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Nina Perera Collier papers

Creator:
Collier, Nina Perera  Search this
Names:
Federal Art Project  Search this
Federal Music Project (U.S.)  Search this
Federal Theatre Project (U.S.)  Search this
Federal Writers' Project (U.S.)  Search this
Index of American Design  Search this
New York World's Fair (1939-1940 : New York, N.Y.)  Search this
United States. Federal Emergency Relief Administration  Search this
United States. Work Projects Administration  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
Extent:
1,500 Items ((on 2 microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Place:
United States -- Economic conditions -- 1918-1945
United States -- Social conditions -- 1933-1945
Date:
1934-1950
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence and records regarding the Index of American Design, Federal Art Project, Federal Recreation Project, National Symphony Orchestra Summer Concerts, Washington Summer Concerts Association; New York World's Fair, National Fact Finders Exhibition, Federal Writer's Project, Federal Music Project, Federal Theater Project, and the movement for permanent government art programs.
Biographical / Historical:
Administrator for the Section of Professional and non-Manual Projects of Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA), Washington, D.C. Became publicist for the Information Service of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). FERA was the forerunner of the WPA.
Provenance:
Lent for microfilming by Nina Perera Collier.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Arts administrators  Search this
Public officers  Search this
Topic:
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Federal aid to the public welfare  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.collnina
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-collnina

Holger Cahill papers

Creator:
Cahill, Holger, 1887-1960  Search this
Names:
American Artists' Congress  Search this
American Council of Learned Societies  Search this
American Federation of Arts  Search this
Artists' Union (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Cartoonists Guild  Search this
Federal Art Project (U.S.)  Search this
Federal Music Project (U.S.)  Search this
Federal Theatre Project (U.S.)  Search this
Index of American Design  Search this
New York World's Fair (1939-1940 : New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Shakers  Search this
The Design Laboratory (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Treasury Relief Art Project  Search this
United States. Work Projects Administration  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
Abbott, Berenice, 1898-1991  Search this
Brown, Samuel Joseph, 1907-  Search this
De Rivera, José Ruiz, 1904-1985  Search this
Halpert, Edith Gregor, 1900-1970  Search this
Hopkins, Harry Lloyd, 1890-1946  Search this
Knaths, Karl, 1891-1971  Search this
Miller, Dorothy Canning, 1904-2003  Search this
Morris, Carl, 1911-1993  Search this
Olds, Elizabeth, 1896-1991  Search this
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962  Search this
Rowan, Edward Beatty, 1898-1946  Search this
Scaravaglione, Concetta, 1900-1975  Search this
Segal, George, 1924-2000  Search this
Speck, Walter, 1895-  Search this
Ward, Lynd, 1905-1985  Search this
Weisenborn, Rudolph, b. 1881  Search this
Extent:
15.8 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Prints
Government records
Interviews
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Slides (photographs)
Photograph albums
Drawings
Place:
United States -- Economic conditions -- 1918-1945
United States -- Social conditions -- 1933-1945
Date:
1910-1993
bulk 1910-1960
Summary:
The papers of Holger Cahill (1887-1960) date from 1910 to 1993, with the bulk of the material dating from 1910-1960, and measure 15.8 linear feet. The collection offers researchers fairly comprehensive documentation of Cahill's directorship of the Works Progress/Projects Administration's (WPA) Federal Art Project (FAP) in addition to series documenting his work as a writer and art critic. Material includes correspondence, reports, artist files, scrapbooks, printed material, and photographs.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of Holger Cahill (1887-1960) date from 1910 to 1993, bulk 1910-1960, and measure 15.8 linear feet. The collection offers researchers fairly comprehensive documentation of Cahill's directorship of the FAP in addition to series documenting his work as a writer and art critic. FAP records include national and state administrative reports, records of community art centers, photographic documentation of state activities, artist files, divisional records about teaching, crafts, murals, and poster work, files concerning the Index of American Design, scrapbooks, and printed material.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into nine series:

Series 1: Biographical Material and Personal Papers, 1931-1988 (Box 1; 19 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence Files, 1922-1979, 1993 (Boxes 1-2; 1.5 linear ft.)

Series 3: Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project, 1934-1970 (Boxes 2-14, 18, MMs009; 10.75 linear ft.)

Series 4: Writings, Lectures and Speeches, 1916-1960 (Boxes 14-15, 18; 1.0 linear ft.)

Series 5: Minutes of Meetings and Panel Discussions, Non-FAP, 1939-1947 (Box 15; 5 folders)

Series 6: Notes and Research Material, 1935-1970 (Boxes 15-16; 0.25 linear ft.)

Series 7: Artwork, undated (Boxes 16, 18; 2 folders)

Series 8: Printed Material, 1910-1985 (Boxes 16-17; 1.8 linear ft.)

Series 9: Photographs, circa 1917-1960 (Box 17; 6 folders)
Biographical Note:
Holger Cahill was born Sveinn Kristjan Bjarnarson in Iceland in a small valley near the Arctic Circle, on January 13, 1887. His parents, Bjorn Jonson and Vigdis Bjarnadottir, immigrated to the United States from Iceland sometime later in the 1880s. In 1904, his father deserted the family, forcing Sveinn to be separated from his mother and sister to work on a farm in North Dakota. He ran away and wandered from job to job until settling in an orphanage in western Canada, where he attended school and became a voracious reader.

As a young man, he worked at many different jobs and attended night school. While working on a freighter, he visited Hong Kong, beginning his life-long interest in the Orient. Returning to New York City, he eventually became a newspaper reporter, continued his studies at New York University, and changed his name to Edgar Holger Cahill. In 1919 he married Katherine Gridley of Detroit. Their daughter, Jane Ann, was born in 1922, but the couple divorced in 1927.

Cahill met John Sloan circa 1920, and they shared a residence. Cahill also wrote publicity (until 1928) for the Society of Independent Artists, through which he made many friends in the arts. From 1922 to 1931, he worked under John Cotton Dana at the Newark Museum, where he received his basic experience in museum work, organizing the first large exhibitions of folk art.

From 1932 to 1935, he was the director of exhibitions for the Museum of Modern Art. In 1935, Cahill was appointed director of the Works Progress/Projects Administration (WPA) Federal Art Project (FAP), until its end in June 1943. In 1938, Cahill organized a countrywide exhibition "American Art Today" for the New York World's Fair. He also married MoMa curator Dorothy Canning Miller in that year.

Profane Earth, Cahill's first novel, was published in 1927, followed by monographs on Pop Hart and Max Weber, miscellaneous short stories, and a biography of Frederick Townsend Ward, entitled A Yankee Adventurer: The Story of Ward and the Taiping Rebellion. Following the end of the Federal Art Project, Cahill wrote two novels, Look South to the Polar Star (1947) and The Shadow of My Hand (1956).

Holger Cahill died in Stockbridge, Massachusetts in July 1960.
Provenance:
The Holger Cahill papers were donated to the Archives of American Art through a series of gifts by Cahill's widow, Dorothy C. Miller, between 1964 and 1995.
Restrictions:
The microfilm of this collection has been digitized and is available online via the Archives of American Art 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:
Arts administrators  Search this
Topic:
Federal aid to the public welfare  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Public officers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Prints
Government records
Interviews
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Slides (photographs)
Photograph albums
Drawings
Citation:
Holger Cahill papers, 1910-1993, bulk 1910-1960. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.cahiholg
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Holger Cahill papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Public Works of Art Project Committee

Photographer:
Woltz, Lewis P.  Search this
Woltz, Lewis P.  Search this
Subject:
Bruce, Edward  Search this
Doniphan, Dorsey  Search this
Johnstone, William J.  Search this
Minnegerode, C. Powell (Cuthbert Powell)  Search this
Rowan, Edward Beatty  Search this
Stone, Julius F.  Search this
Watkins, C. Law (Charles Law)  Search this
Watson, Forbes  Search this
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Fine Arts  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
Washington, D.C.
Date:
1934?
Topic:
Art and state  Search this
Artists at or with their work  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)3276
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Forbes Watson papers, 1840-1967, bulk 1900-1960
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_3276
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Regional Directors and Washington Administrative Staff . Public Works Art Project

Photographer:
Woltz, Lewis P.  Search this
Woltz, Lewis P.  Search this
Subject:
Ankeney, John Sites  Search this
Armitage, Merle  Search this
Barker, Burt Brown  Search this
Brewster, Walter S.  Search this
Bruce, Edward  Search this
Force, Juliana  Search this
Hatch, John Davis  Search this
Haverty, J. J. (James Joseph)  Search this
Heil, Walter  Search this
Jones, Cecil H.  Search this
Kimball, Fiske  Search this
Kurtz, Wilbur G. (Wilbur George)  Search this
LaBeaume, Louis  Search this
Mack, Harold L.  Search this
Milliken, William Mathewson  Search this
Minnegerode, C. Powell (Cuthbert Powell)  Search this
Nusbaum, Jesse L. (Jesse Logan)  Search this
Phillips, Duncan  Search this
Robert, Lawrence Wood  Search this
Rowan, Edward Beatty  Search this
Taylor, Francis Henry  Search this
Watson, Forbes  Search this
Williamson, George H.  Search this
Woodward, Ellsworth  Search this
Public Works of Art Project  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
Washington, D.C.
Date:
1934
Topic:
Art and state  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)3280
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Forbes Watson papers, 1840-1967, bulk 1900-1960
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_3280
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Robert Richman draft telegram and list of notable Americans in the arts and sciences for President-elect John F. Kennedy

Creator:
Richman, Robert  Search this
Richman, Robert  Search this
Subject:
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald)  Search this
Type:
Writings
Date:
1960 or 1961
Topic:
Art and state  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)14880
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Institute of Contemporary Arts records, 1927-circa 1985, bulk 1947-1967
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_14880

Simon Alshets

Photographer:
Pollard, Aubrey  Search this
Pollard, Aubrey  Search this
Subject:
Alshets, Simon  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1938 Aug. 22
Topic:
Art and state  Search this
Artists at or with their work  Search this
Artists' studios  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Painting  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)1939
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Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection, circa 1920-1965, bulk 1935-1942
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_1939
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Luis Arenal

Photographer:
Herman, Andrew  Search this
Herman, Andrew  Search this
Subject:
Arenal, Luis  Search this
Bellevue Hospital  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
New York, N.Y.
Date:
1936 July 6
Topic:
Art and state  Search this
Artists at or with their work  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Painting  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)1941
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Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection, circa 1920-1965, bulk 1935-1942
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_1941
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Sheva Ausubel

Photographer:
Pollard, Aubrey  Search this
Pollard, Aubrey  Search this
Subject:
Ausubel, Sheva  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
New York, N.Y.
Date:
1938 July 19
Topic:
Art and state  Search this
Artists at or with their work  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Fiber art  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)1945
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Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection, circa 1920-1965, bulk 1935-1942
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_1945
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Richmond Barthe

Photographer:
Rose, Herman, 1909-  Search this
Rose, Herman, 1909-  Search this
Subject:
Barthe, Richmond  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
New York, N.Y.
Date:
1941 Apr. 4
Topic:
Art and state  Search this
Artists at or with their work  Search this
Artists' studios  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)1952
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Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection, circa 1920-1965, bulk 1935-1942
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_1952
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Isabel Bate

Photographer:
Truehoff  Search this
Truehoff  Search this
Subject:
Bate, Isabel Miriam  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1937 July 6
Topic:
Art and state  Search this
Artists at or with their work  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Painting  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)1955
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Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection, circa 1920-1965, bulk 1935-1942
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_1955
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John H. Benson

Photographer:
Friend, Sidney M.  Search this
Friend, Sidney M.  Search this
Subject:
Benson, John Howard  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1938 May 31
Topic:
Art and state  Search this
Artists at or with their work  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)1965
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Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection, circa 1920-1965, bulk 1935-1942
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_1965
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Andrew Berger

Photographer:
Horn, Pinchos  Search this
Horn, Pinchos  Search this
Subject:
Berger, Andrew  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1936 Apr. 16
Topic:
Art and state  Search this
Artists at or with their work  Search this
Artists' studios  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)1967
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Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection, circa 1920-1965, bulk 1935-1942
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_1967
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Lucile Blanch

Photographer:
Yavno, Max, 1911-  Search this
Yavno, Max, 1911-  Search this
Subject:
Blanch, Lucile Lundquist  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1940 Oct. 31
Topic:
Art and state  Search this
Artists at or with their work  Search this
Artists' studios  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Painting  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)1976
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Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection, circa 1920-1965, bulk 1935-1942
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_1976
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James Brooks

Photographer:
Libsohn, Sol, 1914-2001  Search this
Libsohn, Sol, 1914-2001  Search this
Subject:
Brooks, James  Search this
North Beach Airport  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1940 Aug. 21
Topic:
Art and state  Search this
Artists at or with their work  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Painting  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)2001
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Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection, circa 1920-1965, bulk 1935-1942
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_2001
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Dane Chanase

Photographer:
Shalat  Search this
Shalat  Search this
Subject:
Chanase, Dane  Search this
Welfare Chronic Disease Hospital  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1942 Jan. 26
Topic:
Art and state  Search this
Artists at or with their work  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Painting  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)2019
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Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection, circa 1920-1965, bulk 1935-1942
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_2019
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Eugene Chodorow

Photographer:
Friend, Sidney M.  Search this
Friend, Sidney M.  Search this
Subject:
Chodorow, Eugene  Search this
Henkel, August  Search this
Floyd Bennett Airport  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
Brooklyn, N.Y.
Date:
ca. 1939
Topic:
Art and state  Search this
Artists at or with their work  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Painting  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)2023
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Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection, circa 1920-1965, bulk 1935-1942
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_2023
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Francis J. Costa

Photographer:
Grubman  Search this
Grubman  Search this
Subject:
Costa, Francis J.  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1939 Jan. 24
Topic:
Art and state  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Portraits  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)2037
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Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection, circa 1920-1965, bulk 1935-1942
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_2037
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Pat Collins

Photographer:
Eagle, Arnold, 1909-1992  Search this
Eagle, Arnold, 1909-1992  Search this
Subject:
Collins, Pat  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1939 Apr. 20
Topic:
Art and state  Search this
Artists at or with their work  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Painting  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)2041
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Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection, circa 1920-1965, bulk 1935-1942
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_2041
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Francis Criss

Photographer:
Yavno, Max, 1911-  Search this
Yavno, Max, 1911-  Search this
Subject:
Criss, Francis  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1940 Oct. 29
Topic:
Art and state  Search this
Artists' studios  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)2046
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Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection, circa 1920-1965, bulk 1935-1942
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_2046
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Photograph of Stuart Davis painting WNYC studio mural

Photographer:
Horn, Sol  Search this
Horn, Sol  Search this
Subject:
Davis, Stuart  Search this
WNYC (Radio station : New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1939 January 25
Topic:
Art and state  Search this
Artists at or with their work  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Painting  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)2053
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Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection, circa 1920-1965, bulk 1935-1942
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_2053
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