Jesse L. Nusbaum Public Works of Art records, 1934-1935

Nusbaum, Jesse L. (Jesse Logan), b. 1887 d. 1975
Arts administrator, Archaeologist
Active in Ariz.; N.M.

Collection size: 75 items (on 1 microfilm reel).

Collection Summary: Correspondence, bulletins, reports and catalogs relating to the 13th region (New Mexico and Arizona) of the Public Works of Art Project.

Biographical/Historical Note: Nusbaum was director of Region 13 of the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP). It was the first of the New Deal art programs, established under the Department of the Treasury in December 1933 to assist unemployed artists by enabling them to work on the decoration of non-federal public buildings. Although it lasted only until the following summer, it engaged nearly 4,000 artists in all parts of the country and served as an important precedent for subsequent federal art programs, such as the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration. It existed until June 1934.

Lent for microfilming 1963 by Jesse L. Nusbaum.

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