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Millie Dearing collection

Collection number: MSS-040

Scope and Contents

The scrapbook with a University of Georgia cover comprises the entirety of the collection. The scrapbook contains photos of Dearing and others, an invitation, and many newspaper clippings falling into two categories: Dearing’s work with the Georgia Museum of Art and her work with the Athens Art Association.


  • 1950-1965

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

This collection has no restrictions. This collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required. Apply in the Heritage Room for access.

Biographical / Historical

Not much is known of Mildred “Millie” Lyle Dearing’s personal life, but her contribution to the arts in Athens is well documented through her involvement with the Athens Art Association, primarily from the late 1950s onward and her work with the Georgia Museum of Art. Dearing was born in North Carolina in 1906 as the daughter of A.L. and Mary Dearing. After the death of her father, she moved to Athens.

Upon her move to Athens, Dearing became the secretary to Alfred Heber Holbrook, the founder of the Georgia Museum of Art on the University of Georgia campus. Newspaper articles describing subsequent renovations show Dearing and Holbrook hanging images together. Dearing also served as secretary of Bill Paul, the next director of the Georgia Museum of Art and a professor at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia. Dearing worked on her own art too. According to the collection, Dearing showed her oil paintings at Athens Art Association art exhibitions from the late 1950s onward. She was an apprentice to Laura Blackshear, the founder of the Athens Art Association. Dearing is also listed among the Johnson Collection’s online list of Southern women artists; some of her pieces are held by that museum. Dearing died in 1995 and is buried in Oconee Hill Cemetery. Her work has been posthumously displayed at Athens Art Association retrospective events, including “A Century of Art” at the Lyndon House in 2019.


.5 Linear Feet (1 box)


This collection consists of a scrapbook kept by Mildred “Millie” Lyle Dearing describing her work with the Athens Art Association and the Georgia Museum of Art. Included in the scrapbook are newspaper clippings and other paper materials related to her own artistic endeavors, and her work with Athens Art and Georgia Museum of Art. This collection also includes photographs of Dearing from 1963 and an example of a wedding invitation she designed.


The collection is organized in a single series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Mildred Dearing

Related Materials

Annie Laura Eve Blackshear collection, MSS 1389, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Lamar Dodd papers, UA0062, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Nina Wilkins Scudder papers, ms7, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.


“Directory of Southern Women Writers,” The Johnson Collection, 2019.

“History,” Georgia Museum of Art webpage, 2019.

Materials Specific Details


Physical Description


Millie Dearing collection
Beth Whitlock, Mikaela LaFave
January 2017, August 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Heritage Room, Athens-Clarke County Library Repository

2025 Baxter Street
Athens GA 30606