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Federal art program papers of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry L. Hopkins, 1932-1942

Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945



Collection Information

Size: 4 Microfilm reels

Summary: Correspondence of Roosevelt, Edward Bruce, Nelson Rockefeller, Hopkins, George Biddle, William Zorach, Olin Dows, Rockwell Kent and others regarding the Public Works of Art Project, the Federal Theater Project, and the Federal Art Project; reports on regional Federal Art Project offices in Florida, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Pennsylvania; shipping receipts for works of art; clippings; photographs of works of art; correspondence between White House staff and members of the American Institute of Architects concerning federal architecture, 1934; correspondence of Edgar Chambless regarding his urban design, "Roadtown"; and miscellaneous correspondence.

Biographical/Historical Note

President of the United States of America, 1933-1945. Instituted the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and its programs. Harry L. Hopkins was the Director of the WPA. The Federal Art Project was one of five projects in Federal Project No. 1 of the WPA. Holger Cahill was director.


The Franklin D. Roosevelt Library donated the microfilm copies of these papers to AAA in 1982. The microfilming was done by the donor.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, N.Y.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels NDA/HP 1, NDA/HP 3-NDA/HP 5 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Microfilmed by the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, N.Y., January 1966 4 reels.

Restrictions on Access

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

Restrictions on Use

Authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce requires written permission from Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park N.Y. Contact Reference Services for more information.

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How to Cite This Collection

Federal art program papers of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry L. Hopkins, 1932-1942. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.