PWAP Region 15 (Calif.) papers, 1934-1964

Public Works of Art Project

Collection size: 11 items (on partial microfilm reel).

Collection Summary: Miscellaneous correspondence of Walter Heil, regional director of PWAP, 1934; form letters from Edward Bruce, national director; and a typescript reminiscence of the PWAP and a letter from Ray Strong addressed to Mary McChesney and dated 1964.[Microfilm title, "Ray Strong"]

Biographical/Historical Note: Federally funded art project of the Treasury Department initiated in order to provide jobs for unemployed artists during the Depression. Under the PWAP the country was divided into 16 regions each of which had its own director who answered to the national director in Washington, D.C. The PWAP was succeeded by the Section of Painting and Sculpture, which subsequently became the Section of Fine Arts.

Lent for microfilming 1964 by the M.H. De Young Museum.

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