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66 cards identifying specific projects, giving the project title, location, artists involved and miscellaneous information; and 400 cards giving biographical information on participating artists.
PWAP card file for Region 9, 1933-1934. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Microfilm reel 920 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
PWAP, the first of the New Deal art programs, was established under the Department of the Treasury in December 1933 to assist unemployed artists by enabling them to work on the decoration of non-federal public buildings. Although it lasted only until the following summer, it engaged nearly 4,000 artists in all parts of the country and served as an important precedent for subsequent federal art programs, such as the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration. Michigan was in Region 9 of the PWAP regions.
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001