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Carlin Art Galleries Archives


Electra Marshall Carlin (1912 - 2000), the owner of the Carlin Art Gallereis, was a member of a pioneer Fort Worth family. She attended the University of Oklahoma, Beaver College in Pennsylvania, and George Washington University in Washington, D. C., where she met her husband, H. Lee Carlin. After his death she returned to Fort Worth and opened one of the first private art galleries. She operated the galleries from 1959 - 1987, exhibiting the works of nationally know artists such as Peter Hurd and Henriette Wyeth as well as those of Fort Worth artists like Emily Guthrie-Smith and James Blake. She was also one of the gallery owners in the Southwest to exhibit and sell Inuit art.


This collection was originally donated by Mrs Carlin in 1994. She continued to contribute items. The last accession was delivered to the library after the probate of her will in 2001.

Scope and Contents Note

The collection consists of 64 boxes of correspondence, business records, photographs, exhibit catalogs, newspaper clippings and scrapbooks as well as a small library on Inuit art. The materials provide insight into the lives of the artists with whom Mrs. Carlin maintained regular correspondence as well as document in meticulous detail the art objects that were exhibited and sold.

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Last updated: March 7, 2018