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Forbes Watson papers, 1840-1967, bulk 1900-1960

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Series 4: U.S. Treasury Department records , 1926-1945
(Boxes 3-6, 14, 17, OV 21; 3.4 linear feet)

This series contains correspondence, financial materials, mural competition files, exhibition files, writings and lists, printed mateirals including exhibition catalogs, and photographs related to Watson's work for the U.S. Treasury Department.
The U.S. Treasury Department records series is arranged into 8 subseries:
  • Subseries 4.1: Correspondence, 1933-1945
  • Subseries 4.2: Business and Financial Records, 1935-1942
  • Subseries 4.3: Mural Competition Files, 1935-1939
  • Subseries 4.4: Exhibition Files, 1942-1945
  • Subseries 4.5: Writings and Lists, 1934-1945
  • Subseries 4.6: Printed Material, 1934-1945
  • Subseries 4.7: Photographs, 1934, undated
  • Subseries 4.8: Scrapbooks, 1944-1945
4.1: Correspondence, 1933-1945
This subseries consists of correspondence between Watson and Edward Bruce, Olin Dows, Henry and Elinor Morgenthau and Edward B. Rowan.
Description Container
Chronological , Undated
3
11
Chronological , 1933-1935
3
12
Chronological , 1936
(3 folders)
3
13-15
Chronological , 1937
(3 folders; Oversized material housed in OV21)
3
16-18
Chronological , 1938
(13 folders)
3
19-31
Chronological , 1939
(10 folders)
3
32-41
Chronological , 1940
(7 folders)
3
42-48
Chronological , 1942
(4 folders)
3
49-52
Chronological , 1942
(7 folders)
3
53-59
Chronological , 1943
(2 folders)
4
1-2
Chronological , 1944
(8 folders)
4
3-10
Chronological , 1945
4
11
Oversized Christmas Card by Peppino Mangravite, 1937
(from Box 3, F18)
OV 21
4.2: Business and Financial Records, 1935-1942
Description Container
Inspection Tour File, 1937
(4 folders)
4
12-15
Financial Summary Reports, 1935-1942
4
16
National competitions Committee Report, 1938
4
17
4.3: Mural Competition Files, 1935-1939
This subseries contains four prospectuses for various mural competitions at post offices throughout the United States sponsored by the U.S. Treasury Department. Another prospectus is for the Forty-Eight State competition.
Description Container
Dubuque, Iowa, 1935
4
18
Summerville, Massachusetts, 1936
4
19
Poughkeepsie, New York, 1937
4
20
Wausau, Wisconsin, 1938
4
21
Forty-Eight State Competition, 1939
4
22
4.4: Exhibition Files, 1942-1945
This subseries consists of correspondence, writings, notes, printed materials, and photographs
4.4.1: "Art for Bonds,", 1942-1945
The "Art for Bonds" exhibition promoted the sale of war bonds during World War II. Found are letters of correspondence, litsts of works of art and of patrons, notes, press releases, writings, and printed materials. Typescripts of Watson's letters to his wife describe his activities in Paris while he organized the "Art for Bonds."
Description Container
Correspondence, 1942
4
23
Correspondence, 1943
(15 folders)
4
24-38
Correspondence, 1944
(2 folders)
4
39-40
Correspondence, 1944
22
2
Correspondence, 1945
4
41-43
From Forbes Watson to Nan Watson, 1945
(3 folders)
(Describes Watson's activities while organizing "Art for Bonds" in Paris, France)
4
44-46
Lists of Works of Art, undated
4
47
Lists of Art Patrons, undated
4
48
Captions, undated
4
49
Notes, undated
4
50
Press Releases, undated
4
51
Lectures, 1943
(2 folders)
4
52-53
"Concerning Life at Camp Barnes in New Caledonia," by Unknown, 1943
4
54
Forward for a Catalog by Elinor B. Morgentuau, undated
4
55
Clippings, 1943-1945
4
56
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1943
4
57
Programs, 1943
4
58
Posters, undated
(Oversized material housed in OV21)
4
59
Brochure, undated
4
60
Photographs of the Exhibition in Paris, France, 1945
(14 folders)
4
61-74
Oversized Poster, undated
(from Box 4, F59)
OV 21
4.4.2: "Army at War,", 1943-1945
Found are correspondence, a typescript for a radio talk, writings and lectures, reports, printed materials, and photographs. Photographs include those of Henry Morgenthau, Forbes Watson and Eleanor Roosevelt at exhibitions as well as exhibition photographs from New York City, Buffalo, Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, Portland, Los Angeles, and Denver.
Description Container
Correspondence, 1944
(Oversized material housed in OV21; 20 folders)
4
75-94
Correspondence, 1945
(8 folders)
4
95-102
Radio Talk Typescript, 1944-1945
(3 folders)
4
103-105
"Our Artists Paint the Army at War,", 1943
5
1
Lecture, Rochester, New York, 1944
5
2
Exhibition Report, 1944-1945
5
3
Writings and Notes, 1944, undated
(7 folders)
5
4-10
Clippings, 1944-1945
(7 folders)
5
11-17
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1944
(2 folders)
5
18-19
Press Releases, 1944
(2 folders)
5
20-21
Photographs of Exhibitions
Washington, D.C., 1944
(Henry Morgenthau and Forbes Watson, held at National Gallery of Art)
5
22
1944, New York City, New York,
(2 folders)
(Eleanor Roosevelt)
5
23-24
Buffalo, New York, 1944
5
25
Detroit, Michigan, 1944
5
26
Chicago, Illinois, 1944
(2 folders)
5
27-28
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1945
5
29
Portland, Oregon, 1945
5
30
Los Angeles, California, 1945
5
31
Denver, Colorado, 1945
5
32
Negatives of Works of Art, undated
5
33
Oversized Floor Plan for Detroit Exhibition, 1944
(from Box 4, F89)
OV 21
4.4.3: "War Against Japan,", 1944-1945
Found are correspondence, artist biographies, lists and writings, printed material, and photographs of service men, David Finley, Henry Morgenthau, Forbes Watson, and art work.
Description Container
Correspondence, 1945
(6 folders)
5
34-39
Artist Biographies, undated
5
40
Lists of Works of Art, 1944-1945
(2 folders)
5
41-42
Miscellaneous Notes, undated
5
43
"War Against Japan,", undated
5
44
Printed Materials, 1944-1945
5
45
Photographs
Service Men and Artwork, undated
5
46
Washington, D.C., 1945
(David Finley, Henry Morgenthau, and Forbes Watson at the National Gallery of Art)
5
47
Works of Art, undated
5
48
4.5: Wrtitings and Lists, 1934-1945
Found are lists concerning artwork, art patrons, artists, and purchases; transcripts of radio talks by Forbes Watson, Edward Bruce, Mrs. Henry Morgenthau and Mrs. Esther Van Wagoner Tufty; typescripts of writings, lectures, and talks, the majority of which do not have specified authors and are undated; and miscellaneous notes.
Description Container
Lists
Mural Painters and Locations, undated
5
49
Lecture Slides, undated
(3 folders)
5
50-52
Works of Art, undated
5
53
Sponsors, undated
5
54
Artists, undated
5
55
Artists' Addresses, 1938, undated
5
56
Artists and Works, 1941
5
57
Works of Art, 1942
(Works purchased by the Office of Emergency Management)
5
58
Publications Concerning Art, 1942
5
59
Notes Concerning Artists War Program in New England, 1943
5
60
Radio Talk, Draft, undated
5
61
Typescripts of Radio Talks and Interviews
Forbes Watson and Edward Bruce, 1934
5
62
Forbes Watson by Mrs. Richard Casey of Australia, 1942
5
63
Forbes Watson by Charles Coiner, 1942
(From Home of the Brave Radio Program)
5
64
Mrs Henry Morgenthau and Mrs. Esther Van Wagoner Tufty, 1942
5
65
Lecture Manuscript, undated
5
66
"An American Experiment in Art,", undated
5
67
"American Mural Painting,", undated
5
68
"The Army Artist Unit" and "Art in the U.S.A.,", undated
5
69
"Art in Federal Buildings,", undated
5
70-71
"Art in the Democracy" and "Art in the Storms,", undated
5
72
"Art in War Time" and "Art is a Weapon,", undated
5
73
"The Artist and His People" and "The Artists' War Message,", undated
5
74
"Art Projects of the U.S. Treasury Department,", undated
5
75
"Bridge the Gap,", undated
(for the Colonial Dames)
5
76
"Dignity of Wages," "Educational and Wealth-Producing Advantages of Art in Federal Buildings," and "The Fate of Unheralded Acts,", undated
5
77
"Federal Encouagement and Private Support of Art,", undated
5
78
"Federalizing the American Artist,", undated
5
79
"Five Months of Federal Act,", undated
5
80
"Glycerine Tears," "Government and Art in the United States," and "Edward Laning Drawings,", undated
5
81
Talks, undated
(In Nashville and for National Women's Democratic Club Talk)
5
82
"The National World War Institute," Painting a People's War," "Paintings from the United States," "Paying the Artists' Bills,", undated
5
83
"The People and Their Art,", undated
5
84
"Procurement Architecture,", undated
(3 folders)
(Includes Photographs)
5
85-87
"The Public Works of Art Project: A New Deal for the Artists,", undated
5
88
"The Section of Fine Arts," and "Sergeant Glen Rounds,", undated
5
89
"A Survey Guide Containing Suggestions for a Survey to be Made by Every Branch of the A.W.U.W. for the Purpose of Bringing the Artist and the Community into More Effective Relationship,", undated
5
90
"To Know the Art of Mural Painting in America Everybody Finds it Necessary to Visit the National Capitol," and "The treasury Department Art Projects,", undated
5
91
"Treasury Department Section of Fine Arts 1933-1938," "Uncle Sam the Art Collector," and "The Uses of Art,", undated
5
92
"Visiting Artists Praise Exhibition of Works by Section of Fine Arts," "War Art," and "Washington's New Art,", undated
5
93
"We Did Not Need a Bombing," and Woodstock Talk, undated
5
94
"This About America,", 1934
5
95
"Easel Paintings Supplement Treasury Department Mural Projects,", 1936
5
96
Talks, 1936-1938
(At Howard University and Worcester Museum of Art)
5
97
"Art in Federal Buildings,", 1938
(Talk Delivered at the White House)
5
98
"This Art Belongs to You,", 1938
(2 folders)
5
99-100
Lecture at American Association of University Women, 1939
5
101
"Painting and Sculpture Designed for Federal Buildings,", 1939
(Introduction for Exhibition Catalog)
5
102
"Edward Bruce,", 1940
5
103
Lecture at National Mural Painters Society, 1940
5
104
Phillips Gallery Talk, 1940
5
105
American Institute of Decorators Talk, 1941
5
106
John Herron Institute Talk, 1941
5
107
"Catalogue,", 1942
5
108
"Art in War,", 1942
5
109
"Introduction: Wartime Painting," and "Foreward,", 1944
5
110
"The Function of a War Museum,", 1944-1945
(Richmond Lecture to the Tuckahoe Women's Club)
5
111
"Public Works Art Project," "The Section of Fine Arts," "A Short Account of the Background of the Procurement Division," and "Artists!...Please Note,", undated
(2 folders)
(by Edward Bruce)
5
112-113
"Six Month Study of Art in the United States,", 1940
(by Charlotte R. Partridge)
5
114
Writings on the History of the Section of the Fine Arts, undated
6
1
Notes and Writings, 1936-1943, undated
(2 folders)
6
2-3
4.6: Printed Material, 1926-1944
Found are clippings, copies of The Bulletin, press releases, exhibition catalogs, materials relating to Art Guide, and published works.
Description Container
Clippings, 1926-1939
(4 folders)
6
4-7
The Bulletin, 1935-1940
(5 folders)
6
8-12
Press Releases, 1933-1943
(2 folders)
6
13-14
Exhibition Catalogs
Unidentified, undated
6
15
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, undated
6
16
Mural Designs Executed Under the Federal Works Agency, undated
6
17
Exhibition of Photographs of Murals and Sculpture, undated
6
18
National Exhibition of Art by the Public Works of Art Project, Whitney Museum of American Art, 1934,
6
19
Mural Designers and Sculpture Models by Appointed and Competing Artists Submitted for Federal Buildings Projects,Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1935
6
20
Sculpture and Paintings for Federal Buildings, Whitney Museum of American Art, 1936
6
21
Painting and Sculpture for Federal Buildings, Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1936
6
22
Painting and Sculpture Designed for Federal Buildings, Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1939
6
23
Mural Designs for Federal Buildings, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa and Whitney Museum of American Art, 1940
(3 folders)
6
24-26
200 American Watercolors, 1941
6
27
An Exhibtion of 200 American Water Colors, National Gallery of Art, 1941
6
28
Two Hundred American Water Colors, Whitney Museum of American Art, 1941
6
29
American Artists' Record of War and Defense, National Gallery of Art, 1942
6
30
The Edward Bruce Memorial Collection, 1943
6
31
Art Guide, 1938
(2 folders)
(Includes a mock-up and copies for the Justice Building and for the Post Office)
6
32-33
Art in Federal Buildings, Volume I: Mural Designs by Edward Bruce and Forbes Watson, 1936
(Oversized material housed in Box 17)
6
34
Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1936-1944, undated
6
35
Oversized Art in Federal Buildings, Volume I: Mural Designs by Edward Bruce and Forbes Watson, 1936
(from Box 6, F34)
17
5
4.7: Photographs, 1934, undated
Found are photographs taken at receptions, radio talks, events, and of murals.
Description Container
Presentation of Painting of National Archives Building by Dorsey Doniphan, undated
6
36
Radio Talk with John Dewey, Robert LaFollette, Jr., and Sumner Welles, undated
6
37
Procurement Division Luncheon, undated
6
38
Department of Justice Reception, undated
6
39
Exhibition at Art Guild of Washington, undated
6
40
Washington Post Office Murals, undated
6
41
Regional Directors and Washington Administrative Staff of Public Works of Art Project, 1934
6
42
Miscellaneous, undated
6
43
4.8: Scrapbooks, 1944-1945
Found is one scrapbook from the "Army at War" exhibition held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Description Container
Scrapbook, 1944-1945
14
2

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
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