Guide to the Wiregrass Festival of Murals Records

Record Group 130

Processed by DS Date: 1/14/2013

Date Span: 1992-2010

Extent: 2.5 cu ft

Organizational Sketch: In the summer of 1992, Larry & Sue Register and Felton & Jean Woodham visited the town of Chemainus, British Columbia, Canada, where they discovered a series of thirty-two skillfully executed murals that depicted the history of Chemainus and the surrounding area. Returning from their vacation, the Registers suggested to Don Fabiani, Executive Director of the Dothan Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, that a similar project would benefit downtown Dothan and the Wiregrass region.  Larry Register, a former mayor of Dothan, also contacted The Downtown Group because of its mission to preserve and enhance the old central business district in Dothan.  The principals involved successfully invited Karl Shultz, who led the Chemainus effort, to lead a mural project workshop in Dothan.

The City of Dothan, Dothan Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Downtown Group endorsed the Wiregrass Festival of Murals project.  The Wiregrass Festival of Murals expects to fund a total of 30 murals prepared by nationally and internationally recognized artists.  

The primary objective is to encourage and stimulate the growth of the local economy through the development of tourism while providing a catalyst for downtown redevelopment, as well as enhancement of the cultural arts community and a documentation of the history of the region.

In 2010, the Wiregrass Festival of Murals ceased operating as an independent agency affiliated with The Downtown Group and became a committee of the Wiregrass Museum of Art.

See also Wendell H. Stepp Papers, RG 110; Wiregrass Museum of Art Records, RG 127; Doug Purcell Papers, RG 143.

Scope / Content:  Documents the founding and operations of the Wiregrass Festival of Murals as well as detailing the creation of each mural.  Administrative records include governing documents, meeting minutes, financial documents, information on relations with The Downtown Group, and general files.  Files on mural design and creation include copyrights, award letters, contracts, mural renderings, research materials providing background for murals, narratives, grant information, the transparencies used for the mural wall projections, artist information, correspondence, mural prints and event posters.

Organization: Organized into 2 subgroups with corresponding series, as follows:

  • Subgroup—Administrative Records, 1992-2010 [61 Total Files & 1 Plaque]: Documents the various functions required to create the Wiregrass Festival of Murals. Organized into 6 Series.
    • Organization, 1992-1997 [9 Files]: Documents activities necessary to establish the Festival of Murals. Contains forms to and from the IRS establishing the Festival of Murals; charter documents, such as by-laws; articles of incorporation and dissolution; contracts granting easements to paint the murals; copyright information such as certificates of registration; funding contracts; and National Register of Historic Places - nomination forms. Arranged alphabetically by file title.
    • Meeting Minutes, 1992-1999 [8 Files]: Documents the various committees that decided the topics, location, funding, and management of the Wiregrass Festival of Murals. Contains minutes and agendas for various committees on the Wiregrass Festival of Murals, includes Board of Directors, Mural Project Committee, Subject Committee, Ways & Means Committee. Arranged by committee.
    • Finances, 1992-1996 [14 Files]: Documents steps taken to fund Festival of Murals. Contains grant applications and awards; bids; donations; bank records; expense and repair reports creating and preserving murals. Arranged alphabetically by file title.
    • Downtown Group, 2004-2007 [8 Files]: Documents the activities of the original parent organization of the Wiregrass Festival of Murals. Contains certificates; correspondence; information on special events; newsletters; budgets and membership lists. Arranged alphabetically by file title.
    • General Files, 2005-2010 [22 Files]: Documents the history of Dothan area, the history of the Mural Project and the various promotional celebrations. Contains facts about Dothan and the Downtown District; publications about the Mural Project, information on other mural cities, such as Chemainus, B. C., Portsmouth, OH, and Stubenville, OH; reference material for murals; publications; memos; and miscellaneous photos. Arranged alphabetically by file title.
    • Awards, 2009 [1 Plaque]: Documents achievements of the Wiregrass Festival of Murals. Contains awards presented to the Wiregrass Festival of Murals.
  • Subgroup—Mural Creation, 2002-2007 [54 Total Files & 8 Oversized items]: Documents the individual murals of the Wiregrass Festival of Murals and the steps needed to create each one. Organized into 2 Series.
    • Murals, 2002-2007 [30 Files]: Documents the creation of the individual murals in the Wiregrass Festival of Murals. Contains information on the murals provided by the Festival of Arts events; copyrights; award letters; contracts; mural renderings; research materials providing background for specific murals; narratives; grant information; the transparencies used for the mural wall projections; mural prints and event posters. Arranged by mural in the order of their creation.
    • Reference Materials, 2002-2007 [24 Files]: Documents information used to create the murals that was not directly connected to a specific mural. Contains artist resumes; correspondence; contracts; mural locations; postcards with mural images; information on potential murals; and reference materials offering background information on the mural subjects. Arranged alphabetically by file title.
Access/User Limits?: Open per Donor Agreement.

Inventory:

Subgroup—Administrative Records, 1992-2010 [61 Total Files & 1 Plaque]: Documents the various functions required to create the Wiregrass Festival of Murals. Organized into 6 Series.

Organization, 1992-1997 [9 Files]: Documents activities necessary to establish the Festival of Murals. Contains forms to and from the IRS establishing the Festival of Murals; charter documents, such as by-laws; articles of incorporation and dissolution; contracts granting easements to paint the murals; copyright information such as certificates of registration; funding contracts; and National Register of Historic Places - nomination forms. Arranged alphabetically by file title.

File I.D.

 

File Label

130

12-0625

001

001

 

[Agency Funding Contract - Dothan Area Convention & Visitors Bureau]

130

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001

002

 

Articles of Incorporation, 8 Dec 1992

130

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001

003

 

Articles of Incorporation - Amendment, 1993

130

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001

004

 

By-Laws - 501 (c) (3)

130

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001

005

 

Certificate of Dissolution, 24 Sept 1997

130

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001

006

 

Contract Granting Easement for Murals, 1994

130

12-0625

001

007

 

Copyright - Murals - Certificates of Registration

130

12-0625

001

008

 

National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Forms

130

12-0625

001

009

 

To & From IRS

Meeting Minutes, 1992-1999 [8 Files]: Documents the various committees that decided the topics, location, funding, and management of the Wiregrass Festival of Murals. Contains minutes and agendas for various committees on the Wiregrass Festival of Murals, including Board of Directors, Mural Project Committee, Subject Committee, Ways & Means Committee. Arranged by committee.

File I.D.   File Label

130

12-0625

001

010  

[First Meeting of the Board of Directors of Wiregrass Festival of Murals, Inc.]  [Dec 15, 1992]

130

12-0625

001

011  

[Wiregrass Festival of Murals - Board of Director's Meeting Minutes]  [Mar 1993-Aug 1994, Feb 1996-Jan 1999]

130

12-0625

001

012

 

Mural Committee - [mural examples & sketches]

130

12-0625

001

013

 

Mural Project Committee - Meeting Minutes, 1992-93

130

12-0625

001

014

 

Mural Project Committee - Miscellaneous

130

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001

015

 

[Ways & Means Committee Meeting Minutes, 1992-93]

130

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001

016

 

[Wiregrass Festival of Murals, Division of The Downtown Group - 1997 Meeting Minutes]

130

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001

017

 

Wiregrass Festival of Murals - Subject Committee Minutes, Oct/Nov 1992 & Feb-Apr 1993

Finances, 1992-1996 [14 Files]: Documents steps taken to fund Festival of Murals. Contains grant applications and awards; bids; donations; bank records; expense and repair reports creating and preserving murals. Arranged alphabetically by file title.

File I.D.

 

File Label

130

12-0625

001

018

 

Arts Alliance Tab   [Donation Certificates]

130

12-0625

001

019

 

Contributors

130

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001

020

 

[Deposits  Feb. 12, 1993-Aug. 25, 1995 & Check Stubs  Jan. 22, 1993 - June 30, 1993 & Aug. 8, 1995 - March 4, 1996]

130

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001

021

 

F of M - Ways & Means

130

12-0625

001

022

 

F of M: Ways & Means - State Grant

130

12-0625

001

023

 

Financial Statements - 1993  -  Wiregrass Festival of Murals

130

12-0625

001

024

 

Historic Chattahoochee Grant

130

12-0625

001

025

 

Murals - 1995  Repainting - Finances

130

12-0625

001

026

 

Mural Bids

130

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001

027

 

WFM - Grant Applications

130

12-0625

001

028

 

[Wiregrass Festival of Murals - 1992-1996 Receipts]

130

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001

029

 

Wiregrass Festival of Murals   [Financial, 1994-95]

130

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001

030

 

Wiregrass Festival of Murals - Old Bank Statements  [1992-93, 1995-96]

130

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001

031

 

Took & Rickett - Expenses 1995

Downtown Group, 2004-2007 [8 Files]: Documents the activities of the original parent organization of the Wiregrass Festival of Murals. Contains certificates; correspondence; information on special events; newsletters; budgets and membership lists. Arranged alphabetically by file title.

File I.D.

 

File Label

130

12-0625

001

032

 

[Certificate - Downtown Group as 2004 National Main Street Program]

130

12-0625

001

033

 

Downtown Group Banquet, March '07   [CD]

130

12-0625

001

034

 

[Downtown Group committee list for Wiregrass Festival of Murals]

130

12-0625

001

035

 

[Downtown Group - Event Flyers/Pamphlets]

130

12-0625

001

036

 

Downtown Group - Members/Name Lists

130

12-0625

001

037

 

[Downtown Old & News - Fall 2004]

130

12-0625

001

038

 

[Letters to Cathy Cole, Downtown Group Director]

130

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001

039

 

[Sponsorship Packet for A Downtown Christmas]

General Files, 2005-2010 [22 Files]: Documents the history of Dothan area, the history of the Mural Project and the various promotional celebrations. Contains facts about Dothan and the Downtown District; publications about the Mural Project, information on other mural cities, such as Chemainus, B. C. and Stubenville, OH; reference material for murals; publications; memos; and miscellaneous photos. Arranged alphabetically by file title.

File I.D.

 

File Label

130

12-0625

001

040

 

[Address Labels/Name Lists]

130

12-0625

001

041

 

Alabama's Mural City Illustrated

130

12-0625

001

042

 

Chemainus, B.C.

130

12-0625

001

043

 

Cowpainters llc - [Peanut displays]

130

12-0625

001

044

 

Downtown Dothan: Plans for Renaissance

130

12-0625

001

045

 

[Downtown Dothan buildings]

130

12-0625

001

046

 

Dothan Magazine, Jan/Feb 2007

130

12-0625

002

047

 

[facts about Historic Dothan]

130

12-0625

001

048

 

For I Heard Them Say: An Alabama Odyssey   by: Barbara Ritch Jackson

130

12-0625

001

049

 

From the desk of Wendell Stepp

130

12-0625

001

050

 

Guide to Historic Downtown Dothan Alabama - [brochure]

130

12-0625

001

051

 

H. D. "Doc" Woodham

130

12-0625

001

052

 

[Miscellaneous papers & photos]

130

12-0625

001

053

 

[Mural Celebratory Events]

130

12-0625

001

054

 

Mural City ArtFest 2010

130

12-0625

001

055

 

Newspaper Articles

130

12-0625

001

056

 

Peanuts Around Town - Artist Information

130

12-0625

001

057

 

Portsmouth, Ohio Mural Project

130

12-0625

001

058

 

Proposed Park - Oates and Main Intersection

130

12-0625

001

059

 

[Stubenville, Ohio Report]

130

12-0625

001

061

 

["Where Dothan Began"]

130

12-0625

001

062

 

Wiregrass Arts & Entertainment, Summer 05, Winter 06-07

Awards, 2009 [1 Plaque]: Documents achievements of the Wiregrass Festival of Murals. Contains awards presented to the Wiregrass Festival of Murals.

File I.D.

 

File Label

130

12-0625

001

063

 

Attraction of the Year Award 2009 - Presented to Wiregrass Festival of Murals

Subgroup—Mural Creation, 2002-2007 [54 Total Files & 8 Oversized items]: Documents the individual murals of the Wiregrass Festival of Murals and the steps needed to create each one. Organized into 2 Series.

Murals, 2002-2007 [30 Files]: Documents the creation of the individual murals in the Wiregrass Festival of Murals. Contains information on the murals provided by the Festival of Arts events; copyrights; award letters; contracts; mural renderings; research materials providing background for specific murals; narratives; grant information; the transparencies used for the mural wall projections; mural prints and event posters. Arranged by mural in the order of their creation.

File I.D.

 

File Label

130

12-0625

002

001

 

A History of The Downtown Dothan Group's Wiregrass Festival of Murals,
Book 1 of 3          [Murals 1-5]

130

12-0625

002

002

 

A History of The Downtown Dothan Group's Wiregrass Festival of Murals,
Book 2 of 3          [Murals 6-10]

130

12-0625

002

003

 

A History of The Downtown Dothan Group's Wiregrass Festival of Murals,
Book 3 of 3          [Murals 11-13]

130

12-0625

002

004

 

Salute to the Peanut Industry - reference materials

130

12-0625

002

005

 

Salute to the Peanut Industry - [Southland Debit Card]

130

12-0625

002

006

 

DeSoto's First Encounter with the Wiregrass Natives [Spanish/Indians] - reference materials

130

12-0625

002

007

 

The Abduction of Elizabeth Stuart Dill - reference materials & information on Dill House

130

12-0625

002

008

 

Ft. Scott - reference materials

130

12-0625

002

009

 

Johnny Mack Brown - Mural Projections [transparencies]

130

12-0625

002

010

 

Chief Eufaula - research materials

130

12-0625

002

011

 

Chief Eufaula - Mural Projections  [transparencies]

130

12-0625

002

012

 

Dothan Riot - research materials & correspondence

130

12-0625

002

013

 

[Godwin Dispute - "Dothan Riot" Mural]

130

12-0625

002

014

 

Tribute to Sherman Rose and the Tuskegee Airmen - [autographed prints]

130

12-0625

002

015

 

Fort Rucker - [research materials & mural description]

130

12-0625

002

016

 

Fort Rucker - [mural prints]

130

12-0625

002

017

 

Women's Mural - Contract

130

12-0625

002

018

 

Women of the Wiregrass - Mural Background Info

130

12-0625

002

019

 

Women of the Wiregrass - Women's Mural 2002, Sponsorship Package

130

12-0625

002

020

 

Women's Mural Grants

130

12-0625

002

021

 

Women's Mural - [supply pricing]

130

12-0625

002

022

 

[Women's Mural Committee Correspondence]

130

12-0625

002

023

 

Women's Mural - Artist's Interpretation

130

12-0625

002

024

 

Women's Mural - Resumes for Artwork

130

12-0625

002

025

 

Women's Mural Proposal

130

12-0625

002

026

 

Proposal for "Women of the Wiregrass" Mural - "Nurturing Paths,"  [Gayle Nelson]

130

12-0625

002

027

 

Proposal for "Women of the Wiregrass" Mural - [Judith Huey]

130

12-0625

002

028

 

The Steamboat Era - reference materials

130

12-0625

002

029

 

AME Church [Cherry St. A.M.E.] - Thank you letters to Donators

130

12-0625

002

030

 

Timber & Turpentine - [research for the Early Commerce Mural]

130

12-0625

O/S

001

 

Framed print - Foster Street, Looking North, Dothan, Ala.

130

12-0625

O/S

002

 

Framed print - Aerial view of Dothan

130

12-0625

O/S

003

 

Certificate - Dothan Main Street Commercial District added to the National Register of Historic Places

130

12-0625

O/S

004

 

Print - Chief Eufaula Mural

130

12-0625

O/S

005

 

The Train Mural - background information poster

130

12-0625

O/S

006

 

Posters - WFM Celebration of the Arts, May 1-5, 2007 & WFM Street Fest, May 5, 2007

130

12-0625

O/S

007

 

Poster - Cherry Street A. M. E.

130

12-0625

O/S

008

 

Poster - Salute to the Peanut Industry

Reference Materials, 2002-2007 [24 Files]: Documents information used to create the murals that was not directly connected to a specific mural. Contains artist resumes; correspondence; contracts; mural locations; postcards with mural images; information on potential murals; and reference materials offering background information on the mural subjects. Arranged alphabetically by file title.

File I.D.

 

File Label

130

12-0625

002

031

 

Art Rosenbaum  [Resume]

130

12-0625

002

032

 

Artist list - Letters, Mural list - [call for proposals, resumes, artist lists]

130

12-0625

002

033

 

[Background on Murals]

130

12-0625

002

034

 

Bricks - Phase II

130

12-0625

002

035

 

Charles M. Svob  [Resume & Correspondence]

130

12-0625

002

036

 

[Civil War Mural - Boy Scout Eagle Project]

130

12-0625

002

037

 

Contracts  [Agreement & Award]

130

12-0625

002

038

 

[Miscellaneous Mural research materials]

130

12-0625

002

039

 

[Mural Narratives]

130

12-0625

002

040

 

Mural Project - Correspondence

130

12-0625

002

041

 

Mural Walls  [Mural Locations]

130

12-0625

002

042

 

Mural Wall [Preparation]

130

12-0625

002

043

 

Murals - Dothan

130

12-0625

002

044

 

Murals - [Postcards]

130

12-0625

002

045

 

Paddy Carr

130

12-0625

002

046

 

[Resume - Cheryl Mann Hardin]

130

12-0625

002

047

 

Sam Dale

130

12-0625

002

048

 

Wiregrass Festival of Murals - A Celebration of the Arts, Historic Downtown Dothan,
May 2 - 6 [2006] & May 1 - 5 [2007]

130

12-0625

002

049

 

[WFM - A Celebration of the Arts]

130

12-0625

002

050

 

[WFM - A Celebration of the Arts - Event Account]

130

12-0625

002

051

 

Wiregrass Festival of Murals - August '95

130

12-0625

002

052

 

Wiregrass Festival of Murals - [miscellaneous]

130

12-0625

002

053

 

The Wiregrass Festival of Murals - Walking Tour, 2005

130

12-0625

002

054

 

Wiregrass Festival of Murals "white paper"  ["Art and History to Reshape Dothan's Future" by Doug Purcell]

 

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