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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
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-adamkenn

Kenneth Miller Adams papers, 1933-1938

Creator:
Adams, Kenneth M., 1897-1966  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
Federal Art Project  Search this
Place:
United States -- Social conditions -- 1933-1945
United States -- Economic conditions -- 1918-1945
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
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5613
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208447
AAA_collcode_adamkenn
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208447

Parkville, Main Street

Artist:
Gale Stockwell, born Kansas City, MO 1907-died Colorado Springs, CO 1983  Search this
Medium:
oil on canvas
Dimensions:
28 1/4 x 35 3/8 in. (71.8 x 90.0 cm.)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1933
Topic:
Architecture\vehicle\automobile  Search this
Figure group\female and child  Search this
Cityscape\street\Main Street  Search this
Cityscape\Missouri\Parkville  Search this
New Deal\Public Works of Art Project\Missouri  Search this
Architecture Exterior\commercial\store  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor
Object number:
1964.1.124
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk72482d5b2-27ad-478b-8677-cc4448df5422
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1964.1.124

Men and Wheat (mural study, Seneca, Kansas Post Office)

Artist:
Joe Jones, born St. Louis, MO 1909-died Morristown, NJ 1963  Search this
Medium:
oil on canvas
Dimensions:
15 1/2 x 35 1/4 in. (39.3 x 89.5 cm.)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1939
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Occupation\farm\harvesting  Search this
Landscape\farm  Search this
Study\mural study  Search this
Architecture\machine\farm machine  Search this
New Deal\Treasury Section of Painting and Sculpture\Kansas  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Object number:
1965.18.5
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk733c6406b-b436-4f70-8e81-d57b1831f0bf
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1965.18.5

The Armistice Letter (Mural Study, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania Post Office)

Artist:
Eugene Higgins, born Kansas City, MO 1874-died New York City 1958  Search this
Medium:
oil on canvas
Dimensions:
18 1/4 x 32 1/4 in. (46.5 x 81.8 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
ca. 1940-1941
Topic:
Figure group\family  Search this
History\United States\World War II  Search this
Occupation\farm\sowing  Search this
Study\mural study  Search this
Recreation\leisure\letter reading and writing  Search this
New Deal\Treasury Section of Painting and Sculpture\Pennsylvania  Search this
Landscape\Pennsylvania\Beaver Falls  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Object number:
1965.18.101
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
On View:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 35B
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7dd81b506-b65b-42aa-ba0a-dc8bfa0dfd99
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1965.18.101

The First Settlers (mural study, Shawano, Wisconsin Post Office)

Artist:
Eugene Higgins, born Kansas City, MO 1874-died New York City 1958  Search this
Medium:
brush and ink, ink wash and pencil on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 6 5/8 x 11 7/8 in. (16.9 x 30.1 cm)
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1939
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
History\United States\westward expansion  Search this
Study\mural study  Search this
Travel\land\covered wagon  Search this
New Deal\Treasury Section of Painting and Sculpture  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the General Services Administration
Object number:
1974.28.96
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk792902eef-658f-4766-a8f9-d113eb40f2f4
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1974.28.96

Picnic in Kansas (mural study, Horton, Kansas Post Office)

Artist:
Kenneth Evett, born Loveland, CO 1913-died Ithaca, NY 2005  Search this
Medium:
tempera on fiberboard
Dimensions:
10 x 26 1/8 in. (25.4 x 66.5 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
ca. 1937-1938
Topic:
Landscape\farm  Search this
Recreation\picnic  Search this
Animal\dog  Search this
Study\mural study  Search this
Landscape\Kansas  Search this
New Deal\Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project  Search this
Figure group\male and female  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the Internal Revenue Service through the General Services Administration
Object number:
1962.8.19
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk70274225c-03fb-456f-9e88-4162b96effb3
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1962.8.19

Cowboys Driving Cattle(?) (mural study, Caldwell, Kansas Post Office)

Artist:
Kenneth Evett, born Loveland, CO 1913-died Ithaca, NY 2005  Search this
Medium:
tempera on fiberboard
Dimensions:
13 1/8 x 30 in. (33.2 x 76.2 cm.)
Type:
Painting
Date:
ca. 1940-1941
Topic:
Figure group\male  Search this
Animal\horse  Search this
Animal\cattle  Search this
Study\mural study  Search this
Occupation\other\cowboy  Search this
New Deal\Treasury Section of Painting and Sculpture\Kansas  Search this
Landscape\Kansas\Caldwell  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the Internal Revenue Service through the General Services Administration
Object number:
1962.8.83
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk774b7a8fd-68e0-4253-af8b-372dc623cc9c
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1962.8.83

Nightrise

Artist:
Ruth Chaney, born Kansas City, MO 1908-died 1973  Search this
Medium:
color woodcut on paper
Dimensions:
image: 13 5/8 x 16 3/4 in. (34.5 x 42.5 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1939
Topic:
Architecture\religious\church  Search this
Cityscape\time\night  Search this
Cityscape\street\square  Search this
New Deal\Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from D.C. Public Library
Object number:
1967.72.47
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7c4b8ee77-b10c-4245-b333-e29a241ed604
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1967.72.47

Downtown

Artist:
Ruth Chaney, born Kansas City, MO 1908-died 1973  Search this
Medium:
color woodcut
Dimensions:
image: 12 x 16 in. (30.5 x 40.8 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
ca. 1935-1940
Topic:
Cityscape\street  Search this
Animal\dog  Search this
Figure male\full length  Search this
New Deal\Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project  Search this
Architecture Exterior\domestic\apartment  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase
Object number:
1973.19.2
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7928bf603-5d56-406e-8fbe-fcf53e007c6b
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1973.19.2

Swimmers

Artist:
Ruth Chaney, born Kansas City, MO 1908-died 1973  Search this
Medium:
drypoint on paper
Dimensions:
plate: 9 7/8 x 8 in. (25.1 x 20.2 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
ca. 1935-1943
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Landscape\beach  Search this
Recreation\sport and play\swimming  Search this
Occupation\sport\lifeguard  Search this
New Deal\Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project\New York City  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Jean Nichols
Object number:
1974.38.9
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk73a35efba-0c15-4964-b6a8-b98779d127df
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1974.38.9

Winter

Artist:
Dacre F. Boulton, born Russell, Manitoba, Canada 1906-died Toronto, Ontario, Canda 1984  Search this
Medium:
oil on canvas
Dimensions:
34 1/8 x 28 3/8 in. (86.7 x 72.1 cm.)
Type:
Painting
Date:
ca. 1933-1934
Topic:
Figure male  Search this
Cityscape\street  Search this
Cityscape\season\winter  Search this
New Deal\Public Works of Art Project\Missouri  Search this
Architecture Exterior\domestic\shed  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor
Object number:
1964.1.134
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
On View:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 38A
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk79c490069-de12-4e2a-8f6f-9715b03211e3
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1964.1.134

Downtown Kansas City in Winter

Artist:
Fred Bergere, n.d.  Search this
Medium:
oil on canvas
Dimensions:
21 1/8 x 26 1/8 in. (53.6 x 66.2 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1934
Topic:
Cityscape\bird's eye view  Search this
Cityscape\Missouri\Kansas City  Search this
Cityscape\season\winter  Search this
Cityscape\weather\snow  Search this
New Deal\Public Works of Art Project\Missouri  Search this
Architecture Exterior\commercial\skyscraper  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the General Services Administration
Object number:
1974.28.61
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk711ace76a-7106-47ea-99e6-48acc76247c2
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1974.28.61

Putting things in their place : the causes of local opposition to New Deal art for the Salina, Kansas post office / by Mike Edward Jackson

Author:
Jackson, Mike Edward  Search this
Subject:
Federal Art Project  Search this
Physical description:
41, [2] leaves, [3] leaves of plates : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Manuscripts
Place:
Kansas
Salina
Date:
1995
20th century
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration, American  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Post office buildings  Search this
Art and state  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Call number:
ND2635.K2 J33 1995a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_535581

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