Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Lynn Wyatt scrapbooks and memorabilia, 1931-2012 MS 550



creator aut Wyatt, Lynn Sakowitz
Title: Lynn Wyatt Scrapbooks and Memorabilia
Dates: 1931-2012
Abstract: These scrapbooks contain photographs, correspondence, invitations, event programs, news clippings, and memorabilia collected by Lynn Wyatt, documenting her work with charitable and fine arts organizations, leadership as a Houston socialite and best-dressed icon, and international travels.
Identification: MS 550
Quantity: 26 Linear Feet (26 boxes)
Quantity: 5.24 GigabytesMS0550aip_001
Location: Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX
Language: English
Language: Materials are primarily in English. Some materials are in French or Spanish.
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Sketch

Lynn Sakowitz Wyatt, born July 16, 1935, is a prominent Houston-based international socialite, arts patron, and philanthropist. Lynn Wyatt is a third-generation Texan, daughter of the late Bernard Sakowitz and Ann Baum, and sister of Texas high fashion retailer Robert Sakowitz. She married oil and gas executive Oscar Wyatt in 1963 and moved into Allington, a Houston mansion in the River Oaks neighborhood that became known as the “Wyatt Hyatt” for the frequency of visits by royal notables and entertainment icons, such as long-time friend Princess Grace of Monaco, Joan Collins, Elton John and Mick Jagger. In addition to foreign nobility and celebrities, she had also cultivated friendships with several couturiers and was inducted into the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1977. Her classic style and Southern flair has led to her appearance on magazines covers and amongst the pages of American and Paris Vogue, Town & Country, Vanity Fair, and Harper’s Bazaar. In 2000, she was recognized as “Socialite of the Century” by Texas Monthly magazine. She has made great contributions to France, was admitted to the Order of Arts and Letters for significant cultural enrichment, and opened the summer season for over three decades with a lavish birthday party in Monte Carlo on the Cote d’Azur.

She has an extensive record of awards and honors for her lifelong commitment to philanthropy and leadership in the upper echelons of Houston society and was commissioned as an Ambassador of Goodwill for the state of Texas in 1980. Many of her efforts in fundraising and chairing events have concentrated on local fine arts, including the Houston Grand Opera, MFA, Houston Ballet, and Alley Theatre. She recently accepted the first-ever Performing Arts Advocate Award for her contributions to the performing arts in Houston. She was invited by Prince Rainier of Monaco to be a Founding Trustee of the Princess Grace Foundation U.S.A., on which Board she continues to serve, raising and distributing funds to assist emerging talent in theater, dance, and film. Internationally, she has chaired festivities benefitting the Red Cross and the American Hospital of Paris. Her interest in disease prevention and health has led to her charitable participation on the inaugural board of the Medical Prevention and Research Institute in Houston. She has also been recognized for her contributions to women’s achievements, including her appointment to the Board of the U.S. Naval Academy by President Reagan as one of the first woman advisors where she served for eight years.


Scope and Contents

These scrapbooks contain photographs, correspondence, invitations, event programs, news clippings, and memorabilia collected by Lynn Wyatt, documenting her work with charitable and fine arts organizations, leadership as a Houston socialite and best-dressed icon, and international travels. There is some material concerning her husband, Oscar Wyatt, and his role in the oil and natural gas industry, and one scrapbook devoted to Princess Caroline, daughter of Lynn Wyatt’s close friends the late Prince Rainier III of Monaco and Princess Grace.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research. Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Lynn Wyatt (Mrs. Oscar) Scrapbooks and Memorabilia must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.


Index Terms

Philanthropists
corrrespondence
clippings (information artifacts)
photographs
memorabilia
Arts and society
Women's clothing
Philanthropy and society
Wyatt, Lynn Sakowitz
Caroline, Princess of Hanover
Wyatt, Oscar
Wyatt, Lynn Sakowitz

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Lynn Wyatt scrapbooks and memorabilia, 1931-2012, MS 550, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by Lynn Wyatt on March 16, 2010.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Scrapbooks 1978-1998

Box Folder
1 1 Photographs, 1978
2 Correspondence, 1978
3 Programs, 1978
4 Invitations, 1978
5 News clippings, 1978
6 Travel postcards, 1978
Box Folder
2 1 Photographs, 1979
2 Correspondence, 1979
3 Programs, 1979
4 Invitations, 1979
5 News clippings, 1979
Box Folder
3 1 Photographs, 1980
2 Correspondence, 1980
3 Programs, 1980
4 Invitations, 1980
5 News clippings, 1980
6 Award certificate, 1980
7 Caricatures, 1980
Box Folder
4 1 Photographs, 1981
2 Correspondence, 1981
3 Programs, 1981
4 Invitations, 1981
5 News clippings, 1981
Box Folder
5 1 Photographs, 1982
2 Correspondence, 1982
3 Programs, 1982
4 Invitations, 1982
5 News clippings, 1982 (Folder 1 of 2)
6 News clippings, 1982 (Folder 2 of 2)
Box Folder
6 1 Correspondence, 1983
2 Programs, 1983
3 Invitations, 1983
4 News clippings, 1983
Box Folder
7 1 Correspondence, 1984
2 Programs, 1984
3 Invitations, 1984
4 News clippings, 1984
Box Folder
8 1 Photographs, 1985
2 Correspondence, 1985
3 Programs, 1985
4 Invitations, 1985
5 News clippings, 1985
Box Folder
9 1 Photographs, 1986
2 Correspondence, 1986
3 Programs, 1986
4 Invitations, 1986
5 News clippings, 1986
Box Folder
10 1 Correspondence, 1987
2 Programs, 1987
3 Invitations, 1987
4 News clippings, 1987
Box Folder
11 1 Photographs, 1988
2 Correspondence, 1988
3 Programs, 1988
4 Invitations, 1988
5 News clippings, 1988
Box Folder
12 1 Photographs, 1989
2 Correspondence, 1989
3 Programs, 1989
4 Invitations, 1989
5 News clippings, 1989
Box Folder
13 1 Correspondence, 1990
2 Programs, 1990
3 Invitations, 1990
4 News clippings, 1990
Box Folder
14 1 Correspondence, 1991
2 Programs, 1991
3 Invitations, 1991
4 News clippings, 1991
5 Star of Hope and Trees of Hope Festival, 1991
6 HGO Events, 1991
Box Folder
15 1 Photographs, 1992
2 Correspondence, 1992
3 Programs, 1992
4 Invitations, 1992
5 News clippings, 1992
6 Speech drafts, 1992
Box Folder
16 1 Photographs, 1993
2 Correspondence, 1993
3 Programs, 1993
4 Invitations, 1993
5 News clippings, 1993
Box Folder
17 1 Photographs, 1994
2 Correspondence, 1994
3 Programs, 1994
4 Invitations, 1994
5 News clippings, 1994
6 Sheet music for “Lynn” by Jerry Herman, 1994
Box Folder
18 1 Photographs, Summer 1994 (Folder 1of 3)
2 Photographs, Summer 1994 (Folder 2 of 3)
3 Photographs, Summer 1994 (Folder 3 of 3)
Box Folder
19 1 Photographs of India, Nepal, Vietnam and Angkor Thom, 1987
2 Photographs of Tibet, 1994
3 Travel itineraries for Tibet, Cambodia, and Vietnam, 1994
4 Postcards of Bangkok
Box Folder
20 1 Correspondence, 1995
2 Programs, 1995
3 Invitations, 1995
4 News clippings, 1995
Box Folder
21 1 Photographs, 1996
2 Correspondence, 1996
3 Programs, 1996
4 Invitations, 1996
5 News clippings, 1996
Box Folder
22 1 Correspondence, 1997
2 Invitations, 1997
3 News clippings, 1997
4 Marathon reading of selections from Joyce’s Ulysses, 1997
Box Folder
23 1 Correspondence, 1998
2 Programs, 1998
3 Invitations, 1998
4 News clippings, 1998
Box Folder
24 1 Photographs of Gala for Princess Caroline, 1978
2 Correspondence re: dinner party for Princess Caroline, 1978
3 Dinner party invitation and guest list
4 News clippings about Princess Caroline, 1978
5 Magazine articles about Princess Caroline, 1978



Series II: Non-scrapbook photographs, newsclippings and correspondence 1931-2012, n.d.

Box Folder
25 1 Photographs, undated
2 Fortune magazine, August 1931
3 Baby book for Lynn Sakowitz Wyatt, 1935
4 San Jacinto High School diploma, 1953
5 Wedding gown, 1954
6 Allington decorating correspondence, finances and photos; 1964-68
7 Newsclippings, 1969-72
8 Certificate of Appreciation from the city of Corpus Christi to Oscar Wyatt, 1972
9 Gala at Birmingham-Southern College; 1974-77
10 News clippings, 1975-77
11 Trip to China (photos and historical notes), 1979
12 Magazine covers, 1985-86
13 Aida, Egypt, 1987
14 Opus Sacrum Exhibition, Warsaw, 1990
15 “Design for a Jewelry Box for Mrs. Wyatt”, 1993
16 News clippings, 2010
17 Essay on McCarthyism by Lynn Sakowitz Wyatt
18 French history
19 Memorabilia
20 Correspondence
21 Religious materials
22 Sakowitz, Bernard
23 News and Magazine Clippings, 1993 1993
24 News and Magazine Clippings, 1999 1999
25 News and Magazine Clippings, 2000 2000
26 News and Magazine Clippings, 2001 2001
27 News and Magazine Clippings, 2002 2002
28 News and Magazine Clippings, 2003 2003
29 News and Magazine Clippings, 2004 2004
30 News and Magazine Clippings, 2005 2005
31 News and Magazine Clippings, 2008-09 2008-09
32 News and Magazine Clippings, 2010 2010
33 News and Magazine Clippings, 2012 2012
34 News and Magazine Clippings, n.d.
35 Lynn Wyatt Tribute DVD 2010



Series III: Videotaped Wyatt interviews and events 1990-2007, n.d.

Box cassette
26 1 Mental Health Gala 1990 - Ima Hogg Award Recipient: Lynn Wyatt (VHS)
2 "Beauty and the Beast World Premiere/Interview with Lynn Wyatt" - Channel 11 News Special, KHOU-TV (CBS) Houston: December 3, 1993, 7:00-8:00 pm (VHS)
3 Lynn Wyatt Video Tribute, Alley Theatre Spring Ball; May 6, 2000 (VHS)
4 Lynn Wyatt "InnerViews" with Ernie Manouse for Great Day Houston: Cadillac 2007 Series, "Hot Town, Cool City"; December 2007 (VHS)
5 Lynn Wyatt "InnerViews" with Ernie Manouse for Great Day Houston: Cadillac 2007 Series, "Hot Town, Cool City"; December 2007 (VHS)
6 Lynn Wyatt "InnerViews" with Ernie Manouse for Great Day Houston: Cadillac 2007 Series, "Hot Town, Cool City"; December 2007 (VHS)
7 Lynn Wyatt "InnerViews" with Ernie Manouse for Great Day Houston: Cadillac 2007 Series, "Hot Town, Cool City"; December 2007 (VHS)
8 Lynn Wyatt's Villa Romana Birthday/Dinner Party (not dated) (VHS)
9 Lynn Wyatt's Villa Romana Birthday/Dinner Party (not dated) (VHS)