The Carolyn Brown Archive

Carolyn Brown, Upward view of Basilica de Nuestra Señora de Ocotlán, Tlaxcala, Mexico, 1992, photograph

The Carolyn Brown Archive documents the fifty-year career of Dallas-based photographer Carolyn Brown.

The archive comprises roughly 75,000 photographs (transparencies, digital scans, digital photographs, and prints) of architectural sites in the Middle East, Mexico and Central America, Dallas (including Fair Park), and the campus of Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.

In collaboration with the photographer, the O’Donnell Institute is currently organizing and digitizing the archive, and over time will make the archive accessible through an online research portal.


The first survey exhibition of her career, Carolyn Brown: The Retrospective, curated by Lauren LaRocca was held in 2018 at UT Dallas SP/N Gallery. View the exhibition catalogue.

Carolyn Brown and Palmyra: An Ancient City Through the Lens was curated by Dr. Michael Thomas, Director of the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History and Heather Bowling, the Institute’s Research Coordinator. An invaluable documentation of Palmyra’s priceless cultural heritage before its destruction by terrorists, the exhibition was presented by the O’Donnell Institute and was on view at the Crow Museum of Asian Art of The University of Texas at Dallas from October 9, 2021 through January 2, 2022.

Carolyn Brown and Palmyra: An Ancient City Through the Lens was re-exhibited in the Edith O'Donnell Arts and Technology Building at UT Dallas spring and fall of 2022.


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Carolyn Brown, Triumphal Arch at Roman city of Palmyra, Syria, 1989, photograph