Austin History Center

Mary Doerr Papers

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Doerr, Mary
Title: Mary Doerr Papers
Dates: 1985-2006
Abstract: Mary Doerr is a lifelong resident of Texas well known for painting historic Austin places. The small collection consists of examples of her art, exhibit announcements, newspaper clippings, awards and recognition that highlight her artistic career.
Identification: AR.2002.033
Quantity: .2 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archives stacks, qAR
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Mary Doerr was born in 1934 in Memphis, Texas, and moved with her family to Austin when she was six years old. Mary pursued her childhood dream of becoming an artist when she returned to college in mid-life to complete bachelors and masters degrees in Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. She began her full time career as an artist in 1985. After nine years of working out of her home she opened the gallery Images of Austin and the Southwest in 1994 that features her complete works as well as samplings of work by guest artists in a variety of artistic mediums. As well as being an artist and gallery owner, Mary conducts classes in watercolor.

Scope and Contents

The small collection highlights Mary's artistic career from 1985 to 2006. Included are examples of her artwork in the form of greeting cards; magazine, brochure and booklet covers; event flyers; calendars; and photographs of billboards that feature her work. Also contained in the collection are letters written by admirers of her work in support of her nomination for awards and the announcement that she was the winner of Best Artist in the Austin Chronicle's Best of Austin 1999 Readers Poll as well as exhibit announcements, press clippings and teaching schedules.


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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Doerr, Mary.
Images of Austin and the Southwest.
Austin (Tex.)
Texas in art.

Related Material

Periodical Collection: Mary Doerr Fine Arts Newsletter

AF Biography: Doerr, Mary

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Mary Doerr Papers (AR.2002.033). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2000/017

Donation Date: 2002, 2004

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Mary Doerr Papers, 1985-2006

Box Folder
1 1 Artwork, 1985-2005, undated
2 Awards and recognition, 1998-2005, undated
6 Calendars, 1988-2006
3 Exhibit announcements, 1988-2000
4 Press and publicity, 1998-2004, undated
5 Teaching, 1987, undated
Location BoxItem
qAR 057/004 Oversize Calendar, 2000
057/005 Oversize Calendar, 2001
057/003 Oversize Calendar, 2003