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Historical American Records Survey portrait survey records, 1935-1942

Catalog Data

Historical Records Survey (U.S.)  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
United States. Work Projects Administration  Search this
United States -- Economic conditions -- 1918-1945
United States -- Social conditions -- 1933-1945
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Physical Description:
4.4 Linear feet, (on 12 microfilm reels)
Access Note / Rights:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Records documenting activities of the Survey to inventory portraits in America done before 1860 in the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.<br /> Included are research documents; correspondence; interoffice memoranda; survey manuals; press releases; clippings; photographs of works of art; short biographies of sitters and artists; ca. 15,000 of the original survey cards; first drafts of checklists and catalogs; and lists of portraits received too late to be included in the final version of the catalog.
Historical American Records Survey portrait survey records, 1935-1942. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
35mm microfilm reels 1238-1249 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Location of Originals:
Originals returned to the State House, Boston, Mass. after microfilming.
Biography Note:
The Historical Records Survey (HRS) had its origins in the Federal Emergency Relief Administration and the Civil Works Administration. In 1935 it came under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration Federal Writers' Project and eventually was designated as an independent program under Federal Project No. One. The projects, ideally suited for white collar workers, employed individuals to survey, classify and collect historical records. One program of the HRS was to document American portraits (sculpture, prints and paintings) done before 1860.
Language Note:
English .
Lent for microfilming by the Massachusetts State Library, A. Hunter Rineer, State Librarian, Boston, Mass., 1977.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Portraits, American  Search this
Portrait painting, American  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Federal aid to public welfare  Search this
Patronage  Search this
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Data Source:
Archives of American Art