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Collection Summary

Biographical / Historical

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Baskets

Series II: Woven and tapestry works

Series III: Paintings and collages

Series IV: Prints: framed and unframed

Series V: Sketchbooks

Series VI: Papers

Series VII: Publications and Exhibitions

Series VIII: Photographs, slides and negatives

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Elinor Evans Academic and Personal Papers MS 700



Collection Summary

Creator Evans, Elinor
Title: Elinor Evans Academic and Professional Papers
Dates: 1950s-2016
Abstract: The collection consists of materials from Elinor Evans' career at Rice University and materials documenting her personal work, including works exhibited at the Moody Gallery. The collection includes paintings, sketches, collages, woven and tapestry work, photographs and slides, correspondence, and awards.
Identification: MS 700
Quantity: 50.5 Linear Feet42 boxes
Language: English .
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texashttps://library.rice.edu/woodson

Biographical / Historical

Elinor Evans (1914-2016) was born in Kansas and grew up on an Oklahoma ranch, where she counted her grandfather as her earliest teacher in appreciating and appraising nature and the seasons: "He taught me to see." She carried on his legacy, instructing generations of students at Yale, Rice, and other venues. An alumna of Oklahoma State University, she earned an MFA at Yale before joining the Rice School of Architecture in 1964 to teach design. She retired as a professor emerita in 1985, but continued teaching, lecturing, and creating art the rest of her life. Although most of her exhibitions focused on her leaf collages, she was equally renowned as a weaver and for her creative use of many types of found, homely, simple materials, which she also encouraged her students to use. She was honored many times for superior teaching and for her artistic endeavors; the School of Architecture established an endowment fund in her name in 2014.

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of materials from Elinor Evans' career at Rice University and materials documenting her personal work, including works exhibited at the Moody Gallery. The collection includes paintings, sketches, collages, woven and tapestry work, photographs and slides, correspondence, and awards.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

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

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from the Elinor Evans Academic and Personal Papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

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Index Terms

Subjects
Architecture
Arts -- Texas

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Elinor Evans Academic and Personal Papers, MS 700, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These materials were donated by the Elinor Evans estate via Russ Pittman, and Betty Moody (via Danny Samuels and In Shik Lee) in 2016.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Baskets

Box
1 Baskets (woven-4)
Box
2 Basket (woven)
Box
3 Baskets (woven-4)

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Series II: Woven and tapestry works

Box
4 Woven and tapestry works (3)
Box
5 Woven wall hangings (3)
Box
6 Woven wall hangings (3)

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Series III: Paintings and collages

Box
7 Woven and drawn collages (18)
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8 Framed paintings (4)
Box
9 Framed oil paintings (triangles- 2)
Matted collages (leaves - 9)

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Series IV: Prints: framed and unframed

Box
10 Matted drawings (14)
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11 Prints, paintings and drawings (matted and unmatted)
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12 Framed leaf collages, Moody Gallery exhibit (2)
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13 Framed leaf collages, Moody Gallery exhibit (2)
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14 Framed leaf collages, Moody Gallery exhibit (2)
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15 Framed leaf collages, Moody Gallery exhibit (2)
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16 Framed leaf collages, Moody Gallery exhibit (2)
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17 Framed leaf collages, Moody Gallery exhibit (2)
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18 Framed leaf collages, Moody Gallery exhibit (2)
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19 Framed leaf collages, Moody Gallery exhibit (2)
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20 Framed leaf collages, Moody Gallery exhibit (2)
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21 Framed leaf collages, Moody Gallery exhibit (2)
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22 Framed leaf collages, Moody Gallery exhibit (2)
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23 Framed leaf collages, Moody Gallery exhibit (2)
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24 Framed leaf collages, Moody Gallery exhibit (2)
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25 Framed leaf collages, Moody Gallery exhibit (2)
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26 Framed leaf collages, Moody Gallery exhibit (2)
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27 Framed leaf collages, Moody Gallery exhibit (2)
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28 Framed leaf collages, Moody Gallery exhibit (2)
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29 Framed collages (2)
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30 Framed collages (2)
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31 Framed collages (2)
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32 Framed collages (2)
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33 Framed collages (2)
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34 Framed collages (2)

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Series V: Sketchbooks

Box item
35 1 Paris Portfolio 1959
2 Sketches
3-10 Sketchbooks

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Series VI: Papers

Box Folder
36 1 Correspondence 1969-2015
2 Postcards 1970-2003
4 Professional work/resume 1965-2010
3 Professional correspondence 1954-2016
5 List of art works
6 Scholarly Interests and Activities of the Faculty 1972-1985
7 NEA Grant 1976-1977
Box Folder
37 1 Presidents' Reports 1978-1981
2 Rice University School of Continuing Studies classes 1994-2001
3 Edunova Conference 1975
4 Calligraphy on the Spanish Borderlands 1976
5 Graduate thesis 1954
6 Essay: "Concerning Sensuous Space"
7 Personal essays 1996

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Series VII: Publications and Exhibitions

Box Folder
37 8 Elinor Evans: Some Truths to Learn from Leaves 2014
9 A Way of Seeing, Rice Magazine 2014
10 Elinor Evans (book of photos)
11 Newsclippings 1951-1985
Box Folder
38 1-2 Exhibition publications 1951-1996
3 Rice University exhibit
4 Love Letters exhibit 1996
5 Bozini Exhibition 1980
6 Lone Star Sampler exhibit 1979-1980
7 Texas Crafts Tour 1978-1979
8 Crown Center Textile Gallery exhibit 1973
9 Blaffer Gallery Exhibition 1967-1979
Box Folder
39 1 University of Illinois Art School exhibit 1960
2 Architecture 100 Exhibition, Sewell Hall 1971
3 Awards 1984-2015
Box item
40 1 Pummeler sculpture

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Series VIII: Photographs, slides and negatives

Sub-Series I: Works by Elinor Evans
Box Folder
41 1 Contact sheet- photographs of Elinor Evans 1978
2 Evans with 3-D objects 1984
3 "Love Letters and Other Messages" exhibit 1996
4 Evans' studio and works undated
5 Interior of Evans home undated
6 Evans' house and studio 2006
7 Evans' house and studio 2007-2008
8 Evans' house and studio 2008
9 Evans' works in her possession undated
10 Evans' works in other peoples collections undated
11-13 Coiled natural fiber baskets and off-loom wall hangings 1978
14 Baskets and woven works undated
15 Basket details 1984
16 Baskets undated
17 Fiber stitching undated
18 Wall hangings undated
19 Woven works undated
20 Baskets undated
21 Coiled baskets 1978
22 Collages undated
23 Hangings 1968-1979
24 Off-loom wall hangings 1978
Box Folder
42 1-2 Paintings 1946-1965
3 Stitchery 1964-1971
Sub-Series II: Student work and inspirational materials
Box Folder
42 4-5 Student work, Oklahoma undated
6 Contact sheets 1964-1965
7 3D Continuous Paper undated
8 Contact Sheets for Architecture 100 1966-1967
9 Student work: paper undated
10 Student work: burlap undated
11 String problems: 3D hangings undated
12 3D objects (negatives) undated
13 Student work 1950-1984
14 Student work: mixed media 1950-1970
15 Student work: mixed media 1961-1974
16 Student work: mixed media 1965-1978
17 Student work: mixed media 1960-1978
18 Burlap 1967-1971
19 Ink drawings 1967
20 Sticks 1967
21 String 1967-1971
22 String problems 1970
23 Wire 1967
24 2D paper 1964-1974
25 3D paper 1970-1974
26 3D paper 1984
27 Woven work 1984
28-30 Class work: Various media 1963-1974
31 Inspiration undated
32 Inspiration 1954-1967
33 "Prime": various media, artists 1957-1974
34 Houses undated
35 Radiolaria undated

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