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Mary Packwood Papers

Identifier: Coll-51

This collection concerns the manuscript Mary Packwood was writing called Art and Industry in American life. She sought to draw attention to early art before it started being mass produced as the country grew into itself. It has an early manuscript from 1948, then the rest of the collection is divided into research information and revised chapters with photographs from various art museums to show the type of art she was discussing.


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Mary Packwood was an art Professor and writer that for a time lived in Corpus Christi. She dedicated her life to the arts, and this collection contains the manuscript for Art and Industry in American Life, a book she wrote for primary school aged children explaining art in American life before it was mass produced.

Biographical / Historical

Mary McMullen Packwood was born on January 22, 1914 in Columbia, Missouri. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Masters of Education from the University of Missouri. She did Postgraduate work at the Institute of Design in Chicago in 1956, Northwestern in 1960, and University of Hawaii in 1960. After working in a series of public schools, she became a Professor of Art at Illinois State University in 1953, and worked for the University of Corpus Christi starting in 1973 (Now Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi).

Packwood successfully published Art Education in the Elementary School in 1967, and put forth much effort developing her manuscript Art and Industry in American Life. While it is not clear in this collection why the manuscript was not picked up, it is apparent that she put forth a lot of time, effort, and money into putting it together. There are many examples of her navigating the waters of rights issues and the publishing industry as her manuscript went through revisions in this collection. She passed away in 2003 and was laid to rest in the town she was born, Columbia, Missouri.


This collection had an original order to it, so that order has been maintained under a single Series, and folder names have been retained. It consists of 32 folders that are mostly linear in chapter orders, though some deviations and gaps exist.

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Processing Information

This collection was arranged by Eric Christensen, Assistant Librarian of Archive Processing for Texas A&M University– Corpus Christi’s Special Collections & Archives Department.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives, Mary and Jeff Bell Library, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Repository

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