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Lou Block papers, 1936-1938

Block, Lou, 1895-1969

Muralist, Arts administrator


Collection Information

Size: 47 Items, (on partial microfilm reel)

Summary: Papers relating to Block's involvement as a supervisor in the WPA Federal Art Project New York City office and as a member of the Artists Congress.
Frames 825-889: Photographs of murals in New York City, many unidentified, and photographs of strike and picketing by Artists' Union [microfilm title WPA-FAP, New York].
Frames 1013-1300: Correspondence and memoranda regarding rejection of murals for the Harlem Hospital by black artists, and charges of racism and segregation in the FAP; memos and reports by Block on the Index of American Design in New York City, including a roster of master artists on the Index; memos relating to cutbacks and quotas on the FAP; memos from the Supervisors Association of the FAP; Artists Congress report to membership, November 1936; issues of AMERICAN ARTIST; Index of American Design exhibition catalogs; and other printed material.

Biographical/Historical Note

Administrator, Federal Art Project; New York, N.Y.


Lent for microfilming 1965 by Louis Block.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to Louis Block after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel NDA 18 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Lou Block papers, 1936-1938. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.