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Dorothy Hay Jensen papers, 1931-1991

Jensen, Dorothy Hay, 1910-

Arts administrator


Collection Information

Size: 0.2 Linear feet

Summary: Papers relating to Jensen's work as supervisor of the WPA art projects in Maine and her work on the Index of American Design. Included are: several letters received, primarily from the National Gallery of Art's curator for the Index of American Design, 1949 and 1984-1991; notebook of a working list for the Index of American Design, which also contains annotations, notes and newspaper clippings, ca. 1940; notes; photographs of quilting, stencils, painting, and woodcarving; a rendering of a rocking chair; and printed material.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art administrator; Maine. Supervisor of the Federal Art Project in Maine, 1936-1941; gathering information for the Index of American Design was one phase of their work. The Index of American Design was a research division of the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration which produced approximately 20,000 reproductions (photographs and original drawings) and classifications of a wide variety of American art, paintings, sculpture, handicrafts and folk art.


Donated 1992 by Dorothy Hay Jensen.

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How to Cite This Collection

Dorothy Hay Jensen papers, 1931-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.