Lou Block papers, 1936-1938

Block, Lou, b. 1895 d. 1969
Muralist, Arts administrator
Active in Louisville, Ky.

Collection size: 47 items (on partial microfilm reel)

Collection Summary: Papers relating to Block's involvement as a supervisor in the WPA Federal Art Project New York City office and as a member of the Artists Congress.

Frames 825-889: Photographs of murals in New York City, many unidentified, and photographs of strike and picketing by Artists' Union [microfilm title WPA-FAP, New York].

Frames 1013-1300: Correspondence and memoranda regarding rejection of murals for the Harlem Hospital by black artists, and charges of racism and segregation in the FAP; memos and reports by Block on the Index of American Design in New York City, including a roster of master artists on the Index; memos relating to cutbacks and quotas on the FAP; memos from the Supervisors Association of the FAP; Artists Congress report to membership, November 1936; issues of AMERICAN ARTIST; Index of American Design exhibition catalogs; and other printed material.

Biographical/Historical Note: Administrator, Federal Art Project; New York, N.Y.

Lent for microfilming 1965 by Louis Block.

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