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Audrey McMahon papers, 1935-1980

Audrey McMahon papers, 1935-1980

McMahon, Audrey, 1890-1981

Arts administrator

Collection Information

Size: 0.4 linear ft.

Summary: The scattered papers of Audrey McMahon include correspondence, writings, notes and research files, and printed material assembled mainly during the late 1960s while assisting Francis V. O'Connor to complete Federal Support for the Visual Arts: The New Deal and Now (1969) and The New Deal Art Projects: An Anthology of Memoirs (1970), and, to a lesser degree, relating to McMahon's activities as Regional Director of the WPA Federal Art Project for New York and New Jersey. Included are photocopies of original correspondence (1935-1941) between McMahon and Holger Cahill and Brehon Somervell, held by the National Archives.

Biographical/Historical Note

Audrey McMahon served under Holger Cahill as Regional Director for the WPA Federal Art Project for New York and New Jersey from 1935 to 1939. She died at age 87 in 1981.

Provenance

Donated 1997 by Geraldine Rhoads, executrix of McMahon's estate.

Related Materials

A Finding Aid to the Audrey McMahon Papers,
1935-1980
, in the Archives of American Art
AAA.mcmaaudr
Author
Finding aid prepared by Barbara Aikens
Biographical Note
Audrey McMahon served under Holger Cahill as Regional Director for the WPA Federal Art Project for New York and New Jersey from 1935 to 1939. She died at age 87 in 1981.
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as one series:
Series 1: Audrey McMahon's Papers, 1935-1980 (Box 1; 0.4 linear feet)
Scope and Content Note
The scattered papers of Audrey McMahon measure 0.4 linear feet and date from 1935 through 1980. Found are correspondence, writings, notes and research files, and printed material assembled mainly during the late 1960s while assisting Francis V. O'Connor complete
Federal Support for the Visual Arts: The New Deal and Now
(1969) and
The New Deal Art Projects: An Anthology of Memoirs
(1970) and, to a lesser degree, miscellaneous files relating to McMahon's activities as Regional Director of the WPA Federal Art Project for New York and New Jersey . Included are photocopies of original correspondence (1935-41) between McMahon and Holger Cahill and Brehon Somervell, held by the National Archives.
Provenance
Donated 1997 by Geraldine Rhoads, executrix of McMahon's estate.
Related Material
The bulk of Audrey McMahon's papers reside in the National Archives, together with the records of the WPA Federal Artist Project files. The Archives of American Art holds a 1964 interview with McMahon done by Harlan Phillips as part of the Archives New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project.
Processing Information
The papers were processed to a preliminary level in 2003 by a volunteer in the AAA New York Regional Office.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Audrey McMahon papers, 1935-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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