September 18, 1974 Professor Eleanor Tufts Department of Art Southern Methodist University Dallas, Texas 75275 Dear Professor Tufts: It has come to my attention that Melinda Parsons is submitting a paper for your 1975 CAA session on Women artists. I know her well, having worked with her on Pamela Colman Smith, the topic she is submitting to you for the session. She and I plan to collaborate in presenting an exhibition of Pamela Colman Smith's work, but it is a long-term project and will not take place for at least two years. In the meantime, CAA would offer a fine opportunity for Ms. Parsons to present some of her discoveries about this fascinating artist who was fairly well known around the turn of the century. As you may know, a few people interested in the artists around Alfred Stieglitz — including myself — have been intrigued by the mysterious Pamela Colman Smith, about whom practically nothing has been written since 1910. Melinda Parsons has done an absolutely first rate job in rediscovering and resurrecting this Anglo-American artists She has dug deeply into documentary sources, found a few people in their advanced years who knew her, and has built up an excellent collection of color slides of her work. Ms. Parsons has approached the subject with verve and imagination, and I am certain that her paper, if accepted, will be a real credit to your session. Her slides alone are eery exciting to look at, foreshadowing, as they do, the unconscious imagery of the Surrealists. I have taken the liberty of writing you because I believe th the quality of Ms. Parsons' work and because she has something new and exciting to offer at CAA Thanks for considering her proposal. Sincerely, William I. Homer Chairman
William Innes Homer Papers. Georgia OKeeffe Museum Research Center Archives.
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