Skip to main content

David S. Osborn papers relating to the Federal art project in California, 1956

Osborn, David S.



Collection Information

Size: 0.2 Linear feet, (on partial microfilm reel)

Summary: A 73 page thesis, MURAL PROJECTS OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT IN THE BAY AREA OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, University of California (Berkeley), December 17, 1956; handwritten notes about the mural projects; and photographs of murals painted by Lucien Labaudt.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Federal Art Project (FAP) fell under the jurisdiction of Federal Project No. 1 of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Established in May 1935 specifically as a work relief program for unemployed artists. Each state and territory had its own programs and were administered aid from the federal government via a local agency.


The lender, Glenn Wessels, is a professor in the art department of the University of California (Berkeley).

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to Glenn Wessels after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel NDA 1(frames 504-599) available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

David S. Osborn papers relating to the Federal art project in California, 1956. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.