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United States -- Social conditions -- 1933-1945
New York N.Y. -- Buildings, structures, etc., Photographs
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13.92 Linear feet
The collection is arranged as 11 series: Series 1: Biographical Material, 1902-1960 (Box 1; 4 folders) Series 2: Correspondence, 1913-1960 (Box 1; 33 folders) Series 3: Business Records, 1920-1944 (Box 1-3, 14, 22; 2.0 linear feet) Series 4: U. S. Treasury Department File, 1926-1945 (Box 3-6, 14, 17, 22, OV 21; 3.4 linear feet) Series 5: File for Pepsi-Cola Company's Third Annual Exhibition "Paintings of the Year," 1946 (Box 6; 5 folders) Series 6: Artist/Patron Files, 1840-1967 (Box 6-9, 15, OV 21; 2.8 linear feet) Series 7: Art and Architecture File, 1929-1930 (Box 9; 35 folders) Series 8: Notes and Writings, 1875-1950 (Box 9-10, 22; 1.3 linear feet) Series 9: Scrapbooks, 1904-1951 (Box 9, 11, 14, BV 18, BV 19, BV 20; 1.8 linear feet) Series 10: Printed Material, 1900-1961 (Box 10, 12-13, 16-17, 22; 1.5 linear feet) Series 11: Photographs, 1900-1950 (Box 13, 22; .4 linear feet) All material is arranged chronologically, with the exception of the Artist/Patron Files which are arranged alphabetically.
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The papers of New York City art critic, writer, and lecturer Forbes Watson date from 1840-1967 with the bulk of materials dating from 1900-1960 and measure 13.92 linear feet. Found are biographical materials, correspondence, business records relating to the Arts Publishing Corporation, records documenting Watson's work for the Public Works of Art Project and the Section of Painting and Sculpture, reference files, an exhibition file from the Pepsi-Cola Company's Third Annual Exhibition, writings and notes, ten scrapbooks and loose pages, printed materials, and photographs.
Forbes Watson papers, 1840-1967, bulk 1900-1960. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Forbes Watson (1879-1960) worked primarily in New York City and Washington, D.C. as an art critic, writer, lecturer, and consultant to the U. S. Treasury Department's Public Works of Art Project and Section of Painting and Sculpture (Section of Fine Arts).
The Forbes Watson papers were donated by Watson's widow, Nan Watson, in 1961. An additional folder of material was donated in 2018 by the Museum of Modern Art via Michelle Elligott, Chief of Archives, Library and Research.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001