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Ben Shahn papers, 1879-1990, bulk 1933-1970

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Series 3: Project Files , 1933-1975
1.03 Linear feet
Boxes 25-26; OVs 36-37

Project files document approximately twenty-one of Shahn's commissions. Some projects are more fully documented than others with files containing correspondence tracing the evolution and execution of a project, including some letters from Shahn, in addition to proposals, contracts, scattered notes and sketches, blueprints, specifications, financial and printed material, and photographs. However, some projects listed here were ultimately never executed or are represented by only a few items such as receipts, specifications, and photographs. The series includes files for some of Shahn's most important mural commissions such as those for the Jersey Homesteads community center, the Bronx Central Post Office, and the Social Security building in Washington D.C.
Files documenting the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Roosevelt, New Jersey, include contact prints of the memorial's designer, Shahn's son Jonathan Shahn, and his portrait bust of Roosevelt, in addition to a photograph of Ben Shahn at the dedication ceremony for the memorial.
Files are arranged chronologically. This bulk of this series has been scanned with the exception of negatives and some oversized blueprints and plans.
Description Container Select
Rockefeller Center Mural, New York, Specifications, 1933
(specifications for metal furring, lathing and plastering only)
25
40
"Greenbelt" Community, Greenbelt MD, Proposed Film by Shahn and Walker Evans, 1936
25
41
Jersey Homesteads Community Center Fresco Mural, Roosevelt NJ
General, circa 1936-1941
2 Folders
oversized material housed in OV 36
25
42-43
Photos of Artists and Artwork, circa 1936-1941
(including photos of Lenore Thomas working on sculpture and Otto Wester working on aluminum bas relief door panels)
25
44
Photos of Construction, circa 1936-1941
25
45
Negatives of Construction, circa 1936-1941
25
46
Bronx Central Annex Post Office Murals, NY, 1938
2 Folders
25
47-48
Bronx Central Annex Post Office Murals, NY, 1939-1940
25
49
St. Louis Post Office Mural, MO, Prospectus, 1939
25
50
Green Hills, Wisconsin, Mural Proposal, circa 1940s
25
51
"The Great State of Wisconsin" mural drawing, circa 1937
OV42
Jamaica Post Office Tempera Panel, Long Island, NY, 1940-1941
2 Folders
oversized material housed in OV 37
25
52-53
Social Security Building Mural, Washington DC, 1940-1941
oversized material housed in OV 37
25
54
Social Security Building Mural, Washington DC, 1941
25
55
Social Security Building Mural, Washington DC, 1941-1942
25
56
William E. Grady Vocational High School Mosaic Mural, Brooklyn, NY, 1955-1957
25
57
St. John's Abbey Church, Collegeville, MN, 1960-1961
oversized material housed in OV 37
25
58
"Him" by E. E. Cummings, Set Design, Spoleto, Italy, 1960-1961
25
59
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Roosevelt, NJ
General, circa 1961
26
1
General, 1962
oversized material housed in OV 36
26
2
General, 1964
26
3
Receipts, 1961
26
4
Printed Material, circa 1961-1962
26
5
Photographs, 1962
26
6
S. S. Shalom Mosaic Murals, 1962-1969
oversized material housed in OV 37
26
7
Temple Beth Zion Window, Buffalo, NY, 1964-1967
oversized material housed in OV 37
26
8
LeMoyne College Library Mural, Memphis, TN, 1961-1964
26
9
"Play with a Tiger" by Doris Lessing, Set Design, Renata Theatre, New York, NY, 1964
oversized material housed in OV 36-not scanned
26
10
Spivak Residence Mosaic Murals, Far Hills, NJ, 1965-1967
oversized material housed in OV 36
26
11
John F. Kennedy Center for Research on Education and Human Development, George Peabody College for Teachers, Mural, Nashville, TN, 1965-1970
2 Folders
oversized material housed in OV 37
26
12-13
Demonstration School Mural, State University of New York, Buffalo, New York, 1966-1967
oversized material housed in OV 36
26
14
Huntington Beard Crouse Building Outdoor Mosaic Mural, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 1968
26
15
Shahn Grave Monument Designed by Bernarda Bryson Shahn, 1970-1975
oversized material housed in OV 36
26
16
Plans for Miscellaneous Projects, circa 1930s-1958
oversized material housed in OV 39
26
17
Oversized Material from Jersey Homesteads Community Center Fresco Mural, Roosevelt NJ, General, circa 1936-1941
oversized material scanned with Box 25, F42
OV 36
Oversized Material from Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Roosevelt, NJ, General, 1962
oversized material scanned with Box 26, F2
OV 36
Oversized Material, "Play with a Tiger" by Doris Lessing, Set Design, Renata Theatre, New York, NY, 1964
oversized material from Box 26, F10
not scanned
OV 36
Oversized Material from Spivak Residence Mosaic Murals, Far Hills, NJ, 1965-1967
oversized material scanned with Box 26, F11
OV 36
Oversized Material from Demonstration School Mural, State University of New York, Buffalo, New York, 1966-1967
oversized material scanned with Box 26, F14
OV 36
Oversized Material from Shahn Grave Monument Designed by Bernarda Shahn, 1970-1975
oversized material scanned with Box 26, F16
OV 36
Oversized Material from Jamaica Post Office Tempera Panel, Long Island, NY, 1940-1941
oversized material scanned with Box 25, F52
OV 37
Oversized Material from Social Security Building Mural, Washington DC, 1940-1941
oversized material scanned with Box 25, F54
OV 37
Oversized Material from St. John's Abbey Church, Collegeville, MN, 1960-1961
oversized material scanned with Box 25, F58
OV 37
Oversized Material from S. S. Shalom Mosaic Murals, 1962-1969
oversized material scanned with Box 26, F7
OV 37
Oversized Material from Temple Beth Zion Window, Buffalo, NY, 1964-1967
oversized material scanned with Box 26, F8
OV 37
Oversized Material from J.F.K. Center for Research on Education and Human Development, George Peabody College for Teachers, Mural, Nashville, TN, 1965-1970
oversized material scanned with Box 26, F12
OV 37
Plans for Miscellaneous Projects, circa 1930s-1958
oversized material scanned from Box 26, F17
OV 39

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