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

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.

Location of Originals

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

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

Authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained from: Franklin D. Library, Hyde Park N.Y.

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