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Marion Greenwood papers, 1883, circa 1933-circa 1960

Marion Greenwood papers, 1883, circa 1933-circa 1960

Greenwood, Marion, 1909-1970

Painter, Lithographer, Mosaicist, Portrait painter

Collection Information

Size: 0.4 linear feet

Summary: The papers of Marion Greenwood (1909-1970), an American social realist painter and muralist who worked in both the United States and Mexico, measure 0.4 linear feet and date from circa 1933 to circa 1960. The collection documents Greenwood's artistic career, and is comprised of photographs, biographical materials, and printed materials.

Biographical/Historical Note

Marion Greenwood (1909-1970) was an American social realist painter and muralist who worked in both the United States and Mexico.

Provenance

The collection was donated by Marion Greenwood in 1964, and at an earlier, unknown date.

Related Materials

A Finding Aid to the Marion Greenwood papers, 1883, circa 1933-circa 1960, in the Archives of American Art
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Author
Finding aid prepared by Megan Bean
Biographical/Historical note
Marion Greenwood (1909-1970) was an American social realist painter and muralist who worked in both the United States and Mexico.
Greenwood was born in Brooklyn, and educated at the Art Students League of New York and the Academie Colarossi in Paris. She travelled extensively throughout Mexico, China, and the United States, and her travels were often reflected in her paintings. She was the first female American painter to receive a mural commission from the Mexican government, and painted a series of commissioned murals from 1932-1936. Greenwood also worked for the U. S. Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project from 1936-1940, painting murals and frescoes in housing projects in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and Camden, NJ, as well as in the post office of Crossville, TN. After 1940, Greenwood primarily focused on easel painting. In 1944, she was commissioned as a war artist by the Army Medical Corps and by the pharmaceutical company Abbott Laboratories to document soldiers returned from war and their medical care. Greenwood served as a visiting professor at the University of Tennessee from 1954-1955, and was commissioned to paint a mural for the university in 1955.
Marion Greenwood died in Woodstock, NY in 1970.
Arrangement note
This collection is arranged as three series.
Series 1: Biographical material, circa 1960 (1 folder; Box 1)
Series 2: Printed Material, 1883, 1937-1960 (4 folders; Box 1)
Series 3: Photographic material, circa 1933-circa 1960 (0.3 linear feet; Box 1-2, OV 3)
Scope and Contents note
The papers of painter and muralist Marion Greenwood (1909-1970) measure 0.4 linear feet and date from circa 1933 to circa 1960. The collection is comprised of biographical materials, printed materials, photographs and negatives.
Biographical materials consist of a resume. Printed materials include exhibition announcements and catalogs; clippings of Greenwood’s art in commercial publications; a profile of Greenwood written for
American Artist
magazine; and other miscellaneous material. Photographs in the collection include black and white originals, negatives, copies, and snapshots, primarily depicting Greenwood’s work as a muralist and painter. Also present are photographs of the artist, including images of Greenwood with Mexican Muralist Diego Rivera, sculptor and designer Isamu Noguchi, friends, and family.
Provenance
The collection was donated by Marion Greenwood in 1964, and at an earlier, unknown date.
Related Archival Materials note
Within the collections of the Archives is the Oral history interview with Marion Greenwood, 1964 Jan. 31, by Dorothy Seckler.
Processing Information note
This collection was minimally processed and a finding aid prepared by Megan Bean in 2016.

Additional Forms Available

Portions of the collection are available on 35 mm microfilm reel 85 at the Archives of American Art offices, and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the papers as described in this finding aid does not reflect the order of the collection on microfilm.

Restrictions on Access

Microfilmed portion must be consulted on microfilm. Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Marion Greenwood papers, 1883, circa 1933-circa 1960. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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