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Maud Gatewood Collection

Identifier: MSS 0257

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the life, artwork, activities, and career of Maud Florence Gatewood. It consists of her professional and personal correspondence materials, sketchbooks, loose sketches and artwork, artifacts, newspaper clippings, reviews, photographs, and materials related to her various exhibitions.


  • 1911 - 2007


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information. Please see our Sensitive Materials Statement.

Biographical or Historical Information

Maud Florance Gatewood was a widely recognized Southeastern artist and painter. Her most familiar work is known to feature natural landscapes and botanicals as well as figurative designs that depict various aspects of the human experience. Gatewood's artwork currently resides in several public and private collections, including the Weatherspoon Art Museum.

Gatewood was born on January 8, 1934 and raised in Yanceyville, North Carolina. In 1954, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina (now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro) and, in 1955, a Master's Degree from Ohio State University.

In 1963, Gatewood was awarded a Fulbright scholarship with which she studied in Austria under Oskar Kokoschka. Also among her awards and recognitions, she received the 1984 North Carolina Award in Fine Arts, the American Academy of Arts and Letters painting award in 1972, and an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from UNCG in 1999.

In addition to painting, Gatewood was also a very active member of her community, elected as the first female member of the Caswell County Board of Commissioners with which she served for several years. She became a faculty member at UNC Charlotte in 1964 and a founding head of the university's Art Department. She passed away November 8, 2004 in Chapel Hill at the age of 70.


58.40 Linear Feet (46 boxes)

Language of Materials



Maud Florance Gatewood was a widely recognized Southeastern painter who graduated from the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina (now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1954. In addition to painting, Gatewood was also known for advocacy and involvement in her community as a Caswell County Commissioner and an art instructor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

The Maud Gatewood Collection dates from 1911 - 2007 and consists of her correspondence materials, sketchbooks, loose sketches and artwork, exhibition materials, reviews, photographs, and artifacts. The collection documents her career, artwork, as well as aspects of her personal life.

Arrangement Note

Series 1: Professional Activities, 1957 - 2007 Series 2: Correspondence, 1911 - 1993 Subseries 2.1: Galleries Correspondence Subseries 2.2: Personal Correspondence Subseries 2.3: Old Family Letters Subseries 2.4: Miscellaneous Correspondence Subseries 2.5: Undated Correspondence Series 3: Subject Files Series 4: Sketchbooks, 1950s - 2000s, Undated Series 5: Sketches Series 6: Artifacts

Method of Acquisition

Gift of Weatherspoon Art Museum on August 17, 2006 and of the Estate of Maud Gatewood on January 21, 2010.

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Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

P.O. Box 26170
320 College Ave.
Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US