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Oral history interview with John Vachon, 1964 April 28

Interviewee:
Vachon, John, 1914-1975  Search this
Interviewer:
Doud, Richard Keith  Search this
Subject:
Stryker, Roy Emerson  Search this
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section  Search this
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Photographers  Search this
Documentary photography  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11830
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213956
AAA_collcode_vachon64
Theme:
Photography
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213956
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Oral history interview with Ben Shahn, 1964 April 14

Interviewee:
Shahn, Ben, 1898-1969  Search this
Interviewer:
Doud, Richard Keith  Search this
Subject:
Evans, Walker  Search this
Lange, Dorothea  Search this
Stryker, Roy Emerson  Search this
Rosskam, Edwin  Search this
Rothstein, Arthur  Search this
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section  Search this
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Photographers  Search this
Painters  Search this
Documentary photography  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12760
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213825
AAA_collcode_shahn64
Theme:
Photography
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213825
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Edwin and Louise Rosskam, 1965 August 3

Interviewee:
Rosskam, Edwin, 1903-1985  Search this
Interviewer:
Doud, Richard Keith  Search this
Subject:
Wolcott, Marion Post  Search this
Stryker, Roy Emerson  Search this
Wright, Richard  Search this
Vachon, John  Search this
Lange, Dorothea  Search this
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section  Search this
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Photographers  Search this
Documentary photography  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13112
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213752
AAA_collcode_rosska65
Theme:
Photography
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213752
Online Media:

Paul Vanderbilt papers, 1854-1992, bulk 1945-1992

Creator:
Vanderbilt, Paul, 1905-1992  Search this
Subject:
Conniff, Gregory  Search this
Shera, Jesse Hauk  Search this
Haywood, Carl  Search this
Talbot, George  Search this
Newhall, Beaumont  Search this
Stryker, Roy Emerson  Search this
Lesy, Michael  Search this
Allen, Mary North  Search this
Guthrie, Woody  Search this
Plunkett, Jane  Search this
Holzhueter, Jack  Search this
Lange, Dorothea  Search this
Pilling, Arnold R.  Search this
Blake, William  Search this
Vanderbilt, Julia  Search this
Crane, Barbara  Search this
Philadelphia Museum of Art  Search this
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section  Search this
Graphic History Society of America  Search this
Library of Congress.Prints and Photographs Division  Search this
State Historical Society of Wisconsin.Division of Archives and Manuscripts  Search this
Union Library Catalogue of the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Curators  Search this
Graphic arts  Search this
Documentary photography  Search this
Photography  Search this
Photomicrography  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6911
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209040
AAA_collcode_vandpaul
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209040
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Farm Security Administration (FSA) selected records and photographs, 1935-1942

Creator:
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section  Search this
Subject:
Rosskam, Edwin  Search this
Mydans, Carl  Search this
Stryker, Roy Emerson  Search this
Wolcott, Marion Post  Search this
Lee, Russell Werner  Search this
Collier, John  Search this
Vachon, John  Search this
Delano, Jack  Search this
Shahn, Ben  Search this
Rothstein, Arthur  Search this
Evans, Walker  Search this
Lange, Dorothea  Search this
Topic:
Art and state  Search this
Federal aid to the public welfare  Search this
Architectural photography  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Photography  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8898
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211083
AAA_collcode_unstfsad
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211083

Roy Emerson Stryker papers [microfilm], 1932-1964

Creator:
Stryker, Roy Emerson, 1893-1975  Search this
Subject:
Wolcott, Marion Post  Search this
Lee, Russell Werner  Search this
Vachon, John  Search this
Delano, Jack  Search this
Collier, John  Search this
Rothstein, Arthur  Search this
Lange, Dorothea  Search this
Locke, Edwin  Search this
Evans, Walker  Search this
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section  Search this
Topic:
Art and state  Search this
United States  Search this
Federal aid to the public welfare  Search this
Documentary photography  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9492
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211690
AAA_collcode_stryroyp
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211690

Roy Emerson Stryker collection, 1932-1964

Creator:
Stryker, Roy Emerson, 1893-1975  Search this
Subject:
Vachon, John  Search this
Lange, Dorothea  Search this
Steinbeck, John  Search this
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section  Search this
Topic:
United States  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)16002
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)305729
AAA_collcode_stryroy
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_305729

Oral history interview with Bernarda Bryson Shahn, 1995 July 3

Interviewee:
Bryson, Bernarda, 1903-2004  Search this
Interviewer:
Meecham, Pamela J.  Search this
Subject:
Shahn, Ben  Search this
Rivera, Diego  Search this
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Painters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12779
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215864
AAA_collcode_bryson95
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_215864
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Oral history interview with Carl Mydans, 1964 Apr. 29

Interviewee:
Mydans, Carl, 1907-2004  Search this
Interviewer:
Doud, Richard Keith  Search this
Subject:
Stryker, Roy Emerson  Search this
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section  Search this
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Photographers  Search this
Documentary photography  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12389
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213679
AAA_collcode_mydans64
Theme:
Photography
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213679

Oral history interview with Paul Vanderbilt, 1964 November 10

Interviewee:
Vanderbilt, Paul, 1905-1992  Search this
Interviewer:
Doud, Richard Keith  Search this
Subject:
Stryker, Roy Emerson  Search this
Rosskam, Edwin  Search this
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section  Search this
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Librarians  Search this
Archivists  Search this
Documentary photography  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11929
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213957
AAA_collcode_vander64
Theme:
Photography
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213957

Oral history interview with Marion Post Wolcott, 1965 January 18

Interviewee:
Wolcott, Marion Post, 1910-1990  Search this
Interviewer:
Doud, Richard Keith  Search this
Subject:
Stryker, Roy Emerson  Search this
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section  Search this
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Photographers  Search this
Documentary photography  Search this
Women photographers  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12262
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213979
AAA_collcode_wolcot65
Theme:
Photography
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213979
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Beaumont Newhall, 1965 Jan. 23

Interviewee:
Newhall, Beaumont, 1908-1993  Search this
Interviewer:
Trovato, Joseph S., 1912-1983  Search this
Subject:
Blatas, Arbit  Search this
Talbot, William Henry Fox  Search this
Steichen, Edward  Search this
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section  Search this
Federal art project (Mass.)  Search this
George Eastman House  Search this
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Arts administrators  Search this
Art historians  Search this
Photography  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13299
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213687
AAA_collcode_newhal65
Theme:
Photography
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213687

Farm Security Administration photographs, [ca. 1943]

Creator:
Wool, Helen D.  Search this
Subject:
Rosskam, Edwin  Search this
Stryker, Roy Emerson  Search this
Lee, Russell Werner  Search this
Delano, Jack  Search this
Vachon, John  Search this
Collier, John  Search this
Locke, Edwin  Search this
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section  Search this
Topic:
Art and state  Search this
Federal aid to the public welfare  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9841
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212326
AAA_collcode_woolhele
Theme:
Audio - Visual
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212326

Jack Delano papers, 1939-1943

Creator:
Delano, Jack, 1914-1997  Search this
Subject:
Stryker, Roy Emerson  Search this
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section  Search this
Topic:
United States  Search this
Photography  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9300
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211495
AAA_collcode_delajack
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211495

Paul Vanderbilt papers

Creator:
Vanderbilt, Paul  Search this
Names:
Graphic History Society of America  Search this
Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division  Search this
Philadelphia Museum of Art  Search this
State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Division of Archives and Manuscripts  Search this
Union Library Catalogue of the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area  Search this
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section  Search this
Allen, Mary North  Search this
Blake, William  Search this
Conniff, Gregory, 1944-  Search this
Crane, Barbara, d1928-  Search this
Guthrie, Woody, 1912-1967  Search this
Haywood, Carl  Search this
Holzhueter, Jack  Search this
Lange, Dorothea  Search this
Lesy, Michael, 1945-  Search this
Newhall, Beaumont, 1908-1993  Search this
Pilling, Arnold R.  Search this
Plunkett, Jane  Search this
Shera, Jesse Hauk, 1903-1982  Search this
Stryker, Roy Emerson, 1893-1975  Search this
Talbot, George  Search this
Vanderbilt, Julia  Search this
Extent:
25.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Diaries
Interviews
Photographs
Sound recordings
Date:
1854-1992
bulk 1945-1992
Summary:
The papers of librarian, curator, and photographer Paul Vanderbilt (1905-1992) measure 25.2 linear feet and date from 1854 to 1992 with the bulk of the material dating from 1945 to 1992. The papers are comprised of biographical materials, personal and business correspondence, interviews, writings and notes, fourteen diaries and two diary fragments, reference and project files, photographic materials, sound recordings, and professional files.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of librarian, curator, and photographer Paul Vanderbilt (1905-1992) measure 25.2 linear feet and date from 1854 to 1992 with the bulk of the material dating from 1945 to 1992. The papers are comprised of biographical materials, personal and business correspondence, interviews, writings and notes, fourteen diaries and two diary fragments, reference and project files, photographic materials, sound recordings, and professional files.

Biographical materials include seven appointment books, family letters and documents, and an honorary degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Vanderbilt's correspondence is with colleagues, and organizations including Dorothea Lange, Beaumont Newhall, Roy Stryker, and Julia Vanderbilt.

Sound recordings of interviews of Vanderbilt conducted by Mary North Allen, Barbara Crane, Carl Haywood, Jack Holzhueter, and Jane Plunkett. Other recordings are of Vanderbilt discussing his personal and professional life.

Writings by Paul Vanderbilt include drafts of Between the Landscape and its Other, poems, lectures, student papers, and notes on a variety of subjects. Writings by others are found for William Blake, Gregory Conniff, Woody Guthrie, Michael Lesy, Arnold R. Pilling, Jesse H. Shera, and Roy Stryker.

Fourteen of Vanderbilt's personal diaries and two diary fragments date from 1926 to 1990.

Reference files consist of printed materials on art, art historians, book reviews, library and information studies, photography and microphotography techniques, and other themes of interest to Vanderbilt. Project files include material from Vanderbilt's various projects, including a guide to the iconography of Iran, the reclassification of FSA photographs, and the Union Library Catalog of Philadelphia.

Included in professional files are administrative records, correspondence, exhibition files, project files, printed material, and research files created during Vanderbilt's career at the Library of Congress, Graphic History Society, State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Farm Security Administration. Also found are materials for Vanderbilt's work as a consultant for several organizations, lecture documents, and art-related workshops.

Photographs are by and of Paul Vanderbilt, the staff of the Library of Congress, and George Talbot. Negatives include images for the Farm Security Administration. Bibliography cards and photographs of artwork from the Library of Congress can be found on microfilm reels within the collection.

Also found are fourteen unidentified sound recordings.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 10 series.

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1894-1992 (0.5 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1933-1992 (1.5 linear feet; Box 1-2)

Series 3: Interviews, 1967-1992 (1.5 linear feet; Box 2-4)

Series 4: Writings and Notes, 1887-1992 (4.0 linear feet; Box 4-8)

Series 5: Diaries, 1926-1990 (0.5 linear feet; Box 8)

Series 6: Reference Files, 1877-1992 (2.5 linear feet; Box 8-10, 26)

Series 7: Project Files, 1935-1990 (3.0 linear feet; Box 10-13)

Series 8: Professional Files, 1854-1991 (11.7 linear feet; Box 13-24)

Series 9: Photographic Materials, 1912-1980s (0.5 linear feet; Box 24)

Series 10: Sound Recordings, circa 1980s (0.5 linear feet; Box 24-25)
Biographical / Historical:
Paul Vanderbilt (1905-1992) was a librarian, curator, and photographer active in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. and Madison, Wisconsin.

Paul Vanderbilt was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and educated in Germany, Switzerland, and Massachusetts. He attended Amherst College from 1923 to 1925 before transferring to Harvard where he graduated with a BA in art history in 1927. After graduation, Vanderbilt traveled to Europe where he studied at the American School of Librarianship in Paris and the Institut de Psychologie Bibliogique in Lausanne. In 1929, he returned to the United States and became a librarian at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and director of the Union Library Catalog project for the Philadelphia area.

In 1941 Vanderbilt began working under Roy Stryker cataloging the extensive photographic survey collection of the Farm Security Administration and U.S. Office of War Information. The collection is a rich resource of images of American life between 1935 and 1944. In 1943, the FSA photograph collection was transferred to the Library of Congress and Vanderbilt went with it as the curator of the newly formed Prints and Photographs Division, eventually becoming the Division chief of fine arts.

During the early 1950s, Vanderbilt also served as the director of the Graphic History Society of America. There he published a quarterly bulletin Eye to Eye and developed a guide to iconography in Iran. In 1954, he became the Curator of Iconographic Collections at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin and worked there until he retired in 1972.

Vanderbilt remained active after retirement. He became an artist-in-residence at the Apeiron Workshops, worked as a photographer for the Seagram courthouse project and the George Eastman House, and was a presenter at multiple conferences. Vanderbilt devoted much of his later life to working on his book titled Between the Landscape and its Other which was published posthumously after Vanderbilt's death in 1992.
Related Materials:
Also found at the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Paul Vanderbilt conducted by Richard Doud on November 10, 1964.
Provenance:
The collection was donated in 1981 by Paul Vanderbilt and in 1993 by his estate through John W. Winn, executor.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Paul Vanderbilt papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Art historians -- United States  Search this
Curators -- United States  Search this
Documentary photography -- United States  Search this
Photography  Search this
Photomicrography  Search this
Graphic arts -- Historiography  Search this
Graphic arts -- Iran  Search this
Librarians  Search this
Photographers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Diaries
Interviews
Photographs
Sound recordings
Citation:
Paul Vanderbilt papers, 1854-1992, bulk 1945-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.vandpaul
See more items in:
Paul Vanderbilt papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-vandpaul
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Interview with Roy Stryker

Creator:
Stryker, Roy Emerson, 1893-1975  Search this
Subject:
Stryker, Roy Emerson  Search this
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
1960 January
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11956
See more items in:
Interview with Roy E. Stryker;, circa 1960 Jan
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11956

Interview with Paul Vanderbilt reel 5

Creator:
Vanderbilt, Paul, 1905-1992  Search this
Subject:
Parks, Gordon  Search this
Vanderbilt, Paul  Search this
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section  Search this
University of Massachusetts at Amherst  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
196-?
Topic:
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)16894
See more items in:
Paul Vanderbilt papers, 1854-1992, bulk 1945-1992
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_16894

Interview with Paul Vanderbilt reel 4

Creator:
Vanderbilt, Paul, 1905-1992  Search this
Subject:
Vanderbilt, Paul  Search this
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
196-?
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)16895
See more items in:
Paul Vanderbilt papers, 1854-1992, bulk 1945-1992
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_16895

Interview with Paul Vanderbilt reel 3

Creator:
Vanderbilt, Paul, 1905-1992  Search this
Subject:
Hine, Lewis Wickes  Search this
Stryker, Roy Emerson  Search this
Vanderbilt, Paul  Search this
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
196-?
Topic:
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)16896
See more items in:
Paul Vanderbilt papers, 1854-1992, bulk 1945-1992
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_16896

Staff member at the caption card catalog in the offices of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information

Subject:
Office of War Information.  Search this
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
between 1935 and 1944?
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)17104
See more items in:
Paul Vanderbilt papers, 1854-1992, bulk 1945-1992
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_17104
Online Media:

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