Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Dallas Print and Drawing Society

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Dallas Print and Drawing Society
Title: Dallas Print and Drawing Society
Dates: 1940-1978
Accession No.: MA10-3
Quantity: 2 Boxes, 1 linear feet
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Texas/Dallas History & Archives, Dallas Public Library 1515 Young St  Dallas, TX 75201

Biographical Note

The Dallas Print and Drawing Society was found in 1935 by Mrs. A.E. Zonne. Along with Mrs. Zonne some of the founding members included Mrs. Lucious La Marr, Mr. Alexandere Hogue, Ms. Eleanor Benners, Mrs. Alfred Bromberg, Ms. Violet Hayden, Mr. Wortham Collins, Mrs. Arthur Kramer, Sr., and Mrs. A.I. Folsom.

The Society soon became associated with the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts and helped to sponsor print exhibits beginning in 1941 with the 1st Annual Texas Print Exhibition. The Society would go on to sponsor and champion printmaking in the Southwest region by holding the annual Southwestern Exhibition of Prints and Drawings. Along with the exhibitions the Society also held programs and lectures on various aspects of prints including history, printmaking, and collecting by bringing in various artists and historians. Many of these programs were held at either the Dallas Public Library or the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, or often times as well, members would open their homes for these events.

The Dallas Print and Drawing Society also helped to donate funds to the Dallas Public Library to help build its print collection in its Fine Arts Department. The first exhibition of the reference print collection took place on March 17, 1969 at the DPL. The collection was further helped by donations when two prominent members of the Society passed away, Sawnie Aldredge and Calvin J. Holmes. A memorial fund was set up in the name of Sawnie Aldredge which helped to purchase reference prints for the Library's collection (the first being a Vasarely print purchased in 1968), and Calvin Holmes donated part of his print collection to the Library.

Other projects the Society was involved in included operating their own print shop that helped to raise money for sponsored shows, and asking galleries for donations of prints that could then be raffled off as another way to raise money. The Society also made every attempt to showcase local or regional artists, professors, or collectors in their exhibitions and programs.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains materials dating from 1940-1978. There is correspondence, financial ledgers, receipts, expense reports, invoices, membership lists, newsletters, and other general information pertaining to the Dallas Print and Drawing Society.

Some of the correspondence is concering specific topics or persons, such as the Sawnie Aldredge Memorial Fund, a visit from artist June Wayne, artist Howard Bradford, and general correspondence from Calvin Holmes.

In addition there is also materials collected on printmaking. There are exhibition catalogs, program and lecture invitations and notices, and other general items related to prints and printmaking.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Calvin Holmes
Ann Cushing Gantz
Clarence Troup
Jerry Bywaters
George Henderson
Ross Merrill
Leon Harris
Sawnie Aldredge
June Wayne
Forrest Harrisberger
A.E. Zonne
Howard Bradford
Dallas Print and Drawing Society
Dallas Print Society
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts
Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas Public Library

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

MA10-3 Dallas Print and Drawing Society, Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Processing Information

Processed by Jeff Parker

Detailed Description of the Collection



Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence 1940-1949
2 Correspondence 1950-1959
3 Correspondence 1960-1965
4 Correspondence 1966-1969
5 Correspondence 1971-1978
6 Correspondence - Calvin Holmes
7 Correspondence - Sawnie Aldredge Memorial Fund
8 Correspondence - June Wayne Visit 1967-1968
9 Correspondence - Howard Bradford 1953


Dallas Print and Drawing Society History

Box Folder
1 10 Membership Lists 1940's - 1950's
11 Membership Lists 1960-61, 1967-1970
12 Membership Lists 1970-1975
13 Membership Lists n.d.
14 Newsletter 1959-1969 (not complete)
15 Newsletter 1970-1976 (not complete)
16 Written History 1968
17 Newspaper Clippings 1960's
18 DPL APL/CAT Printouts and Related Material 1975-1977
19 DPDS Related Materials - By-laws, Forms, Ballots, Schedules, Memos


Printmaking and Exhibtions

Box Folder
2 1 Print Exhibitions - Catalogs / Forms / Brochures 1940's - 1970's
2 Lecture and Program Invitations
3 Materials Related to Prints, Printmaking, and Institutions


Financial Records

Box Folder
2 4 Invoices, Receipts, Expense Reports 1940-1977
5 Invoices, Receipts, Expense Reports n.d.
6 Financial Notebooks 1941-1942, 1942-1943
7 Checkbook Register 1942-1945
8 Financial Notebook 1952-1953
9 Financial Notebooks containing dates 1958-1966