Correspondence dates from 1949-2000s and is primarily letters written to Dodd, both personal and professional in nature. Occasional drafts of Dodd's replies are also found here. Notable correspondents include Charles Cajori, Dave and Kathy Dewey, Lucien Day, William King, Zalmar Perlin, Paul Smith, and Tom Wesselmann. Personal letters are from friends and family and include holiday and greeting cards, postcards, and some photographs. Professional letters are from museums, galleries, and other arts organizations and institutions, including some relating to Tanager gallery. Mixed in are personal business records including loan agreements, shipping receipts, and payments records. Other professional letters relate to Dodd's environmental activism and housing advocacy for artists. Printed materials including exhibition announcements, newsletters, and flyers are found dispersed through the subseries.
Arrangement reflects Dodd's original order. Correspondence was arranged chronologically in the 2014 addition and alphabetically by name in the 2015 addition.
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The Lois Dodd papers, 1945-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art