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their older brother, William Clifford (Will) Hogg. From 1943 to 1949
she served as elected trustee of the Houston Board of Education,
where she initiated a visiting teacher program, supported art and
music projects, and secured classrooms for children with special needs.
From the 1940s on, she tried to frame government participation in
mental health care by lobbying Texas legislators and United States
congressmen. In 1954 she spearheaded creation of the Mental Health
Society of Houston and Harris County (now Mental Health Association
of Greater Houston), a nonprofit advocacy group founded to promote
mental health through education, treatment, and community out-
reach.3 In 1948 she became the first female president of the
Philosophical Society of Texas, and in 1949 she was instrumental in
forming the Conference of Southwest Foundations, the first consor-
tium of private philanthropy in the nation.
Hogg's other activities in these years included work with the Houston
Community Chest; formation of several important art collections; and
the construction of Bayou Bend (completed in 1928), the home she and
her bachelor brothers created in Homewoods, an area adjacent to River
Oaks, a planned community Will Hogg developed.4 Still to come were
the reorganization and expansion of the collection of Americana at
Bayou Bend and the gift of collection, house, and gardens to the
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (in 1957), as well as the restoration of
several historic sites for the Texas state park system and the University of
3 Minutes of the organizing meeting, Oct. 23, 1929, in Minute Books, Child Guidance Center
(DePelchin Children's Center, Houston, Texas). Minutes hereafter abbreviated DCC. For a
detailed account of Hogg's election to and term of office on the Houston Board of Education,
see Kate S. Kirkland, "For All Houston's Children: Ima Hogg and the Board of Education,
1943-1949," Southwestern Historical Quarterly, lot (Apr., i998), 462-95. See numerous letters to
congressmen to secure mental hygiene clinic funding in 4W235, folder 1, IHP.
Today the Ima Hogg Award, the Mental Health Association of Greater Houston's most presti-
gious honor, is presented annually to a volunteer or professional "who has contributed signifi-
cantly to Miss Ima's legacy of inspiring understanding of the human dimensions of mental ill-
ness," The Advocate, 21 (Spring, 2ooo), 1.
4 Hogg's collecting career is well documented in David B. Warren, "Ima Hogg, Collector,"
The Magazine Antiques, 121 (Jan., 1982), 228-43. An account of the origin, planning, and con-
struction of Bayou Bend appears in David B. Warren, Michael K. Brown, Elizabeth Ann
Coleman, and Emily Ballew Neff, American Decorative Arts and Paintings in the Bayou Bend
Collection (Princeton, N. J.: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in association with Princeton
University Press, 1998). Will Hogg's considerable contributions are outlined in Bruce Weber
and Charles Orson Cook, "Will Hogg and Civic Consciousness: Houston Style," Houston Review:
History and Culture of the Gulf Coast, 2 (Winter, g98o), 21-36; and Bruce Weber, "Will Hogg and
the Business of Reform" (Ph.D. diss., University of Houston, 1979). In Emily Ballew Neff with
Wynne H. Phelan, Frederic Remington: The Hogg Brothers Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts,
Houston (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2ooo), 3-37, published after research for
this article was completed, Emily Ballew Neff devotes a chapter to the motivation behind Will
Hogg's interest in collecting Americana and developing family properties. Using Hogg family
papers, she argues persuasively that Will Hogg was profoundly influenced by his father's pro-
gressivism, that he and his sister Ima developed collecting philosophies together, and that he,
like his sister, was deeply committed to community and family.
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