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MSS 040 Millie Dearing collection Edit

Summary

Identifier
MSS 040

Dates

  • 1950 – 1965 (Creation)

Extents

  • .5 Linear Feet (Whole)

Subjects

Notes

  • Abstract

    This collection consists of a scrapbook kept by Mildred “Millie” Lyle Dearing describing her work with the Athens Art Association and the Georgia Museum of Art. Included in the scrapbook are newspaper clippings and other paper materials related to her own artistic endeavors, and her work with Athens Art and Georgia Museum of Art. This collection also includes photographs of Dearing from 1963 and an example of a wedding invitation she designed.

  • Physical Description

    Good

  • Conditions Governing Access

    This collection has no restrictions. This collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required. Apply in the Heritage Room for access.

  • Preferred Citation

    Millie Dearing collection, Heritage Room, Athens-Clarke County Library.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Not much is known of Mildred “Millie” Lyle Dearing’s personal life, but her contribution to the arts in Athens is well documented through her involvement with the Athens Art Association, primarily in the late 1950s onward and her work with the Georgia Museum of Art. Dearing was born in North Carolina in 1906 as the daughter of A.L. and Mary Dearing. After the death of her father, she moved to Athens.

    Upon her move to Athens, Dearing became the secretary to Alfred Heber Holbrook, the founder of the Georgia Museum of Art on the University of Georgia campus in 1945. Newspaper articles describing subsequent renovations show Dearing and Holbrook hanging images together. Dearing also served as secretary of Bill Paul, the next director of the Georgia Museum of Art and professor emeritus of Art at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia. Dearing worked on her own art too. According to the collection, Dearing showed her oil paintings at Athens Art Association art shows throughout the late 1950s and beyond. She was an apprentice to artist, and founder of the Athens Art Association, Laura Blackshear. Dearing is also listed among the Johnson Collection’s online list of Southern women artists and some of her pieces are thus located in the collection. Dearing died in 1995 and is buried in Oconee Hill Cemetery. Her work has been posthumously displayed at Athens Art Association retrospective events, including “A Century of Art” at the Lyndon House in 2019.

  • Content Description

    The Millie Dearing collection contains one scrapbook with a University of Georgia cover. The scrapbook contains photos of Dearing and others, an invitation, and many newspaper clippings falling into two categories: Dearing’s work with the Georgia Museum of Art and her work with the Athens Art Association.

  • Arrangement

    The collection is organized into no series and housed in one box.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    This collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required. Apply in the Heritage Room for access.

External Documents

Instances

  • Type
    Mixed Materials
    Container 1 Type
    Box
    Container 1 Indicator
    1

Components