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John DeWitt papers, 1962-1979

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Creator:
DeWitt, John, 1910-1984
Subject:
Celmins, Vija
Dodd, Lamar
Magafan, Ethel
Raffael, Joseph
McCoy, Ann Wyeth
Hereward Lester Cooke Foundation
United States.Bureau of Water Reclamation
United States.Dept. of the Interior.Visual Arts Program
America 1976
American artist and water reclamation
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
1.4 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 scattered papers of federal arts administrator John DeWitt date from 1962-1979, and measure 1.4 linear feet. The collection primarily documents 1970s arts programs organized by DeWitt while working for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, an agency of the Department of the Interior. Found within the papers are scattered correspondence concerning the department's art projects, including the Preservation of Endangered Species Art Program and activities of the Hereward Lester Cooke Foundation. There are letters from artists Vija Celmins, Lamar Dodd, and Ethel Magafan.
Citation:
John DeWitt papers, 1962-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
John DeWitt (1910-1984) was a wood sculptor and federal arts administrator in Washingon, D.C. As art program director, Bureau of Water Reclamation, Department of the Interior, De Witt invited a number of artists, including Norman Rockwell, Fritz Scholder, and Ralston Crawford, to depict the majesty of reclamation projects in the American West. An exhibition, of their work, THE AMERICAN ARTIST AND WATER RECLAMATION, opened at the National Gallery of Art in 1973 and travelled around the country. For the Bicentennial, as Director of the Visual Arts Program for the Department of the Interior, he organized AMERICA '76, a similar undertaking, hiring some 45 realist painters to depict a diverse range of Americana.
Provenance:
Donated 1987 by Miriam Hapgood DeWitt, wife of John DeWitt.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Arts administrators
Sound recordings
Photographs
Interviews
Scrapbooks
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10398
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213774
AAA_collcode_dewijohn
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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