (Philadelphia), Diego Rivera, Ruth Starr Rose, Arnold Ronnebeck, Lessing J. Rosenwald, Andre Ruellan, Carl Oscar Schniewind, Roderick Seidenberg, William Spratling, Benton Spruance, Alfred Stieglitz, Harry Sternberg, Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Kuei Teng, U.S. Office of War Information, Curt Valentin, Heinz Warneke, Edward Weston, Weyhe Gallery, Whitney Museum of American Art, Harry Wickey, and Adja Yunkers.
extent30 linear ft. (on 63 microfilm reels) reels 4612-4674
formatsMicrofilm
accessPatrons must use microfilm copy.
record linkhttp://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/carl-zigrosser-papers-10859
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
finding aidFinding aid prepared by the University of Pennsylvania, Special Collections Dept, available at AAA offices.
acquisition informationLent for microfilming, 1991, by the University of Pennsylvania Special Collections Department, Van Pelt Library. Zigrosser donated the papers to the University in 1972. Portions of the papers not microfilmed include research files, manuscript materials for published work, family records, and journals. Originals in: University of Pennsylvania, Special Collections, Van Pelt Library.
updated05/23/2016 16:54:04
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titleHogg, William Clifford, papers, 1897-1932.
repositoryUniversity of Texas, Austin
descriptionPapers relate to the life and affairs of Hogg (1875-1930), attorney, businessman, and philanthropist, who was the son of Texas governor James Stephen Hogg and resided in Houston and New York City. Material concerns his involvement with the city of Houston; the University of Texas and other colleges and universities; the Texas Company and other oil and gas enterprises; insurance, banking, cotton, and other businesses; political affairs, including the impeachment of Governor James Edward Ferguson, Dan Moody's election as governor in 1924, and the Democratic National Convention of 1928 in Houston; his many philanthropies and philanthropic distribution of his estate; and deals as well with other members of the Hogg family.

Biographical and Historical Note
Besides his many public and private philanthropic endeavors, Hogg was particularly known for his support of the University of Texas as a regent and in its struggle with Governor James E. Ferguson as well as his various efforts through the Ex-students' Association to improve education throughout the state and to support the establishment of student loans.
extent47 ft., 10 in.
formatsSubject Files Estate Papers Correspondence Diaries Scrapbooks
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/utcah/00009/cah-00009.html
finding aidInternet and in the repository.
updated11/12/2014 11:29:56
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titlePapers of E.L. Wehner, 1926-1980. (MS40)
repositoryMuseum of Fine Arts, Houston
descriptionThe E.L. Wehner papers document the role of Wehner as executor of the will of Miss Ima Hogg. In addition, the papers contain materials concerning the donation of Memorial Park to the city of Houston, the establishment of Bayou Bend as a branch of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the involvement of Miss Hogg in civic affairs.

Biographical and Historical Note
E. L. Wehner was an executor of the estate of Ima Hogg. Wehner, an employee of Arthur Anderson, knew Hogg through preparation of her tax returns and audits. In addition, he served as a trustee for the Ima Hogg Foundation.

Related Materials:
MS21: Ima Hogg
RG17: Bayou Bend

Separated Materials:
Oversize materials have been removed to the flat files.
extent2 linear ft. plus flat files.
formatsLegal Papers Correspondence Financial Records
accessRestrictions vary according to the nature of materials. The bulk of materials are open for public research after fifteen years. Consult the Archives for particulars.
record linkhttps://hirsch.mfah.org/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=119767
record sourcehttp://fa.mfah.org/eadprint.asp?id=30
finding aidUnpublished finding aid available in repository.
updated08/25/2017 16:02:34
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titlePhilippe de Montebello reader files, 1969-1973.
repositoryMuseum of Fine Arts, Houston
descriptionThe Reader Files of Philippe de Montebello contain carbon copies of the Director's daily outgoing correspondence and largely concern administrative affairs, proposed exhibitions, possible accessions, his current research, and travel arrangements. The papers illustrate the Director's activities as a museum administrator and art collector, and include frequent corrrespondence with art dealers concerning pieces the Director had earmarked for the MFA,H collection. Frequent correspondents include Andrew S. Ciechanowiecki, Director of Heim Gallery, London; Klaus Herding of the Staatliche Museen, Berlin; Colin T. Eisler; Addison Franklin Page; Annemarie Pope of the Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition Service; Thomas Pearsall Field Hoving; John and Dominique de Menil; Miss Ima Hogg; Josep Grau-Garriga; Pierre Rosenberg; Peter Selz; Walter Hopps; and Houston architect S. I. Morris.

Biographical and Historical Notes
Philippe de Montebello was raised in Southern France and educated at Harvard and New York University. He became Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in September 1969, formerly having been Associate Curator of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

Under his direction the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston expanded its collections, placing emphasis on the acquisition of antiquities and masterpieces of European painting and drawing. De Montebello remained Director until December 1973.
extent1.5 linear ft.
formatsCorrespondence Administrative Records Exhibition Files
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record linkhttps://hirsch.mfah.org/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=112623
record sourcehttp://www.loc.gov/coll/nucmc/
finding aidUnpublished finding aid in repository: each month's correspondence is accompanied, in most cases, by an index of correspondents.
acquisition informationFound In:Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.Office of the Director. Records, 1924-[ongoing] (CStRLIN)TxHA90-A0
updated08/25/2017 16:05:15
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titleIma Hogg papers (MS21) 1888-1991 (Bulk 1960s).
repositoryMuseum of Fine Arts, Houston
descriptionThe Ima Hogg papers consist largely of correspondence, work orders, receipts, news clippings, financial documents, scrapbooks, and photographs, with the bulk of the materials dating to the 1960s.

The largest portion of the Ima Hogg papers deals with the evolution of her home Bayou Bend, from original house construction and development of gardens, to renovations it underwent in the process of becoming an American Decorative Arts house museum of national caliber. Correspondence with antique dealers, other collectors, and garden and building materials contractors and suppliers comprise the bulk of that portion.

Other notable materials in the collection are as follows: intermittent financial records for the years 1938-54, 1961, 1963; sketchbooks providing a glimpse into Miss Ima´s youthful days in Austin; scrapbooks chronicling civic activities such as School Board, Houston Symphony, and mental health activities, primarily for the 1930´s, 40´s and 60´s; travel itineraries and art postcards indicating interests and influences, the bulk 1920´s and 30´s; also a small number of Hogg family papers, including typescripts and photocopies of intrafamily correspondence.

Related Materials:

The bulk of the personal papers of Ima Hogg are located at the Center for American History, the University of Texas, Austin. Other records in the MFAH Archives relating to Ima Hogg, her family, and her home Bayou Bend, can be found in the following record groups and manuscript collections:

RG17 Bayou Bend Collection
MS7 Bayou Bend Docent Organization
MS14 Garden Club of Houston
MS19 Mike and Alice Hogg papers
MS22 River Oaks Garden Club
RC1 William C. Hogg papers — UT Austin Center for American History
RC2 Ima Hogg Papers UT - UT Austin Center for American History
RC3 McIlhenny - Hogg correspondence — McIlhenny Co. Archives
RC4 McDugald — Hogg family genealogy
— Archives Photograph Collection
— Archives Architectural Drawing Collection
extent9.75 linear feet
formatsCorrespondence Financial Records Sketchbooks Letterbook Scrapbooks
accessSee container listing for individual restricted files.
record linkhttps://hirsch.mfah.org/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=126981
record sourcehttp://fa.mfah.org/eadprint.asp?id=73
finding aidIn repository and on repositories Web site.
acquisition informationThe Ima Hogg papers consist of materials maintained by Geraldine (Mrs. S. F.) Styles, Florine (Mrs. Sanford) Carr, and the Bayou Bend Docent Organization (what was often referred to as the Bayou Bend Archives) and of material removed from storage at Bayou Bend. Some materials have been removed from RG17 and placed with the Ima Hogg papers.
updated08/25/2017 16:02:50
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titleJames H. Chillman, Jr. correspondence and miscellaneous subjects, 1924-1970.
repositoryMuseum of Fine Arts, Houston
descriptionThe bulk of the correspondence is from Chillman's Interim Directorship of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from 1959 to 1961. Individual correspondents include benefactors, fellow staff, and colleagues such as Miss Ima Hogg; Miss Stella Shurtleff; Ruth Pershing Uhler; architect William Ward Watkin; Ward Lockwood; Edsel Ford; Burke Baker; John Palmer Leeper; and James Johnson Sweeney.

Correspondence subjects include exhibitions, Museum activities, and events; donations and loans; appraisals; possible acquisitions; restoration of works in the collection; and Chillman's travel arrangements. Much of the correspondence relates to local and national art-related radio broadcasts, such as the series "Art in America" (1932 to 1940) jointly sponsored by the Museum of Modern Art and the American Federation of Arts.

Chillman actively promoted these programs with local broadcasters. He also organized speakers for local radio programs aired weekly by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and composed copy for public service radio spot announcements regarding Museum events. These activities are reflected in his correspondence.

The papers include press releases and printed ephemera related to the "Art in America" broadcasts. From 1946 to 1949 Chillman corresponded with conservators Elisabeth C. G. Packard and David Rosen of the Walters Art Gallery.

The letters concern the condition, assessment, and provenance of a Renaissance panel painting (Accession #44.574) sent by the MFA,H to Baltimore for conservation. The work entered the MFA,H permanent collection as part of the Edith A. and Percy S. Straus Bequest in 1944. Letters from February 1960 document the formation by the Museum's Board of Trustees of a special Bayou Bend Committee whose purpose was to make recommendations on all matters affecting Bayou Bend and providing for the appointment of a Curator responsible for the house and its collections.

Inaugural members of the Committee included Miss Ima Hogg, Mrs. James H. Chillman, Jr., and Mrs. John F. Staub. Miscellaneous Subjects files include Chillman's handwritten and typed drafts of lectures and speeches including "Comments on Beauty to the Houston Art League" (c. 1924); "Comments on Art Patronage" (c. 1924); "The Art Museum as a Civic Institution" (c. 1934); "Art and Art Needs in Houston" (c. 1940); "Reflections on Art Juries" (1943); and "Art in Houston" (1949).

Also included are papers (1941-1966) concerning the Museum property at South Main and Bissonnet, specifically, plot plans; surveys; contracts; and correspondence with planning engineers of the City of Houston in regard to traffic flow and issues of right-of-way.

The Miscellaneous Subjects files also contain Chillman's personal mementos such as a presentation copy of a Resolution honoring the Director and passed by the Board of Trustees of the Museum on March 18, 1953; three pen and pencil sketches of Chillman by Lowell Collins, Belle Heaps, and Richard Stout; and a text of Chillman's "Reminiscences" (c. 1970).

Bio/History:
James H. Chillman, Jr., first Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, was born in Philadelphia on December 24, 1891. He was educated at the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts, with concentrations in architecture and drawing. In 1916 he joined the Faculty of Rice University in Houston and was later appointed a Fellow in Architecture at the American Academy in Rome (1919-1922). He served as Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from 1924 to 1953 and as Interim Director from 1959 to 1960.

Chillman placed emphasis on the role of the art museum as a civic institution and was dedicated to the widespread integration of art into public life. He died on May 13, 1972.

Preferred citation:
Records of the Office of the Director (RG 2), Subgroup 1 Series 2: James H. Chillman, Jr. Correspondence and Miscellaneous Subjects, 1924-1970. Archives, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Notes:

All newsclippings were removed and placed in the Archives Clippings File.

Related records such as the Director’s Report (1925) can be found in Record Group 19: Records of the Houston Art League, Series 5: Miscellaneous Subjects. Refer also to Records of the Office of Public Relations (RG 8), Series 1: Newsclippings.

One folder of letters (1946-1949) concerning the conservation of paintings from the MFA,H collection was given to the Museum by the Walters Art Gallery in December 1987.


Location: Archives
Call Number: RG 2 : 1 : 2

extent1 linear ft.
formatsMicrofilm Correspondence
accessRestrictions vary according to nature of materials. Consult the Archives for particulars.
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finding aidUnpublished finding aid available in repository
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