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Forbes Watson papers

Topic:
Arts (Magazine)
Creator:
Watson, Forbes, 1880-1960  Search this
Names:
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Pepsi-Cola Company  Search this
Public Works of Art Project  Search this
Red Cross  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
United States. Public Buildings Administration. Section of Fine Arts  Search this
Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984  Search this
Barr, Alfred H., Jr., 1902-1981  Search this
Beal, Gifford, 1879-1956 -- Photographs  Search this
Brancusi, Constantin, 1876-1957  Search this
Bruce, Edward, 1879-1943  Search this
Citron, Minna Wright, 1896-1991  Search this
Coleman, Glenn O., 1887-1932  Search this
Dows, Olin, 1904-1981  Search this
Genthe, Arnold, 1869-1942  Search this
Glackens, Ira, 1907-1990  Search this
Klonis, Stewart, 1901-1989  Search this
Kroll, Leon, 1884-1974 -- Photographs  Search this
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo, 1889-1953  Search this
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo, 1889-1953 -- Photographs  Search this
Mangravite, Peppino, 1896-  Search this
Manship, Paul, 1885-1966  Search this
Marsh, Reginald, 1898-1954 -- Photographs  Search this
Matisse, Henri, 1869-1954  Search this
Morgenthau, Henry, 1891-1967  Search this
Pène Du Bois, Guy, 1884-1958  Search this
Ray, Man, 1890-1976  Search this
Rowan, Edward Beatty, 1898-1946  Search this
Saint-Gaudens, Homer, b. 1880 -- Photographs  Search this
Shimin, Symeon, 1902-  Search this
Sterne, Maurice, 1878-1957  Search this
Tucker, Allen, 1866-1939  Search this
Watson, Nan, 1876-1966  Search this
Weber, Max, 1881-1961  Search this
Zorach, William, 1887-1966  Search this
Photographer:
Gallatin, A. E. (Albert Eugene), 1881-1952  Search this
Sheeler, Charles, 1883-1965  Search this
Extent:
13.92 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Notes
Photographs
Drafts (documents)
Scrapbooks
Place:
United States -- Social conditions -- 1933-1945
New York N.Y. -- Buildings, structures, etc., Photographs
Date:
1840-1967
bulk 1900-1960
Summary:
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.
Scope and Content Note:
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.

Biographical material includes Watson's Harvard diploma, documents concerning his service with the Red Cross in World War II, biographical accounts, and obituaries.

Correspondence is primarily with colleagues and includes scattered letters from Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Ira Glackens, Allen Tucker, and Max Weber. Other letters are from artists, art historians, and museum curators. A notebook contains shorthand drafts of letters from Watson.

Business records include personal business records consisting of various tax and stock records. The Arts Publishing Corporation records concern Watson's tenure as editor of The Arts magazine and contains a contract, correspondence, financial records, stockholders reports, press releases, a scrapbook, and issues of The Arts. Also included are business records pertaining to the Art in Federal Buildings, Inc..

The U.S. Treasury Department file is the largest series and documents Watson's federal employment as technical director, chief advisor, and consultant for Treasury Department's public art programs - the Public Works of Art Project and the Section of Painting and Sculpture. The files contain correspondence, financial reports, prospectuses, exhibition files, typescripts, clippings, exhibition catalogs, miscellaneous printed material, and photographs, and a scrapbook. The files contain a record of Watson's and other federal administrators' interactions with many artists during the Depression Era. Correspondence is primarily between Watson and Edward Bruce, Olin Dows, Henry and Elinor Morgenthau, and Edward B. Rowan. Found are scattered letters from artists including Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Paul Manship, and William Zorach, among many others. There are exhibition files for "Art for Bonds," "Army at War," and "War Against Japan." There are also photographs of U. S. Treasury Department events including a radio broadcast by John Dewey, Robert La Follette, Jr., and Sumner Welles.

Documents from the Pepsi-Cola Company's Third Annual Exhibition at the National Academy of Design contains a prospectus, an exhibition catalog and artists' statements.

Artist/Patron files contain reference material concerning painters, sculptors, photographers, dancers, composers, authors, art collectors, art dealers, and museum administrators. Files may include writings, notes, artworks, exhibition catalogs and other printed materials. Of particular note are photographs, which include portrait photographs of artists and of artists in their studios. Notable photographers include Ansel Adams, Arnold Genthe, Man Ray, photographs of New York City by Charles Sheeler and a photo of Henri Matisse by A. E. Gallatin. Files for Nan Watson, Symeon Shimin, and Glenn O. Coleman contain artworks. A file for Constantin Brancusi contains legal documents concerning U. S. Customs vs. Brancusi.

Art and Architecture files consist of reference material including photographs and notes concerning miscellaneous unattributed art works, American architecture, and furnishings.

Notes and writings consist of miscellaneous notes and typescripts of lectures and published articles, and notebooks.

Nine scrapbooks and loose scrapbook pages contain clippings of articles written by Watson, lists, and exhibition announcements and catalogs. Additional printed material includes clippings, copies of the Hue and Cry newspaper, exhibition announcements and catalogs, press releases, calendars of events, brochures for the Art Students League, book catalogs, published books, and miscellaneous printed material.

Photographs are of Forbes Watson; family members including his wife, painter Nan Watson; and members of the Art Students League including Peggy Bacon, Minna Citron, Stewart Klonis, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, and Reginald Marsh. There are also photographs of juries for the Carnegie Institute International Exhibitions that include colleagues Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Gifford Beal, Guy Pene DuBois, Leon Kroll, Henri Matisse, Homer Saint-Gaudens, and Maurice Sterne.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 11 series:

Missing Title

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.
Biographical Note:
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).

Forbes Watson was born on November 27, 1879 in Boston, the son of stockbroker John Watson and his wife Mary. Watson grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, attending the Phillips Academy in Andover, and graduating from Harvard University in 1902. After a brief period of freelance writing, he was hired by The New York Evening Post as an art critic in 1911 and worked there until 1917. In 1910, he married Agnes, professionally known as painter Nan Watson.

During World War I, Watson served with an American volunteer ambulance unit with the French army, later working with the American Red Cross in Paris. After the war, he moved back to New York City and worked as art critic for The World, from the early 1920s until 1931 and as editor of The Arts magazine from 1923-1933. Watson also lectured at the Art Students League, and at various universities and arts organizations.

In 1933, Watson moved to Washington, D.C. to serve as technical director of the U. S. Treasury Department's short-lived Public Works of Art Project. In October 1934, Watson was employed as Chief Adviser to the Treasury Department's Section of Painting and Sculpture (later renamed the Section of Fine Arts) and later as Consultant to the Secretary's Office of the Treasury. During World War II, he organized various traveling exhibitions including "Art for Bonds" that promoted the sale of war bonds. Watson retired in 1946 and lived in Gaylordsville, Connecticut.

Watson was the author of numerous essays and reviews, and several books including American Painting Today and Winslow Homer, a biography of the noted American artist. With Edward Bruce, he produced a pictorial volume Art in Federal Buildings, Vol. I: Mural Designs. At his death he was working on his autobiography.

Forbes Watson died on May 31, 1960 in New Milford, Connecticut.
Provenance:
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.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
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:
Art critics -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Art and state  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Art publishing  Search this
Architecture, New York State, New York -- Photographs  Search this
Architecture -- New York, N.Y. -- Photographs  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Art and the war  Search this
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Notes
Photographs
Drafts (documents)
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Forbes Watson papers, 1840-1967, bulk 1900-1960. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.watsforb
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Archives of American Art
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Forbes Watson papers, 1840-1967, bulk 1900-1960

Creator:
Watson, Forbes 1880-1960  Search this
Uniform title:
Arts (Magazine)  Search this
Subject:
Bacon, Peggy 1895-1987  Search this
Barr, Alfred H. Jr. 1902-1981  Search this
Beal, Gifford 1879-1956  Search this
Brancusi, Constantin 1876-1957  Search this
Citron, Minna Wright 1896-1991  Search this
Pène du Bois, Guy 1884-1958  Search this
Klonis, Stewart 1901-1989  Search this
Kroll, Leon 1884-1974  Search this
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo 1889-1953  Search this
Marsh, Reginald 1898-1954  Search this
Matisse, Henri 1869-1954  Search this
Saint-Gaudens, Homer b. 1880  Search this
Sterne, Maurice 1878-1957  Search this
Adams, Ansel 1902-1984  Search this
Bruce, Edward 1879-1943  Search this
Coleman, Glenn O. 1887-1932  Search this
Dows, Olin 1904-1981  Search this
Genthe, Arnold 1869-1942  Search this
Glackens, Ira 1907-1990  Search this
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo 1889-1953  Search this
Mangravite, Peppino 1896-  Search this
Manship, Paul 1885-1966  Search this
Morgenthau, Henry 1891-1967  Search this
Ray, Man 1890-1976  Search this
Rowan, Edward Beatty 1898-1946  Search this
Shimin, Symeon 1902-  Search this
Tucker, Allen 1866-1939  Search this
Watson, Nan 1876-1966  Search this
Weber, Max 1881-1961  Search this
Zorach, William 1887-1966  Search this
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
a Pepsi-Cola Company  Search this
Public Works of Art Project  Search this
Red Cross  Search this
United States Dept. of the Treasury Section of Painting and Sculpture  Search this
United States Dept. of the Treasury Section of Fine Arts  Search this
United States Public Buildings Administration Section of Fine Arts  Search this
Photographer:
Gallatin, A. E (Albert Eugene) 1881-1952  Search this
Sheeler, Charles 1883-1965  Search this
Physical description:
13.92 linear feet
Type:
Scrapbooks
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Place:
New York N.Y
New York State
New York
United States
Date:
1840
1840-1967
bulk 1900-1960
1933-1945
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Art publishing  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
World War, 1939-1945--Art and the war  Search this
Buildings, structures, etc  Search this
Social conditions  Search this
Local number:
AAA
AAA watsforb
Restrictions & Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center
See more items in:
Forbes Watson papers, 1840-1967, bulk 1900-1960
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:siris_arc_211525

Edward Bruce, Washington, D.C. letter to Leon Kroll

Creator:
Bruce, Edward, 1879-1943  Search this
Kroll, Leon, 1884-1974  Search this
Bruce, Edward, 1879-1943  Search this
Subject:
Treasury Relief Art Project  Search this
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Painting and Sculpture  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1937 October 4
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)10990
See more items in:
Leon Kroll papers, circa 1900-1988
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_10990
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Edward Beatty Rowan, Washington, D.C. letter to Chaim Gross, New York, N.Y.

Creator:
Rowan, Edward Beatty, 1898-1946  Search this
Gross, Chaim, 1904-1991  Search this
Rowan, Edward Beatty, 1898-1946  Search this
Subject:
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Painting and Sculpture  Search this
Great Depression  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Place:
Washington, D.C.
Date:
1935 May 31
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Public sculpture  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11037
See more items in:
Chaim Gross papers, 1920-2004
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11037
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Photograph of Alexandre Hogue with his mural Oil Fields of Graham

Creator:
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Painting and Sculpture  Search this
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Painting and Sculpture  Search this
Subject:
Hogue, Alexandre  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
Graham, Tex.
Date:
1939
Topic:
Murals  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)21961
See more items in:
Alexandre Hogue papers, 1929-1992
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_21961
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[Photographs of Reuben Kadish, Philip Guston, and others], 1934-1965

Creator:
Kadish, Reuben, 1913-1992  Search this
Kadish, Reuben, 1913-1992  Search this
Subject:
Guston, Philip  Search this
Langsner, Jules  Search this
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Painting and Sculpture  Search this
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration -- 20th century -- California  Search this
Theme:
Audio - Visual  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7274
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209425
AAA_collcode_kadireup
Theme:
Audio - Visual
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209425

Albert Pels papers, [ca. 1931-1946]

Creator:
Pels, Albert, 1910?-1998  Search this
Pels, Albert, 1910?-1998  Search this
Subject:
Miller, Kenneth Hayes  Search this
Palmer, William  Search this
Federal Art Project (U.S.)  Search this
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Painting and Sculpture  Search this
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Fine Arts  Search this
Type:
Scrapbooks
Topic:
Public art  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- Delaware -- Wilmington  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- Illinois -- Normal  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8810
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210995
AAA_collcode_pelsalbe
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210995

Forbes Watson papers, 1840-1967, bulk 1900-1960

Creator:
Watson, Forbes, 1879-1960  Search this
Watson, Forbes, 1879-1960  Search this
Subject:
Sheeler, Charles  Search this
Saint-Gaudens, Homer  Search this
Marsh, Reginald  Search this
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo  Search this
Kroll, Leon  Search this
Barr, Alfred H., Jr.  Search this
Zorach, William  Search this
Gallatin, A. E. (Albert Eugene)  Search this
Adams, Ansel  Search this
Citron, Minna Wright  Search this
Bruce, Edward  Search this
Brancusi, Constantin  Search this
Glackens, Ira  Search this
Genthe, Arnold  Search this
Klonis, Stewart  Search this
Dows, Olin  Search this
Coleman, Glenn O.  Search this
Pène Du Bois, Guy  Search this
Matisse, Henri  Search this
Morgenthau, Henry  Search this
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo  Search this
Manship, Paul  Search this
Mangravite, Peppino  Search this
Shimin, Symeon  Search this
Beal, Gifford  Search this
Sterne, Maurice  Search this
Ray, Man  Search this
Rowan, Edward Beatty  Search this
Watson, Nan  Search this
Weber, Max  Search this
Tucker, Allen  Search this
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Painting and Sculpture  Search this
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Fine Arts  Search this
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Pepsi-Cola Company  Search this
Public Works of Art Project  Search this
Red Cross  Search this
United States. Public Buildings Administration. Section of Fine Arts  Search this
Type:
Notes
Photographs
Drafts (documents)
Scrapbooks
Place:
United States -- Social conditions -- 1933-1945
New York N.Y. -- Buildings, structures, etc., Photographs
Topic:
Arts (Magazine)  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Art publishing  Search this
Architecture, New York State, New York -- Photographs  Search this
Architecture -- New York, N.Y. -- Photographs  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Art and the war  Search this
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts  Search this
Architecture & Design  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11027
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211525
AAA_collcode_watsforb
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211525
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Section of Fine Arts selected administrative records and correspondence, 1934-1943

Creator:
United States. Public Buildings Administration. Section of Fine Arts  Search this
United States. Public Buildings Administration. Section of Fine Arts  Search this
Subject:
Rowan, Edward Beatty  Search this
Watson, Forbes  Search this
Bruce, Edward  Search this
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Painting and Sculpture  Search this
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Fine Arts  Search this
Treasury Relief Art Project  Search this
Public Works of Art Project  Search this
Topic:
Federal aid to public welfare  Search this
Art and state -- United States  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9774
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212177
AAA_collcode_unstpbad
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212177

Section of Fine Arts selected records, 1934-1943

Creator:
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Fine Arts  Search this
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Fine Arts  Search this
Subject:
Ealand, Maria  Search this
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Painting and Sculpture  Search this
Topic:
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Federal aid to public welfare  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- 20th century  Search this
Public sculpture  Search this
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9788
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212220
AAA_collcode_unstdept
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212220

William E. L. Bunn papers, 1863-2009

Creator:
Bunn, William E. L. (Edward Lewis), 1910-2009  Search this
Bunn, William E. L. (Edward Lewis), 1910-2009  Search this
Subject:
Wood, Grant  Search this
Allen, Lee  Search this
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Painting and Sculpture  Search this
United States. General Services Administration  Search this
W.A. Sheaffer Pen Company  Search this
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Fine Arts  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Blueprints
Sketchbooks
Drawings
Transcriptions
Watercolors
Sketches
Interviews
Designs
Diaries
Topic:
Designers -- Iowa  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Muralists -- Iowa  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- Middle West  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Government Sponsorship of the Arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7067
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209200
AAA_collcode_bunnwill
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Lives of American Artists
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209200
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George Biddle papers, circa 1910-1970

Creator:
Biddle, George, 1885-1973  Search this
Biddle, George, 1885-1973  Search this
Subject:
Brooks, Van Wyck  Search this
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo  Search this
Shahn, Ben  Search this
Sterne, Maurice  Search this
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano)  Search this
Pascin, Jules  Search this
Diederich, William Hunt  Search this
Poor, Henry Varnum  Search this
Poor, Anne  Search this
Pound, Ezra  Search this
Berenson, Bernard  Search this
Brewer, Bessie Marsh  Search this
Federal 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
Supreme Court Building (Mexico City, Mexico)  Search this
National Library Building (Rio de Janerio, Brazil)  Search this
Justice Dept. Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Type:
Diaries
Place:
United States -- Social conditions -- 1933-1945
Topic:
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Mural painting and decoration, American  Search this
Art and state -- United States  Search this
Muralists  Search this
Theme:
Diaries  Search this
Government Sponsorship of the Arts  Search this
New Deal  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7126
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209260
AAA_collcode_biddgeor
Theme:
Diaries
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209260
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Nicolai Cikovsky papers, 1939-1964

Creator:
Cikovsky, Nicolai, 1894-  Search this
Cikovsky, Nicolai, 1894-  Search this
Subject:
Duveneck, Frank  Search this
Carnegie Institute  Search this
Department of the Interior 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
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Fine Arts  Search this
Type:
Sketchbooks
Topic:
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Mural painting and decoration, American  Search this
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7426
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209584
AAA_collcode_cikonico
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209584

Jared French papers, 1936-1937

Creator:
French, Jared, 1905-1988  Search this
French, Jared, 1905-1988  Search this
Subject:
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Painting and Sculpture  Search this
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Mural painting and decoration, American  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Muralists  Search this
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8133
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210304
AAA_collcode_frenjare
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210304

New Deal art programs in New Jersey selected records, 1934-1942

Creator:
Historical Records Survey (U.S.)  Search this
Historical Records Survey (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
Public Works of Art Project  Search this
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Painting and Sculpture  Search this
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Fine Arts  Search this
Federal Art Project (N.J.)  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
United States. Federal Civil Works Administration  Search this
Historical Records Survey (U.S.). Indian Site Survey  Search this
United States. Work Projects Administration  Search this
Historical Records Survey (N.J.)  Search this
Indian Site Survey (N.J.)  Search this
Place:
New Jersey -- Antiquities
New Jersey -- Social conditions
United States -- Economic conditions -- 1918-1945
United States -- Social conditions -- 1933-1945
Topic:
New Deal, 1933-1939 -- New Jersey  Search this
Federal aid to the arts -- New Jersey  Search this
Federal aid to public welfare -- New Jersey  Search this
Painting, American  Search this
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts  Search this
New Deal  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9794
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212232
AAA_collcode_histrecs
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212232

George Biddle murals [graphic], 1936

Creator:
Imandt, Robert  Search this
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. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Painting and Sculpture  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
Theme:
Audio - Visual  Search this
Photography  Search this
New Deal  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

Section of Fine Arts selected records

Creator:
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Fine Arts  Search this
Names:
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Painting and Sculpture  Search this
Ealand, Maria  Search this
Extent:
15 Items ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1934-1943
Scope and Contents:
A brief narrative on the derivation of the Section; a final report, 1934-1943 (31 p.); papers concerning Section competitions, 1934-1943; mural and sculpture contracts for works not installed; report of March 1941; and Section bulletins, catalogs, and guides, 1934-1943.
Biographical / Historical:
Established 1934 under the Treasury Department as the Section of Painting and Sculpture. Name changed in 1938 to Section of Fine Arts. In 1939, the Federal Works Agency was established and set up the Public Buildings Administration, which combined the Treasury Department's Public Buildings Branch and the Branch of Public Buildings of the National Park Service. The Section's function was to decorate new federal buildings. Unlike the other New Deal art agencies, it was not a relief project, but awarded contracts through a juried system of competition.
Provenance:
Donated 1965 by Maria Ealand, a niece of Section administrator Edward Bruce.
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:
Artists -- United States  Search this
Topic:
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Federal aid to public welfare  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- 20th century  Search this
Public sculpture  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.unstdept
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-unstdept

Treasury Department Art Projects : painting and sculpture for federal buildings, November seventeen to December thirteen, nineteen hundred thirty-six, Corcoran Gallery of Art / introduction by Forbes Watson

Creator:
Treasury Relief Art Project  Search this
Treasury Relief Art Project  Search this
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Painting and Sculpture  Search this
Corcoran Gallery of Art  Search this
Names:
Watson, Forbes, 1880-1960  Search this
Extent:
1 Item ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1936
Scope and Contents:
Catalog for an exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Includes a list of artists and the works they did for TRAP and the Section. [Microfilm title Treasury Relief Art Project].
Biographical / Historical:
The Treasury Relief Art Project (TRAP) was established in 1935 under the Department of the Treasury with funds allocated from the Works Progress Administration (later the Work Projects Administration). It operated as a relief agency for unemployed artists and engaged them specifically for the decoration of federal buildings, choosing artists through a system of juried competition.
Other Title:
Treasury Relief Art Project (microfilm title).
Provenance:
Provenance unknown.
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.
Topic:
Painting, American -- Exhibitions  Search this
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- United States -- Exhibitions  Search this
Art and state -- United States  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Public sculpture -- United States -- Exhibitions  Search this
Sculpture, American -- Exhibitions  Search this
Federal aid to public welfare  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Public sculpture -- United States -- Exhibitions  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.treareli
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-treareli

Albert Pels papers

Creator:
Pels, Albert  Search this
Names:
Federal Art Project (U.S.)  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
Miller, Kenneth Hayes, 1876-1952  Search this
Palmer, William, 1906-1987  Search this
Extent:
0.7 Linear feet ((600 items))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Date:
[ca. 1931-1946]
Scope and Contents:
A resume; personal and business correspondence; financial receipts; correspondence with the Treasury Department regarding murals painted by Pels in Wilmington, De. and Normal, Ill. for the Section of Fine Arts during the Depression; ca. 450 sketches of street scenes, figures, and mural studies for government murals; signatures and notes from Kenneth Hayes Miller and William Palmer; photographs of Pels and his work; clippings; exhibition catalogs; and a scrapbook containing clippings, announcements, and letters.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, art school administrator; Cincinnati, Ohio and New York, N.Y. Born May 7, 1910; died 1998. Painted murals for the Section of Fine Arts under the Department of the Treasury government work-relief art projects.
Provenance:
Donated 1979 by Albert Pels.
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:
Educators  Search this
Painters  Search this
Topic:
Public art  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- Delaware -- Wilmington  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- Illinois -- Normal  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Identifier:
AAA.pelsalbe
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-pelsalbe

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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