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Prescott M. M. Jones papers, 1932-1976

Creator:
Jones, Prescott M. M., 1904-1981
Subject:
Saxild, Carl
Smith, Vernon B.
Federal Art Project (Alaska)
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Other
Physical Description:
1.0 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:
Letters, 2 diaries, a subject file, art works, printed material, and photographs primarily concern Jones' work for the WPA artist project in Alaska.
Twenty-six letters from friends and colleagues concern the exhibition of Jones' work and the WPA's activities in Alaska (1934-1953). The 2-volume diary was written during Jones' travels in Alaska (1937). A subject file on Jones' work in Alaska contains a letter from the Department of the Interior, a photograph of Jones, Vernon Smith, and Carl Saxild, a diary for June 1937, and a certificate. Other materials include 4 sales receipts (1937-1939), an annotated calendar (1954) and 26 photographs of Jones' works.
Twenty-seven drawings (1937-1976) and 31 sketchbooks (1937-1959) depict landscapes and townscapes in Alaska (1937) and Luzon Island in the Philippines (1945), among other subjects. One sketchbook contains notes on color theory and perspective (ca. 1953). Printed material consists of clippings (1933-1957), exhibition announcements and catalogs (1932-1973).
Citation:
Prescott M. M. Jones papers, 1932-1976. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
Painter; Boston, Massachusetts. He studied at Tufts College and participated in a WPA artist project in Alaska in 1937.
Provenance:
Donated 1982 by James M. Norton, a friend of Jones, and after Norton's death, by his estate via his brother, Richard P. Norton.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Diaries
Drawings
Exhibition catalogs
Federal aid to the arts
Painters
Photographs
Sketchbooks
Works of art
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6892
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209021
AAA_collcode_jonepres
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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