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Olin Dows letters

Creator:
Dows, Olin, 1904-1981  Search this
Names:
American Federation of Arts  Search this
Treasury Relief Art Project  Search this
United States. Department of the Treasury  Search this
Bruce, Edward, 1879-1943  Search this
Sterne, Maurice, 1878-1957  Search this
Watson, Forbes, 1880-1960  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1938-1949
Summary:
This small collection of letters to and from painter and arts administrator Olin Dows measures 0.2 linear feet and dates from 1938 to 1949. The letters primarily document his work as director of the Treasury Relief Art Project, as an admistrator for the American Federation of Arts, and his work as a war artist. Much of the correspondence is with arts administrators Edward Bruce and Forbes Watson.
Scope and Content Note:
This small collection of letters to and from painter and arts administrator Olin Dows measures 0.2 linear feet and dates from 1938 to 1949. The letters primarily document his work as director of the Treasury Relief Art Project, as an admistrator for the American Federation of Arts, and his work as a war artist. Much of the correspondence is with arts administrators Edward Bruce and Forbes Watson.

Much of the correspondence is from 1941. Also of note is correspondence relating to the controversy over one of Maurice Sterne's murals for the Justice Department in 1940 and efforts to form a "Corps of Pictorial War Correspondents" in 1942. Some letters include attached documents including exhibition lists, announcements, news clippings, and reports.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 1 series:

Series 1: Olin Dows Letters, 1938-1949 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Olin Dows (1904-1981) was a painter and arts administrator; he primarily lived and worked in Rhinebeck, New York. Dows was born in Irvington-on-Hudson, NY. He graduated from Harvard University in 1926 and also studied at the Yale School of Fine Arts. In 1935 he was appointed director of the Treasury Relief Art Project, funded by the Works Progress Administration. In 1938 he painted a series of murals for the post office in Rhinebeck, NY, and in 1941 painted murals for the post office in Hyde Park, NY. From 1938 to 1941 Dows was on the Board of Directors of the American Federation of Arts. In 1942 he enlisted in the Army Engineers Corps and was commissioned as a war artist, covering the European Theater of Operations. An exhibit of works produced by this project was held in 1944, entitled "The Army at War." Dows was discharged from the army in 1945. A book of his watercolors, Franklin Roosevelt at Hyde Park, was published in 1949.
Related Material:
Also at the Archives of American Art is an interview of Olin Dows conducted on October 31, 1963, by Harlan Phillips.
Provenance:
Letters were donated in 1962 by Olin Dows; the provenance of one letter (on microfilm reel 2803) is unknown.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Olin Dows letters are 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.
Occupation:
Arts administrators  Search this
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Mural painting and decoration, American -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Citation:
Olin Dows letters, 1938-1949. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.dowsolin
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-dowsolin

Description of Brumidi's allegorical painting within the canopy of the rotunda / by S.D. Wyeth, [c1866]

Creator:
Wyeth, S. Douglas (Samuel Douglas)  Search this
Subject:
Brumidi, Constantino  Search this
United States Capitol  Search this
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration, American -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)21845
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)305792
AAA_collcode_wyetsdou
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_305792

William C. Palmer papers, 1933-1978

Creator:
Palmer, William C. (William Charles), 1906-1987  Search this
Federal Art Project (Iowa)  Search this
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Public art  Search this
Mural painting and decoration, American -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- United States  Search this
Muralists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7241
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209389
AAA_collcode_palmwill
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209389

Olin Dows letters, 1938-1949

Creator:
Dows, Olin, 1904-1981  Search this
Subject:
Bruce, Edward  Search this
Sterne, Maurice  Search this
Watson, Forbes  Search this
American Federation of Arts  Search this
Treasury Relief Art Project  Search this
United States  Search this
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Mural painting and decoration, American -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9327
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211523
AAA_collcode_dowsolin
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211523
Online Media:

George Biddle murals [graphic], 1936

Creator:
Imandt, Robert  Search this
Subject:
Biddle, George  Search this
Justice Dept. Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Fine Arts  Search this
United States  Search this
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration, American -- Washington D.C. -- Photographs  Search this
Federal aid to the arts -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Art and state -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Muralists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6655
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215970
AAA_collcode_imanrobe
Theme:
Audio - Visual
Photography
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_215970

George Biddle murals [graphic]

Creator:
Imandt, Robert  Search this
Names:
Justice Dept. Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Fine Arts  Search this
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Painting and Sculpture  Search this
Biddle, George, 1885-1973  Search this
Extent:
47 Items (photographic negatives)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1936
Scope and Contents:
Photograph negatives of Biddle's murals for the Hall of Justice, Washington, D.C. showing the panels and details of the groups and figures.
Biographical / Historical:
Robert Imandt is a photographer from Los Angeles, Calif. Friend of artist George Biddle who executed murals at the Justice Department under Dept. of Treasury's Section of Painting and Sculpture (renamed the Section of Fine Arts in 1938).
Provenance:
Donated 1968 by Robert Imandt.
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.
Occupation:
Photographers  Search this
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration, American -- Washington D.C. -- Photographs  Search this
Federal aid to the arts -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Art and state -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Muralists  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.imanrobe
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-imanrobe

Description of Brumidi's allegorical painting within the canopy of the rotunda / by S.D. Wyeth

Creator:
Wyeth, S. Douglas (Samuel Douglas)  Search this
Names:
United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Brumidi, Constantino, 1805-1880  Search this
Extent:
[2], [182]-184, 187-189 p. (22 cm.)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
[c1866]
Publication, Distribution, Etc. (Imprint):
Washington : Gibson brothers, printers, [c1866]
General:
Archives of American Art copy is very brittle.
Running title: The federal city.
Apparently paged continuously with one of the editions of the author's The federal city.
Provenance:
Donated by the New York Public Library, Dec. 18, 1957.
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.
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration, American -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.wyetsdou
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-wyetsdou

William C. Palmer papers

Creator:
Palmer, William, 1906-1987  Search this
Federal Art Project (Iowa)  Search this
Public Works of Art Project  Search this
Treasury Relief Art Project  Search this
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Fine Arts  Search this
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Painting and Sculpture  Search this
Extent:
1 Linear foot ((partially filmed on 1 reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1933-1978
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence, writings, clippings, photographs, and financial records.
Unmicrofilmed material: Correspondence regarding Palmer's commissions with the Federal Art Project, Public Works of Art Project, and the Treasury Relief Art Project; an essay by Palmer on gesso painting; financial records; contracts; clippings; photographs of Palmer's murals; and 9 panels entitled "Qualities that Developed the Middle West", submitted to the Section of Fine Arts as entries for the St. Louis Post Office competition, 1939.
Reel 290: Correspondence, financial records; contracts; and printed material emanating from Palmer's mural assignments for the FAP, PWAP, and the Section.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, muralist, educator; Clinton, New York Worked for the federal government on the Federal Art Project in Iowa, for the Public Works of Art Project in New York, and the Treasury Section of Fine Arts in Washington, D.C. and Massachusetts. Artist-in-residence at Hamilton College, Clinton, New York.
Provenance:
Material on reel 290 lent for microfilming, lender unknown; unmicrofilmed material donated 1981 by Joseph C. Palmer.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Educators  Search this
Painters  Search this
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Public art  Search this
Mural painting and decoration, American -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- United States  Search this
Muralists  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.palmwill
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-palmwill

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