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

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Series 4: Writings, Lectures and Speeches , 1916-1960
1 Linear foot
Boxes 14-15, 18

This series contains typescripts of writings, lectures and speeches by Cahill and others. A large portion of the material relates to the WPA FAP, but there are also book and exhibition reviews and other works of art criticism by Cahill. For additional copies of writings by Cahill see Series 8: Printed Material.
The series is arranged into five subseries:
  • 4.1: Lectures and Speeches by Cahill, 1930-1945
  • 4.2: Lectures and Speeches by Others, 1916-1940
  • 4.3: Writings by Cahill, 1928-1960
  • 4.4: Writings by Others, 1932-1957
  • 4.5: Typescripts for Art For The Millions, 1936-1940
4.1: Lectures and Speeches by Cahill, 1930-1945
This subseries contains typescripts of lectures and speeches by Cahill, many with hand-written notes and copies of drafts. Parts of some typescripts are missing. Material is arranged chronologically with undated material placed first.
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[ Ernest Peixotto], undated
(lecture notes)
5290
1020-1022
WPA Lecture, Chicago, undated
(lecture notes)
5290
1023-1025
[ American Folk Art], Phillips Memorial Gallery, undated
5290
1026-1066
[ History of Support of American Art], undated
5290
1067-1085
[ Government Support of Art], Radio Talk, undated
5290
1086-1094
Independents, Society of Independent Artists, undated
5290
1095-1110
[ Development of Visual Training Aids], U.S. Navy Training Aids Development Center, undated
5290
1111-1124
[ Crafts as Art], New Hampshire Talk, undated
5290
1125-1144
American Folk Art, Radio Talk, [November 1930]
5290
1145-1154
American Folk Sculpture, Newark Museum, 1931
5290
1155-1168
New Horizons, Chicago, [1936]
5290
1169-1197
[ Women's Role in Art], Women's Democratic Club, May 24, 1936
5290
1198-1209
Speech for Southern Women's National Democratic Organization, New York, December 1936
1105
0319-0329
[ Old and New Paths in American Design], Newark Museum, November 6, 1936
5290
1210-1250
Art for the Few or the Many?, American Association of University Women, November 15, 1936
5290
1252-1271
Untitled, FAP, 1937
1105
0330-0332
[ Index of American Design], St. Louis, Missouri, January 31, 1937
5290
1272-1286
[ WPA-FAP], Metropolitan Museum of Art, March 28, 1937
5290
1287-1332
[ Aims and Achievements of the WPA-FAP], American Artists Congress, December 18, 1937
5290
1333-1355
Child Art, April [1938]
5290
1356-1362
Goodyear Dinner speech, 1939
5290
1363-1371
New Jersey Art at the World's Fair, Newark Museum Radio Talk, February 11, 1939
5290
1372-1378
Dedication of Murals for WNYC Radio Studios, August 2, 1939
(lecture notes)
5290
1379-1381
Untitled, FAP, circa 1940
(1 of 2)
1105
0293-0302
Untitled, FAP, circa 1940
(2 of 2)
1105
0305-0318
Project Control Talk, circa 1940
1105
0303-0304
What Is Tradition?, Artists' Congress, 1940
5290
1382-1402
North Carolina Speech, April 1, 1940
5290
1403-1441
Untitled, FAP, 1941
1105
0333-0346
[ Contemporary American Art and Its Antecedents], Cosmopolitan Club, [1941]
5290
1442-1489
[ Support for Artists vs. Museums], American Federation of Arts, [1941]
5290
1490-1493
[ American Art History], American Institute of Decorators, 1941
5290
1494-1541
Art in the National Defense, Radio Talk, January 27, 1941
5290
1542-1545
The Face of America, Cosmopolitan Club, February 10, 1941
5290
1546-1549
The Face of America, Cosmopolitan Club, cont., February 10, 1941
5291
0005-0041
[ Role of Art in the Community], People's Art Center Association, May 5, 1941
5291
0042-0078
Art in Wartime, December 3, 1941
5291
0079-0081
[ Use of Art in War], Dartmouth College, January 15, 1942
5291
0082-0098
[ American Attraction to Art of the Far East], 1944
5291
0099-0106
[ U. S. Government Art Projects, 1945]
5291
0107-0130
4.2: Lectures and Speeches by Others, 1916-1940
This subseries contains typescripts of lectures and speeches by others, often with notes and copies of drafts. The majority of the material relates to the WPA FAP. Records are arranged chronologically with undated material placed first.
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Pigmentation or Chemistry of Artists' Colors by K. R. Leipold, undated
5291
0133-0140
History of Painting by Henry H. McLellan, Jr., undated
5291
0141-0147
[ Launching of California Supervisors] by Thomas C. Parker, undated
5291
0148-0157
An Edinburgh Address on Design and Industry by Frank Pick, October 1916
5291
0158-0174
Museum Service to the Art Industries by Richard F. Bach, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1927
5291
0175-0186
Exhibition of American Folk Art at the Albright Art Gallery, Radio Talk by Nora Christensen, June 20, 1932
5291
0187-0198
Public Works of Art Project by Edward Bruce, Advisory Committee to the Treasury on Fine Arts, January 17, 1934
5291
0199-0204
The New Day in Negro Art by Harry H. Sutton, Jr., Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach, Florida, January 17, 1937
5291
0205-0207
The Negro in the Field of Painting and Sculpture by Harry H. Sutton, Jr., January 28, 1937
5291
0208-0212
Mellon's Art by Maury Maverick, U. S. House of Representatives, March 1, 1937
5291
0213-0217
Community Art Centers by Thomas C. Parker, May 4, 1937
5291
0218-0227
[ Federal Art Project] by Thomas C. Parker, May 22, 1937
5291
0228-0257
Opportunities for the Negro in American Art by Harry H. Sutton, Jr., Davis Street School, Jacksonville, November 2, 1937
5291
0258-0260
The Highlights in Negro Art by Harry H. Sutton, Jr., Davis Street School, Jacksonville, February 9, 1938
5291
0261-0265
The Opportunities of the Negro in Art by Harry H. Sutton, Jr., Davis Street School, Jacksonville, February 14, 1938
5291
0266-0269
Federal Sponsored Community Art Centers by Thomas C. Parker, American Library Association, June 14, 1938
5291
0270-0291
What Is the American Way? by Harry L. Hopkins, July 16, 1938
5291
0292-0306
[ Negro Art] by Thomas C. Parker, Tuskegee Institute, July 29, 1938
5291
0307-0320
Extension Remarks on Addresses in Honor of American Artists Who Have Decorated Federal Buildings by Elbert D. Thomas, U. S. Senate, April 25, 1940
5291
0321-0327
Speech Before the Second National Conference on Handicrafts, Penland, North Carolina by Whitney Atchley, September 3, 1940
5291
0328-0336
4.3: Writings by Cahill, 1928-1960
This subseries contains typescripts of writings by Cahill, including book and exhibition reviews. A substantial portion of the material found here was written during Cahill's directorship of the FAP. Material is arranged chronologically with undated material placed first.
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American Resources in the Arts, undated
5291
0340-0395
The Government in Art, undated
5291
0396-0400
Request for Opinions of FAP Program, undated
5291
0401-0404
Index of American Design: What It Is, undated
5291
0405-0409
[ Index of American Design], undated
5291
0410-0429
The Stations of the Cross of San Gabriel Mission, undated
5291
0430-0436
[ Americans' Interest in Art], undated
5291
0437-0450
[ Orientation Toward Living American Art], undated
5291
0451-0463
Art in Democracy, undated
5291
0464-0470
Russia and the United States, undated
5291
0471-0477
The Icelandic Discovery of America, undated
5291
0478-0485
History of American Art Proposal, undated
5291
0486-0491
Concepts of Folk Art, undated
5291
0492-0496
American Folk Art, undated
5291
0497-0505
Folk Art, undated
5291
0506-0682
Puritan Imagination, undated
5291
0683-0697
[ Development of Modern American Art], undated
5291
0698-0702
Description of American Art in a Portfolio, undated
5291
0703-0719
Industrial Design and Education, undated
5291
0720-0725
The New Literacy, undated
5291
0726-0734
Prefatory Note, undated
5291
0735-0736
Community Art Centers in the Western States, undated
5291
0737-0741
From Furniture to Politics, undated
5291
0742-0744
Exhibit of Steigel Glass at the National Museum, undated
5291
0745-0749
Review of Library of Congress Exhibition, [ Creative Art of the American Negro], undated
5291
1107-1113
Exhibition Review, Ancient Arts of the Andes, undated
5291
1114-1123
Article Review, on Photography for Art in America by Kirstein, undated
5291
1124-1128
Book Review, Divided We Fought: A Pictorial History of the Civil War, 1861-1865 by David Donald, undated
5291
1129-1133
Book Review, The Meeting of the East and West by F.S.C. Northrop, undated
5291
1134-1146
Book Review, The Son of the Gamblin' Man by Mari Sandoz, undated
5291
1147-1157
Book Review, [ The Place of the Picture as Historical Document] by Mr. Taft, undated
5291
1158-1164
Industrial Art, 1928
5291
0750-0765
[ William Zorach, 1932]
5291
0766-0795
Art of the Common Man, [1933]
5291
0796-0813
Art For Whom? A Survey of Present-Day Conditions in the Arts, [1935]
5291
0814-0820
[ Federal Art Project, 1936]
5291
0821-0823
The Federal Art Project, [1937]
5291
0824-0838
The Art Program, [1937]
5291
0839-0841
[ WPA Arts Program, 1937]
5291
0842-0852
Federal Art Project, 1939
5291
0853-0858
Honors Won by WPA Artists, 1936-1941
5291
0859-0880
[ Views on Modern Art in Time of War, 1942]
5291
0881-0885
Note on the Employment of Artists in War Time, [1942]
5291
0886-0888
[ Publication of the Index of American Design, 1942]
5291
0889-0893
[ Work of the WPA, 1944]
5291
0894-0896
[ Art As an Ingredient of National Unity], 1944
5291
0897-0916
President Roosevelt and the U.S. Government Art Projects, [1945]
5291
0917-0944
After Forty Years, American Federation of Arts, [1949]
5291
0945-0964
Folk Art and the American Style (for House Beautiful), 1950
5291
0965-0993
Homage to Morgan Russell, [1953]
5291
0994-1009
Paris Catalog, 1955
5291
1010-1056
Article for Marg Magazine on American Art in This Century, 1956
5291
1057-1105
Book Review, George Caleb Bingham: River Portraitist by John Francis McDermott, 1959
5291
1165-1168
Book Review, But Not for Love by Maynatalie Tabak, 1960
5291
1169-1171
Miscellaneous Fragments of Typescripts, 1938-circa 1942
5291
1172-1223
4.4: Writings by Others, 1932-1957
This subseries contains typsecripts of writings by others, many of which were produced as part of the WPA FAP. Material is arranged chronologically with undated material placed first.
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Artists Union by Unidentified Author, undated
5291
1227-1229
Dr. Samuel Butler by Unidentified Author, undated
5291
1230-1231
To Paint and Stain Glass and Porcelain by Unidentified Author, undated
5291
1232-1234
Memorandum on a Post-War Reorganization of the Section of Fine Arts and Other Federal Projects by George Biddle, undated
5291
1235-1244
Early Cowboy Art by E. J. Bird, undated
5291
1245-1248
American Artists' Congress by Stuart Davis, undated
5291
1261-1264
Jose Delores Lopez [by Meredith Hare], undated
5291
1265-1271
An Architect's Point of View by William Lescaze, undated
5291
1272-1274
Art Comes to the People by Eugene Ludins, undated
5291
1275-1284
The Artists' Union by Stevens Maxey, undated
5291
1285-1287
America As Americans See It by Henry McBride, undated
5291
1288-1289
The Development of American Mural Painting by Geoffrey Norman, undated
5291
1290-1298
Easel Painting by Harley Perkins, undated
5291
1299-1301
Art and Social Therapy by Frances Pollak, undated
5291
1302-1306
A New Attitude on Art by Walter Quirt, undated
5291
1307-1310
Some American Primitives by Elsa Rogo, undated
5291
1311-1320
An Introduction to the Living World of Art by Lincoln Rothschild, undated
5291
1321-1323
The Revival of Mosaic by Arthur W. Sears, undated
5291
1324-1330
The Third Dimension Progresses: The Diorama Project by George T. Senseney, undated
(includes photo of Senseney)
5291
1331-1342
The Art of the Poster by George Melville Smith, undated
5291
1343-1345
Description of Sommer's Working Methods by William Sommer, undated
5291
1346-1348
Pottery Methods by Walter Speck, undated
5291
1349-1354
[ Widening of the Sculptor's Field] by Emmanuel Viviano, undated
5291
1355-1359
Poems by Max Weber, undated
5291
1360-1365
Editors' Information from [ America As America Sees It] by Henry McBride, 1932
5291
1391-1394
Zoar by Nixon of the Society of Separatists of Zoar, 1933
5291
1366-1383
Simonson Article by [John Cotton Dana, 1935]
5291
1384-1390
Ancient and Renaissant Rome by Morgan Russell, 1935
5291
1395-1404
Artists' Coordination Committee by Frederic Knight, [1936]
5291
1405-1412
Index of American Design by Ruth Reeves, 1936
5291
1413-1416
Art and the State v. America by Lewis Mumford, 1936
5291
1417-1425
[ Art Classes for Young People] by Samuel Friedman, 1936
5291
1426-1430
[ Sunday Night Forums] by Dorothy Paris, [1936]
5291
1431-1440
Derivation and History of Weathervanes by Richard Farmer Smith, [1937]
5291
1441-1443
Tobacconists Figures, Research Notes Compiled by WPA Program, 1937
5291
1444-1475
WPA Art Project Murals by Sheldon Cheney, 1938
5291
1249-1257
A Long Term Program for the National Handicraft Association, Based on Reports Collected During the Summer of 1938 by Humphrey J. Emery, 1938
5291
1476-1486
The WPA Federal Art Project, Its Contribution to the American People by Fanny Bowles Vanderkooi, 1940
5291
1487-1492
Urban Recreational Planning by Caroline C. Williams, [1941]
5291
1493-1515
Those Who Support the Art Center by H. A. Zurbrick, 1941
5292
0004-0006
[ John Cotton Dana] by M.D.C. Crawford, circa 1944
5291
1258-1260
[Review of Cahill's Book Look South to the Polar Star] by Unidentified Author, 1947
5292
0007-0010
An American Renaissance and "The Pauper's Oath" by Helen C. Farrell, 1957
5292
0011-0078
4.5: Typescripts For Art For The Millions, 1936-1940
This subseries comprises typescripts by forty-eight of Cahill's colleagues discussing various media and philosphies of the visual arts used for the book Art For The Millions: Essays from the 1930s by Artists and Administrators of the WPA Federal Art Project, edited by Francis V. O'Connor (Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1973). Typescripts are arranged alphabetically by author.
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Table of Contents (see also sol Box 18), circa 1937
5292
0082-0093
Abbott, Berenice, Changing New York, circa 1937
5292
0094-0097
Brown, Douglas, Subject Matter in Painting, circa 1937
5292
0098-0100
Brown, Samuel J., About Myself, circa 1937
5292
0101-0103
Cashwan, Samuel, The Sculptor's Point of View, circa 1937
5292
0104-0107
Clements, Grace, Organizing the Subconscious, circa 1937
5292
0108-0114
Curtis, Philip C., The Phoenix Art Center, circa 1937
5292
0115-0119
Davis, Stuart, The Social Education of the Artist, circa 1937
5292
0120-0125
Davis, Stuart, Abstract Painting Today, 1940
5292
0127-0135
Eichenberg, Fritz, Eulogy on the Woodblock, circa 1937
5292
0136-0139
Gellert, Hugo, Artists Coordination Committee, 1936
5292
0141-0146
Glassgold, C. Adolph, Recording American Design, circa 1937
5292
0147-0153
Gorky, Arshile, My Murals for the Newark Airport: An Interpretation, circa 1937
5292
0154-0158
Guglielmi, Louis, After the Locusts, circa 1937
5292
0159-0162
Hayes, Vertis, The Negro Artist Today, circa 1937
5292
0163-0167
Hayes, Vertis, The Position of Art in Present Day Society As I See It, circa 1937
5292
0168-0173
Hiler, Hilaire, An Approach to Mural Decoration, circa 1937
5292
0174-0177
Hunter, R. Vernon, An Interpretation of Patrocino Barela, circa 1937
5292
0178-0181
Kopman, Benjamin, Notes on Art, circa 1937
5292
0182-0185
La More, Chet, The Artists Union of America, circa 1937
5292
0186-0188
Lemmon, Warren W., Native Arts of the Southwest, circa 1937
5292
0189-0208
Levine, Jack, Street Scene, circa 1937
(1 of 2)
5292
0209-0210
Levine, Jack, Street Scene, circa 1937
(2 of 2)
5292
212
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, Sculpture in Southern California, circa 1937
5292
0213-0219
McMahon, Audrey, The Federal Art Project and the Artist, circa 1937
5292
0220-0223
Moylan, Lloyd, Mural Opportunities, circa 1937
5292
0224-0226
Murray, Hester Miller, Concerning Subject Matter, circa 1937
5292
0227-0229
Newell, James Michael, The Use of Symbols in Mural Painting, circa 1937
5292
0230-0237
Norman, Geoffrey, The Development of American Mural Painting, circa 1937
5292
0238-0244
Olds, Elizabeth, Prints for Mass Production, circa 1937
5292
0245-0252
Palo-Kangas, John, Thought-Forms in Red Sandstone, circa 1937
5292
0253-0255
Park, Paul, Photography As An Art, circa 1937
5292
0256-0259
Parr, Russell C., Reaching for Art, circa 1937
5292
0260-0265
Quirt, Walter, On Mural Painting, circa 1937
5292
0266-0269
Rackley, Mildred, The United American Artists, circa 1937
5292
0270-0281
Richardson, Antonio, [ Social Function of Art - It's Relation to the Public], circa 1937
5292
0282-0290
Rothschild, Lincoln, The Artist and Democracy, circa 1937
5292
0291-0296
Seltzner, Leo, On the Making of the Film "The Technique of Fresco Painting,", circa 1937
5292
0297-0299
Smith, David, Modern Sculpture and Society, circa 1937
5292
0300-0308
Smith, E. Herndon, The Organization of Supervisors of the Federal Art Project, circa 1937-1940
5292
0310-0313
Speck, Walter E., Pottery Methods, circa 1937
5292
0314-0318
Stavenitz, Alexander R., The Therapy of Art, 1939
5292
0320-0336
Sutton, Harry H., High Noon in Art, circa 1937
5292
0337-0363
Thorp, George, The Art of Supervising Artists, circa 1937
5292
0364-0368
Trentham, Eugene, Golden Colorado, circa 1937
5292
0369-0372
Ward, Lynd, Printmakers to the American People, circa 1937
5292
0373-0377
Weisenborn, Rudolph, Designing a Diorama for the T.V.A., 1937
5292
0378-0382
White, Francis Robert, Cultural Frontiers, circa 1937
5292
0383-0389
Wolff, Robert Jay, Chicago and the Artists' Union, 1937
5292
0390-0402
Unidentified Author, The Artists as a Social Worker, circa 1937
5292
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