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Sam Brown [videorecording] / [produced by] the National Archives ; interviewer, Shawn Aubitz

Creator:
Brown, Samuel Joseph, 1907-1994  Search this
Names:
Federal Art Project (Pa.)  Search this
United States. Work Projects Administration  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962  Search this
Thrash, Dox, 1892-1965  Search this
Interviewer:
Aubitz, Shawn  Search this
Extent:
1 Videocassette (videocassette (120 min), sd., col., 1/2 in.)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Videocassettes
Video recordings
Interviews
Date:
1985
Scope and Contents:
An interview with painter Samuel Brown conducted by Shawn Aubitz of the National Archives, for an exhibition on the Work Projects Administration in Philadelphia. Brown discusses his work on the WPA; materials and techniques; some of his paintings, including "The Scrubwoman," and "The Lynching"; sharing a studio with Dox Thrash; and a visit from Eleanor Roosevelt.
Biographical / Historical:
Samuel Joseph Brown (1907-1994) was an African American painter in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is thought to be the first African American artist hired by the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP) and later worked for the Works Projects Administration (WPA) in Philadelphia as both a painter and a printmaker.
Publication, Distribution, Etc. (Imprint):
Philadelphia, Pa. : National Archives - Philadelphia Branch, 1985.
Provenance:
Donated 1990 by Samuel J. Brown, through the National Archives, as part of AAA's Philadelphia Art Documentation Project.
Occupation:
Painters -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.browsamu
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-browsamu

Oral history interview with Richard Hood

Interviewee:
Hood, Richard, 1910-  Search this
Interviewer:
Doud, Richard Keith  Search this
Creator:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Names:
Federal Art Project (Pa.)  Search this
Index of American Design  Search this
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound tape reel (Sound recording (1 hour), 7 in.)
23 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound tape reels
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1964 Dec. 15
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Richard Hood conducted by Richard Doud on 1964 Dec. 15 for the Archives of American Art, as part of the Oral History Project.
Hood speaks of joining the Federal Art Project; the development of a graphic arts section of the program; the events leading up to his becoming state director for the FAP in Pennsylvania; for the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project. how projects were assigned and work carried out; the Index of American Design in Pennsylvania, and particularly its study of Pennsylvania Dutch design; budget and administrative problems; political problems and public perception of the Project; his post-FAP career; his opinions about government support for the arts.
Biographical / Historical:
Administrator, designer, printmaker; Philadelphia, Pa.
General:
Sound quality is poor.
Provenance:
This interview 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:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Arts administrators -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Interviews  Search this
Designers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Interviews  Search this
Printmakers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.hood64
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-hood64

Philadelphia's shame : an analysis of the un-American administration of the Federal art project in Philadelphia / by Henry Hart

Creator:
Hart, Henry, 1903-  Search this
Names:
Federal Art Project (Pa.)  Search this
Curran, Mary  Search this
Extent:
15 Pages (22 cm.)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
[1938]
Publication, Distribution, Etc. (Imprint):
[Philadelphia] : Friends of art and education, [1938]
General:
Printed inside front cover: The evidence presented herewith should leave no doubt in the mind of any unbiased person that the Philadelphia W.P.A. art project has been inhumanly, inefficiently and illegally administered by the Regional Director for Pennsylvania, Miss Mary Curran, and that she should be dismissed immediately.
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.
Identifier:
AAA.harthenr
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-harthenr

Oral history interview with Raymond Steth

Interviewee:
Steth, Raymond, 1917-1997  Search this
Interviewer:
Kline, Marge  Search this
Names:
Federal Art Project (Pa.)  Search this
Philographic School of Art  Search this
Thrash, Dox, 1892-1965  Search this
Extent:
123 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1990 April 28
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Raymond Steth conducted 1990 April 28, by Marge Kline, for the Archives of American Art Philadelphia Project.
Steth discusses his early life and education in the South and in Philadelphia; his experiences in the Graphic Arts Division of the Federal Art Project (FAP); his fellow printmaker Dox Thrash and the development of the carborundum print; working in shipyards during World War II; opening up the Philographic Workshop in 1948; the instructors there; its eventual closing in 1953; and his career outside of the arts.
Biographical / Historical:
Raymond Steth (1917-1997) was a printmaker from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 17 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Restrictions:
For information on how to access this interview contact Reference Services.
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
African American artists -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Interviews  Search this
Printmakers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.steth90
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-steth90

Hugh Mesibov interview

Creator:
Mesibov, Hugh, 1916-  Search this
Interviewer:
Shopes, Linda  Search this
Names:
Artists' Union (Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Federal Art Project (Pa.)  Search this
Graphic Sketch Club (Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial  Search this
Curran, Mary  Search this
Gallagher, Michael J., 1895-1965  Search this
Thrash, Dox, 1892-1965  Search this
Extent:
2 Items (sound cassettes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1990 June 23
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Hugh Mesibov conducted by Linda Shopes for the Archives of American Art Philadelphia Project. Mesibov speaks of his early life and early art experiences including his attendance at the Graphic Sketch Club (now known as the Samuel Fleisher Art Memorial); financial difficulties in the 1930s and his subsequest successful application to the Federal Art Project; his experiences on the FAP print project, including reminiscences of fellow artists Dox Thrash and Michael Gallagher; the development of the carborundum print process and its subsequent promotion; how the project was run and work assigned; his experiences on the easel and mural projects; political problems with the state director, Mary Curran, and the Artists' Union; and his post-FAP career.
Biographical / Historical:
Printmaker, associated with WPA Federal Art Project; Philadelphia, Pa.
Provenance:
Donated 1991 by the Pennsylvania State Archives.
Restrictions:
Untranscribed; use requires an appointment.
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Prints -- Technique  Search this
Printmakers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.mesihugh
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-mesihugh

Frank Gasparro interview

Creator:
Gasparro, Frank, 1909-  Search this
Interviewer:
Shopes, Linda  Search this
Names:
Artists' Union (Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Federal Art Project (Pa.)  Search this
Curran, Mary  Search this
Donato, Giuseppe, 1881-1965  Search this
Extent:
4 Items (sound cassettes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1990 May 17
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Frank Gasparro conducted by Linda Shopes. Gasparro speaks of his early life including his studies with Giuseppe Donato; struggling through the Depression carving cemetery monuments; his successful application to the Federal Art Project (FAP) and his experiences while working with it; projects he worked on with the FAP and how they were assigned; how the project functioned; relations with other artists; political problems involving the Pennsylvania state director of the FAP, Mary Curran, and the Artists Union; and his subsequent work for the U.S. Mint.
Biographical / Historical:
Sculptor; Pennsylvania. Worked on Federal Art Project in Pennsylvania.
Provenance:
Donated by the Pennsylvania State Archives, 1991.
Restrictions:
Untranscribed; use requires an appointment.
Topic:
Sculptors -- Pennsylvania -- Interviews  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Depressions -- 1929  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.gaspfran
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-gaspfran

Pennsylvania FAP records

Creator:
Federal Art Project (Pa.)  Search this
Names:
United States. Work Projects Administration  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
Extent:
110 Items ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1940-1942
Scope and Contents:
Project proposals; personnel sheets; lists and rosters; radio scripts; and various booklets on art during the WPA.
Biographical / Historical:
The Federal Art Project was established under Federal Project No. 1 of the WPA. The 48 states and territories were divided into regions and FAP programs were initiated, employing thousands of unemployed artists and craftsmen.
Provenance:
Lent for microfilming 1964 by the Philadelphia Museum College of Art via Richard Doud.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
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.fedeartp07
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-fedeartp07

Museum extension project costume plates

Creator:
Federal Art Project (Pa.)  Search this
Names:
United States. Work Projects Administration  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
Extent:
0.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1940-1943
Scope and Contents:
Handpainted, illustrated plates of period costume designs throughout history, accompanied by descriptive handbooks recounting the historical context of the costumes.
Biographical / Historical:
Museum projects were programs of the Work Projects Administration instituted during the Depression to increase employment opportunities, particularly among the white-collar worker. By 1941, museum projects came under the jurisdiction of the Federal Art Program (originally the Federal Art Project) of the WPA. Plates of historical costumes as well as dioramas, costumed dolls and craft objects were often prepared for educational purposes.
Provenance:
Donated by Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute. It is unclear how the materials came to M-W-P.
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:
New Deal, 1933-1939 -- Pennsylvania  Search this
Federal aid to the arts -- Pennsylvania  Search this
Federal aid to the public welfare -- Pennsylvania  Search this
Art and state -- Pennsylvania  Search this
Costume  Search this
Costume design  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.fedeartp08
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-fedeartp08

Richard Hood papers

Creator:
Hood, Richard, 1910-  Search this
Names:
American Color Print Society  Search this
Federal Art Project (Pa.)  Search this
Philadelphia College of Art -- Faculty  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
Extent:
4.8 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1930-1983
Scope and Contents:
Material primarily relating to Hood's work on the Federal Art Project, the Philadelphia College of Art, and the American Color Print Society. Hood's earlier work as a printmaker is not well represented. Included are correspondence, notes, writings, sketches, scrapbooks, printed material and photographs.
Materials on the WPA, 1936-1942, include correspondence regarding exhibitions, appointments of district directors and artists to the project rolls, and the project's day to day operations; minutes of meetings; material on Art Week including correspondence, minutes, reports, and printed matter; artist supply requisitions; field reports on the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the L.A. Visual Aids to Education project, and the Terrace Village Art Center, as well as official reports from various departments, illustrated with photographs of the museum extension project; WPA publicity transcripts of radio interviews; photographs of sculpture, murals, painting, and museum extension exhibitions, views of the Graphic Workshop, and 2 scrapbooks of clippings.
Materials on the Philadelphia College of Art, 1951-1982, include teaching files with course outlines for advertising design, color and design, experimental design, and lettering; handouts; teaching notes; student assignments; slide lists; and faculty and student lists. Project files include memorandums, receipts, certificates, and material relating to the alumni association. Printed matter include school calendars, brochures and catalogues; and materials relating to exhibitions organized at the college.
The American Color Print Society materials, 1954-1983, include correspondence regarding exhibitions, membership, and board meetings; membership files and lists; newspaper clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, press releases, and a scrapbook of clippings.
The collection also contains biographical material; correspondence, 1930-1989, regarding exhibitions, awards and commissions; writings by Hood, including the essay "The Constant and the Variable"; sketches by Hood; printed material; miscellaneous project and subject files on the Army Navy Library, Rittenhouse Square Clothesline Exhibitions, and camouflage; photographs of Hood, artwork, and the Army Navy Medical Library displays; and miscellany.
Arrangement:
I. Biographical materials, 1942-1975. II. Correspondence, 1930-1989. III. Writings and notes, undated. IV. Works of Art, undated. V. WPA files, 1940-1943. VI. American Color Print Society files, 1952-1983. VII. Philadelphia College of Art, 1951-1982. VIII. Misc. Project and subject files, 1941-1974. IX. Artists' biographies, undated. X. Print labels, 1969-1976. XI. Exhibition papers, undated. XII. Printed material, 1930-1982. XIII. Photographs, ca. 1936-1942 and 1958. XIV. Scrapbooks.
Material concerning the WPA, the Philadelphia College of Art, and the American Color Print Society may also be found in the chronological correspondence, printed material, and photographs.
Biographical / Historical:
Arts administrator, art instructor, printmaker; Philadelphia, Pa. Full name Thomas Richard Hood. District Supervisor, 1936-1938, Federal Field Supervisor, 1938-1939, and State Director, 1939-1942, for the Pennsylvania Works Project Administration; instructor and gallery director, Philadelphia College of Art, 1951-1982; and President of the American Color Print Society, 1956-1983.
Provenance:
Donated 1990 by Marianne Vadorsky for the Hood estate. Hood's estate and gave papers on Hood's behalf.
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:
Printmakers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Topic:
Prints -- 20th century -- United States -- societies, etc  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.hoodrich
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-hoodrich

Sam Brown [videorecording] / [produced by] the National Archives ; interviewer, Shawn Aubitz, 1985

Creator:
Brown, Samuel Joseph, 1907-1994  Search this
Subject:
Roosevelt, Eleanor  Search this
Thrash, Dox  Search this
Aubitz, Shawn  Search this
United States  Search this
Federal Art Project (Pa.)  Search this
Type:
Video recordings
Interviews
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10823
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214565
AAA_collcode_browsamu
Theme:
African American
Lives of American Artists
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_214565

Oral history interview with Richard Hood, 1964 Dec. 15

Interviewee:
Hood, Richard, 1910-  Search this
Interviewer:
Doud, Richard Keith  Search this
Subject:
Federal Art Project (Pa.)  Search this
Index of American Design  Search this
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Arts administrators -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Interviews  Search this
Designers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Interviews  Search this
Printmakers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11862
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213572
AAA_collcode_hood64
Theme:
New Deal
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213572

Oral history interview with Raymond Steth, 1990 April 28

Interviewee:
Steth, Raymond, 1917-1997  Search this
Interviewer:
Kline, Marge  Search this
Subject:
Thrash, Dox  Search this
Federal Art Project (Pa.)  Search this
Philographic School of Art  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
African American artists -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Interviews  Search this
Printmakers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11475
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213643
AAA_collcode_steth90
Theme:
African American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213643

Hugh Mesibov interview, 1990 June 23

Creator:
Mesibov, Hugh, 1916-2016  Search this
Shopes, Linda  Search this
Subject:
Curran, Mary  Search this
Gallagher, Michael J.  Search this
Thrash, Dox  Search this
Federal Art Project (Pa.)  Search this
Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial  Search this
Graphic Sketch Club (Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Artists' Union (Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Prints -- Technique  Search this
Printmakers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10365
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213683
AAA_collcode_mesihugh
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_213683

Pennsylvania FAP records, 1940-1942

Creator:
Federal Art Project (Pa.)  Search this
Subject:
United States  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
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9804
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212242
AAA_collcode_fedeartp07
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212242

Museum extension project costume plates, 1940-1943

Creator:
Federal Art Project (Pa.)  Search this
Subject:
United States  Search this
Topic:
New Deal, 1933-1939 -- Pennsylvania  Search this
Federal aid to the arts -- Pennsylvania  Search this
Federal aid to the public welfare -- Pennsylvania  Search this
Art and state -- Pennsylvania  Search this
Costume  Search this
Costume design  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9807
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212246
AAA_collcode_fedeartp08
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212246

Frank Gasparro interview, 1990 May 17

Creator:
Gasparro, Frank, 1909-2001  Search this
Shopes, Linda  Search this
Subject:
Curran, Mary  Search this
Donato, Giuseppe  Search this
Artists' Union (Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Federal Art Project (Pa.)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Sculptors -- Pennsylvania -- Interviews  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Depressions -- 1929  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10363
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213681
AAA_collcode_gaspfran
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_213681

Richard Hood papers, 1930-1983

Creator:
Hood, Richard, 1910-  Search this
Subject:
American Color Print Society  Search this
Philadelphia College of Art  Search this
United States  Search this
Federal Art Project (Pa.)  Search this
Topic:
Prints -- 20th century -- United States -- Societies, etc  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10450
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213855
AAA_collcode_hoodrich
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_213855

Philadelphia's shame : an analysis of the un-American administration of the Federal art project in Philadelphia / by Henry Hart, [1938]

Creator:
Hart, Henry, 1903-  Search this
Subject:
Curran, Mary  Search this
Federal Art Project (Pa.)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)21834
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)305706
AAA_collcode_harthenr
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_305706

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