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

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Series 7: Source Files , circa 1900s-1960s
1.81 Linear feet
Boxes 28-30, 35

Source files contain printed material, primarily newspaper clippings, and photographs relating to topics depicted by Shahn in his artwork, including children, dust, farming, houses, mines and miners, slums, war and workers.
Of particular note are the file for "Children" which includes one of the clippings Shahn used as a source for Girl Skipping Rope (1943); scattered photographic prints by FSA and OWI photographers including Shahn and Jack Delano, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, Carl Mydans, Marion Post Wolcott, Arthur Rothstein, and John Vachon; files for "Steel Country," which include prints of photographs taken by Shahn on his 1938 assignment to Ohio as a photographer for the Historical Section of the Resettlement Administration; and a group of photographs of Louis Armstrong's 1956 visit to the Gold Coast.
Files are arranged alphabetically by subject. The bulk of this series has been scanned with the exception of large groups of news clippings.
Description Container Select
Aluminum, circa 1930s-circa 1940s
28
55
Armstrong, Louis, 1956
5 Folders
28
56-60
Art, circa 1930s-circa 1940s
4 Folders
(includes original drawing by H. Cross and an unidentifed sketch)
28
61-64
Beach and Carnival, 1938
29
1
Bonus Fight, 1932
29
2
Book Burning, circa 1930s
29
3
Campaign 1944, 1936-1944
8 Folders
oversized material housed in Box 35
(F10 includes photo of Shahn; includes CIO-PAC photos)
29
4-11
Cattle, circa 1940s
29
12
Children, 1934-1950
(includes one of the news clippings Shahn used as a source for Girl Skipping Rope, 1943)
29
13
Church, 1932-1939
29
14
Congressman, 1937-1944
29
15
Conventions, 1934-1948
29
16
Dams, 1936-1944
29
17
Defeated Germans and Japanese, 1945
29
18
Dust, 1934-1938
29
19
Edison, Thomas A., 1920s
29
20
Execution, circa 1930s
29
21
Farm Labor, circa 1909-1942
29
22
Farm Strike, circa 1933
29
23
Farming, 1930s-circa 1940s
6 Folders
(includes many photographs used by Shahn for a pamphlet he designed for the Office of War Information, circa 1942)
29
24-29
Fascism, circa 1941
29
30
Fire, circa 1940s
29
31
Flood, 1930s-1940s
29
32
Folk Art, circa 1940
29
33
Freud, Sigmund, circa 1930s-circa 1950s
29
34
Ga-Ga, circa 1930s-circa 1940s
29
35
Grief, circa 1930s
29
36
Hillman, Sidney, 1940-1944
29
37
Hitler, Adolf, circa 1938
29
38
House Builders, circa 1930s
29
39
Houses, 1930s-1940s
29
40
Industry, 1930s-1940s
29
41
Jews, 1930s-1950s
29
42
Kelly, Charles (Medal of Honor recipient), 1944
29
43
Korean War, 1950-1952
29
44
Labor, 1930s-1940s
3 Folders
29
45-47
Lynching of Thomas Thurmond and John Holmes, 1933
29
48
May Day, 1932-1934
29
49
McCarthy, Joseph, 1953-1954
29
50
Mecca, 1940s
29
51
Mines and Miners, 1930s-1940s
4 Folders
29
52-55
Mooney, Thomas J., 1919-1932
5 Folders
29
56-60
Movie Stars, 1940s
29
61
Murder, 1930s-1940s
29
62
Music, circa 1940s
29
63
Negroes, 1930s-1960s
2 Folders
29
64-65
Parks, 1930s
2 Folders
29
66-67
People Alone, 1930s-1940s
29
68
People Together, 1930s-1940s
29
69
Portraits, 1940s
29
70
Post Office, circa 1900s-circa 1930s
29
71
Punishment, 1930s-1950s
29
72
Refugees, 1930s-1940s
29
73
Roadside Signs, circa 1940s
29
74
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1940-1945
29
75
Ruin, 1940s
29
76
Ruml, Beardsley, circa 1940s
29
77
Sailors, circa 1940s
2 Folders
30
1-2
Science, 1930s-1950
30
3
Scottsboro, 1932-1933
2 Folders
30
4-5
Seasons, 1930s-1940s
30
6
Shipbuilding, 1940s
6 Folders
30
7-12
Sick, 1941-1950
30
13
Slavery, 1930s
30
14
Slums, 1930s-1940s
30
15
Sports, 1930s-1950s
30
16
Steel Country, 1938
4 Folders
30
17-20
Strikes and Police, 1930s-1950s
3 Folders
folder 23 has not been scanned
30
21-23
Top Hat, 1920s-1940s
30
24
Truman, Harry S., circa 1945
30
25
Umbrellas, circa 1930s
30
26
Unemployment, 1920s-1940s
30
27
Victory, 1945
30
28
War, circa 1918-1940s
6 Folders
folder 30 has not been scanned
oversized material housed in Box 35
30
29-34
War Materials, 1940s
30
35
War Workers, 1940s-1950
30
36
Washington, D.C., circa 1940s
30
37
Weddings, circa 1930s
30
38
Women, 1930s
30
39
Women in Politics, circa 1940s
2 Folders
30
40-41
Work, 1930s-1940s
30
42
Workers, 1930s-1940s
2 Folders
30
43-44
Oversized Material from Campaign, 1944
oversized material scanned with Box 29, F5
35
Oversized Material from War, circa 1918-1940s
oversized material scanned with Box 30, F34
35

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