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Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection, circa 1920-1965, bulk 1935-1942

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Series 2: Subject Files , 1934-1956
2.8 Linear feet
Boxes 25-32

Photographs in this series document many of the FAP's educational activities, such as classes for children and adults, primarily in New York City, and active community and federal art centers in other states including Iowa, Florida, and Washington State. Also found here are photos of non-federal public buildings decorated with FAP artwork, such as airports; photos of artists at work and demonstrating various processes; photos of exhibitions, including some at the Harlem Art Center; photos documenting FAP branches, including the Easel Division, the Graphic Arts Division, and the Poster Division; and photos documenting the Federal Music, Theater and Writers' Projects. There is one folder of photographs of a Civilian Conservation Corps camps training school. Also found here are photographs of people and events, including FAP director, Holger Cahill, and various artists with their work in exhibitions
One folder contains images taken by Berenice Abbott for the exhibition Changing New York, for the Museum of the City of New York in collaboration with the WPA.
In addition to copy prints and scattered negatives the series also contains a transcript of a Signal Corps Photographic Center dedication.
Photographs are arranged alphabetically by subject and folder title.
Series is scanned in entirety with the exception of duplicate copy prints, negatives of existing copy prints, and blank versos of photographs.
Description Container Select
Airport Murals and Construction
LaGuardia Airport, circa 1938-circa 1942
25
1
Newark Airport, circa 1940
25
2
North Beach Airport, circa 1938-circa 1939
25
3
Armed Forces, circa 1939-1945
25
4
Art Centers, Community
Iowa, Mason City, circa 1938-circa 1939
25
5
Iowa, Sioux City, circa 1937-circa 1939
25
6
Art Centers, Federal
Arizona (Phoenix), circa 1935-circa 1942
25
7
Florida (Jacksonville, Miami, St. Petersburg), circa 1935-circa 1942
25
8
Montana (Butte), circa 1938
25
9
New Mexico, circa 1935-circa 1942
25
10
North Carolina (Asheville, Greensboro, Raleigh?, Winston Salem), circa 1935-circa 1942
25
11
Ohio (Cleveland), circa 1935-circa 1942
25
12
Oklahoma (Oklahoma City, Tulsa), circa 1935-circa 1942
25
13
Tennessee (Norris), circa 1938
25
14
Virginia (Lynchburg), circa 1935-circa 1942
25
15
Art Week, circa 1940-circa 1941
includes photo of Reginald Marsh, and photo of Louis Bouche, Reginald Marsh, and William Zorach
25
16
Artists at Work, circa 1935-circa 1942
25
17
Artists at Work, 1936-1941
includes photos of Edward Laning
25
18
Building Exteriors, circa 1936-circa 1942
25
19
Buildings with FAP Artwork, circa 1936-circa 1942
25
20
Changing New York by Berenice Abbott, circa 1935-circa 1939
25
21
Children, circa 1935-circa 1941
25
22
Children, 1935-1937
25
23
Children, 1938
25
24
Children, 1939
25
25
Civilian Conservation Corps Camps Training School, circa 1936-circa 1942
26
1
Educational Exhibitions
Chronic Disease, circa 1937-circa 1939
26
2
Visual Aid Objects for Defense, circa 1937-circa 1939
26
3
Why Plan Our City?, circa 1939
26
4
Lectures and Symposiums, circa 1935-circa 1942
26
5
Metal Work-American, circa 1936-1942
26
6
Models, Interior, circa 1936-circa 1941
26
7
Models, Miscellaneous, circa 1937-circa 1942
26
8
Models, Naval and Military, 1941
26
9
New York City FAP Exhibitions
Art Exhibitions, circa 1935-circa 1941
26
10
Art Exhibitions, 1935-1936
26
11
Art Exhibitions, 1937 January-March
26
12
Art Exhibitions, 1937 April-July
26
13
Art Exhibitions, 1937 September-December
includes photos with Holger Cahill and others
26
14
Art Exhibitions, 1938 January-February
includes photos with Holger Cahill and others
26
15
Art Exhibitions, 1938 March-April
26
16
Art Exhibitions, 1938 May
26
17
Art Exhibitions, 1938 June-August
26
18
Art Exhibitions, 1938 October-December
26
19
Art Exhibitions, 1939-1941
27
1
Childrens' Exhibitions
Exhibitions, circa 1936-circa 1941
27
2
Exhibitions, 1935-1937
27
3
Exhibitions, 1938
27
4
Exhibitions, 1939
27
5
Exhibitions, 1941
27
6
Childrens' Festival, Central Park, 1938
27
7
Childrens' Festival, Central Park, 1938
27
8
Harlem Art Center Exhibitions, circa 1939
includes photos with William H. Johnson, Jacob Lawrence, Augusta Savage, and possibly Gwendolyn Knight
27
9
Students with Disabilities/Diseases, Exhibitions, circa 1937-circa 1941
27
10
New York City Federal Art Project Branches
Design Laboratory, circa 1936-circa 1938
27
11
Easel Division, 1937, 1940
27
12
Graphic Arts Division, 1937
27
13
Home Design Workshops, 1938-1941
27
14
Motion Picture Production Unit, 1938-1940
27
15
Photographic Division, circa 1937-circa 1938
27
16
Photographic Division, Transcript of Signal Corps Photographic Center Dedication, 1942
27
17
Poster Division, circa 1936-circa 1942
28
1
Poster Division, circa 1936-circa 1942
28
2
Poster Division, 1935-1938
28
3
Poster Division, 1939-1942
28
4
Scenic Design and Model Making, circa 1936-circa 1939
28
5
Seamen's Institute, circa 1935-circa 1940
28
6
New York City Free Art Classes
Children at Work, circa 1935-circa 1941
28
7
Children at Work, 1935-1936
28
8
Children at Work, 1937
28
9
Children at Work, 1937
28
10
Children at Work, 1938-1939
includes photo of Louise Jefferson
28
11
Children at Work, 1940-1941
28
12
Childrens' Art
Paintings, Murals, Lithographs, circa 1935-circa 1941
28
13
Paintings, Murals, Lithographs, 1935-1936
28
14
Paintings, Murals, Lithographs, 1936-1937
29
1
Paintings, Murals, Lithographs, 1937
29
2
Paintings, Murals, Lithographs, 1938
29
3
Paintings, Murals, Lithographs, 1938
29
4
Paintings, Murals, Lithographs, 1939-1940
29
5
Paintings, Murals, Lithographs, 1941
29
6
Sculpture, circa 1935-circa 1941
29
7
Sculpture, 1935-1936
29
8
Sculpture, 1937-1939
29
9
Sculpture, 1940-1941
29
10
Parent Classes, circa 1938-circa 1941
29
11
Students at Work, circa 1935-circa 1942
29
12
Students at Work, 1935-1938
29
13
Students at Work, 1939-1941
29
14
Other WPA Projects
Federal Music Project, circa 1935-circa 1941
29
15
Federal Theater Project, circa 1935-circa 1941
29
16
Federal Writer's Project, circa 1936-circa 1939
29
17
Objective Teaching Materials Project, circa 1935-circa 1941
29
18
People Involved with FAP, circa 1935-circa 1942
29
19
People Involved with FAP, 1934-1945, 1956
includes photos with Gustave Baumann, Holger Cahill, Raymond Johnson, and Eugenie Shonnard
29
20
Processes
Etching, circa 1935-circa 1942
29
21
Fresco, circa 1935-circa 1941
30
1
Lithography, circa 1937-circa 1939
30
2
Photography, circa 1935-circa 1941
30
3
Sculpture, circa 1937-circa 1941
30
4
Sculpture, circa 1937-circa 1941
30
5
Sewing, circa 1935-1942
30
6
Silk Screen, circa 1935-circa 1940
30
7
Silk Screen, 1939
30
8
Wood Engraving, circa 1937
30
9
Wood Working, circa 1935-circa 1941
30
10
Special Functions/Occasions, 1937-1941
includes photos of Holger Cahill
30
11
Washington State FAP
Art Galleries, circa 1935-circa 1942
30
12
Artwork, Handicrafts, circa 1935-circa 1942
30
13
Artwork, Models, circa 1935-circa 1942
30
14
Artwork, Mosaics, circa 1935-circa 1942
30
15
Artwork, Murals, circa 1935-circa 1942
30
16
Artwork, Paintings and Drawings, circa 1935-circa 1942
30
17
Artwork, Sculpture, circa 1935-circa 1942
30
18
Interiors, circa 1935-circa 1942
30
19
Men at Work, circa 1935-circa 1942
30
20
Miscellaneous, circa 1935-circa 1942
30
21
People, circa 1935-circa 1942
Includes photo of Holger Cahill and probably Dorothy Miller, also includes photo of WPA project staff in Seattle, Washington, circa 1936.
30
22
Workshop Interiors, circa 1935-circa 1942
30
23
World's Fair Buildings and Installations, circa 1938-circa 1940
31
1
World's Fair Health Building, Leo Lance Gymnastics Mural, 1939
31
2
Unidentified/Miscellaneous
People and Places, circa 1935-circa 1942
31
3
People and Places, circa 1935-circa 1942
31
4
People and Places, circa 1935-circa 1942
31
5
People and Places, 1936-1937
31
6
People and Places, 1938-1941
31
7
Photographs of Artwork, circa 1935-circa 1942
32
1
Photographs of Artwork, circa 1935-circa 1942
32
2
Photographs of Artwork, circa 1935-circa 1942
32
3
Photographs of Artwork, 1936-1942
32
4

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