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Finding Aid to the Lena Stovall Blakeney Art and Personal Papers MSA.12
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Early Works Series 1 1896-circa 1911

Scope and contents

The Early Works series consists of three main sub-series. The first series includes watercolors, sketches, and pen and ink drawings Blakeney created between 1896 and 1898 while attending The Ward Seminary for Young Ladies, including illustrations she did for the school’s yearbook, The Iris.
The second sub-series contains works from Ladonia, Texas and Hugo, Indian Territory that Blakeney created from circa 1899-1911. Formats for this series are primarily pen and ink drawings, with some pencil sketches and some watercolors. Subjects of the works include portraits of African Americans and en plein air landscape studies of southeastern Oklahoma in all seasons, circa 1909-1911. The third Early Works sub-series consists of illustrations Blakeney did for a publication entitled Scraplets. The tome was a collection of poems written by Blakeney's father, Ancil Walter Stovall, in 1909.


  • Subseries 1.1: Ward Seminary, 1896-1898
  • Subseries 1.2: Indian Territory,1899-circa 1911
  • Subseries 1.3: Illustrations in Scraplets, circa 1909

Ward Seminary Subseries 1.1 1896-1898


Indian Territory Subseries 1.2 1899-circa 1911


Illustrations in Scraplets Subseries 1.3 circa 1909


Mature works Series 2 1932-1938, undated

Scope and contents

The Mature Works series in the collection features more later works from Blakeney, comprised mostly of landscapes and oil paintings. These works also include pencil and colored pencil sketches and watercolors. This series is split into two sub-series: Works from Hugo and Works from New Mexico. The works from Hugo are mostly undated, with some items dated from 1932-1938. The Works from Hugo sub-series also includes a study for a painting of the Wheelock Mission Church, Millerton, Oklahoma. The New Mexico portion of the collection consists of oil paintings and charcoal sketches, circa 1933-1940.


  • Subseries 2.1: Works from Hugo, 1932-1938, undated
  • Subseries 2.2: Works from New Mexico, circa 1933-1940

Works from Hugo Subseries 2.1 1932-1938, undated


Works from New Mexico Subseries 2.2 circa 1933-1940


Personal Papers Series 3 1890-1982

Scope and contents

The Personal Papers series consists of correspondence, drawings, ephemera, exhibition programs, newspaper clippings, notes, postcards, a property deed, a scrapbook, song recital programs, and a copy of Blakeney's obituary from the "Paris News," Paris, Texas, June 21, 1964. The scrapbook in this series is dated 1890 and includes the calling cards of family members and images and advertisements, mostly featuring ladies in dress, children, cats, flowers, and landscapes. This series also includes photocopies of photographs and annotated articles, including dates up to 1982.