University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the Lynn Randolph Papers

Overview of the Collection

Creator Randolph, Lynn, 1938-
Collection Title Lynn Randolph Papers
Dates 1967-2008
Identification 02/2007-015
Physical Description 3.00 linear feet
Repository University of Houston Libraries M.D. Anderson Library 4333 University Drive Houston, TX, 77204-2000 URL: Email: Phone: 713-743-9229

Biographical Information:

Lynn Randolph is an artist, feminist, and human rights activist whose work spans the past four decades, from the 1960s to the 21st century. Reared in the refinery town of Port Arthur, Texas, she obtained a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1961. After receiving her degree she moved to Houston, where she has lived and worked ever since. Randolph’s paintings have been exhibited widely in the United States and reproductions of her work have appeared in books, journals, and academic papers throughout the world.

In the late 1980s, Randolph received several important awards. In the summer of 1987 she went to Yaddo, the artists colony in Saratoga Springs, New York. In the summer of 1989 she started a year-long residence at The Bunting Institute (now the Radcliffe Institute) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Lynn Randolph's paintings have been in well over fifty exhibitions. Her one-person exhibitions have been scarcer, because she works slowly and meticulously. She calls her work metaphoric realism. The paintings have been predominantly figurative, until the last eight years when she started painting images of the Texas coast. Her most recent work uses birds as metaphors for angels, inspiration, and witnessing. Occasionally she is moved to address specific cultural and political injustices, as in her painting entitled "The Coronation of St. George," which was reproduced on the cover of The Nation magazine during the Republican convention in New York in 2004. Another painting depicting the administration of George W. Bush called "Scenes from Hell," was also published in the Nation as a full-page, color reproduction in 2007.

Randolph's paintings are in the permanent collection of several major museums and institutions, including The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.; the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University; the Menil Collection in Houston; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the San Antonio Museum of Fine Arts and the Arizona State University Museum of Arts in Tempe.

From 1990 to 1996 Randolph engaged in a collaboration with the cultural critic Donna Haraway. This work was a dialogue of specific ideas and critiques relating to the use of technoscience at the end of the millennium and formed the images and text for Haraway’s book, "Modest_Witness@Second_Millennium.FemaleMan_Meets_OncoMouse." Many of these images have been reproduced internationally in books, journals, and academic papers. Randolph has also presented numerous lectures and conference speeches across the United States since the early 1980s.

Throughout her professional life Lynn Randolph has been involved with civil and human rights issues. When her children were young and their school was integrated, causing "white flight" from the neighborhood public school, she stayed put. She wrote lesson plans for grades one to six and trained forty volunteers to teach art to all of Poe School's students. It is now a fine arts magnet school with a paid art teacher. She was a charter member and chapter president of the Houston Women's Caucus for Art, and served as the regional vice-president for the national board. In 1988 she co-chaired the national meetings of the Women's Caucus for Art that occurred in Houston. In 1984 she and her friend Suzanne Bloom were co-organizers in Houston for Artist Call against U.S. intervention in Central America, an organization based in New York City.

In 1992 Randolph became a member of WAC, the Women's Action Coalition, also a New York group. She helped organize the group's actions in Houston during the Republican convention. WAC brought its drum corps to demonstrate during the convention, and Randolph helped WAC add more drummers from Houston. The Houston drum corps continued long after the convention. They were known as the Ilusas (deluded women) and Randolph performed with them until they disbanded in 1997.

In 1993 Lynn Randolph went to El Salvador with curator and museum director Marilyn Zeitlin to help organize an exhibition of Salvadoran artists called "Art Under Duress: El Salvador from 1980 to Present." The show was mounted at Arizona State University Museum with a catalogue and video tapes. It traveled to Houston and was shown at Lawndale Art Center where Randolph was a member of the artist board until the 1990s.

Lynn Randolph is currently an Artist-in-Residence at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center where she works with patients and staff in the Palliative Care Unit.

Scope and Contents

The eleven series of Lynn Randolph Papers are housed in three boxes and contain documentation of her exemplary training and career in the visual fine arts including exhibits, shows, reviews, individual art projects, and collaborations. The documentation of her longtime feminist and human rights activism in Houston and abroad is also an important part of the collection just as it is her life. Lynn Randolph's collaboration, both visual and literary, with Donna Haraway is represented as is her work for the Women's Action Coalition, the Women's Caucus for Art and the El Salvador Project. Collected published works by Ms. Randolph and others have been separated and cataloged to Special Collections. Also, the list of these catalogued items is found in Box 3, Folder 75.


Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Even though the material in this collection is in the public domain, the University of Houston Libraries owns the physical items. Copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs, and the researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of University of Houston Libraries’ material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate curator.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Genre/Form of Material:
Fliers (printed matter)
Personal Name:
Randolph, Lynn, 1938-
Topical Term:
Art -- Texas -- Houston
Artists -- Texas -- Houston
Women artists -- Texas -- Houston
Women's rights

Separated Material


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Lynn Randolph Papers, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Detailed List of Contents

Art Exhibitions and Reviews

Box Folder
1 1 Art Exhibitions 1984-1993
2 Art Exhibitions 1995-2007
3 Art Exhibitions and Reviews 1984-2003

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH) Directors

Box Folder
1 4 CAMH Information
5 Linda Cathcart
6 Suzanne Delehanty
7 James Harithas - Articles
8 James Harithas - Correspondence
9 James Harithas - Open Letter


Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College
Box Folder
1 10 35th Anniversary Gala Reunion
11 Correspondence 1988-1989
12 Correspondence 1990-1996
13 Events
14 Fellows Lists and Brief Biographies
15 Fellowship Application Materials
16 Harvard and Radcliffe Pamphlets
17 Periodicals - Radcliffe News
18 Periodicals - The Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College Newsletter
19 Periodicals - The Radcliffe Quarterly
20 Periodicals - Harvard University Gazette/Magazine
21 Periodicals - Newspaper Articles
22 Photographs and Art Cards
23 Presentations
Yaddo Artist Colony
Box Folder
1 24 60th Anniversary
25 Annual Report
26 Correspondence - Addresses
28 Correspondence - Yaddo Guests
29 Correspondence - Personal Acquaintances
31 Pamphlets
32 Photographs and Postcards
33 Yaddo Newsletter

Feminist and Activist Activities

Artists Call Against U.S Intervention in Central America
Box Folder
1 34 Calendar of Events, Contact Sheet, Notes
35 Correspondence
36 Newspaper Articles
37 Photographs
38 Poster & Pin
Feminist Papers and Brochures
Box Folder
1 39 Exhibitions 1974-1977
40 Pamphlets
41 Newspaper Articles
42 "Woman as Artist"
43 "Women in Authority: A Sociopsychological Analysis"
44 "A Personal View of the History of the Lesbian S/M Community and Movement in San Francisco"
45 Art Libraries Society of North America 15th Annual Conference, Some Like It Hot Panel Discussion, "Louise Nevelson: Sculptor of Light and Shadows"
46 "Reconstructing Womanhood: The Emergence of the Afro-American Woman Novelist"
47 "Defining Feminism: A Comparative Historical Approach"
48 Feminist Studies Journal
49 "Cultural Feminism Versus Post-Structuralism: The Identity Crisis in Feminist Theory"
50 "Reading Like a Feminist," "Éperon Strings," "Reading Like a Man"
Haraway, Donna J.
Box Folder
1 51 "The Promises of Monsters: A Regenerative Politics for Inappropriate/d Others"
52 Description of Artwork in "Modest_Witness@Second Millenium"
53 "FemaleMan©_Meets_OncoMouse™" and Manuscript
54 "Mice Into Wormholes: A Technoscience Fugue in Two Parts"
55 "Universal Donors in a Vampire Culture"
56 "A Note of a Sportswriter's Daughter: Companion Species"
57 "Modest Witness: A Painter’s Collaboration With Donna Haraway"
Ilusas, The Women’s Drum Corps
Box Folder
1 58 Newspaper Articles
59 Photographs
60 Sheet Music
61 Statement of Purpose, Membership List, Notes, Correspondence
Women’s Action Coalition (WAC)
Box Folder
1 62 Ads, Handouts
63 Committee, Agendas, Meetings
64 Contact Lists
65 Correspondence
66 Ilusas (Women’s Drum Corps & WAC Drum Corps)
67 Media Release & Information
68 Organizational Information
69 Newspaper Articles & References
70 Songs & Acts
71 Photographic Prints & Audio Tape
72 Clippings
73 Miscellaneous
Women's Caucus for Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Box Folder
2 1 Correspondence
2 Museum of Fine Arts Board of Trustees - Correspondence
3 Museum of Fine Arts Board of Trustees - Bylaws, Membership List
4 Museum of Fine Arts State of Texas File 1913-1964
5 Museum Policies - Articles
6 Newspaper Articles
7 Notes
8 Report of the Accessions Committee Meeting November 3, 1971

Lawndale Art and Performance Center

Box Folder
2 9 Exhibitions and Events
10 Governance Boards
11 Mary Ross Taylor, Executive Director
12 New Building Project
13 Organization Information


The Paintings series includes 10 compact discs containing digital images of Lynn Randolph's paintings. The files can be accessed in the Special Collections Reading Room. Contact curator Vince Lee ( for more information.
Box Folder
2 14 Slides and Compact Discs 1967-1976
15 Slides and Compact Discs 1977-1988
16 Slides and Compact Discs 1989-1991
17 Slides and Compact Discs 1992-1996
18 Slides and Compact Discs 1997-2001
19 Slides and Compact Discs 2001-2006


Box Folder
2 20 Lynn Goode Gallery
21 Resumes & The Orange Show Letter
Bill Graham
Box Folder
2 22 Memorial Service Notes/Material
23 Newspaper Articles
24 Photographs
25 Sympathy Cards/Notes
Box Folder
2 26 Venice Biennale Trip 1994-1995
27 Venice Biennale Trip undated


Box Folder
2 28 Beyond Political and Economic Equality
29 Shape Shifting: Toward Multifaceted Re-Presentations of Women's Bodies
30 Between Cultural Eras: the Effects of Post-Modern Thinking on the Modernist Concept of Regionalism
31 Cyborgs, Wonder Women and Techno Angels: A Series of Spectacles
32 Secular Uses of Traditional Religious Images in a Post-Modern Society
33 Ways of Seeing: The Convergence of Art, Sciences and Technology
34 "Sound Science," Technology and Harm


Art Education in Grade School
Box Folder
2 35 Art Activities for First through Sixth Grades, Teaching Art, Teacher's Supply List
36 "Art Vips Handbook: Guidelines for Art and Children"
37 "Differences are not Deficits," "Why Children Should Draw"
38 Kinkaid School
39 Notes on Teaching Art
40 Poe Elementary School
41 Resume on Children's Art Education
42 San Marcos High School
43 St. Stephen's Episcopal School, MacGregor Elementary School
44 "Teacher's Guide to Classroom Television" KLRN
ArtScan Gallery of Contemporary Art & Gallery in Motion
Box Folder
2 45 Exhibition Announcements, Newspaper Articles
46 Exhibition Descriptions
47 Statement of Purpose, Notes
Carriage House Studio
Box Folder
2 48 Carriage House Studio Information
49 Photographs
El Salvador Project
Box Folder
2 50 Art Under Duress - Arizona State University Exhibition Information & Correspondence
51 Art Under Duress - Audio Cassette & Video Tape
52 Art Under Duress - Exhibition Description
53 Art Under Duress - Lawndale Art and Performance Center Financial Aid Forms
54 Art Under Duress - Lawndale Art & Performance Center Exhibition, Correspondence
55 Art Under Duress - Lawndale Art & Performance Center Exhibition Announcements, Newspaper Articles
56 Central American Refugee Committee
57 Correspondence
58 Cuba & Guatemala
59 Diary & Notes
Box Folder
2 60 Correspondence
Box Folder
3 1 Gulfton Area Community Activities
2 Oscar Mackay
3 Photographs
4 Postcards
5 Reconstruction Plan for El Salvador
6 Slides
7 University of Houston Exchange Program
8 Houston Art Center
9 The Discussion Group

Research (Photographs and Notes)

Box Folder
3 10 Adam
11 Adam and Stephanie
12 Adelle
13 Alexander
14 "An Interview with A Panhandler Named Arthur Gonzales"
15 Andrea
16 Anita
17 Ann
18 Annette
19 Baldwin, Robert
20-21 Bill
22 Bina
23 Burke, Ronnie
24 Carmen and Mirabai (Apocalypse)
25 Carolyn
26 Sean and Lisa
27 Charmaine
28 Chuy and Aztlan (The New Mestiza)
29 Clouser
30 Davis, Frank
31 Ellis
32 Emily
33 Gertrude
34 Grace (Cyborg)
35 Grayson and Michelle
36 Harrison, Peggy
37 Harithas
38 Heidi
39 Helen
40 Hilary
41 Izabelle
42 Jeff
43 Jennifer
44 Julia
45 Lee, Jessie
46 Lisa
47 Macey
48 Madonna
49 Marie
50 Martha
51 Minatre, Steve
52 Moore, Peggy
53 Mother
54 Nancy
55 Neisen
56 Dessima
57 New England Woods, Women in Woods
58 One-Eyed Man
59 Pam
60 Di Corcia, Joseph
61-64 Randolph, Lynn
65 Ray (Lab and Mice)
66 Ron
67 Schwartz, Emily
68 Shadows
69 She Pines in Her Bower
70 Sol
71 Surls
72 Theresa
73 Virginia
74 Weather Watchers

Published Material

Box Folder
3 75 Insight as Image... Manuscript
76 List of 59 Cataloged Items and Printed Catalog Records