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Dorothy C. Miller papers, 1853-2013, bulk bulk 1920-1996

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Series 9: Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project Files , 1935-1979
0.5 Linear feet
Box 20, OV 27

Some of Holger Cahill's files relating to his work as director of the Federal Art Project (FAP) of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) remained with Dorothy Miller, including a series of essays written primarily by FAP artists which Cahill intended to publish, but had not before his death in 1960. This series contains both Cahill's files and Miller's files relating to subsequent FAP research efforts by others. There are two folders of correspondence and other material concerning Miller's work with art historian Francis O'Connor in collecting, organizing, and editing the FAP artist essays that Cahill had saved and which were ultimately published as Art for the Millions: Essays from the 1930s by Artists and Administrators of the Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project (Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1975). In the mid-1960s Miller began donating Cahill's FAP records to the Archives of American Art and scattered correspondence related to this disposition can be found here.
Miller also worked with the Newark Museum in 1978-1979 on the exhibition Murals Without Walls which celebrated the recovery of two large panels of Arshile Gorky's "lost" murals painted for the Newark Airport in 1936-1937 under the FAP. There are files of Miller's correspondence with the museum about the project wherein she provided information about the Gorky murals from Cahill's FAP files.
Additional files document inquiries relating to poster artists and referrals that Miller made to the Office of War Information Graphics Division following the closure of the FAP; an exhibition The Thirties: Reaction to a Crisis held at the Lowe Art Center in April 1974; and a folder of five copies of letters from Holger Cahill to artist Mitchell Siporin. There is also a folder containing copies of a text written by Miller for an exhibition she organized and was circulated by the Museum of Modern Art entitled The U.S. Government Art Projects: Some Distinguished Alumni.
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Arshile Gorky Murals, Correspondence and Printed Material, 1952-1977
20
11
Arshile Gorky Murals, Correspondence and Printed Material, 1977-1979
20
12
Arshile Gorky Murals, Photographs, 1936-1977
20
13
Art For The Millions, 1935-1976
20
14-15
Cahill Letters to Mitchell Siporin, 1937-1945
20
16
Correspondence, 1936-1978
20
17-20
Correspondence, Contreras, Belisario R. (researcher), 1963-1968
20
21
Office of War Information Graphics Division, 1941-1943
Oversized material housed in OV 27
20
22-23
The U. S. Government Art Projects: Some Distinguished Alumni, Exhibition (1963-1964: Museum of Modern Art), circa 1963
20
24
The Thirties: Reaction to a Crisis Exhibition (1974: Lowe Art Center), 1969-1979
20
25
Oversized Office of War Information Graphics Division Sheet of Stamps, 1943
Oversized material from Box 20, F 23
OV 27

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