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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Correspondence, 1908-1970, Boxes 1-13

Series II: Daily Calendars, Address Books, Financial Documents, 1938-1961 (Boxes 13-14)

Series III: General biographical information, 1890-1997, and n.d.

Series IV: Photographs,1890-1972

Series V: Artists and Writers, n.d. 1.5 lin. ft.

Series VI: Friends and Beaux

Series VII: Works, 1908-1966

Series VIII: Printed Ephemera, undated. 1 lin. ft.

Series IX – Awards, undated, 0.5 lin. ft.

Series X: Tapes (Audio), 1966-1968. 1.5 lin. ft.

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Grace Spaulding John papers, 1890-1977



Descriptive Summary

Creator: John, Grace Spaulding
Title Guide to the Grace Spaulding John papers
Dates: 1890-1977
Abstract: These papers consist of proofs, dummies, and printed copies of published and unpublished works written by or illustrated by Grace Spaulding John. Also included are film/film prints of illustrations from these works, sketchbooks, as well as other artwork. Additional items in the collection include biographical information on John, newspaper and magazine articles, and family photographs, audiotapes and correspondence.
ID MS 383
Extent 20 lin. ft. (39 boxes)
Language Materials are in English.
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX

Biographical Note

Grace Spaulding John was born February 10, 1890, in Battle Creek, Michigan, at the home of her maternal grandmother. The first thirteen years of her life were spent in Vermont where her father was a newspaper editor and publisher. The family moved to Beaumont, Texas, where Grace received her first art lessons from Penelope Lingham, a trained artist, who recognizing her talent, recommended that after finishing high school, Grace be sent to the St. Louis School of Fine Arts, in St. Louis Missouri. Grace would go on to study at the Chicago Art Institute, the Art Students League in New York City, the National Academy of Design in New York City, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Chester Springs, where she worked under Charles W. Hawthorne, who proposed her name for a Tiffany Foundation Fellowship. The result was that she was one of the eight young artists, chosen nationally, to reside and study at "Laurelton Hall," the beautiful home of Louis Comfort Tiffany, on Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York an entire summer.

In 1921 she went to Houston, Texas, to live, and there she married Alfred Morgan John, a prominent Houston attorney, the great-grandson of General Sam Houston. In 1927, Spaulding went to Europe, where she painted in France, Italy and Spain. In 1928, she made her first visit to Mexico, returning to Houston with enough paintings for a one-man show at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. A hallmark of her work was her use of natural brown linen for her canvases, sizing it first with rabbit skin glue, a technique taught to her by Hawthorne. In 193l, she traveled to New Mexico, where the earth colored pueblos and turquoise skies lured her back time and again. She had two children, a boy and a girl. Her husband died in 1937, in Houston. A fine portrait painter, she executed over a hundred and twenty-five portraits, all done from life, among them Thomas Mann, Edgar Lee Masters, and Oveta Culp Hobby dressed in her uniform as first commander of the WAACS which is now in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Spaulding was adept in any medium - oil, dry-point, lithography (on stone), pastel, conté, charcoal, pen and ink, watercolor, block print, and plexiglas. She was given a one-man show of her small plexiglas carvings at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and while Spaulding's early murals were done in true fresco, she was the first to use the newly developed medium of plexiglas for her large panels on which, using special tools, she carved her designs. She traveled constantly, and among her canvases are scenes of Texas, Virginia, Florida, Colorado, California, New York, Canada, and, of course, New Mexico, Mexico and Europe. During her career, she had twenty-seven one-man shows. She was a recognized poet, and three books of her poetry, illustrated with what she called her "living line" drawings, were published. There is also a prize winning novel, Black Son, White Son, to her credit. The Archives of American Arts has microfilm of her papers, and color slides of her paintings. Examples of her work are to be found in the principle museums, libraries, and universities in the United States. Her last studio was in Houston at 1503 Banks Street. Only the week before she died, she gave a reading of her poetry to a large audience at Houston's Galleria. She died on July 22, 1972.

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Scope and Contents

The papers of Grace Spaulding John consist of correspondence between Grace Spaulding John and members of her family, between her and her friends and beaux, and between her and other artists. Box one of the collection provides a Sam Houston/Alfred John family tree. In addition, the collection contains John’s address books, diaries, journals, and sketchbooks. A wealth of biographical information on John is present in her papers as well. The collection also consists of audio tapes; awards; business records; financial information; magazine articles about John; newsclippings; photographs of her, members of her family, and many of her friends and artistic subjects; printed ephemera; and reference material. Also within the collection are proofs, dummies, and printed copies of published and unpublished works written by or illustrated by Grace Spaulding John, as well as film/film prints of illustrations from these works. John’s papers also include a representative, but not exhaustive, sample of her artwork, primarily through photographs and scanned images.

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Arrangement

This material is divided into four series which are listed below:
Series I: Correspondence, 1908-1970 (Boxes 1-13)
Series II: Daily Calendars, Address Books, Financial Documents, 1938-1961 (Boxes 13-14)
Series III: General Biographical Information, 1890-1997 (Boxes 14-19)
Series IV: Photographs, 1890-1972 (Boxes 20-21)
Series V: Artists and Writers, n.d. (Boxes 21-23)
Series VI: Friends and Beaux, n.d. (Box 23)
Series VII: Works, 1908-1966 (Boxes 23-35)
Series VIII: Printed Ephemera, n.d. (Boxes 35-36)
Series IX: Awards, n.d. (Boxes 35-36)
Series X: Tapes (Audio), 1966-1968 (Boxes 37-39)

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

No access restrictions; this material is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the Grace Spaulding John collection must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Bistram, Emile, 1895-1976
Bolding, Patricia Spaulding Smith, b. 1944
Hobby, Oveta Culp, 1905-1995
Hancock, John W. Sr., d. 1960
Hobby, Oveta Culp, 1905-1995
Hughes, Pamela Sturtevant Keightley, b. 1946
John, Alfred M., d. 1936
John, Grace Spaulding, 1890-1972
John, John Spaulding, b. 1915
Keightley, Patricia John, b. 1916
Larch-Miller, Aloysius
Mann, Thomas, 1875-1955
Pershing, Ruth Uhler, 1898-1967
Pillot, Joseph E., 1886-1966
Spaulding, Gertrude Lavinia, 1871-1932
Spaulding, Helim George, 1869-1943
Stevens, Risë, b. 1913
Subjects
Artists -- Texas -- 20th century.
Document Type
Audio tapes
Correspondence
Journals
Photographs
Newsclippings
Published works
Illustrations
Sketchbooks

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Grace Spaulding John papers, MS 383, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisition Information

The Grace Spaulding John Collection was received in April 1984, with additional materials arriving in May 1993 and in 2005. The collection was a gift of Patricia John Keightley, daugher of Grace Spaulding John.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: Correspondence, 1908-1970, Boxes 1-13

Subseries A: Grace Spaulding John, 1908-1970
This sub-series consists of correspondence between Grace Spaulding John and members of the Spaulding/John families. It also includes an autograph book, business files, drawings, legal documents, military records, newsclippings, notes, photographs, playbills, poems, postcards, printed ephemera, schoolwork, stories, and writings.
box folder
1 1 1908
2 1911
3 1913
4 1914
5 1917
6 1918 (contains photograph of Roy Keehnel)
7 1919
8 1921 (includes biography of Alfred M. John and certificate of marriage between himself and Grace Spalding John)
9 1927
10 1928
11 1929
12 1930
13 1934
14 1935
15 1936, Jan. - July (includes photo of and condolences about Alfred M. John)
15-16 1936 (includes photo of and condolences about Alfred M. John)
17 1937 (includes photo of Helim and Emma Spaulding)
18 1939
19 1940
20-21 1941
22 1942
23-24 1943
23-26 1943 (including 4 photographs of Grace Spaulding John)
box folder
2 1-4 1944
5-8 1945
9-12 1946
13-16 1947
box folder
3 1 1948
2 1949
3 1950
4 1951
5 1952 (includes photo of Patricia John Smith)
6 1953
7 1955 (includes photo of GSJ and Eugene Pillot)
8 1956
9 1957
10 1958
11 1959
12 1960
13 1961
14 1962
15 1963
16 1964
17 1965
18 1966
19 1967
20 1968
21 1969
22 1970
box folder
4 1 Postcards, 1927, Capri
2 Postcards, 1927, Havana
3 Postcards, 1927, Marseille
4 Postcards, 1927, Masterbank
5 Postcards, 1927, Milan
6 Postcards, 1927, Paris
7 Postcards, 1927, Petit-Andely
8 Postcards, 1927, Pisa
9 Postcards, 1927, Rome
10 Postcards, 1927, Rouen
11 Postcards, 1927, Venice
Subseries B: Other family correspondents, 1933-1975
Subseries B – Patricia John Smith Gorisch Keightley, 1933-1970, 1974-1975, and n.d. 2 lin. ft.; Youel Curtis Smith Jr., 1942-1947, and n.d. (1 Folder); Ellen Mary Keightley, 1944-1946, 1958-1962, and n.d. (2 Folders); Frank Geoffrey Keightley, 1947-1951, 1955,1961,1962 and n.d. (2 Folders); George Keightley, n.d. (1 Piece). This Subseries consists of four chronologically-arranged document cases of correspondence.
Most of the correspondence is between PJK and GSJ. However, other correspondents include Alfred M. John, Naiad Key, Mildred Milligan, Helim Spaulding, Fanny Breaker, and Patricia’s daughters. There are also drawings and writings of Patricia’s. In addition, this subseries consists of one folder of correspondence mainly to/from Patricia and her first husband, Youel Curtis Smith Jr., as well as six folders of correspondence from/to Patricia’s mother-in-law, Ellen Mary Keightley, Patricia’s third husband, Frank Keightley, and Patricia’s father-in-law, George Keightley.
box folder
4 12 Keehnel, Roy Bedell
13 John, Patricia, 1933
14 John, Patricia, 1934
15-16 John, Patricia, 1935
17-21 John, Patricia, 1936
22 John, Patricia, 1937
23 John, Patricia, 1938
24 John, Patricia, 1939
box folder
5 1-2 John, Patricia, 1940
3 John, Patricia, 1941
4 John, Patricia, 1942 (Includes war ration book)
5 John, Patricia, 1943 (Includes war ration book)
6 John, Patricia, 1944 (Includes war ration book)
7 John, Patricia, 1945
8 John, Patricia, 1946
9 John, Patricia, 1947
10 John, Patricia, 1948
11 John, Patricia, 1949
box folder
6 1 John, Patricia, 1950
2 John, Patricia, 1951
3 John, Patricia, 1952-1954
4 John, Patricia, 1955-1956
5-6 John, Patricia, 1957
7-8 John, Patricia, 1958 (includes photos)
9 John, Patricia, 1959
10 John, Patricia, 1960 (includes photos of Sumatra and Candy and Pamela Sturtevant Keightley)
11-12 John, Patricia, 1961 (includes photos of Singapore and Sumatra)
box folder
7 1 John, Patricia, 1962
2 John, Patricia, 1963
3 John, Patricia, 1964
4 John, Patricia, 1965
5 John, Patricia, 1966
6 John, Patricia, 1967
7 John, Patricia, 1968
8 John, Patricia, 1969
9 John, Patricia, 1970
10 John, Patricia, 1974
11 John, Patricia, 1975
12 Undated and incomplete
13 Drawings
14 Writings
15 Smith, Youel Curtis, Jr., 1942-1947, and n.d.
box folder
8 1 Keightley, Ellen Mary, 1958- 1962, and n.d. (To Frank Keightley, Patricia John, and Grace John)
2 Keightley, Ellen Mary, 1944-1946 (Financial)
3 Keightley, Frank Geoffrey, 1962 and n.d. (To Patricia)
4 Keightley, Frank Geoffrey, 1947-1951, 1955, 1961 (To Ellen Keightley and others)
5 Keightley, George, n.d.
Subseries C: Alfred "Pat" M. John
Alfred “Pat” M. John, 1917-1918, 1927, 1929, 1931, 1936 (12 Folders); Margaret “Amahoney” Morrow John, 1936, and n.d. (1 Folder); Robert Alexander John, 1921, 1928, 1930 (1 Folder). Subseries C consists of twelve folders related to Grace Spaulding John’s second husband, Alfred “Pat” M. John. The folders contain correspondence, family photos, his military records, biographical information about him, newsclippings connected with him, legal documents, his writings, and his notes. In addition, this Subseries contains one folder each of correspondence to/from Robert Alexander John and Margaret “Amahoney” Morrow John, Alfred M. John’s mother and father.
box folder
8 6 John, Alfred Morgan, biographical info
7 John, Alfred Morgan, correspondence, 1917-1918, 1927, 1929, 1931, 1936
8 John, Alfred Morgan, death of
9 John, Alfred Morgan, legal documents
10 John, Alfred Morgan, military records
11 John, Alfred Morgan, newsclippings
12 John, Alfred Morgan, notes
13 John, Alfred Morgan, photos
14 John, Alfred Morgan, poll tax receipt
15 John, Alfred Morgan, printed ephemera
16 John, Alfred Morgan, Sam Houston genealogy
17 John, Alfred Morgan, writings
18 John, Margaret Morrow, correspondence, 1936 and n.d.
19 John, Robert Alexander, 1921, 1928, 1930
Subseries D: Hancock, John W., Sr., 1944-1960, 1961-1965, 1971, 1973, and n.d.
Within Subseries D are approximately two linear feet of material associated with Grace Spaulding John’s third husband, John W. Hancock Sr. Included in this Subseries are numerous letters to/from Grace from both John Hancock and other members of the Hancock family. There are also poems written to and from Grace as well as legal documents pertaining to Hancock’s divorce from Grace. This Subseries also includes photographs of John Hancock, alone and with Grace, as well as a few photographs of other Hancock family members.
box folder
8 20 Hancock, John, 1944
21 Hancock, John, 1947
22 Hancock, John, 1948-1949
23 Hancock, John, 1950
24-25 Hancock, John, 1951
26 Hancock, John, 1952
27 Hancock, John, 1953
28 Hancock, John, 1954
box folder
9 1 Hancock, John, 1955
2-4 Hancock, John, 1956
5 Hancock, John, 1957
6 Hancock, John, 1958
7 Hancock, John, 1959
8-9 Hancock, John, 1960
10 Hancock, John, photos
11 Hancock, John and Grace, photos
12 Hancock, John, photos (non-family)
13 Hancock family correspondence, 1961-1973
14 Hancock family photographs
15 Hancock, John, divorce documents
16 Hancock, John, household income
16 Hancock, John, poems, to and from
Subseries E: John Spaulding John, 1936-1961 (4 Folders); Margaret “Peg” Morrison John, 1939-1968 (1 Folder).
Subseries E contains four folders of correspondence from John Spaulding John to his mother and sister. There are also newsclippings, printed ephemera, and photographs, as well as one folder of correspondence to Grace from Peg John, her daughter-in-law.
box folder
10 1 John, John Spaulding, correspondence,1936-1961, and n.d.
2 John, John Spaulding, newsclippings
3 John, John Spaulding, photos
4 John, John Spaulding, printed ephemera
5 John, Margaret "Peg" Morrison, Correspondence, 1939-1968, and n.d. [Bulk 1940, 1955-1956]
Subseries F: Pamela Sturtevant Smith Hughes, 1956-1984, and n.d.
This Subseries contains correspondence, arranged chronologically, primarily between Pamela Keightley and her sister (Patricia), her mother, and her father. It also includes playbills, newsclippings, and Pamela’s poems, writings, and drawings.
box folder
10 6 1956
7 1957-1962
8 1964
9 1965
10 1966
11 1967
12 1968-1969
13 1970-1972 (includes 2 photos)
14 1973-1974
15 1975-1976
16 1977
17 1978
box folder
11 1 1979
2 1980
3 1981
4 1982-1984
5 undated
6 Drawings
7 Education and travel
8 Poems
9 Rice University, 1964-1969
10 Stories
Subseries G: Patricia “Candy” Spaulding Smith Bolding, 1954-1983. 1 lin. ft. (2 Mss Document Boxes).
Within this Subseries are the chronologically arranged correspondence of Patricia Smith Bolding to/from her mother, father, and sister. It also contains Patricia’s schoolwork, as well as newsclippings, greeting cards, and travel records
box folder
11 11 Keightley, Patricia Spaulding, 1954-1959
12 Keightley, Patricia Spaulding, 1960-1963
13 Keightley, Patricia Spaulding, 1964
14 Keightley, Patricia Spaulding, 1965-1966
15 Keightley, Patricia Spaulding, 1967
16 Keightley, Patricia Spaulding, 1968-1970
box folder
12 1 Keightley, Patricia Spaulding, 1971-1977
2 Keightley, Patricia Spaulding, 1981-1983
3 Keightley, Patricia Spaulding, greeting cards
4 Keightley, Patricia Spaulding, schoolwork
5 Keightley, Patricia Spaulding, travel record
Subseries H: Katherine Nell Bolding, 1975, 1977, 1979 (1 Folder)
This subseries contains one folder of correspondence from Katherine Nell Bolding to her grandparents, Patricia and Frank Keightley.
box folder
12 6 Bolding, Katherine Nell,Correspondence 1975, 1977, 1979
Subseries I: Frank Milton Bolding, 1973-1980, and n.d. (1 Folder).
This Subseries consists of one folder of correspondence, artwork, poems, and stories, from Frank Milton Bolding to his grandparents, Patricia and Frank Keightley.
box folder
12 7 Bolding, Frank Milton, Correspondence and Artwork
Subseries J: Don Hugo Adams Jr., 1936, 1937-1939, 1949, 1964, 1965-1969. 5 Folders.
This Subseries is made up of five folders of correspondence, writings, newsclippings, biographical information, and photographs connected with Grace’s cousin Don Hugo Adams Jr.
box folder
12 8 Adams, Don, biographical info
9 Adams, Don, correspondence, 1936, 1937-1939, 1949, 1964, 1965-1969
10 Adams, Don, Grace Spaulding John writings about (includes "Second Cousin")
11 Adams, Don, newsclippings
12 Adams, Don, photos
Subseries K: Helim George Spaulding, 1913-1943, and n.d. (15 Folders); Emma “Glory” Mesow Fitch Spaulding, 1943, 1955, 1960 (1 Folder); Gertrude Lavinia Sturtevant Spaulding, n.d. (1 Folder).
Within this Subseries are six folders of correspondence from Grace’s father, Helim George Spaulding, to/from Grace and others. In addition, it contains an autograph book, biographical information, business files, newsclippings, photographs, publications, speeches, and some of Helim’s newspaper columns. Also within this Subseries are one folder each related to Gertrude Lavinia Spaulding (Helim’s first wife) and Emma Fitch Spaulding (Helim’s third wife).
box folder
12 13 Spaulding, Helim, Autograph Book
14 Spaulding, Helim, biographical info
15 Spaulding, Helim, business cards
16 Spaulding, Helim, conferences
17 Spaulding, Helim, correspondence, 1913-1943, and undated
18 Spaulding, Helim, Harriet Hoag Sutliff Spaulding Notebook (Helim's mother)
box folder
13 1 Spaulding, Helim, invitations
2 Spaulding, Helim, memberships
3 Spaulding, Helim, newsclippings
4 Spaulding, Helim, newspaper columns
5 Spaulding, Helim, photos and postcards
6 Spaulding, Helim, printed ephemera
7 Spaulding, Helim, publications
8 Spaulding, Helim, speeches
9 Spaulding, Helim, will and testament
10 Spaulding, Emma Fitch, 1943, 1955, 1960 (includes photo)
11 Spaulding, Gertrude Sturtevant, n.d.
Subseries L – Various family and non-family, 1931, 1933, 1938, 1942, 1957,1963, and n.d. (2 Folders).
This Subseries consists of correspondence from various other members of the Spaulding/John family. The correspondents include Lester and Marguerite Ford, Lucille Smith, Julia McDonough, and Randolph and Ruth John
box folder
13 12 Correspondence, non-family, n.d.
13 Family Correspondence, 1931, 1933, 1938, 1942, 1957,1963, and n.d.

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Series II: Daily Calendars, Address Books, Financial Documents, 1938-1961 (Boxes 13-14)

box folder
13 - Address books (5), undated
- Daily calendars, 1941, 1946-50, and undated
- Financial ledgers, 1938-1939, 1953-1954, 1959-1961, and undated
box folder
14 1 Newsclippings

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Series III: General biographical information, 1890-1997, and n.d.

This series is arranged chronologically and consists of general biographical information about GSJ, her life, and her career through brochures, catalogs, newsclippings, photographs, travel material, and PJK’s reminisces. Other people are also represented, including artists/writers/journalists like Claire Dieman, Ina Gillespie, and Eugene Pillot, as well as members of the John family such as Patricia John Keightley, John Spaulding John, and Helim Spaulding. There is also an index card file that gives biographical information on Grace and her family, information about the Tiffany Foundation, names of art dealers, and lists of Grace’s solo and group exhibitions.
box folder
14 2 General biographical information, brief listing of activities by year
3 1890 - 1908
4 1909-1911
5 1912
6 1913-1919
7 1920
8 1921-1922 (includes photos)
9 1923
10 1924
box folder
15 1 1925
2 1926
3 1927
4 Trip to Europe, 1927
5 Trip to France, April, 1927
6 Trip to France, May, 1927
7 Trip to Italy, August, 1927
8 Trip to Italy, September, 1927
9 Trip to Shores of Collioure, August, 1927
10-11 1928
12 1929
13 1930
14-15 1931
16 1932
17 1933
18 1934
19 1935
20 1936
box folder
16 1 1937
2 1938
3 1939
4 1940
5 1941
6 1942
7 1943
8 1944-1946
9 1947-1952
10 1953-1954
11 1955
12 1956
13 1957-1959
14 1960-1964
15 1965
16 1966
17 1967
18 1968
19 1969
20 1970
21 1971
box folder
17 1 1972
2 1973
3 1983, Sally K. Reynolds Gallery
4 1984, Sally K. Reynolds Gallery, exhibit
5 1988, Museum of Art of the American West
6 1988, Parkerson Gallery Exhibit
7 1991
8 1993
9 1994, Judy Robinson Gallery exhibit [See also Business Records]
10 1996, Knotless Thread/Post-Impressionist: Grace Spaulding John, Letters of Acknowledgement
11 1997, National Museum of Women in the Arts
12 undated
13 Biography of Grace Spaulding John, 1984, Written by Patricia John
14 Calendar
15 Magazine article, Newspaper clippings, Exhibition catalogues, other misc. papers, 1933-1973
16 Newsclippings, 1920 - 1985
17 "Patches"
18 Taos and Santa Fe Years
box folder
18 1-2 Grace Spaulding John, Artist (1890 - 1972), Volume 1 (1890-1930)
box folder
19 - Index card file

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Series IV: Photographs,1890-1972

Subseries A: GSJ with Her Work, 1917-1972, and n.d. .5 lin. ft.
box folder
20 1 1917-1920
2 1921-1927
3 1928-1935
4 1939-1949
5 1950-1958
6 1959-1972
7 GSJ and her works, undated
Subseries B: Family, 1890-1972. 1 lin. ft.
box folder
20 8 Bolding, Patricia "Candy" Spaulding Smith
9 Donaldson, Margaret "Madge" Morrison John
10 John, Alfred "Pat" M.
11 John, Bonnie
12 John, Grace Spaulding, 1890-1899
13 John, Grace Spaulding, 1908-1916
14 John, Grace Spaulding, 1917-1920
15 John, Grace Spaulding, 1921-1927
16 John, Grace Spaulding, 1928-1935
17 John, Grace Spaulding, 1936-1937
18 John, Grace Spaulding, 1939-1949
19 John, Grace Spaulding, 1950-1958
20 John, Grace Spaulding, 1959-1972
21 John, Grace Spaulding, undated
22 John, Jennifer
23 John, John Spaulding
24 John, Margaret "Peg" Morrison
25 John, Peter Strutevant and John Spaulding, Jr.
26 Kechnel, Roy
box folder
21 1 Keightley, Patricia John Smith Gorisch
2 Landscapes, buildings
3 Various family
4 New York studio
5 "Patches"
6 People (non-family)
7 Smith, Pamela Sturtevant
8 Smith, Youel Curtis
9 Spaulding, Emma "Glory" Mesow Fitch
10 Spaulding, Gertrude Lavinia Sturtevant
11 Spaulding, Harriet Hoag
12 Spaulding, Helim George
13 Sturtevant, Zillah A. Meyers

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Series V: Artists and Writers, n.d. 1.5 lin. ft.

Within this Series are biographic files, photographs, and artwork of, as well as correspondence to/from, various artists and writers.
box folder
21 14 Autographs
15 Ayars, Beulah Schiller
16 Bailey, Carden
17 Barnstone, Howard, and Gertrude
18 Becky
19 Bistram, Emile
20 Blackmar, De Los
21 Boyer, Philip (New York City)
22 Browne, Frederic
23 Bruton, Helen (Alameda and Monterey, California)
24 Burton, Mrs. Frederick Moody (Patron)
25 Byers, Evelyn (Houston)
26 Cerrachio, Enrico Filberto (Houston)
27 Cherry, Mrs. E. Richardson (Houston)
28 Childress, Doris (Houston)
29 Chillman, James Jr. (Houston)
30 Claxton, Virginia
31 Davidson, Ola McNeil (Houston)
32 Davis, Helen C. (Houston)
33 Dieman, Claire
34 Dixon, Royal (Houston)
35 Domec, Claude
36 Evans, Mary Catherine Lubbock
37 Ewing, Betty
38 Fall, Mrs. Henry B. (Patron)
39 Fechin, Nicholai (Taos)
40 Flanagan, Jack/Billfaldt, Jeanne
41 Franzheim, Kenneth
42 Freed, Eleanor
43 Freiman, Lillian
44 Gillespie, Ina (Houston)
45 Gonzales, Boyer (Galveston)
46 Goodlett, Lucy
47 Gordon, Allyn (Houston)
48 Hellman, Bertha Louise (Houston)
49 Heymann, Elsa
50 Holmes, Ann
51 Houston Art League
52 Houston Artists
box folder
22 1 Joy, Robert
2 Kalil, Susie
3 Key, Naiad Cresap
4 Kuykendall, Mabell/ Ross, Grace (Santa Fe)
5 Langham, Emily (Houston)
6 Larkin, Billy
7 Lay, Wynn (Frequent model for GSJ)
8 Lingan, Penelope Bailey (Houston)
9 Matthaei, Beatrice
10 MacDonnell, Angela
11 MacMorris, Le Roy Daniel, Correspondence, March 1939
12 MacMorris, Le Roy Daniel, Correspondence, April 1939
13 MacMorris, Le Roy Daniel, Correspondence, May 1939
14 MacMorris, Le Roy Daniel, Correspondence, June 1939
15 MacMorris, Le Roy Daniel, Correspondence, July 1939
16 MacMorris, Le Roy Daniel, Correspondence, Sept. 1939
17 MacMorris, Le Roy Daniel, Correspondence, undated
18 McGaw, Jessie Brewer
19 Mckenna, William M.
20 McLeod, Ian
21 McVey, William M.
22 Marshall, John
23 Muench, Agnes Tidden
24 Muench, Julian Rhodes
25 Nespoli, Uriel
26 Northington, Clarissa
27 Owens, Jane Blaffer
28 Palmer, Hattie Virginia
29 Payne, Lura Masterson
30 Pillot, Eugene
31 Reeves, Charlotte
32 Renoir, Paul
33 Schiwetz, E.M.
34 Snowden, Chester/Dixon, Royal
35 Stedman, Myrtle
36 Stevens, Rise
37 Sterling, Mary
38 Sullivan, Stella
box folder
23 1 Tu-Fu
2 Unler, Ruth, artwork and biography
3 Unler, Ruth, clippings and photos
4 Unler, Ruth, correspondence
5 Walker, Robert
6 Walters, Emile
7 Wiggins, Albert
8 Wilson, Armin
9 Wright, Cleo
10 Zabaleta, Julio

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Series VI: Friends and Beaux

The primary contents of this series are photographs of and correspondence to/from GSJ and/or Patricia John Keightley and various of Grace Spaulding John’s friends and/or beaux.
box folder
23 11 Barone, Antonio
12 Blockinger, Peg
13 Breaker, Fanny
14 Clark, A.P.
15 Craig, Victor
16 Engel, Michael
17 Farnham, Sylvia
18 Haile, Woodylee
19 Hamblett, Jean
20 Johnson, Roy
21 King, Sparks
22 Milligan, Mildred
23 miscellaneous letters from friends
24 Misuraca, Sonia
25 Morgan, John A.
25 Morgner, Aurelius
26 Parker, Clinton
27 photographs of beaux
28 Baker, Capt. James
29 Bistram, Emile

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Series VII: Works, 1908-1966

Subseries A: Reference
box folder
23 30 Blumenschein, Ernest L.
31 Books
32 Brett, Dorothy
33 Brett, Dorothy
34 Bynner, Witter
35 Ford, Lester R.
36 Herz, Henri
37 Houston, Sam
38 Houston, Sam, descendants
39 Lawrence, D.H.
40 McNay, Marion Koogler
41 O'Keefe, Georgia
box folder
24 1 Santa Fe, New Mexico
2 Seton, Earnest T.
3 Sloan, John
4 Smith, Mortimer
5-7 Taos, New Mexico
8 Tiffany
Subseries B: Literary works, Poems, Essays, 19?-19?. 3 lin. ft.
This Subseries consist of the proofs, dummies, and printed copies of Grace’s published and unpublished works, which were either written by or illustrated by her. In addition, the Subseries consists of an alphabetized set of Grace Spaulding John’s poems and a number of her writings.
box folder
24 9-16 Essays
box folder
25 1 Azalea, autographed copy, 1955
2 Azalea, dummy
3 The Cousins,manuscript, unpublished, n.d.
4 The Cousins,manuscript, unpublished alternate copy, n.d.
5 The Knotless Thread,dummy notebook
6 The Knotless Thread,prints for film
7 The Knotless Thread,published copy, 1970
8 The Living Line,printer proof
box folder
26 1 The Living Line,dummy notebook, 1962
2 The Living Line,correspondence, 1960-1965
3 Memo,corrections
4 Memo,correspondence, 1943-1963
5 One-plus one-plus one,proofs, ca. 1972
6 One-plus one-plus one,printer proofs, ca. 1972
7 One-plus one-plus one,published copy, 1972
8 One-plus one-plus one,partial dummy notebook, 1972
9 One-plus one-plus one,correspondence, 1972
10 Smocking through Mexico,pp. 1-49, ca. 1935
11 Smocking through Mexico,pp. 50-99, ca. 1935
12 Smocking through Mexico,pp. 100-146, ca. 1935
box folder
27 1 Smocking through Mexico,pp. 147-196, ca. 1935
2 Smocking through Mexico,pp. 197-249, ca. 1935
3 Smocking through Mexico,pp. 250-321, ca. 1935
4 Smocking through Mexico,Houston Chronicle review
5 White Son, Black Son, Part 1, first copy, 1960
6 White Son, Black Son, Part 2, first copy, 1960
7 White Son, Black Son, Part 3, first copy, 1960
8 White Son, Black Son, Part 1, unpublished, 1960
box folder
28 1 White Son, Black Son, Part 2, unpublished, 1960
2 White Son, Black Son, Part 3, unpublished, 1960
3-5 White Son, Black Son, complete carbon copy
6 White Son, Black Son, notes
7-13 Poems
box folder
29 1 Poems
2 Poems, alphabetized, A-D
3 Poems, alphabetized, E-I
4 Poems, alphabetized, K-M
5 Poems, alphabetized, N-R
6 Poems, alphabetized, S-W
7 Poems, early sketches
8 Poems, to Don Adams
9 Poetry party
Subseries C: Journals and Sketchbooks, 1908-1966, and n.d. 1.5 lin. ft.
box folder
30 1 Journals, 1908
2 Journals, 1913-1914
3 Journals, 1916-1919
4 Journals, 1923-1924
5-6 Journals, 1927
7 Journals, 1933-1934
8-9 Journals, 1935
10 Journals, 1938
11 Journals, 1938-1941
12 Journals, 1938-1941 (predominantly Galveston)
13-14 Journals, 1940-1950
box folder
31 1 Journals, 1942-1964
2 Journals, ca. 1965
3 Journals, 1966 (El Greco)
4 Journals, 1966 (San Miguel de Allende)
5 Journals, undated
6 Sketchbooks, 1918
7 Sketchbooks, 1920, unbound, Ballet in Houston
8 Sketchbooks, 1921-1923
9 Sketchbooks, 1927 (France)
10 Sketchbooks, 1927 (predominantly Cuba)
11 Sketchbooks, 1931-1952 (Houston)
box folder
32 1-2 Sketchbooks, 1935, unbound (West Coast of Mexico)
3 Sketchbooks, ca. 1938 (predominantly Galveston)
4 Sketchbooks, 1939
5 Sketchbooks, ca. 1947 (Cape Cod, New York, Canada)
6 Sketchbooks, undated
7 Sketchbooks, undated (Mexico)
8 Sketchbooks, undated (New Mexico)
Subseries D – Films and Prints, 1933, 1952. 2 Folders
box folder
32 9 Films and prints, 1933
10 Films and prints, 1952
11-12 Films and prints, n.d.
Subseries E: Business Records, 1923-1996. 2 lin. ft.
This Subseries consists of correspondence related to Grace’s and/or Patricia’s business affairs. It also contains files about the various galleries that exhibited Grace’s work or placed her work on consignment, as well as sales records related to her artwork. Within this Subseries are also documents associated with a number of Grace’s murals, paintings, and portraits. Many of these files contain photographs or scanned copies of the piece in question.
box folder
32 13 Art apparaisals
14 Deposal of
15 Conrad Gallery
16 Correspondence, general business,1935-1998
17 Dealers
18 DuBose Gallery
19 Emile Walter Gallery
20 Etchings, "Allen's Landing", (Old Viaduct Bridge)
21 Etchings, "Pyjama Party"
22 Etoffe Litteraire, 1991
23 Financial information
24 Framing, 1979-1996
box folder
33 1 Houston galleries
2 Klep Gallery
3 Legal documents
4-5 Murals, "The Balinese Room"
6 Murals, "The Mermaid"
7 Murals, "Mrs. M[____]'s Wall"
8 Murals, "New Lands"
9 Murals, "The Pipe of Peace"
10 Museum of New Mexico
11 Paintings, "Afternoon Tea"
12 Paintings, "Allen's Landing"
13 Paintings, "Bird's Eye View" (6th Avenue at 41st Street, Bird Cage, fluted curtain)
14 Paintings, "Buffalo Bayou in Spring"
15 Paintings, "Cherry Blossom Farm"
16 Paintings, "Daffodils and Tanagra Figurine"
17 Paintings, "Dining Room of 'The Oaks'" (Captain James A. Baker)
18 Paintings, "The Dye Shop"
19 Paintings, "Easter" ("Ave Maria")
20 Paintings, "El Ajuar" ("The Trousseau")
21 Paintings, "The Galleon"
22 Paintings, "Gossip"
23 Paintings, "The Grapefruit Tree"
24 Paintings, "The Green Silk Parasol"
25 Paintings, "Holcombe Drive"
26 Paintings, "Hope Deferred"
27 Paintings, "Houston, Main Street 1924" (Sold to Jack Josey)
28 Paintings, "I.Miller Shoes"
29 Paintings, "Jamail's First Stall"
30 Paintings, "The Leghorn Hat"
31 Paintings, "Line of the Daisy"
32 Paintings, "Male Nude" (Wynn Lay, model)
33 Paintings, "Mortgage"
34 Paintings, "The Moss Tree"
35 Paintings, "Old Market"
36 Paintings, "Oleanders"
37 Paintings, "Open Gates" (Sealy Home)
38 Paintings, "Parasols for Posies"
39 Paintings, "The Plaza Hotel"
40 Paintings, "Portrait of a Child"
41 Paintings, "Prather Garden"
42 Paintings, "Prather Garden"
43 Paintings, "Purple Pools"
44 Paintings, "Queen of the May"
45 Paintings, "Ruth Schucke Poor's Dancing class"
46 Paintings, "The Saint"
47 Paintings, "Shrimp Boats, Galveston"
48 Paintings, "Sixth Avenue at 41st, NYC" or ("Night Life")
49 Paintings, "Spring comes to the Bayou"
50 Paintings, "Storm Warning" (Yellow Lightning)
51 Paintings, "Sylvan Beach"
52 Paintings, "The Tempest" (Green Lightning)
53 Paintings, "Thursday nite" ("Maid's day out")
54 Paintings, "Two Girls in White by Half Moon Bridge"
55 Paintings, "Unloading Bananas"
56 Paintings, "Where 17 Railroads meet the Sea" (Houston Ship Channel)
57 Paintings, "The White Courtyard at Tacubaya"
58 Paintings, Tiffany's, "The Birthday Party"
59 Paintings, Tiffany's, "The Chapel Door"
60 Paintings, Tiffany's, "Daffodils and Glass"
box folder
34 1 Paintings, Tiffany's, "Easter Lilies"
2 Paintings, Tiffany's, "Laurelton Hall"
3 Paintings, Tiffany's, "Laurelton Hall, Loggia and Moorish Fountain"
4 Paintings, Tiffany's, "Lighted Candle"
5 Paintings, Tiffany's, "Orange Lilies in Tiffany Vase"
6 Paintings, Tiffany's, "Tiffany's Terrace"
7 Paintings, Tiffany's, "Venus and Dandelions"
8 Paintings, Tiffany's, "The White Court"
9 Parkerson Gallery
box folder
33 10 Portraits, "Agnes" (Agnes Hamilton)
box folder
34 11 Portraits, Barlow, Ann
12 Portraits, Barlow, Jane
13 Portraits, Barton, Mrs. Ernest
14 Portraits, Breaker, Lois, with Raggedy Ann doll
15 Portraits, Breaker, Muriel ("La Paloma")
16 Portraits, "Caroline" (Mrs. Tom Mings, niece of Ruth Uhler)
17 Portraits, Cleveland, Tina
18 Portraits, Cleveland, Tina
19 Portraits, Coward, Mary Cook
20 Portraits, Creech, Violet
21 Portraits, Denee, Violet
22 Portraits, Eilshemius, Louis
23 Portraits, Farish, Mrs. Stephen ("Mrs. Malaprop")
24 Portraits, Hancock, John
25 Portraits, Hobby, Oveta Culp
26 Portraits, Hobby, Willie Cooper
27 Portraits, Houston, Sam
28 Portraits, John, Alfred "Pat" Morgan
29 Portraits, John, Grace Spaulding, 1923
30 Portraits, John, Grace Spaulding, 1927
31 Portraits, John, Grace Spaulding, 1933
32 Portraits, John, Grace Spaulding, 1943
33 Portraits, John, Patricia, 1933
34 Portraits, John, Patricia, 1953
35 Portraits, John, Robert Alexander
36 Portraits, Killen, Mrs. Rutherford
37 Portraits, [Kuhlman, Louise]
38 Portraits, Lancaster, Naomi
39 Portraits, Larch-Miller, Aloysius
40 Portraits, Lewis, Judd Mortimer
41 Portraits, Lorenberg, Mrs. Isadora
42 Portraits, McAlyster, Dolores ("The Blind Girl")
43-44 Portraits, Mann, Thomas
45 Portraits, Masters, Edgar Lee, charcoal
46 Portraits, Masters, Edgar Lee, oil
box folder
35 1 Portraits, Milsaps, Major John, E.T.
2 Portraits, "The Mountaineer"
3 Portraits, Parker, Clinton Woodridge
4 Portraits, Pillot, Eugene
5 Portraits, Rittenhouse, Jessie
6 Portraits, Robinson, Guin
7 Portraits, Schlumberger, Marc and Mildred Milligan
8 Portraits, Smith, Youel Curtis, Jr.
9 Portraits, Snyder, Maryellen (Lowe)
10 Portraits, Spaulding, Emma "Glory" Mesow Fitch
11 Portraits, Trapp, Frann T.
12 Portraits, Uhler, Ruth Pershing
13 Portraits, Unidentified woman with champagne bucket filled with flowers
14 Portraits, Wortham, Lindel, 1926
15 Portraits, Young Girl with a Boston Bulldog
16 Property
17 Repairs
18 Robinson Gallery: Brandt, Bradley L.
19 Robinson Gallery: catalog
20 Robinson Gallery: contract
21 Robinson Gallery: correspondence, 1993-1995
22 Robinson Gallery: gallery talk by PJK
23 Robinson Gallery: invitation lists
24 Robinson Gallery: newsclippings
25 Robinson Gallery: photography
26 Robinson Gallery: price lists
27 Robinson Gallery: sales
28 Rosenberg Library
29 Santa Fe galleries
30 Snite Museum of Art
31 Stables Art Gallery
32 Stocks, 1931-1972
33 Wickersham Gallery, brochure (Tiffany exhibit)
34 Wickersham Gallery, correspondence
35 Wickersham Gallery, exhibit list
36 Wickersham Gallery, guest list
37 Wickersham Gallery, newsclippings
38 Sales / expenses
39 Dream notes

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Series VIII: Printed Ephemera, undated. 1 lin. ft.

The Printed Ephemera Series contains folders about painting techniques, John’s notes on her dreams, a listing of her quotes, John’s attitude toward philosophy and religion, as well as various newsletters.
box folder
35 40 GSJ philosophy and religion
41 GSJ quotes
box folder
36 42 Invitations
43 Murals
44 Newsletters
1 Publications about GSJ, 1926-1974
2 Publications about GSJ, 1985-2000
3 St. Louis School of Art
4 Spaulding memorial Book (excerpts)
5 Techniques
6 Techniques, Dynamic Symmetry

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Series IX – Awards, undated, 0.5 lin. ft.

box folder
36 7 Matrix award, plaque
8 Ribbons

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Series X: Tapes (Audio), 1966-1968. 1.5 lin. ft.

Within this series are two groups of tapes. One group consists of eighty-eight magnetic tapes, the other of twenty-two cassette tapes. The cassette tapes appear to be updated versions of the magnetic tapes. On them are audio letters exchanged between Patricia Keightley and her husband Frank, and her daughters Patricia and Pamela. The bulk of the tapes, however, are between GSJ and PJK. There are also several other audio tapes in this Series, including a radio interview of Grace John discussing “Arts in Houston.”
box folder
37 1 GSJ to PJK, March 2, 1966
2 GSJ to PJK, March 3, 1966
3 GSJ to PJK, March 10, 1966
4 GSJ to PJK, March 14, 1966
5 GSJ to PJK, March 15, 1966
6 GSJ to PJK, March 23, 1966
7 GSJ to PJK, March, 1966
8 GSJ to PJK, April, 1966
9 GSJ on 1923 Tiffany's Stay, n.d.
10 GSJ to PJK, January 23, 1967
11 GSJ to PJK, March 22, 1967
12 GSJ to PJK, March, 1967
13 GSJ to PJK, March, 1967
14 GSJ to PJK, June 4, 1967
15 CS (Curtis Smith?) to PJK, July 21, [1966]
16 CS (Curtis Smith?) to PJK, April 29, [1966]
17 August 13, [1966]
18 GSJ to PJK, n.d.
19 GSJ to PJK, August 1, 1966
20 GSJ to PJK, n.d.
21 GSJ to PJK, n.d.
22 GSJ to PJK, n.d.
23 PJK to GSJ, n.d.
24 GSJ to PJK, July 7, 1966
25 GSJ to PJK, May 16, 1966
26 GSJ to PJK, June 25, 1966
27 GSJ to PJK, July 6, 1966
28 PJK to Frank Geoffrey Keightley (FGK), n.d.
29 PJK to Frank Geoffrey Keightley (FGK), n.d.
30 PJK to Frank Geoffrey Keightley (FGK), n.d.
31 PJK to Patricia Spaulding Bolding, n.d.
32 PJK to Patricia Spaulding Bolding, n.d.
33 PJK to Pamela Sturtevant Hughes, 1966
34 PJK to Pamela Sturtevant Hughes, April 4, 1966
35 [PJK to GSJ], n.d.
36 Unidentified
37 Unidentified
38 Mildred Milligan
39 Kate
40 Pastorale
41 Frank Keightley
42 Phia Berghout
43 Unidentified
44 Christmas
45 PJK to GSJ, January 4, 1966
46 PJK to GSJ, January 10, 1966
47 PJK to GSJ, January 14, 1966
48 PJK to GSJ, January 20, 1966
box folder
38 49-50 Georgie's party
51 PJK to GSJ, Feb. 16, 1966
52 PJK to GSJ, Feb. 24, 1966
53 PJK to GSJ, March 23, 1966
54 PJK to GSJ, April 1, 1966
55 PJK to GSJ, April 11, 1966
56 PJK to GSJ, April 18, 1966
57 PJK to GSJ, April 25, 1966
58 PJK to GSJ, April 28, 1966
59 PJK to GSJ, May 8, 1966
60 PJK to GSJ, May 12, 1966
61 PJK to GSJ, May 19, 1966
62 PJK to GSJ, June 21, 1966
63 PJK to GSJ, July, 1966
64 PJK to GSJ, July 17, 1966
65 PJK to GSJ, July 28, 1966
66 Ernest P. Walker (Curator of Washington Zoo), July 31, 1966
67 PJK and Newcastle, August 1, 1966
68 PJK, Newcastle, and Washington, August 1, 1966
69 PJK to GSJ, August 8, 1966
70 PJK to GSJ, September 4, 1966
71 1967
72 PJK to GSJ, March 1967
73 PJK to GSJ, August 8, 1967
74 PJK to GSJ, Dec. 26, 1967
75 PJK to GSJ, Jan. 1, 1968
76 PJK to GSJ, Jan. 27, 1968
77 PJK to GSJ, Feb. 1, 1968
box folder
39 78 PJK to GSJ, Feb. 10, 1968
79 PJK to GSJ, Feb. 14, 1968
80 PJK to GSJ, Feb. 15, 1968
81 PJK to GSJ, Feb. 20, 1968
82 PJK to GSJ, [April 27, 1968]
83 PJK to GSJ, July 24, 1968
84 PJK to GSJ, August 20, 1968 (For Betty Ewing)
85 PJK to GSJ, undated
86 PJK to GSJ, undated
87 blank
88 PJK to GSJ, [March 18, 1967]
88 Unidentified
- 23 cassette tapes labeled Tape 1a through 88b
- PJ to GSJ, Feb. 14, 1968
- Tape labeled "09/06/1998 Joseph Thomas Bloxsom Speaking about Betty Bolton Bloxsom who interested Grace John in Plexiglass"
- 2 tapes with an accompanying white sheet of paper with the following typed on it: "Arts in Houston, Grace Spaulding John, Interview (Recorded by KUHF-FM)"
- 1 Sony PR-150 Recording Tape labeled "Shannon Williams 1975 (May)"

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