John and Deborah Powers: Early Texas Art and Artists Research Collection

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TxAM-CRS 804

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John and Deborah Powers: Early Texas Art and Artists Research Collection


  • 1910-1999 (Creation)


9 boxes

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John Powers, a native of Fort Worth obtained baccalaureate degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and its school of law before entering private law practice in Austin. After serving twenty-three years as a justice and senior justice, he retired from the Austin Court of Appeals in 2004. He continues to reside in Austin with his wife Deborah. Deborah Powers is also a University of Texas graduate and was a Certified Public Accountant. She worked for the State of Texas as the plan administrator for the state's two deferred compensation plans and as a supervising auditor. She was also a research analyst for the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

The Powers have two daughters, both graduates of Texas A & M University, and they currently reside in Austin and Bastrop.

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This collection is comprised of correspondence, publications, writings, listings, directories, manuscripts, photographs, and research material for the Powers publication on Texas art and artists, titled, "Texas Painters, Sculptors & Graphic Artists: A Biographical Dictionary of Artists in Texas Before 1942", Austin, TX: Woodmont Books, 2000. The collection is primarily photocopies and writings of the Powers with some published materials.

The original order has been maintained as much as possible. Correspondence is dispersed throughout the collection with most concentrated in box 1. Those artists with significant information have been given a single file. The artists' information files are arranged in alphabetical order by artist's last name and are inclusive of all artists within the alphabetical listing. Each of these files begins with one artist and ends with the last artist information in the file. Artists' information can consist of one news item to several pages of information. To find an artist's name not listed on the file, please look at the file where his name would be in the alphabet.

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These materials are stored offsite and require additional time for retrieval.

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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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  • English

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John and Deborah Powers


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Processed by and finding aid created by Rebecca Hankins, December 2003.

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