Citizens' Committee for Government Arts Projects records, 1941

A Finding Aid to the Citizens' Committee for Government Arts Projects Records, 1941, in the Archives of American Art, by Rachel Salzmann

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Historical Information

The Citizens' Committee for Government Arts Projects, founded in 1941 by Aline Davis Hays, The Hon. Stanley M. Isaacs, and Samuel L. M. Barlow in New York City, sought to assemble public support for the preservation of Federal Art Projects (WPA) and a permanent extension of government support for painting and sculpture, music, drama, dance, letters, graphic arts and photography.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

The Citizens' Committee for Government Arts Projects records are dated 1941 and comprise 0.4 linear feet. The records contain correspondence between Committee member and co-founder, Aline Davis Hays, and various organizations, artists, and museum professionals concerning support for the Committee in its efforts to preserve the continuation of the government arts projects under the WPA. The records also include writings about the importance of the WPA as well as a synopsis of the WPA from 1940 to 1941.

Arrangement and Series Description

The collection is arranged into 2 series:

Subjects and Names

This collection is indexed in the online catalog of the Archives of American Art under the following terms:

Subjects:

  • Hays, Aline Davis
  • United States. Works Progress Administration

Subjects-Topical:

  • Art--Societies, etc.--New York (State)--New York

Names:

  • Hays, Alline Davis

Provenance

Gift of New York Artists Equity Association through Regina Stewart, Director, 2010.

How the Collection was Processed

The collection was processed to a minimal level by Cathy Gaines in 2011.


How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

Use of original papers requires an appointment.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Citizens' Committee for Government Arts Projects records 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.

How to Cite this Collection

Citizens' Committee for Government Arts Projects records, 1941. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Correspondence, 1941
(Box 1; 0.4 linear ft.)

Correspondence between Committee member and co-founder, Aline Davis Hays, and various organizations and individuals concerning support for the Committee in its efforts to preserve the continuation of the government arts projects under the WPA.

Box Folder
1 1-5 Correspondence, 1941
(5 folders)

Series 2: Writings, circa 1941
(Box 1; 1 folder)

Writings concern the importance of the WPA as well as a synopsis of the WPA from 1940 to 1941.

Box Folder
1 6 "Argument" and "W.P.A. 1940-41," circa 1941