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Oral history interview with Lowell Houser, 1964 July 31

Interviewee:
Houser, Lowell, 1902-1971  Search this
Houser, Lowell, 1902-1971  Search this
Interviewer:
McGlynn, Betty Lochrie Hoag, 1914-2002  Search this
Subject:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration -- Iowa  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Muralists -- Iowa -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- Iowa -- Interviews  Search this
Theme:
New Deal  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13061
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213575
AAA_collcode_houser64
Theme:
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213575

Oral history interview with Lowell Houser

Interviewee:
Houser, Lowell, 1902-1971  Search this
Interviewer:
McGlynn, Betty Hoag  Search this
Creator:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Names:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound tape reel (Sound recording, 5 in.)
7 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound tape reels
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1964 July 31
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Lowell Houser conducted by Betty Hoag, on 1964 July 31, for the Archives of American Art.
Interview conducted in San Diego, Calif. Houser speaks of his background; his art education; the influence of the Mexican muralists on his art; his involvement with the Federal Art Project working on murals at Iowa State College, a post office in Ames, Iowa, and other places; and his choices of subject matter for murals.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, mural painter; Des Moines, Iowa; d. 1971.
General:
An interview of Belle Baranceanu and Hilda Preibisius conducted by B. Hoag is also on this tape.
Provenance:
Conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration -- Iowa  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Muralists -- Iowa -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- Iowa -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.houser64
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9d6f9ad45-e47a-4219-9f4e-769674296381
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-houser64
Online Media:

Grant Wood papers

Creator:
Wood, Grant, 1891-1942  Search this
Names:
Stone City Colony and Art School (Stone City, Iowa)  Search this
Eaton, Walter Prichard, 1878-1957  Search this
Ness, Zenobia Brumbaugh, 1877-1943  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1930-1983
Summary:
The Grant Wood papers measure 0.2 linear feet and date from 1930 to 1983. Included are three newspaper obituaries for Grant Wood and six letters to art educator, Zenobia Ness, discussing his exhibition plans, paintings, Stone City Art Colony, and the Federal Public Works of Art Projects. The collection also contains two letters, including a Stone City brochure, to Walter Pritchard Eaton, Professor of Drama at Yale University. Also found are writings, newspaper clippings containing articles on Wood, and other printed material. Photographs in the collection, some of which are signed, are of Wood in his studio and at the Artist Camp at Stone City, and various works of art.
Scope and Contents:
The Grant Wood papers measure 0.2 linear feet and date from 1930 to 1983. Included are three newspaper obituaries for Grant Wood and six letters to art educator, Zenobia Ness, discussing his exhibition plans, paintings, Stone City Art Colony, and the Federal Public Works of Art Projects. The collection also contains two letters, including a Stone City brochure, to Walter Pritchard Eaton, Professor of Drama at Yale University. Also found are writings, newspaper clippings containing articles on Wood, and other printed material. Photographs in the collection, some of which are signed, are of Wood in his studio and at the Artist Camp at Stone City, and various works of art.
Arrangement:
Due to the small size of this collection, items are categorized into one series consisting of eight folders. Items are arranged chronologically within each folder.
Biographical / Historical:
Grant Wood was born near Anamosa, Iowa, in 1891. In 1901 he moved with his family to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he developed an interest in art, and participated in the Cedar Rapids Art Association. He attended the Minneapolis School of Design and Handicraft as well as the Art Institute of Chicago. Wood taught art in Cedar Rapids public schools, and became an active member of the Iowa art community, promoting local artists and public art projects. In 1932, he and fellow artists founded the Stone City Art Colony. The colony only lasted two years, and in 1933 he became an art professor at the University of Iowa, where he would continue to teach until his death. Wood also served as spokesman for the concept of Regionalism in art and lectured throughout the United States. In 1934 he was appointed director of the Federal Public Works of Art Projects for Iowa, and organized artists for public mural projects. Grant Wood died in 1942, at the age of 51.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art holds several additional small collections related to the Grant Wood papers, including a thesis by Kenneth Goldberg entitled, "The Paintings of Grant Wood," microfilmed on reel 420; the Marian S. Mayer research material on Grant Wood, partially microfilmed on reels 863-864; and Return from Bohemia, a typescript of the beginning of an autobiography written by Grant Wood and microfilmed on reel D24.

Eighteen scrapbooks and albums of news clippings, post cards, letters, snapshots, sketches and related ephemera on Grant Wood assembled over a period of 40 years by Nan Wood Graham, Grant Wood's sister, are located at the Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa. Thirteen of the scrapbooks have been digitized and are available online as the University of Iowa Libraries' Figge Art Museum Grant Wood Digital Collection. The Figge's archive also contains several hundred artifacts related to Grant Wood.
Provenance:
The collection was donated by Zelia Mitchell, a friend of the Ness family, in 1984 and was microfilmed upon receipt. The two letters to Eaton, with the enclosed Stone City Art Colony brochure, were donated by Charles E. Feinberg, 1955-1962, and also microfilmed.
Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Painters -- Iowa -- Cedar Rapids  Search this
Topic:
Painting -- Middle West  Search this
Painting, American  Search this
Citation:
Grant Wood papers, 1930-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.woodgrap
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9f37529b5-cba4-4bd2-b105-24ba4e969d44
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-woodgrap
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Return from Bohemia by Grant Wood

Creator:
Wood, Grant, 1891-1942  Search this
Extent:
135 Pages ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
1941
Scope and Contents:
Typescript comprising the beginning of an autobiography. Wood describes his Iowa childhood years, but the account stops before he reaches maturity.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter; Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Provenance:
Donated 1958 by Doubleday.
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:
Painters -- Iowa -- Cedar Rapids  Search this
Topic:
Painting, American  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.woodgran
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9a3eb5015-a9e7-40ab-9cac-d6b3caa3f4f2
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-woodgran

Ulfert Wilke papers

Creator:
Wilke, Ulfert, 1907-1987  Search this
Names:
Beckmann, Max, 1884-1950  Search this
Berman, Eugene, 1899-1972  Search this
Bissier, Julius, 1893-1965  Search this
Bonnefoy, Maurice  Search this
Evergood, Philip, 1901-1973  Search this
Feininger, Lyonel, 1871-1956  Search this
Grosz, George, 1893-1959  Search this
Holty, Carl, 1900-1973  Search this
Jensen, Alfred, 1903-1981  Search this
Motherwell, Robert  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad, 1913-1967  Search this
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Wilke, Rudolf, 1873-1908  Search this
Extent:
10 Microfilm reels
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Microfilm reels
Sketchbooks
Date:
1934-1977
Scope and Contents:
Diaries, correspondence, sketchbooks, drawings, photographs, printed material, and scrapbooks.
REELS N68-52 - N68-56: Diary entries and sketchbooks, 1934-1968; biographical material; photographs of Wilke, his family, studio, exhibitions, and paintings and bronzes; drawings; exhibition catalogs, 1953-1968; clippings, 1942-1963; a scrapbook, 1942-1959; correspondence with family, galleries, museums, universities, and artists, including Max Beckmann (1954), Eugene Berman (1961-1967), Julius Bissier (1962-1968), Maurice Bonnefoy (1955-1958), Phillip Evergood 1944-1958), Lyonel and Julia Feininger (1940-1962), George Grosz (1938-1956), Carl Holty (1957-1964), Alfred Jensen (1953), Robert Motherwell (1957-1961), Ad Reinhardt, and Mark Tobey (ca. 1960); and scattered business records.
REELS 1359-1363: Correspondence; photographs of Wilke, his studio, art work, and family; 6 diaries, 1968-1976; lists of his drawings; exhibition catalogs, announcements, press releases, and clippings; scrapbooks; 2 Christmas card designs; files on Wilke's art collection, exhibitions, and on his father, Rudolf Wilke.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, art administrator, art collector; Solon, Iowa. Born Bad Tolz, Germany. Director, Department of Art, Kalamazoo College And Institute of Arts, 1940-1942; Director, University of Iowa Museum of Art.
Provenance:
Lent for microfilming by Ulfert Wilke, 1968 and 1977.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Arts administrators -- Iowa -- Solon  Search this
Painters -- Iowa -- Solon  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- United States  Search this
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketchbooks
Identifier:
AAA.wilkulfe
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9e56aaddf-dae5-417d-8dff-b33c5722bce5
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-wilkulfe

The paintings of Grant Wood /by Kenneth Paul Goldberg

Creator:
Goldberg, Kenneth Paul, 1949-  Search this
Names:
Wood, Grant, 1891-1942  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Items (linear ft. (on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
M.A. Thesis: State University of New York at Binghamton, 1972.
Biographical / Historical:
Goldberg is an art historian. Wood was a painter and illustrator, and between 1933-1934, a WPA Federal Art Project Director for Iowa.
Provenance:
Donated 1972 by Kenneth P. Goldberg.
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:
Painters -- Iowa  Search this
Art historians -- New York (State)  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.goldkenn
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9a7a1869a-b8ee-45ef-93b3-91e4998f4796
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-goldkenn

Marvin Cone papers

Creator:
Cone, Marvin Dorwart, 1891-1965  Search this
Names:
Wood, Grant, 1891-1942  Search this
Extent:
650 Items ((on 2 microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1908-1977
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence, consisting of 322 letters; biographical material, including a resume; essays about art and other writings, including a play titled "Strings," ca. 1910, written by Cone and Grant Wood, then in high school; a typescript of radio broadcasts; a catalog of Cone's paintings; a photograph album; photographs of Cone and of works of art; bills and receipts; a scrapbook of clippings, catalogs, photographs, letters, and memorabilia; exhibition catalogs, announcements and clippings.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter; Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Lifelong friends with Grant Wood, and also acquainted with gallery director Ed Rowan.
Provenance:
Lent for microfilming 1977 by Mrs. Marvin Cone.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Painters -- Iowa  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.conemarv
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw91a7cef7a-63bb-477d-bd7d-b5fba6609866
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-conemarv

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