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Finding Aid to the Lena Stovall Blakeney Art and Personal Papers MSA.12
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  • Title: Lena Stovall Blakeney Art and Personal Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MSA.12
    Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Autry Library
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 14.6 Linear feet (12 boxes)
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1890-1964
    Date (inclusive): 1890-1982
    Abstract: Lena Stovall Blakeney (1878 October 16-1964 June 19) was an artist who lived and worked in southeastern Oklahoma from 1903 until her death in 1964. Her works excelled in close observations of people and landscapes of southeastern Oklahoma during its transition from Indian Territory to statehood. The collection consists of drawings, paintings, sketches, watercolors, and other works by Lena Stovall Blakeney from 1896-circa 1940, as well as personal papers and clippings from 1890-1982.
    creator: Blakeney, Lena Stovall


    • Series 1: Early works, 1896-circa 1911
    • Series 2: Mature works, 1932-1938, undated
    • Series 3: Personal papers, 1890-1982

    Processing history

    Initial inventory, physical processing, and cataloging by Autry National Center staff. Additional processing and finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Project Archivist, 2012 July 2, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


    Donation from Garth W. Caylor, Jr., 2007 October 1; Carole Caylor Johnston, 2007 August 28; Diane Galloway, 2007 August 28; Mr. and Mrs. James W. Caylor, 2007 August 27.

    Preferred citation

    Lena Stovall Blakeney Art and Personal Papers, 1890-1982, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MSA.12; [folder number] [folder title][date].


    Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org. An item-level inventory is available from library staff.


    Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Biographical Note

    Besides her visual artistry, Blakeney was a choir director at First Methodist Church in Hugo, Oklahoma and taught voice outside of the church. Blakeney was a member of the Oklahoma Historical Society and the Joseph Ligon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Even after retiring to the Golden Age Home, Blakeney remained active in her community, writing a weekly column about Golden Age Home activities for the Paris, Texas newspaper. Blakeney passed away 1964 June 21.

    Scope and contents

    The collection consists of early and mature works by Lena Stovall Blakeney, as well as personal papers and ephemera collected over the span of her life and after her passing.
    The Mature Works series spans at least 1932-1938, although most items are undated, and features more mature works from Blakeney, concentrating on depicting landscapes and working in oil paints. Also included in this series are pencil and colored pencil sketches and watercolors. The locations where these works were created are primarily Hugo, Oklahoma and New Mexico.
    The Personal Papers series consists of materials mostly from 1890-1964 and including correspondence, drawings, ephemera, magazine and newspaper clippings, and a scrapbook. This series also includes photocopies of photographs and annotated articles, with dates up to 1982.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Ward Seminary (Nashville, Tenn.).
    African Americans -- Portraits
    Hugo (Okla.)
    Indian Territory
    New Mexico
    Women artists
    Women painters