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Douglas C. Houchens Collection

Identifier: DC0317s

Scope and Contents

The collection contains biographical material, correspondence, manuscripts, and printed material. The biographical material includes several resumes and newspaper clippings. There is one correspondence file for letters from Ross and Mary Abrams. A second correspondence file contains letters from friends and former students. The manuscript files contain papers and notebooks written by Houchens as a graduate student. There is a file for the Institute for Advanced Study in Arts and Humanities, a summer program Houchens participated in a as teacher. The file contains syllabi, clippings and notes. The Briarpatch file contains correspondence and copies of Rough Beast, a Briarpatch Press publication. The Construction of Color Wheel file contains his notebook with painted wheels and squares and notes on color theory.The images file contains sketches and photographs.


  • Creation: 1947 - 2008

Biographical / Historical

Douglas Houchens was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1915. He grew up in Richmond receiving a BA in Fine Arts from the Richmond Professional Institute (Richmond Division of the College of William and Mary) in 1940. He earned his MFA in Painting ni 1952, after serving 5 years in the military during World War II. In 1953, he came to Davidson College to establish a Department of Art. He taught at Davidson until his retirement in 1978 A painter and sculptor as well as a teacher, his work has been exhibited in numerous shows and galleries including the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, and the North Carolina Museum of Art.


10 folders (10 folders)



Immediate Source of Acquisition


Douglas C. Houchens Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections Repository