Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Anna E. Keener (Mrs. Wilton):

An Inventory of Her Papers, 1917-1978 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Wilton, Anna Elizabeth Keener, 1895-1982
Title: Anna E. Keener (Mrs. Wilton) Papers,
Dates: 1917-1978 and undated
Abstract: The collection consists of correspondence and other documents collected by Anna E. Keener during her career as an artist and educator in New Mexico from 1918-1978 and undated.
Collection # S1204.1
Quantity: 2 boxes (2.0 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

An artist and educator, Anna was born in 1895 in Flager, Colorado. She received B.F.A. (1916) and B.A. (1918) degrees from Bethany College in Linsborg, Kansas, and received her M.A. from the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque) in 1951. She also studied at the Kansas City Art Institute, Chicago Art Institute, and Detroit School of Design. Anna used her maiden name "Keener" for her artistic endeavors but was known as Mrs. Anna Wilton in her teaching and scholarly pursuits. She was an internationally recognized and honored artist. The Southwest in general and Navajo culture in particular served as a focus for her work. Written works include Spontaneity in Design (1923), describing the "scribble" approach to design. Anna was a Life Fellow of the International Institute of Arts and Letters and a charter member of the Art of American Society. In addition to these organizations, she was a member of numerous educational and art organizations. Her experiences as an educator ranged from a rural New Mexico one-room schoolhouse to the campus of Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. Anna Keener (Wilton) also taught at secondary schools and colleges in Kansas. She actively promoted art in education and everyday life and was among the organizers of the New Mexico Arts Commission. As a member of Artists Equity, Inc., Anna worked for legislation to establish a National Council of the Arts. She died in 1982.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains scrapbook material and printed material from college and social organization, correspondence, art exhibit programs, art catalogs, and personal papers. The collection bulks (1956-1961) with material concerning the New Mexico Federation of Women's Clubs and the Art Department of the Fine Arts Division. This material includes scrapbook material, club reports, fliers, and issues of various magazines dealing with the Federation of Women's Clubs. A number of items are inscribed with biographical information or explanatory comments made by Anna Keener. Photographs of selected works are included in the "Art Lists" series.



The collection is organized into the following series:
  • Correspondence
  • Art Lists
  • Bethany College
  • Events
  • Exhibitions
  • General Material
  • Globe, Arizona and Kansas City, Kansas High Schools
  • Literary Production
  • Organizations
  • Printed Material
  • Scrapbook
  • Teaching Material
  • Financial Material


Access Restrictions

Open for research

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Organizations)
Ojo Caliente School (Ojo Caliente, N.M.)
New Mexico Federation of Women's Clubs. Dept. of Fine Arts Division
Bethany College
National Arts Education Association
Artists Equity Association
Subjects (Places)
Linsborg (Ks.)--History
Taos (N.M.)--History
Portales (N.M.)--History
Artists--New Mexico--History
Art teachers--New Mexico--History
Education, Higher--New Mexico
Education, Secondary--New Mexico
Education, Higher--Kansas
Women--Education (Higher)--New Mexico
Women--New Mexico--Societies and clubs--History
Women artists--New Mexico

Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:

  • Anna E. Keener Microfilm Collection, W755
  • Helenn Rumpel Papers, 1943-2000 and undated
  • Joseph Alexander Cain Papers, 1963-1966
  • Amy Freeman Lee Papers, 1934-1981

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Anna E. Keener Papers, 1917-1978 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Collection accession #(s):
None for the record.

Gifts, 1965-1980

Processed by

Karen Hicks, 2005

Collection Inventory


Correspondence, 1935-1976 and undated

box folder
1 1 Bandelier National Monument - Donation of painting, 1967
2 Re: Education, Prints, Paintings, Exhibits, and Miscellaneous, 1935-1971
3 Re: Exhibits and Miscellaneous, 1958-1967
4 Re: Friends, Paintings, Galleries, Exhibits, and Miscellaneous, 1956-1976
5 General Correspondence, List of paintings, Literary Production, Printed Material, News Clippings, 1948-1968 and undated
6 Paintings and exhibits, 1950-1967


Art Lists, 1919-1966 and undated

box folder
1 7 List of photographed works, Photocopies of block prints, Notes, Printed Material, and photographs of selected art work, 1920-1965 and undated
8 Owners in Portales, New Mexico - Title and date, undated
9 Record of Works - Location, Sales, Owner, 1963-1966
10 Title and date, 1919


Bethany College, 1917-1968 and undated

box folder
1 11 Employment references, Alumni reunions, Alumni Award, etc. - Correspondence, Printed Material, The Daisy 1917, 1917-1968 and undated
12 Programs from musical productions and commencement ceremony, 1918-1956


Events, 1957 and undated

box folder
1 13 American Art Week - Correspondence, News clippings, 1957 and undated


Exhibitions, 1930-1971 and undated

box folder
1 14 Albuquerque Public Library - Correspondence, List of paintings, Sales, and Guests, 1963
15 American Association of University Women Show - List of paintings, Sales, Notes, 1959
16 Botts Memorial Hall of the Albuquerque Public Library - Correspondence, Biographical information, News clippings, 1964
17 Carol's Patio Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico - Correspondence, Lists of paintings, Sales, 1964-1965
18 Catalogs, 1938-1955
19 Catalogs - Showing jury duty and entries, 1948-1965
20 Chamber of Commerce - List of paintings/Sales, 1959
21 Collector's Gallery - Painting receipts, 1967
22 Coon Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Dalhart, Texas - Correspondence, List of paintings, 1964
23 Credit Union Building, Los Alamos, New Mexico - Correspondence, List of paintings, 1963
24 D and F Department Store, Denver, Colorado - List of paintings, 1963
25 Dalhart Texan - List of paintings, circa 1930-1931
26 Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico - News clippings, 1942-1951
27 Ferrell Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico - List of paintings, 1963
28 Gallup, New Mexico - New clippings, 1939
29 High Plains Galleries, Amarillo, Texas - Correspondence, Mailing list, Biographical information, Price list, 1960
30 Invitations to shows, 1967-1971
31 The Jamison Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico - List of paintings, Sales, 1965
32 Los Alamos Building and Loan Association - Correspondence, List of paintings, 1963-1964
33 Mission Gallery, Taos, New Mexico - List of paintings, 1965
34 Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, New Mexico - Correspondence, List of paintings, Receipts, 1956-1967
35 Mutual Building and Loan, Santa Fe, New Mexico - List of paintings, 1966
36 New Mexico Arts Commission, Santa Fe, New Mexico - Correspondence, List of paintings, Receipts and Loan waivers, 1968-1971
37 New Mexico State Highway Department Building, Santa Fe, New Mexico - List of paintings, 1961
38 Office Incorporated, Santa Fe, New Mexico - Receipts, 1965
39 The Paint Pot, Santa Fe, New Mexico - List of paintings, Receipts, 1958-1965
40 St. Michael's College, Santa Fe, New Mexico - List of paintings, 1965
41 Santa Fe Gift Shop - Receipt, 1960
42 Santa Fe Women's Club and Library Association - Receipt, 1961
43 University of New Mexico Jonson Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico - Correspondence, List of paintings, Newsletters, 1964
44 The Wilburn Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico - Receipts, 1960
45 Miscellaneous exhibit guides, 1931-1969
46 Miscellaneous material, undated


General Material, 1932-1967 and undated

box folder
1 47 Dalhart, Texas and Questa, New Mexico - International Federation of Business and Professional Women - Amsterdam Exposition and Amarillo Parent Teacher Association Exhibition, 1932-1933
48 Personal - General correspondence, Printed Material, News clippings, and Memorabilia, 1946-1955 and undated
49 Santa Fe, New Mexico - Correspondence, Exhibit guides, News clippings, Re Paintings, Exhibits, Projects, etc., 1960-1967


Globe, Arizona and Kansas City, Kansas High Schools, 1920-1925

box folder
1 50 Correspondence, Literary Production (Reminiscences on time in Globe, Arizona), Printed Material (Spontaneity in Design by Anna E. Keener), and associated Ephemera, The Queverian Yearbook, and Memorabilia, 1920-1925


Literary Production, 1942 and undated

box folder
1 51 "Anna Keener Wilton: Many-Sided Painter", article by Alfred Morang, undated
52 Composition addressing the need for art education, written by Anna Keener Wilton, published in the New Mexico School Review, undated
53 Student project: "Course of Study, Ninth Grade Art", by Tulsa Jewel Ison, 1942
54 Student project: "A Proposed Program of Art Education for the Public Schools of New Mexico", by Anna Keener Wilton, 1942


Organizations, 1920-1971 and undated

Artists Equity Association, Inc. - Santa Fe, New Mexico Chapter
box folder
1 55 Membership, 1965
56 Re: Establishment of a National Council on the Arts - Correspondence, Election to Presidency, Financial Report, and Legislation, 1963-1965
57 Re: State and National Legislation supporting the Arts - Correspondence, Meetings, News clippings, 1964-1965
58 Delta Kappa Gamma - Yearbook, 1971
59 Delta Phi Delta, National Honorary Art Fraternity - Background, Printed Material, Memorabilia, 1920-1928
60 Museum of New Mexico Foundation - Printed Material, 1967
61 New Mexico Arts Commission - Exhibit and Background, 1967
62 New Mexico Art Education Association - Correspondence, Questionnaire, Members List, 1950 and undated
63 New Mexico Education Association - Correspondence, Constitution, Printed Material: Arts and Crafts Curriculum Guide, 1943-1956
New Mexico Federation of Women's Clubs
box folder
1 64 Anna E. Keener Award, Annual Meeting - Correspondence, Bulletins, News clippings, 1959
box folder
2 1 Anna E. Keener Award, Reports, etc. - Correspondence, Bulletins/Newsletters, 1960-1961
2 Annual Meeting, etc. - Correspondence, Printed Material, Photographs, 1956-1960
3 Annual meeting, Art shows, Yearbook - Correspondence, Bulletins/Newsletters, Photographs, 1958-1959
4 Art contests, etc. - Correspondence, Bulletins/Newsletters, News clippings, 1956-1965
5 Western Arts Association - Bulletin, Newsletter, and Directory, 1951-1956
6 District and division reports, Meetings - Correspondence, Newsletter, 1959-1960


Printed Material, 1925-1944

box folder
2 7 The Cross Keys - Kappa Kappa Kappa Fraternity, 1931
8 Indian Art Series, New Mexico Association on Indian Affairs, Nos. 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10-13, 1936 and undated
9 Official Program - Intertribal Indian Ceremonial, Gallup, New Mexico, 1939
10 The Palette - Delta Phi Delta Art Fraternity, 1925, 1927
11 The Silver Pack Yearbook, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico, 1944


Scrapbook, 1920-1978 and undated

box folder
2 12 Sul Ross State Teachers College and Alpine, Texas - Correspondence, Reminiscence, Paintings sold, News clippings, 1925-1926
13 A Record of Some of My Activities in Indiana 1930-1931 - News clippings and Ephemera, 1930-1931
14 Red River, Ojo Caliente, Las Vegas, and Socorro, New Mexico - Correspondence, Teaching Certificate, Position Application, News clippings, Photographs, 1934-1965
15 Gallup, New Mexico - Correspondence, Photographs, News clippings, Teaching Certificate and contracts, Miscellaneous receipts and records, 1939-1942
16 Portales, New Mexico - Eastern New Mexico University, Delta Kappa Gamma, American Association of University Women, Fine Arts Society, etc. - Correspondence, Ephemera, News clippings, Photographs, 1942-1965
17 American Association of University Women - Correspondence, News clippings, Mayoral Proclamation, 1956-1958
18 Exhibits, Awards, and Miscellaneous Family - Correspondence, Exhibit guides, and News clippings, 1920-1931 and undated
19 Scrapbook Material - Correspondence, Southwest Collection Newsletter, Miscellaneous, 1964-1978
20 Scrapbook Material - Souvenir Rodeo program, Exhibit guides, News clippings, 1931-1972 and undated
21 Scrapbook Material - Miscellaneous Correspondence, Exhibit guide, Newsletter, Photograph, Memorabilia, 1922-1975


Teaching Material, 1932-1937 and undated

box folder
2 22 7th and 8th Grade English, 1937 and undated
23 Early Articles used by Taos County Teachers, circa 1932-1937 and undated
24 Faculty Evaluation - Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico, undated
25 Indian Art Research - Bibliography, Notes, Map, and News clippings, undated
26 Lectures: "The Selection and Hanging of Pictures" and "Art Appreciation" by Anna Keener Wilton, undated