FAP records of Adele Clark, 1931-1963

Federal Art Project (Va.), est. 1935 - 1943
Federal government

Collection size: 10.5 linear ft. (on partial microfilm reel).
Reel NDA 2: 0.6 linear ft. (on partial microfilm reel).

Collection Summary: Unmicrofilmed material: Correspondence of Adele Clark, Thomas Parker, and Thomas Singleton; minutes of meetings time sheets and monthly reports; subject files on various FAP projects; photographs; and prints, watercolors, and sketches done by FAP artists. Most of the records relate to the Academy of Sciences and Fine Arts in Richmond, Va., the Big Stone Gap Community Art Center, and the Index of American Design.

Reel NDA 2: Ca. 500 letters, reports, rosters, directives, manuscripts and other materials pertaining to the FAP in Virginia; ca. 135 photographs of administrators, students, works of art, and art exhibitions; ca. 120 pages of sketches by FAP artists; and news clippings, mimeographed programs, and circulars.

Biographical/Historical Note: Clark was the Virginia state director of the Federal Art Project (FAP); Parker and Singleton were both directors of the Academy of Sciences and Fine Arts, Richmond, Va. The FAP was a federal relief art program established under Federal Project No. 1 of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) which provided work for unemployed artists and craftsmen during the Depression.

The donor, Adeline Cox, is the niece of Adele Clark.

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Adele Clark papers; also at: Special Collections, Virginia Commonwealth University.

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