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Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection, circa 1920-1965, bulk 1935-1942

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Creator:
Federal Art Project. Photographic Division
Subject:
Greenwood, Marion
Hovell, Joseph
Gorky, Arshile
Goodman, Bertram
Dehn, Virginia Engleman
Zorach, William
Dehn, Adolf Arthur
Ennis, George Pearse
Bloch, Lucienne
De Rivera, José Ruiz
Barthe, Richmond
Seltzer, Leo
Evergood, Philip Howard
Burke, Selma
Guston, Philip
Horn, Sol
Cahill, Holger
Robbins, David
Herman, Andrew
Hord, Donal
Berger, Andrew
Chodorow, Eugene
Karp, William
Shuster, Will
Alston, Charles Henry
Calapai, Letterio
Brann, Louise
Criss, Francis
Blanch, Lucile Lundquist
Arenal, Luis
Refregier, Anton
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo
Bolotowsky, Ilya
Davis, Stuart
Gershoy, Eugenie
McMahon, Audrey
Abbott, Berenice
Levi, Julian E. (Julian Edwin)
Benson, John Howard
Laning, Edward
Olds, Elizabeth
Works Progress Administration
Federal Art Project
Federal Art Project (New York, N.Y.)
Federal Art Project (Wash.)
Federal Music Project U.S.
Federal Theatre Project U.S.
Federal Writers' Project U.S.
United States.Work Projects Administration
Federal Art Project.Graphic Arts Division
Museum Of The City Of New York
Federal Art Project.Easel Division
Federal Art Project.Poster Division
Harlem Art Center
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
12.4 linear feet
General Note:
Microfilm labels: WPA Photograph Collection.
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 Federal Art Project (FAP), Photographic Division collection dates from circa 1920-1965, with the bulk of the records spanning the active years of the FAP: 1935-1942. The collection comprises 12.4 linear feet of photographic prints and negatives, including photos of FAP artists and the artwork created by them, and other activities of the FAP in communities throughout New York City and other states. Photographers include Andrew Herman, Sol Horn, David Robbins, Leo Seltzer, and others.
Citation:
Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection, circa 1920-1965, bulk 1935-1942. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
This collection was digitized in its entirety in 2017 and is available via the Archives of American Art's website.
Funding:
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art and The Walton Family Foundation.
Related Materials:
Among the holdings of the Archives of American Art are related collections, including the Federal Art Project of the Work Projects Administration records, 1935-1948. Additional FAP records are held by the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington D.C.
Biography Note:
The Federal Art Project (FAP) was one of the Depression-era work-relief programs of the Federal Works Progress Administration (WPA). The WPA was established in May 1935 specifically as a work relief program for the millions of individuals left unemployed during the Depression. Its name changed to the Work Projects Administration in 1939 when it fell under the administrative hand of the newly created Federal Works Agency. (At that same time, the Federal Art Project officially became the Federal Art Program.) Under the Federal Art Project, separate photographic divisions were set up in several states, most notably in New York City. In addition to documenting the work and activities of artists employed on the program, photographers documented the activities of other projects under "Federal One," including the Federal Theater and Music Projects. Photographers also worked on creative assignments for exhibitions, photo murals, etc.
Provenance:
The collection was anonymously donated to the Archives of American Art in the late 1950s.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art centers
Art festivals
Hispanic American artists
Federal aid to the public welfare
Music and state
Theater and state
African American artists
Art and state
Artists
Children's art
New Deal, 1933-1939
Photographs
Federal aid to the arts
Art
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5467
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216466
AAA_collcode_fedeartp14
Theme:
African American
Latino and Latin American
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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