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Mary Frances Doyle art work and papers

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Creator: Doyle, Mary Frances
Title: Mary Frances Doyle art work and papers
Dates: 1934 - 1992
Abstract: Mary Doyle (1904 – 2000), a Texas native, devoted her adult life to the art education of Dallas children and to the printmaking profession. She participated in many of the exhibitions organized by the women’s printmaking group the Texas Printmakers, formerly the Printmakers Guild, and remained active in art education organizations and other art groups: the Arlington [Texas] Art Association, the Dallas Art Education Club, the Dallas Museum of [Fine] Arts, the Dallas Print Society, and the Texas Fine Arts Association. The collection includes artwork, clippings, correspondence, documents, photographs, publicity, and published works related to her teaching and art career. The artwork consists of works by Doyle and her contemporaries.
Accession No:
Extent: 2 archival boxes (1.5 linear feet) ; 11 works of art on paper
Language: Material is in English
Repository Jerry Bywaters Special Collections, Hamon Arts Library, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

Mary Frances Doyle was known as both a dedicated art teacher and an outstanding printmaker, particularly with the silk-screen, or serigraph, technique. Doyle was born in Stephenville, Texas to Davis K. Doyle, a Texas newspaperman, and his wife. Doyle lived most of her adult life with her parents in Arlington, Texas. In 1930 she earned her Bachelors of Art degree from Southwest Texas State Teachers’ College in San Marcos, Texas. She liked to recall one of her fellow classmates, Lyndon Baines Johnson, also working his way through school, sweeping out the classroom where she taught a demonstration kindergarten group. The future United States president would ask her opinion on particular political issues and then listen to her views while continuing to swing his broom. In 1939 Doyle moved to Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York, where she studied with Charles J. Martin, and in 1948 earned a Master of Arts degree from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. She also studied with distinguished Texas artists including Otis Dozier and Octavio Medellin at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts school and Xavier Gonzales at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas.

In 1935 Doyle began a 37-year long teaching career in the Dallas Independent School District teaching art at the Alamo, Thomas Edison, and City Park schools. Dedicated to her career and to her students, Doyle’s strove to develop the artistic ability of each child regardless of financial background. In addition, she was active in the Dallas Art Education Club, serving as its president during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Doyle was instrumental in helping to organize children’s exhibitions at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts where she worked as an instructor at various times during the 1940s through the early 1970s. When not teaching or working on her art, Doyle enjoyed collecting Latin American crafts.

A prolific artist, mainly as a printmaker, Doyle was active in exhibiting her work in galleries, museums, and with the Texas Printmakers organization (formerly the Printmakers Guild). In 1940 her oil painting Water Front was included in the Eleventh Annual Allied Arts Exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, now the Dallas Museum of Art. During the 1950s Doyle’s prints were accepted into major exhibitions. In 1955 her print Texas Oranges was exhibited in the Audubon Artists 13th Annual Exhibition at the National Academy Galleries in New York. Two of her serigraphs were accepted in the Southwestern Exhibition of Prints and Drawings exhibitions sponsored by the Dallas Print Society at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts: Honeydew Melon (6th Southwestern Exhibition of Prints and Drawings, 1956) and Cactus in Bloom (9th Southwestern Exhibition of Prints and Drawings, 1959). In 1958 Cactus in Bloom won "Best Serigraph in Show" at the Print Fair conducted by Creative Graphics at Burr Galleries in New York City and was accepted into the Boston Printmakers 11th Annual Print Exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In the same year she had a solo exhibition sponsored by the Texas Fine Arts Association at the Laguna Gloria Art Museum in Austin, Texas, and a year later was included in the show Postwar Prints: 1946 – 1959 at the Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts. In 1960 Doyle was again accepted into the Boston Printmakers’ 13th Annual Print Exhibition with her serigraph Twin Mountains. Doyle’s work was represented from the 1950s through the 1970s in distinguished Dallas galleries including the Black Tulip Gallery, Downtown Galleries, and Cushing Galleries. In February, 1960, her work was accepted into the Philadelphia Second Annual Print Fair. Thirty years later Mary Doyle and her contemporaries were honored in the exhibition The Texas Printmakers: 1940 – 1965, at the Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University. Mary Doyle died on Sept. 5, 2000 in Denton, Texas.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Mary Doyle collection consists of eleven matted works of art on paper and archival materials that include clippings, correspondence, documents, ephemera, manuscripts, photographs, publicity, and published works. The matted works of art on paper consist of one aquatint print, two block prints, one drypoint print, one lithograph print, and five serigraph prints.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into nine series:
Series 1: Artwork, 1934-1960
Series 2: Clippings, 1937-1990
Series 3: Correspondence, 1952-1987
Series 4: Documents, 1940-1985
Series 5: Ephemera, no dates
Series 6: Manuscripts, 1963, no dates
Series 7: Photographs, ca. 1930s–ca. 1950s
Series 8: Publicity, 1934-1982
Series 9: Published Works, 1937-1990


Access to Collection:

Collection is open for research use. Appointment with curatorial staff at Hamon Library is required.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the staff of Jerry Bywaters Special Collections.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Doyle, Mary Frances.
Women printmakers -- Texas.
Women art teachers -- Texas -- Dallas.
Art, American -- Texas -- 20th century.
Screen prints.

Related Materials

This is one of the visual art collections in Bywaters Special Collections that concentrate on the art of Texas and the southwest. Related materials are located in the Jerry Bywaters Collection on Art of the Southwest in Bywaters Special Collections of the Hamon Arts Library of Southern Methodist University.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Mary Doyle art work and papers, Bywaters Special Collections, Hamon Arts Library, Southern Methodist University

Acquisition Information

Gift, Mary F. Doyle, 1993; Gift, David Farmer, 1999.

Custodial History

The Mary Doyle art work and papers were donated to Bywaters Special Collections in 1993 by Mary F. Doyle, and in 1999 by David Farmer

Processing Information

The collection was received in two parts, 1993 and 1999. The contents of each gift were divided into separate archival files for clippings, correspondence, documents, ephemera, manuscripts, photographs, publicity, and published works. The newspaper clippings were copied onto acid-free paper and placed in an archival box. The photographs were housed separately in an archival box. Effort was made to keep the contents of each gift in order as arranged by donors. The works of art on paper were placed in archival mats and stored in flat museum cases.

Processed by

Leslie Sookma, 1993, 1994; Ellen Buie Niewyk, 2011

Finding aid written by

Ellen Buie Niewyk, 2011.

Encoded by

Ada Negraru, 2011.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Artwork: 1934 - 1960

The 11 works on paper consist of works by Mary Doyle and artists she knew during her career including one print by Howard Bradford, two prints by Ann Cushing [Gantz], one print by Barney Delabano, one print by Merle Fincher, one watercolor by Xavier Gonzales, four prints by Mary Doyle, and one print by Elmer Schooley.
Museum Case A-X-13: Mary Doyle, Still Life with Grapes, aquatint, 1952
Museum Case A-XII-7: Merle Fincher, Zebra, drypoint, 1952
Museum Case A-XII-8: Barney Delabano, untitled, serigraph, n.d.
Museum Case B-II-11: Xavier Gonzalez, untitled, watercolor, 1934
Museum Case C-II-13: Ann Cushing, Two Figures, block print, n.d.
Museum Case C-II-14: Ann Cushing, Children, block print, n.d.
Museum Case C-III-1: Elmer Schooley, untitled, lithograph, n.d.
Museum Case D-III-5: Mary Doyle, Maguey Fibers, serigraph, 1960
Museum Case D-III-6: Howard Bradford, Snow Birds, serigraph, 1953
Museum Case E-I-9: Mary Doyle, Century Plant, serigraph, 1961
Museum Case E-I-10: Mary Doyle, Maguey in Fair Park, serigraph, 1959

Series 2: Clippings: 1937 - 1990

The Clippings contain 68 items from various publications including the Austin American-Statesman, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Times Herald, and the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
Box Folder
01 01 Clippings, 1937 - 1990

Series 3: Correspondence: 1952 - 1987

The Correspondence consists of 104 items relating to the sale of Mary Doyle’s work in Texas and throughout the United States and correspondence with the American Color Print Society.
Box Folder
01 02 "Records and Sales and Exhibits," 1952 – 1959
03 "Records and Sales and Exhibits," 1960 – 1968
04 "Records and Sales and Exhibits," 1976 – 1987
05 "Records and Sales and Exhibits," no date
06 "American Color Print Society," 1981 - 1982

Series 4: Documents: 1940 - 1985

The Documents contain 6 items with lists of members in the Texas Printmakers organization and a list of work, including year executed, by Mary Doyle
Box Folder
01 07 Documents, Texas Printmakers 1940 – 1965, 1985

Series 5: Ephemera: no dates

The Ephemera contains 1 envelope with 7 identification labels inside for the Texas Printmakers, Mary Doyle [including her home address], 1 map of San Antonio, Texas, one illustration of a stained-glass window, and 1 brown enveloped identified as "Notes on Serigraphy – and Texas Printmakers"
Box Folder
01 08 Ephemera, no dates
09 Ephemera, no dates

Series 6: Manuscripts: 1963, no dates

The Manuscripts contain 20 poems written by Mary Doyle’s father, Davis K. Doyle, a long-time Texas newspaperman.
Box Folder
01 10 Manuscripts, originally labeled as "A few of dad’s poems," 1963, no dates

Series 7: Photographs: ca. 1930s – ca. 1950s

The Photographs contain 32 images of Mary Doyle and her art work, her travels to Mexico and west Texas, her art classrooms and students in Dallas public schools and in the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts School. The photographs range in date from the 1930s through the 1950s; many are not dated.
Box Folder
P/S 01 01 Photographs, Big Bend National Park, classroom photographs, Davis Mountains Art Colonies, Mary Doyle, Mexico, Texas Oranges by Mary Doyle
02 Photographs, art work by Mary Doyle, classroom photographs, display window at A. Harris and Co. (Dallas) featuring Mary Doyle
03 Photographs, Mary Doyle teaching art classes at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts School

Series 8: Publicity: 1934 - 1982

The Publicity contains 56 items relating to announcements, brochures, and invitations for Mary Doyle’s exhibitions and art organization of which she was a member.
Box Folder
01 11 Publicity, Dallas Art Education Club, 1948 – 1949, 1949 – 1950; Exhibitions, National Serigraph Society, New York, "Answers to Your Questions," Sul Ross Art School
12 Publicity, Art and the Child and Texas Education, Learning Through Art (Dallas Independent School District, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts), Sul Ross Art School (Summer, 1937)
13 Publicity, Cushing Galleries, Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts (1959), Fort Worth Art Association (1939), Randolph Gallery of Houston and Le Centre d’Art of Haiti, 1965), Southwest Craft Center in San Antonio (1977), Texas Instruments (n.d.)
14 Publicity, Art Association of New Orleans (1958), Creative Graphics in New York City (1958), National Prints and Drawings ’82 Exhibition at West Chester, Pennsylvania (1982), Print Council of America (1958)), Print Fair (Burr Galleries and the Free Library of Philadelphia, Print and Picture Department, 1962), Print Festival (1960), Philadelphia Print Club (1980), Portland Museum of Art (1958), Western Arts Association (1950)
15 Publicity, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts (1945), Dallas Museum of Fine Arts and Dallas Print Society (1956 – 1957, 1959), Dallas Museum of Fine Arts School (spring, 1961, and 1953 - 1954)
16 Publicity, Harwood Foundation, Taos, New Mexico (1940)
17 Publicity, Southern Methodist University (1976)
18 Publicity, Texas Artist Colony, San Angelo, Texas (1934)
19 Publicity, Festival of Art in Action – Printmaking (n.d.), Texas Fine Arts Association, Laguna Gloria Art Gallery (1958), TFAA News (Texas Fine Arts Association bulletin, 1953)

Series 9: Published Works: 1937 - 1990

The Published Works contain one book and 12 items relating to exhibitions in Texas; Mary Doyle’s work is represented in many of the exhibition catalogues and brochures.
Location: Hamon Library Published Works, Modern Mexican Artists, critical notes by Carlos Merida, Frances Toor Studio, Mexico (1937)
Box Folder
01 20 Published Works, The Women Who Challenged: Interview with Nine Artists by Paul Rogers Harris; published in conjunction with the exhibition The Texas Printmakers: 1940 – 1965, Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University, Aug. 23 – Sept. 30, 1990
21 Published Works, Boston Printmakers, 11th Annual Exhibition (1958) and 13th Annual Exhibition (1960)
22 Published Works, Audubon Artists, 13th Annual Exhibition (1955), and Oklahoma Printmakers Society, First National Exhibition (1959)
23 Published Works, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Otis Dozier (1956), "Southwestern Art Today: New Directions for Old Forms" by Jerry Bywaters, reprinted from autumn 1947 issue of Southwest Review
24 Published Works, Southern Methodist University, Meadows Gallery, Meadows School of the Arts, Ed Bearden: Landscapes, 1944 – 1978 (1983)
25 Published Works, Texas Fine Arts Association, 1951 General Exhibition, Texas Fine Arts Association, Laguna Gloria Art Gallery, Annual Spring Jury Exhibition (1957), Texas Fine Arts Association, Laguna Gloria Art Gallery and Elizabet Ney Museum, 28th Annual Membership Exhibition (1958)