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Holger Cahill papers, 1910-1993, bulk 1910-1960

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Creator:
Cahill, Holger, 1887-1960
Subject:
Abbott, Berenice
Brown, Samuel Joseph
De Rivera, José Ruiz
Halpert, Edith Gregor
Hopkins, Harry Lloyd
Knaths, Karl
Miller, Dorothy Canning
Morris, Carl A.
Olds, Elizabeth
Roosevelt, Eleanor
Rowan, Edward Beatty
Scaravaglione, Concetta Maria
Segal, George
Speck, Walter
Ward, Lynd Kendall
Weisenborn, Rudolph
American Council of Learned Societies
American Federation of Arts
Artists' Union (New York, N.Y.)
Cartoonists Guild
Federal Art Project (U.S.)
Federal Music Project (U.S.)
Federal Theatre Project (U.S.)
Index of American Design
Shakers
The Design Laboratory (New York, N.Y.)
Treasury Relief Art Project
American Artists' Congress.
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Other
Physical Description:
16.0 linear ft.
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Summary:
The collection offers researchers fairly comprehensive documentation of Cahill's directorship of the Works Progress/Projects Administration's (WPA) Federal Art Project (FAP) in addition to series documenting his work as a writer and art critic. Material includes correspondence, reports, artist files, scrapbooks, printed material, and photographs.
Citation:
Holger Cahill papers, 1910-1993, bulk 1910-1960. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.
Location of Originals:
Interviews conducted by Joan Pring: Original tape located at: Columbia University.
Funding:
Funding for the digitization of the microfilm of this collection was provided by Jane Blumenfeld.
Related Materials:
Additional Holger Cahill papers located at: New York Public Library, Rare Books and Manuscripts, New York, N.Y.
Biography Note:
Holger Cahill (1887-1960) was the National Director, Federal Art Project (FAP); New York, N.Y. Born Sveinn Kristjan Bjarnarson in St. Paul, Minn., of Icelandic-born parents, he took the name Edgar Holger Cahill around 1919, while working as a newspaper reporter. After working at the Newark Museum (1922-1931) and at the Museum of Modern Art (1932-1935), Cahill was appointed national director of the WPA Federal Art Project. He married Dorothy Canning Miller, his second wife, in 1938. The FAP fell under the jurisdiction of Federal project No. 1 of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) to aid unemployed artists. Cahill was director of the FAP for its entire existence (1935-1943).
Provenance:
Donated by Dorothy C. Miller, the widow of Holger Cahill, 1964-1995. Portions were donated to Francis V. O'Connor who used the papers for research on his book FEDERAL SUPPORT FOR THE VISUAL ARTS: THE NEW DEAL AND NOW, and was subsequently given to AAA at Miller's request.
Digitization Note:
The papers of Holger Cahill in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2004 from 20 reels of microfilm. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 30,077 images.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art and state
Arts administrators
Drawings
Federal aid to the arts
Federal aid to the public welfare
Government records
Interviews
New Deal, 1933-1939
Photograph albums
Photographs
Prints
Public officers
Scrapbooks
Slides (photographs)
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6730
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208855
AAA_collcode_cahiholg
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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