David S. Osborn master's thesis and related papers concerning the Federal art project in California, 1956

Osborn, David S.
Active in Berkeley, Calif.

Collection size: 0.2 linear ft. (on partial microfilm reel).

Collection Summary: A 73 page thesis, MURAL PROJECTS OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT IN THE BAY AREA OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, University of California (Berkeley), December 17, 1956; handwritten notes about the mural projects; and photographs of murals painted by Lucien Labaudt.

Biographical/Historical Note: The Federal Art Project (FAP) fell under the jurisdiction of Federal Project No. 1 of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Established in May 1935 specifically as a work relief program for unemployed artists. Each state and territory had its own programs and were administered aid from the federal government via a local agency.

The lender, Glenn Wessels, is a professor in the art department of the University of California (Berkeley).

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