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Kenneth Miller Adams papers, 1933-1938

Creator:
Adams, Kenneth M.  Search this
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Fine Arts  Search this
Subject:
Rowan, Edward Beatty  Search this
Jones, Cecil H.  Search this
Public Works of Art Project  Search this
Treasury Relief Art Project  Search this
Federal Art Project  Search this
Place:
United States -- Social conditions -- 1933-1945
United States -- Economic conditions -- 1918-1945
Citation:
Kenneth Miller Adams papers, 1933-1938. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration -- Kansas  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- New Mexico  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939 -- Kansas  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939 -- New Mexico  Search this
Federal aid to the arts -- Kansas  Search this
Federal aid to the arts -- New Mexico  Search this
Art and state -- Kansas  Search this
Art and state -- New Mexico  Search this
Theme:
New Deal  Search this
Patronage  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5613
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208447
AAA_collcode_adamkenn
Theme:
New Deal
Patronage
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208447

Public Works of Art Project selected administrative and business records, 1933-1936

Creator:
Public Works of Art Project  Search this
Subject:
Bruce, Edward  Search this
Rowan, Edward Beatty  Search this
Jones, Cecil H.  Search this
United States. Department of the Treasury  Search this
Citation:
Public Works of Art Project selected administrative and business records, 1933-1936. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Federal aid to public welfare  Search this
Theme:
Patronage  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9772
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212175
AAA_collcode_publworr
Theme:
Patronage
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212175

Regional Directors and Washington Administrative Staff . Public Works Art Project

Photographer:
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
Citation:
Lewis P. Woltz. Regional Directors and Washington Administrative Staff . Public Works Art Project, 1934. Forbes Watson papers, 1840-1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Art and state  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)3280
See more items in:
Forbes Watson papers, 1840-1967, bulk 1900-1960
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_3280
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Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Marsh, Reginald, 1898-1954  Search this
Extent:
(boxes 1-2, OV 12; 1.2 linear feet)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1920-1954
Scope and Contents note:
Series consists of Marsh's personal and professional correspondence. Among the correspondents are vaudeville performers and producers, artists, museums, galleries, publishers, greeting card companies, government officials, admirers, and former students, as well as family and friends. Correspondence largely concerns Marsh's career as a painter and illustrator, and his relationships with family, friends, and colleagues.

Correspondence documents his work as a vaudeville reviewer for the New York Daily News from 1922 to 1925; the sale and exhibition of his art work; the publication of his illustrations and caricatures in various magazines; his book illustrations; and the reproduction of his art work on greeting cards produced by American Artists Group and Living American Art, Inc. There are also extensive files (which also contain scattered business, financial, and travel documents) relating to his work on two federal art projects, murals in the Post Office Department, Washington, D.C. (1935) and the Customs House in New York (1937), and his assignment as an artist correspondent in Brazil during the Second World War (1943). Similar materials are also found amongst the business and financial papers in Series 7.

Correspondence documents his relationships with his father, Fred Dana Marsh, his first wife, Betty Burroughs, and his second wife, Felicia Meyer Marsh, as well as his relationships with friends and colleagues, including the English writer, Llewelyn Powys, the artists, Yasuo and Katherine Kuniyoshi, and the U.S. Senator (and former Yale classmate), William Benton, who ended up being one of the largest collectors of Marsh's work.

Letters from artists, such as Edward Laning, and curators, such as Lloyd Goodrich, provide some sense of Marsh's methods and techniques for creating art work (especially his use of the "Maroger medium") and his views on art and current art movements (especially Abstract Expressionism). Correspondence pertaining to the award competition for the U.S. Building at the New York World's Fair, which includes versions of Marsh's letters to and letters from Edward Bruce of the Treasury Department Section of Painting and Sculpture, is especially suggestive of Marsh's strong feelings of "despair" over the lack of originality in contemporary art.

General correspondence is typically arranged in chronological files, interspersed with files named according to correspondent. Letters are typically to Marsh, unless otherwise noted. Project correspondence is arranged according to the name of the project on which Marsh worked or to which correspondence pertains. Envelopes, which had at some earlier point been separated from correspondence, and greeting cards are arranged in files at the end of the series. An appendix of significant correspondent's names from the chronological files is included in this finding aid.

See Appendix for a list of selected correspondents from Series 2.
Appendix: Selected Correspondents from Series 2:
This list represents only a selection of correspondents and does not include names of family.

General CorrespondenceAmerican Artists Group, Inc.: 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1941, 1942

Archer, Edmund: 1944, 1949

Arms, John Taylor: 1945, 1948, 1951

Art Institute of Chicago (School): 1945

Arts Bureau of Gartner and Bender, Inc.: 1947

Associated American Artists, Inc.: 1940

Barrymore, Lionel: 1949

Bartlett, Clay: 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, undated

Baum, Richard F.: 1953, 1954

Bishop, Isabel: 1942, 1950, undated

Book-of-the-Month Club: 1945, 1946

Bork, Jacob: 1936

Burroughs, Alan: 1930, 1953

Carnegie Institute: 1947

Coates, Robert M.: 1921, 1922, 1954, undated

Corcoran Gallery of Art: 1945, 1954

Cornelius, Marty: 1948, 1949, 1950, 1952

Coutts, Jeane: 1946, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951

Dreiser, Theodore: 1939

Eakins, Susan: 1928, 1929

Genauer, Emily: 1952

Goodrich, Lloyd: 1927, 1940, 1951, undated

Gregory, Alyse: 1936, 1938, 1940, 1945, 1947, 1952, 1953

Hallmark Cards (Hall Brothers Inc.): 1950, 1951

Harper's Magazine: 1953

Hartmann, Sadakichi: 1939

Hopkins, Peter: 1951

Houghton Miflin Company: 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1954

Huntley, Victoria Hutson: 1948

Kelly, Augustus: 1942, 1943, 1944

Kinsey, Alfred C.: 1950

Kuniyoshi, Katherine (Schmidt): 1922, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1932, 1933, undated

Kuniyoshi, Yasuo: 1922, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, undated

Laning, Edward: 1943, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952

Larkin, Oliver: 1951

Life -- Magazine: 1943

Limited Editions Club: 1953, 1954

Living American Art, Inc.: 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941

Mandel, Estelle: 1951

Maroger, Jacques: 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, undated

Merton, Owen: 1927, 1928

Merton, Thomas: 1932, undated

Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1951, 1954

Museum of the City of New York: 1953, 1954

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts: 1942

Miller, Kenneth Hayes: 1929, 1933, 1943

National Academy of Design: 1944

National Institute of Arts and Letters: 1954

New York Times: 1942

Nordmark, Olle: 1939

Overton, Richard C.: 1951, 1952, 1954

Pantheon Books Inc.: 1951, 1954

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts: 1941

Philadelphia Museum of Art: 1944

Pierpont Morgan Library: 1951

Powys, Llewelyn: 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, undated

Pratt Institute: 1949

Redelius, Frank: 1952, 1953

Rehn Galleries (Frank K. M. Rehn, Inc.): 1948

Rose, Billy: 1950

Rothschild, Lincoln: 1950

Royal Society of Arts, London: 1947

Soyer, Raphael: 1951

Treasury Department, Washington: 1944, 1952

University of Rochester, College of Arts and Sciences: 1940

Weyhe Gallery (E. Weyhe): 1943

Whitney Museum of American Art: 1944, 1953, 1954

Wilder, Thornton: 1923

Worcester Art Museum: 1951

Wyeth, Andrew: 1952, 1953

Project CorrespondenceBiddle, George: 1935, 1943

Bruce, Edward: 1938

Dows, Olin: 1935, 1936

Jones, Cecil H.: 1936, 1937, 1938

Nordmark, Olle: 1935, 1936, 1937, 1941, 1942

Owen, William B.: 1936

Rowan, Edward B.: 1935, 1936

Sharkey, Alice M.: 1936

Watson, Forbes: 1936, 1937
Collection Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Use of material not digitized requires an appointment.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Reginald Marsh papers, 1897-1955. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.marsregi, Series 2
See more items in:
Reginald Marsh papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9988d5c89-5ff7-46a1-815a-536250d122fc
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-marsregi-ref35

Kenneth Miller Adams papers

Creator:
Adams, Kenneth M.  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
Names:
Federal Art Project  Search this
Jones, Cecil H.  Search this
Rowan, Edward Beatty, 1898-1946  Search this
Extent:
1 Microfilm reel (21 items on partial microfilm reel)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Microfilm reels
Place:
United States -- Social conditions -- 1933-1945
United States -- Economic conditions -- 1918-1945
Date:
1933-1938
Scope and Contents:
This microfilm collection of the Kenneth Miller Adams papers consists of a letter, dated December 1933, from a Public Works of Art Project official on a routine matter, and a letter, dated May 1933, from Cecil H. Jones of the Treasury Relief Art Project in which Jones tells Adams he is trying to have him transferred to the WPA Federal Arts Project. Also included is correspondence, 1936-1937, with Edward Rowan and others of the Section of Fine Arts regarding Section mural competitions. This correspondence includes contracts for two murals painted by Adams – one in Goodland, Kansas (1936) depicting a scene with a figure and a buggy, and one in Deming, New Mexico (1937) entitled Mountains and Yucca. A photograph of each of the murals is also included.
Biographical / Historical:
Kenneth Miller Adams (1897-1966) was a painter, muralist, and lithographer in New Mexico. Born in Topeka, Kansas, he studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League before serving in World War I. In 1924 he moved to Taos, New Mexico and joined the Taos Society of Artists. In 1933 he worked for the Treasury Relief Art Project and the Public Works of Art Project. He moved to Albuquerque in 1938 and later taught at the University of New Mexico until he retired in 1963. Adams was elected to the National Academy of Design in 1961.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds the oral history interview with Kenneth M. Adams, 1964 April 23 conducted by Sylvia Glidden Loomis.
Provenance:
Lent for microfilming 1964 by Kenneth Miller Adams.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Painters -- Kansas  Search this
Painters -- New Mexico  Search this
Muralists -- New Mexico  Search this
Muralists -- Kansas  Search this
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration -- Kansas  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- New Mexico  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939 -- Kansas  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939 -- New Mexico  Search this
Federal aid to the arts -- Kansas  Search this
Federal aid to the arts -- New Mexico  Search this
Art and state -- Kansas  Search this
Art and state -- New Mexico  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.adamkenn
See more items in:
Kenneth Miller Adams papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw98248d620-9b2f-4658-93d8-b6283dbc5621
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-adamkenn

Public Works of Art Project selected administrative and business records

Creator:
Public Works of Art Project  Search this
Names:
United States. Department of the Treasury  Search this
Bruce, Edward, 1879-1943  Search this
Jones, Cecil H.  Search this
Rowan, Edward Beatty, 1898-1946  Search this
Extent:
18 Microfilm reels
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Microfilm reels
Date:
1933-1936
Scope and Contents:
Selected records of the PWAP include the following series: Central Office (Washington, D.C.) Correspondence and Related Records, including progress reports, minutes of meetings, and finance records (reels DC1-3); Correspondence and Personal Files of Edward P. Rowan, Technical Director (reels DC3-4); Central Office Correspondence With Artists (reels DC5-7); Central Office Files and Publicity Materials, including correspondence of project director Edward Bruce (reel DC8); Newspaper Clippings (reels DC8-9); Correspondence and Related records of Cecil Jones, Business Director (reels DC9-12); Final Reports on Projects, Report Materials and Project Issuances (reel DC12); Regional Office Records (reels DC12-13); and selected Correspondence of the New York Regional Office (Region 2) With Artists concerning administrative details of employing artists (DC 112-115).
Biographical / Historical:
The Public Works of Art Project (PWAP), the first of the New Deal art programs, was established under the Department of the Treasury in December 1933 to assist unemployed artists by enabling them to work on the decoration of non-federal public buildings. Although it lasted only until the following summer, it engaged nearly 4,000 artists in all parts of the country and served as an important precedent for subsequent federal art programs, such as the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration. Later art projects administered under the Department of the Treasury were the Section of Fine Arts, originally the Section of Painting and Sculpture, and the Treasury Relief Art Project, both of which served to employ artists to decorate federal buildings across the United States.
Related Materials:
AAA has filmed, and described separately, selected records of the Treasury Relief Art Project (reels DC14-38) and the Section of Fine Arts (reels DC38-43) from record group 121. In addition, selected records of the WPA Federal Art Project (National Archives record group 69) were also filmed (reels DC44-DC111 and DC129-130).
Provenance:
Series microfilmed by AAA were selected from the National Archives record group 121, Records of the Public Buildings Service. Additional records of the PWAP are preserved at the National Archives. Series which were not microfilmed include: correspondence of L.W. Roberts, assistant secretary of the Treasury; the central file of the Advisory Committee and the Project; card lists of allocated paintings and other works of art; and receipt cards for works of art.
Restrictions:
Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Topic:
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Federal aid to public welfare  Search this
Function:
Programs (organizations)
Agencies
Identifier:
AAA.publworr
See more items in:
Public Works of Art Project selected administrative and business records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw962dd477d-3910-4b8f-abd5-28f2c9fb5bef
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-publworr

Central office correspondence with field offices, state supervisors and others

Creator:
Treasury Relief Art Project  Search this
Names:
Dows, Olin, 1904-1981  Search this
Jones, Cecil H.  Search this
Collection Creator:
Treasury Relief Art Project  Search this
Extent:
11 Linear feet ((on 23 microfilm reels))
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1935-1939
Scope and Contents:
Letters, memoranda, and telegrams sent by the Chief of TRAP, Olin Dows, and others in his office and by the advisor, including business manager, Cecil H. Jones. The records concern all phases of work conducted during the project, including discussion of individual works of art and their installation in Federal buildings. Included in the correspondence are discussions of Project activities; correspondence with the state director or supervisor; correspondence with the State director of the Works Progress Administration; correspondence concerning individual projects; and correspondence with regional directors from California and New York.
Arrangement:
Arranged alphabetically by state, including the district, and by territory; thereunder, chronologically.
Arranged alphabetically by state, including the District of Columbia and Territories; thereunder chronologically.
Provenance:
The materials filmed are selections from a series of the National Archives record group 121. Each entry selected from the series was filmed in its entirety.
Collection Restrictions:
Patrons must use microfilm copy.
See more items in:
Treasury Relief Art Project selected administrative and business records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-treareap-ref3

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