Philip Evergood papers, 1910-1970

Evergood, Philip Howard, b. 1901 d. 1973
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 14.0 linear ft.
1 rolled doc.

Collection Summary: Photographs, artwork, letters, printed material and manuscripts document Evergood's career as a painter and his work with the WPA; and 4 untranscribed tapes of interviews of Evergood.

REELS 429-430, 1345-1355: Photographs of Evergood, his wife, colleagues, artists, and artwork. Depicted are Jacob Lawrence, Joseph Hirshhorn, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Alexander Dobkin, Hudson Walker, Irene Rice Pereira, Abraham Rattner, Terry Dintenfass, Raphael Soyer, Elizabeth McCausland, and artists at the British American Art Center. Among the photographers are Berenice Abbott, Arnold Newman, and Soichi Sunami. Four scrapbooks reflect his activities with the American Artists Congress and critical reaction to WPA and PWAP art. Correspondence relates to business and his dismissal as an army war artist. Correspondents include Charles Edward Smith, Rockwell Kent, Frank Kleinholz, Leon Kroll, Joan Miro, and Yasuo Kuniyoshi. Additional material includes catalogs, clippings, sketches, and essays by Evergood.

REEL 439 AND SCANNED One photograph of Evergood, taken by Deana Hoffman and microfilmed under Photos of Artists I. The photograph has now been scanned and subsequently returned to the Evergood papers.

REEL 2162: Artwork, ca. 1924-1945, consisting of 83 pencil and watercolor sketches, 10 studies, a costume design, 4 paintings, and 47 childhood drawings. Also included are 2 paintings by Evergood's father.

REELS 2223 and 1885: Photographs, ca. 1916-1942, of Evergood, his family, friends, and artwork.

REEL 2804: Photocopies of two typescripts, THE MASTER'S FAITHFUL DISCIPLE, ca. 1940 (8 pages), and A SHORT INTIMATE BIOGRAPHY OF MY FATHER, (10 pages) by Evergood.

UNMICROFILMED: One drawing (oversize); 3 untranscribed tapes (7"), made from phonograph records, including: an interview of Evergood for the "Jean Colbert Show," undated; a jury meeting and the awarding of prizes at the 13th Annual New Year's Show at the Butler Art Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, December 9, 1947; and Evergood, Alexander Calder, and Jose de Creeft for "Living Art," on radio station WABC, New York City, December 8, 1942. The phonograph records of these interviews are also included. Also included is an untranscribed lecture (5") delivered by Evergood at Minnesota University, undated.

Biographical/Historical Note: Philip Evergood (1901-1973) was a painter from New York, N.Y. Known for his themes of social comment and satire. Served as a W.P.A. muralist. He had over 35 exhibitions, including a retrospective exhibition at the Whitney Museum in 1960.

Donated by Philip and Julia Evergood, 1971 and 1974, except for typescripts on reel 2804 which were donated by Abram Lerner, 1977.

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  • Microfilm reels 429-430, 1345-1355, 1885, 2162, 2223, and 2804 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
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Philip Evergood papers also at Syracuse University.