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Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division, Dallas Public Library Ben Carlton Mead Papers

Accession #: 84.23

Processed by: Dane Evans and Cindy Smolovik

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Date: 1988

Size: 10 boxes

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Biographical/Historical Note

Ben Carlton Mead was born in 1902 in Bay City, Texas. He spent most of his formative years in Amarillo. After graduating from Amarillo High School he attended the Art Institute of Chicago. He then returned to Texas and worked as a commercial artist in San Antonio. Ben Mead was best known as a painter and illustrator. He traveled throughout the state to master his vision of the American West. While living in Irving, Texas Ben Mead founded the Dallas Chapter of the International Westerners. He left Texas in 1981, moving to the Santa Ynez Valley of California. His best known works include murals at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, paintings of Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and Doc Holiday, and illustrations for J. Frank Dobie's Coronado's Children, 1931 edition. He died December 8, 1986.


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Scope and Content Note

This material is a representative sample of projects, resource materials, and correspondence of western artist, Ben Carlton Mead. The murals in Canyon, Texas and the commissions concerning the paintings of Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp, and Doc Holiday are among the more renowned works represented in this collection. The correspondence ranges from 1929-1978. A few commercial drawings are in oversized storage boxes.


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Index

Box 1 Personal papers includes correspondence, tax records, etc.
Box 2 Resources for projects
Box 3 Publications
Box 4 Art Projects - Commissioned
Box 5 Art Projects
Box 6 Art Projects
Box 7 Manuscript, Coronado Expedition 1540-1542 by George Parker Winship
Box 8 Slides - Boothill
Box 9 Scale Model - Tiger Cage for World of Animals
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Container List

BOX 1 PERSONAL
Folder 1: Collection Register
2: Correspondence 1929-1937
3: Correspondence 1939-1943
4: Correspondence 1953-1959
5: Correspondence, January - March 1960
6: Correspondence, April - May 1960
7: Correspondence, 1965-1978 and undated
8: Correspondence - Christmas Cards from Autry
9: Other Artists' work
10: Literary productions
11: Income Tax Records, 1966
12: Tax Records: Additions to Home and Studio
13: Programs for "Irene", 1974 autographed
14: Clippings about Ben Carlton Mead
15: Photographs
16: Photograph of Bill Florian and George Autry - in Amarillo c. 1930s
 
BOX 2 RESOURCES
Folder 1: Ben Tyler's Mexican War Lithographs
2: Texas Ranger Stories
3: Materials about New Mexico
4: Photographs of Models
5: Newspaper clippings, general
6: Newspaper clippings, southwest, I
7: Newspaper clippings, southwest, II
8: Newspaper clippings collected in 1940
9: Museum Information I
10: Museum Information II
11: Publications about Dodge City
12: Panhandle history - Palo Duro Park
13: Adventures in the Canyon...by Dudley R. Dobie, 1952
 
BOX 3 PUBLICATIONS
Folder 1: with handwritten notes by Mead
2: with handwritten notes by Mead
3: miscellaneous
4: "The Waacusa" 1943 - Texas State College for Women
5: "The Bee-Tee" Cadet Class of 43-1 Waco Army Air Field
6: "Victory Field" class of 44-F
7: "Oakes Aviation Stationery"
 
BOX 4 ART PROJECTS - COMMISSIONED
Folder 1: Mural in Canyon
2: Mural in Canyon
3: Layouts Canyon Mural
4: Layouts Canyon Mural
5: Quai County Courthouse, Tucumcari, New Mexico
6: Notes for Fitzpatrick Commissions
7: Correspondence with Fitzpatrick
8: Notes about Masterson Painting
9: Notes about Wyatt Earp Painting
10: Notes about Gunfight at the OK Corral Painting
11: Notes about Gunfight at the OK Corral Painting
12: Exhibits in 1968
 
BOX 5 PROJECTS
Folder 1: Notes and Photographs - studio
2: Notes and Photographs - studio
3: Church plans
4: Church plans
5: Episcopal Church of the Redeemer photographs
6: Unfinished
7: Trip to New York City
8: Art School in Amarillo
9: Correspondence and notes - True West
10: Correspondence and notes - True West
11: Correspondence and notes - True West
12: Miscellaneous
 
BOX 6 PROJECTS
Folder 1: Illustrations for Coronado's Children
2: Book Jackets
3: Illustrations - color
4: Illustrations - black and white
5: Illustrations - black and white
6: Illustrations - two color proofs
7: Illustrations - black and white proofs
8: Illustrations - black and white proofs
9: Illustrations - color - nature
10: Woodcuts
11: Commercial Art in Reproduction
12: Photographs of Mead's work
13: Photographs of Mead's work
14: Photographs of Mead's work
15: Christmas cards, design by Mead
16: Christmas cards, 1940, design by Mead
17: Christmas cards, 1955, design by Mead
18: Christmas cards, commercial design by Mead
19: Christmas card designs and sketches
20: Fat Stock Show - Amarillo 1940 (drawings)
 
BOX 7 The Coronado Expedition 1540-1542 by George Parker Winship
  Typed manuscript
  4 folders pages 1-530
 
BOX 8 Slides - Boothill
 
BOX 9 Scale Model - Tiger Cage for World of Animals, Mesquite, Texas
 
OVERSIZED  
  Lampasas Garden Center, June 1967 - 4 sheets
  Beach Aircraft, Wichita, Kansas, February, 1953 - 12 sheets
  Thomas and Harris Air Conditioner, 5 sheets
  Church of St. Marks' Irving, Texas - 17 sheets
  Pease Western Village - 8 sheets
  Miscellaneous industrial drawings - about 25 sheets

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