Olin Dows letters, 1938-1949

Dows, Olin, b. 1904 d. 1981
Arts administrator, Author, Engraver, Lithographer
Active in Washington, D.C.

Collection size: 0.2 linear feet

Collection Summary: This small collection of letters to and from painter and arts administrator Olin Dows measures 0.2 linear feet and dates from 1938 to 1949. The letters primarily document his work as director of the Treasury Relief Art Project, as an admistrator for the American Federation of Arts, and his work as a war artist. Much of the correspondence is with arts administrators Edward Bruce and Forbes Watson.

Biographical/Historical Note: Olin Dows (1904-1981) was a sculptor, painter, printmaker, writer, lecturer, and the director of Treasury Relief Art Project from Rhinebeck, N.Y.

Letters were donated in 1962 by Olin Dows; the provenance of one letter (on microfilm reel 2803) is unknown.

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Also at the Archives of American Art is an interview of Olin Dows conducted on October 31, 1963, by Harlan Phillips.