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Federal Art Project (Calif.) photographs, 1935-1943

Federal Art Project (Calif.)


Collection Information

Size: 0.6 Linear feet, (ca. 165 items)

Summary: Photographs of artists at work and photographs of their works of art.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Federal Art Project (FAP) fell under the jurisdiction of Federal Project No. 1 of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The WPA was established in May 1935 specifically as a work relief program for the millions of individuals left unemployed during the Depression. Its name changed to the Work Projects Administration in 1939 when it fell under the administrative hand of the newly created Federal Works Agency. The FAP was created in August 1935 to aid unemployed artists, following the precedent set by the Public Works of Art Project and other Treasury department art relief projects. The 48 states and territories were divided into regions and administered through the regional office.


Donated 1975 by Richard Russell.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Federal Art Project (Calif.) photographs, 1935-1943. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.