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Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection

Creator:
Federal Art Project. Photographic Division  Search this
Names:
Federal Art Project (N.Y.)  Search this
Federal Art Project (Wash.)  Search this
Federal Art Project -- Photographs  Search this
Federal Art Project. Easel Division  Search this
Federal Art Project. Graphic Arts Division  Search this
Federal Art Project. Poster Division  Search this
Federal Music Project (U.S.) -- Photographs  Search this
Federal Theatre Project (U.S.) -- Photographs  Search this
Federal Writers' Project U.S. -- Photographs  Search this
Harlem Art Center  Search this
United States. Work Projects Administration  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
Abbott, Berenice, 1898-1991  Search this
Alston, Charles Henry, 1907-1977  Search this
Arenal, Luis  Search this
Barthé, Richmond, 1901-1989  Search this
Benson, John Howard, 1901-1956  Search this
Berger, Andrew  Search this
Blanch, Lucile, 1895-1981  Search this
Bloch, Lucienne, 1909-1999  Search this
Bolotowsky, Ilya, 1907-1981  Search this
Brann, Louise, 1906-  Search this
Burke, Selma, 1900-  Search this
Cahill, Holger, 1887-1960  Search this
Calapai, Letterio, 1902-1993  Search this
Chodorow, Eugene, 1910-2000  Search this
Criss, Francis, 1901-1973  Search this
Davis, Stuart, 1892-1964  Search this
De Rivera, José Ruiz, 1904-1985  Search this
Dehn, Adolf, 1895-1968  Search this
Dehn, Virginia E. (Virginia Engleman), 1922-2005  Search this
Ennis, George Pearse, d. 1936  Search this
Evergood, Philip, 1901-1973  Search this
Gershoy, Eugenie, 1901?-1983 or 6  Search this
Goodman, Bertram, 1904-1988  Search this
Gorky, Arshile, 1904-1948  Search this
Greenwood, Marion, 1909-1970  Search this
Guston, Philip, 1913-1980  Search this
Herman, Andrew  Search this
Hord, Donal, 1902-1966  Search this
Horn, Sol  Search this
Hovell, Joseph, 1897-  Search this
Karp, William, 1905-  Search this
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo, 1889-1953  Search this
Laning, Edward, 1906-  Search this
Levi, Julian E. (Julian Edwin), 1900-1982  Search this
McMahon, Audrey, 1900?-1981  Search this
Olds, Elizabeth, 1896-1991  Search this
Refregier, Anton, 1905-  Search this
Robbins, David  Search this
Seltzer, Leo, 1916-  Search this
Shuster, Will  Search this
Zorach, William, 1887-1966  Search this
Extent:
12.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
circa 1920-1965
bulk 1935-1942
Summary:
The Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection dates from circa 1920-1965, with the bulk of the records spanning the active years of the Federal Art Project (FAP), 1935-1942. The collection comprises 12.4 linear feet of mostly photographic prints and negatives that document primarily artwork produced by artists employed by the FAP. A smaller number of photographs also document other programs of the FAP, such as art classes and community centers, exhibitions by children and adults, artwork installed in public buildings, project divisions, and demonstrations of art processes by FAP artists.
Scope and Content Note:
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.

Artist files comprise three-quarters of the collection and consist primarily of photographs of artwork, as well as scattered photos of artists at work, including: Charles Alston, Luis Arenal, Richmond Barthe, John Benson, Andrew Berger, Lucille Blanch, Lucienne Bloch, Ilya Bolotowsky, Luise Brann, Selma Burke, Letterio Calapai, Eugene Chodorow, Francis Criss, Stuart Davis, Adolf Dehn, Virginia Dehn, Jose de Rivera, George Pearse Ennis, Philip Evergood, Eugenie Gershoy, Bertram Goodman, Arshile Gorky, Marion Greenwood, Philip Guston, Donal Hord, Joseph Hovell, William Karp, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Edward Laning, Julian Levi, Audrey McMahon, Elizabeth Olds, Anton Refregier, Will Shuster, William Zorach, and others.

The remainder of the collection consists of files documenting related activities and programs of the FAP, arranged by subject. The bulk of these files document the activities of the New York City FAP, including free art classes and art exhibitions for adults and children, exhibitions at the Harlem Art Center, and the work of FAP branches including the Easel Division, the Graphic Arts Division, and the Poster Division.

Other subjects documented include federal and community art centers in eleven states, most extensively Washington State; other WPA projects such as the Federal Theater Project, the Federal Music Project, and the Federal Writers' Project; buildings decorated with FAP artwork; art processes as demonstrated by FAP artists; special events; and people involved with the FAP, including director Holger Cahill.

One folder contains images that appear to have been taken by Berenice Abbott for the exhibition Changing New York (1935), for the Museum of the City of New York in collaboration with the WPA.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 2 series:

Series 1: Artist Files, circa 1920-1965 (Boxes 1-24; 9.6 linear feet)

Series 2: Subject Files, 1934-1956 (Boxes 25-32; 2.8 linear feet)
Historical Note:
The Federal Art Project (FAP) was one of the Depression-era work-relief programs of the Federal Works Progress Administration (WPA). The program was founded in August 1935 to provide employment for artists and to implement visual arts programs in local communities across the country.

Together with the Federal Music Project, the Federal Theater Project, and the Federal Writers' Project, the FAP formed part of the WPA's Federal Project No. 1. The WPA became the Work Projects Administration in 1939 when it fell under the administrative hand of the newly created Federal Works Agency; concurrently the Federal Art Project was officially re-named the Federal Art Program.

Under the direction of Holger Cahill, the goals of the FAP fell into three main areas: production of artwork, art education through art classes and community centers, and art research through the Index of American Design. During the course of the program, artists created murals and other works of art for many non-Federal government buildings such as schools, hospitals, and libraries. Separate photographic divisions were set up in several states, most notably in New York City, to document the work of artists employed by the program, activities in art education such as classes for children and adults, community center outreach programs, and other "Federal 1" projects, including the Federal Theater and Music Projects. Employees of the photographic division were also involved in other assignments, such as creating exhibitions and photo murals.

The Federal Art Project ended in 1943.
Related Material:
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.
Provenance:
The collection was anonymously donated to the Archives of American Art in the late 1950s.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
The Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection is owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
African American artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Photographs  Search this
Children's art -- United States -- Photographs  Search this
Photography  Search this
Art -- United States -- Exhibitions -- Photographs  Search this
Art -- United States -- Study and teaching -- Photographs  Search this
Art centers  Search this
Federal aid to the public welfare -- Photographs  Search this
Theater and state -- United States -- Photographs  Search this
Music and state -- United States -- Photographs  Search this
Federal aid to the arts -- Photographs  Search this
Art and state -- United States -- Photographs  Search this
Art -- Technique  Search this
Artists -- United States -- Photographs  Search this
Art -- Exhibitions  Search this
Hispanic American artists  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection, circa 1920-1965, bulk 1935-1942. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.fedeartp14
See more items in:
Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-fedeartp14
Additional Online Media:

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

Creator:
Cahill, Holger, 1887-1960  Search this
Subject:
Abbott, Berenice  Search this
Morris, Carl A.  Search this
Knaths, Karl  Search this
Speck, Walter  Search this
Weisenborn, Rudolph  Search this
Miller, Dorothy Canning  Search this
Halpert, Edith Gregor  Search this
De Rivera, José Ruiz  Search this
Ward, Lynd Kendall  Search this
Roosevelt, Eleanor  Search this
Brown, Samuel Joseph  Search this
Scaravaglione, Concetta Maria  Search this
Segal, George  Search this
Hopkins, Harry Lloyd  Search this
Rowan, Edward Beatty  Search this
Olds, Elizabeth  Search this
Artists' Union (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
American Federation of Arts  Search this
Federal Music Project (U.S.)  Search this
Federal Art Project (U.S.)  Search this
Treasury Relief Art Project  Search this
Federal Theatre Project (U.S.)  Search this
American Council of Learned Societies  Search this
Cartoonists Guild  Search this
Index of American Design  Search this
Shakers  Search this
The Design Laboratory (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
American Artists' Congress.  Search this
Topic:
Drawings  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Arts administrators  Search this
Public officers  Search this
Prints  Search this
Slides (photographs)  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Federal aid to the public welfare  Search this
Government records  Search this
Photograph albums  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Scrapbooks  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Interviews  Search this
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
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208855
Additional Online Media:

Lucienne Bloch photographs of murals, 1934-1937

Creator:
Bloch, Lucienne, 1909-1999  Search this
Subject:
Federal Art Project (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Mural painting and decoration, American  Search this
Federal aid to the public welfare  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6739
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208864
AAA_collcode_blocluci
Theme:
Women
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Audio - Visual
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208864

Dorothy Collins papers, 1939-1942

Creator:
Collins, Dorothy, 1893-  Search this
Subject:
Zakheim, Bernard Baruch  Search this
Hardy, Merlin  Search this
Kerr, Florence  Search this
Overmyer, Grace  Search this
Stackpole, Adele  Search this
Lehman, Carlton  Search this
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Public officers  Search this
Arts administrators  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Federal aid to the public welfare  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7491
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209650
AAA_collcode_colldoro
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209650

Russell Vernon Hunter papers, 1923-1979

Creator:
Hunter, Russell Vernon, 1900-1955  Search this
Subject:
Mozley, Loren  Search this
Dehn, Adolf Arthur  Search this
Blumenschein, Ernest Leonard  Search this
O'Keeffe, Georgia  Search this
Federal Art Project (N.M.)  Search this
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Arts administrators  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Federal aid to the public welfare  Search this
Designers  Search this
Painters  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7822
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209989
AAA_collcode_huntruss
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209989

Farm Security Administration (FSA) selected records and photographs, 1935-1942

Creator:
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section  Search this
Subject:
Rosskam, Edwin  Search this
Mydans, Carl  Search this
Stryker, Roy Emerson  Search this
Wolcott, Marion Post  Search this
Lee, Russell Werner  Search this
Collier, John  Search this
Vachon, John  Search this
Delano, Jack  Search this
Shahn, Ben  Search this
Rothstein, Arthur  Search this
Evans, Walker  Search this
Lange, Dorothea  Search this
Topic:
Art and state  Search this
Federal aid to the public welfare  Search this
Government records  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Photography  Search this
Photographers  Search this
Architectural photography  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8898
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211083
AAA_collcode_unstfsad
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211083

Clarence Holbrook Carter papers, 1900-1979

Creator:
Carter, Clarence Holbrook, 1904-2000  Search this
Subject:
Cahill, Holger  Search this
Campbell, Charles  Search this
Rowan, Edward Beatty  Search this
Federal Art Project (Ohio)  Search this
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Fine Arts  Search this
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Arts administrators  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Mural painters  Search this
Federal aid to the public welfare  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Painters  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9287
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211482
AAA_collcode_cartclar
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211482

Roy Emerson Stryker papers [microfilm], 1932-1964

Creator:
Stryker, Roy Emerson, 1893-1975  Search this
Subject:
Wolcott, Marion Post  Search this
Lee, Russell Werner  Search this
Vachon, John  Search this
Delano, Jack  Search this
Collier, John  Search this
Rothstein, Arthur  Search this
Lange, Dorothea  Search this
Locke, Edwin  Search this
Evans, Walker  Search this
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section  Search this
Topic:
Art and state  Search this
Federal aid to the public welfare  Search this
Documentary photography  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9492
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211690
AAA_collcode_stryroyp
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211690

FAP records of Adele Clark, 1931-1963

Creator:
Federal Art Project (Va.)  Search this
Subject:
Singleton, Thomas  Search this
Clark, Adèle  Search this
Parker, Thomas Cleveland  Search this
Works Progress Administration  Search this
United States.Work Projects Administration  Search this
Topic:
Government records  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Federal aid to the public welfare  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Works of art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9798
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212236
AAA_collcode_fedeartp11
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212236

Michigan Art and Craft Project records, 1940-1942

Creator:
Michigan Art and Craft Proj, Michigan Art and Craft Project  Search this
Subject:
Cashwan, Samuel  Search this
Speck, Walter Edward  Search this
Fredenthal, David  Search this
Calder, Clivia  Search this
Beerbohm, Marvin  Search this
Casava, Frank  Search this
Bergy, Grace  Search this
Yaeger, Edgar L.  Search this
Pollock, Charles C. (Charles Cecil)  Search this
Works Progress Administration  Search this
Federal Art Project (Mich.)  Search this
United States.Work Projects Administration  Search this
Michigan Art and Craft Project  Search this
Topic:
Federal aid to the public welfare  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Handicraft  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Mural painting and decoration, American  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9801
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212239
AAA_collcode_michart
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Craft
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212239

Sacramento Art Center records, 1937-1941

Creator:
Sacramento Art Center  Search this
Subject:
Works Progress Administration  Search this
Federal Art Project (Calif.)  Search this
United States.Work Projects Administration  Search this
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Federal aid to the public welfare  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9809
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212251
AAA_collcode_sacrart
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212251

California Federal Art Project papers, 1935-1964

Creator:
Federal Art Project (Calif.)  Search this
Subject:
McChesney, Mary Fuller  Search this
Works Progress Administration  Search this
United States.Work Projects Administration  Search this
Topic:
Art and state  Search this
Federal aid to the public welfare  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9810
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212252
AAA_collcode_fedeartp02
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212252

Photographs of work by FAP artists in New Mexico, 1935-1943

Creator:
Federal Art Project (N.M.)  Search this
Subject:
Kloss, Gene  Search this
Chapman, Manville  Search this
Kavin, Zena  Search this
Morris, James Stovall  Search this
Works Progress Administration  Search this
Museum of New Mexico. Art Gallery  Search this
United States.Work Projects Administration  Search this
Topic:
Art and state  Search this
Federal aid to the public welfare  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Artists  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9812
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212256
AAA_collcode_fedeartp04
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212256

Charlotte Aiken photographs of the Farm Security Administration, 1944

Creator:
Aiken, Charlotte C.  Search this
Subject:
Wool, Helen D.  Search this
Dalton, Rose  Search this
Stryker, Roy Emerson  Search this
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section  Search this
Topic:
Photographs  Search this
Public officers  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Federal aid to the public welfare  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9816
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212270
AAA_collcode_aikecharl
Theme:
Women
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212270

David S. Osborn master's thesis and related papers concerning the Federal art project in California, 1956

Creator:
Osborn, David S.  Search this
Subject:
Labaudt, Lucien Adolphe  Search this
Federal Art Project (Calif.)  Search this
Topic:
Art and state  Search this
Federal aid to the public welfare  Search this
Mural painting and decoration, American  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9819
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212279
AAA_collcode_osbodavi
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212279

Marian Simpson clippings and photographs, 1934-1958

Creator:
Simpson, Marian, 1899-1978  Search this
Subject:
Federal Art Project (Calif.)  Search this
Topic:
Mural painters  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Federal aid to the public welfare  Search this
Painters  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9822
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212282
AAA_collcode_simpmari
Theme:
Women
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212282

James Stovall Morris papers, 1935-1961

Creator:
Morris, James Stovall, 1898-1973  Search this
Subject:
Federal Art Project (N.M.)  Search this
Topic:
Art and state  Search this
Federal aid to the public welfare  Search this
Painters  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9824
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212284
AAA_collcode_morrjame
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212284

Edith Hamlin photographs of murals, 1937

Creator:
Hamlin, Edith, 1902-1992  Search this
Subject:
Federal Art Project (Calif.)  Search this
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Mural painters  Search this
Federal aid to the public welfare  Search this
Mural painting and decoration, American  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9826
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212288
AAA_collcode_hamledit
Theme:
Women
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212288

Ted Egri photographs of work for the Federal Art Project, 1938

Creator:
Egri, Ted, 1913-2010  Search this
Subject:
Brooklyn College  Search this
Federal Art Project (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Federal aid to the public welfare  Search this
Mural painting and decoration, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9835
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212310
AAA_collcode_egritedp
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212310

Merlin Hardy photographs of works of art, 1941

Creator:
Hardy, Merlin, 1910-1984  Search this
Subject:
Federal Art Project (Calif.)  Search this
Topic:
Art and state  Search this
Mural painters  Search this
Federal aid to the public welfare  Search this
Painters  Search this
Painting, Modern  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9838
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212315
AAA_collcode_hardmerl
Theme:
Audio - Visual
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212315

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