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Holger Cahill papers, 1910-1993, bulk 1910-1960

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Series 2: Correspondence Files, 1922-1979, 1993
(Boxes 1-2; 1.5 linear ft.)

This series consists of personal and work-related correspondence (primarily incoming correspondence) between Cahill and various friends and colleagues. While a large portion of the series documents Cahill's position as Director of the FAP, it also extends beyond those years and illuminates other aspects of Cahill's career including his interest in folk and Asian art, and his work as an art critic.
There is significant correspondence with the artist Stanton MacDonald Wright between 1936 and 1950, and with the artist Irene Pereira between 1950 and 1953. The series also documents research which Cahill conducted in the late 1940s on the development of the Index of American Design for his introduction to a book on the Index by the National Gallery of Art, published by the Macmillan Company. Correspondence from 1949 provides another angle on the historical details of the FAP through lengthy correspondence documenting Cahill's criticism of William Francis McDonald's book
Federal Relief Administration and the Arts
(Ohio State University Press, 1969).
There is a large amount of correspondence from July 1960 comprising sympathy letters to Dorothy C. Miller following Cahill's death. Correspondence from 1977 encloses a catalog of an exhibition organized by New York WPA Artists, Inc., at the Parsons School of Design in November 1977. The exhibition,
New York City WPA Art
, was dedicated to the memory of Holger Cahill.
A list of most of the correspondents (with the exception of those microfilmed on reel 1105) can be found in the Appendix: Alphabetical List of Correspondents in Series 2
DescriptionContainer
Correspondence, undated
5285
0673-0704
Correspondence, 1922-1925
5285
0706-0717
Correspondence, 1929
5285
0718-0728
Correspondence, 1930-1931
5285
0729-0749
Correspondence, 1932-1933
5285
0751-0770
Correspondence, 1934
5285
0772-0790
Correspondence, January-February 1935
5285
0792-0836
Correspondence, March-June 1935
5285
0838-0882
Correspondence, July-December 1935
5285
0884-0914
Correspondence, January 1936
5285
0916-0936
Correspondence, February 1936
5285
0938-1003
Correspondence, March 1936
5285
1005-1054
Correspondence, April 1936
5285
1056-1089
Correspondence, May 1936
5285
1090-1103
Correspondence, June 1936
5285
1104-1131
Correspondence, July 1936
5285
1132-1153
Correspondence, August 1936
5285
1155-1205
Correspondence, September 1936
5285
1206-1220
Correspondence, October 1936
5285
1221-1242
Correspondence, November 1936
5285
1243-1282
Correspondence, December 1936
5285
1283-1303
Correspondence, January-June 1937
5285
1304-1341
Correspondence, July 1937
5285
1342-1389
Correspondence, August 1-13, 1937
5285
1390-1420
Correspondence, August 14-31, 1937
5285
1421-1458
Correspondence, September-October 1937
5285
1459-1474
Correspondence, November-December 1937
5285
1475-1501
Correspondence, January-August 1938
5285
1502-1534
Correspondence, September-December 1938
5286
0003-0045
Correspondence, January-March 1939
5286
0046-0068
Correspondence, April-June 1939
5286
0069-0089
Correspondence, July-September 1939
5286
0091-0113
Correspondence, October-December 1939
5286
0114-0149
Correspondence, 1940
1105
23
Correspondence, January-March, 1940
5286
0150-0220
Correspondence, April-June 1940
5286
0221-0255
Correspondence, July-December 1940
5286
0256-0308
Correspondence, January-March 1941
5286
0309-0360
Correspondence, April-June 1941
5286
0361-0407
Correspondence, July-August 1941
5286
0408-0445
Correspondence, September-December 1941
5286
0446-0471
Correspondence, 1942
1105
0024-0046
Correspondence, January-June 1942
5286
0472-0511
Correspondence, July-December 1942
5286
0512-0530
Correspondence, 1943
1105
0047-0064
Correspondence, January-February 1943
5286
0531-0576
Correspondence March-April 1943
5286
0578-0607
Correspondence May-December 1943
5286
0608-0649
Correspondence January-May 1944
5286
0650-0684
Correspondence June-December 1944
5286
0685-0718
Correspondence 1945
5286
0719-0772
Correspondence 1946
5286
0773-0822
Correspondence 1947
5286
0823-0836
Correspondence, January-May 1948
5286
0837-0888
Correspondence, June-December 1948
5286
0889-0923
Correspondence, January-February 1949
5286
0924-0950
Correspondence, March 1949
5286
0951-0984
Correspondence, April 1-12, 1949
5286
0985-1021
Correspondence, April 13-28, 1949
5286
1022-1039
Correspondence, April 29-30, 1949
5286
1040-1079
Correspondence, May 1949
5286
1080-1105
Correspondence, June 1-9, 1949
5286
1106-1146
Correspondence, June 10-21, 1949
5286
1147-1179
Correspondence, June 22-30, 1949
5286
1180-1199
Correspondence, July 1-14, 1949
5286
1200-1223
Correspondence, July 15-31, 1949
5286
1224-1240
Correspondence, August 1949
5286
1241-1247
Correspondence, September 1-12, 1949
5286
1248-1286
Correspondence, September 14, 1949
5286
1287-1347
Correspondence, September 15-30, 1949
5286
1348-1364
Correspondence, October-December 1949
5286
1365-1392
Correspondence, January-March 1950
5286
1393-1417
Correspondence, April-June 1950
5286
1418-1442
Correspondence, July-October 1950
5286
1443-1484
Correspondence, November 1950
5286
1486-1513
Correspondence, November-December 1950
5287
0003-0024
Correspondence, January-March 1951
5287
0025-0059
Correspondence, April-August 1951
5287
0060-0091
Correspondence, September-December 1951
5287
0092-0119
Correspondence, January-May 1952
5287
0120-0154
Correspondence, June-August 1952
5287
0155-0186
Correspondence, September-December 1952
5287
0187-0202
Correspondence, January-June 1953
5287
0203-0218
Correspondence, July-December 1953
5287
0219-0250
Correspondence, 1954
5287
0251-0286
Correspondence, 1955
5287
0287-0332
Correspondence, 1956
5287
0333-0359
Correspondence, 1957-1959
5287
0360-0401
Correspondence, January-June 1960
5287
0402-0406
Correspondence, July 1960
(3 folders)
5287
0407-0516
Correspondence, July 7-8, 1960
5287
0517-0548
Correspondence, July 9-10, 1960
5287
0550-0614
Correspondence, July 11, 1960
(2 folders)
5287
0615-0662
Correspondence, July 12, 1960
5287
0663-0688
Correspondence, July 13-14, 1960
5287
0689-0727
Correspondence, July 15-18, 1960
5287
0728-0767
Correspondence, July 19-24, 1960
5287
0768-0803
Correspondence, July 25-31, 1960
5287
0804-0829
Correspondence, August 1960
5287
0831-0880
Correspondence, September-December 1960
5287
0881-0925
Correspondence, 1961-1972
5287
0927-0932
Correspondence, 1977
5287
0933-1006
Correspondence, 1979, 1993
5287
1008-1014

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