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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
28
56
Armstrong, Louis, 1956
28
57
Armstrong, Louis, 1956
28
58
Armstrong, Louis, 1956
28
59
Armstrong, Louis, 1956
28
60
Art, circa 1930s-circa 1940s
28
61
Art, circa 1930s-circa 1940s
28
62
Art, circa 1930s-circa 1940s
28
63
Art, circa 1930s-circa 1940s
(includes original drawing by H. Cross and an unidentifed sketch)
28
64
Beach and Carnival, 1938
29
1
Bonus Fight, 1932
29
2
Book Burning, circa 1930s
29
3
Campaign 1944, 1936-1944
29
4
Campaign 1944, 1936-1944
oversized material housed in Box 35
29
5
Campaign 1944, 1936-1944
29
6
Campaign 1944, 1936-1944
29
7
Campaign 1944, 1936-1944
29
8
Campaign 1944, 1936-1944
29
9
Campaign 1944, 1936-1944
(F10 includes photo of Shahn; includes CIO-PAC photos)
29
10
Campaign 1944, 1936-1944
29
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
(includes many photographs used by Shahn for a pamphlet he designed for the Office of War Information, circa 1942)
29
24
Farming, 1930s-circa 1940s
29
25
Farming, 1930s-circa 1940s
29
26
Farming, 1930s-circa 1940s
29
27
Farming, 1930s-circa 1940s
29
28
Farming, 1930s-circa 1940s
29
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
29
45
Labor, 1930s-1940s
29
46
Labor, 1930s-1940s
29
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
29
52
Mines and Miners, 1930s-1940s
29
53
Mines and Miners, 1930s-1940s
29
54
Mines and Miners, 1930s-1940s
29
55
Mooney, Thomas J., 1919-1932
29
56
Mooney, Thomas J., 1919-1932
29
57
Mooney, Thomas J., 1919-1932
29
58
Mooney, Thomas J., 1919-1932
29
59
Mooney, Thomas J., 1919-1932
29
60
Movie Stars, 1940s
29
61
Murder, 1930s-1940s
29
62
Music, circa 1940s
29
63
Negroes, 1930s-1960s
29
64
Negroes, 1930s-1960s
29
65
Parks, 1930s
29
66
Parks, 1930s
29
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
30
1
Sailors, circa 1940s
30
2
Science, 1930s-1950
30
3
Scottsboro, 1932-1933
30
4
Scottsboro, 1932-1933
30
5
Seasons, 1930s-1940s
30
6
Shipbuilding, 1940s
30
7
Shipbuilding, 1940s
30
8
Shipbuilding, 1940s
30
9
Shipbuilding, 1940s
30
10
Shipbuilding, 1940s
30
11
Shipbuilding, 1940s
30
12
Sick, 1941-1950
30
13
Slavery, 1930s
30
14
Slums, 1930s-1940s
30
15
Sports, 1930s-1950s
30
16
Steel Country, 1938
30
17
Steel Country, 1938
30
18
Steel Country, 1938
30
19
Steel Country, 1938
30
20
Strikes and Police, 1930s-1950s
30
21
Strikes and Police, 1930s-1950s
30
22
Strikes and Police, 1930s-1950s
30
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
oversized material housed in Box 35
30
29
War, circa 1918-1940s
30
30
War, circa 1918-1940s
30
31
War, circa 1918-1940s
30
32
War, circa 1918-1940s
30
33
War, circa 1918-1940s
30
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
30
40
Women in Politics, circa 1940s
30
41
Work, 1930s-1940s
30
42
Workers, 1930s-1940s
30
43
Workers, 1930s-1940s
30
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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