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Phyllis Crawford papers concerning the Index of American Design, 1936-1963

Crawford, Phyllis
Arts administrator
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 54 items (on 3 partial microfilm reels).

Collection Summary: Correspondence, writings, lists and printed material collected by Crawford relating to the Index of American Design and her position there.

Reel 2814: Printed material: "Index of American Design" (an introduction), "Index of American Design Portfolios and Proposed Groupings," and "Supplement No. 1 to the Federal Art Project: Manual Instructions to the Index of American Design" (January 1936). (Microfilmed as Index of American Design records).

Reel NDA 3: Lists, reports and correspondence concerning the administration of the Index of American Design in New York. Included are two lengthy comments written to Holger Cahill in 1949; pamphlets; press clippings; and material related to the controversy surrounding her resignation as Senior Project Supervisor.

Reel NDA 14: Lists, correspondence, press clippings, pamphlets relating to the Index of American Design and the controversy surrounding Crawford's resignation.

Biographical/Historical Note: Senior Project Supervisor at the Index of American Design in New York, 1936-1949. The Index was a research division of the Federal Art Project which produced approximately 20,000 reproductions (photographs and original drawings) and classifications of a wide variety of American art, paintings, sculptures, handicrafts, and folk art during the 1930's.

Donated by Phyllis Crawford, 1963-1964.

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