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National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Arts Program selected records, 1969-1989

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Ricky Gomez
Scope and Contents
The selected records of the National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Arts Program measure 15.5 linear feet and date from 1969 to 1989. The records contain supporting documentation for grant applications awarded and final reports submitted to the NEA's Visual Arts Program in the categories of: Workshops (1972-1976), Workshops/Alternative Spaces (1976-1979), Artists' Spaces (1980-1982), and Visual Artists Organizations (1983-ca.1987). Included are a variety of materials, such as slides, photographs, sound and video recordings, letters, resumes, newsletters, financial reports, operational procedures, and printed materials. After circa 1990, the NEA began returning supporting documentation to the applicants, hence, no records from the 1990s are included, although grants were awarded in the Visual Artists Organizations category until 1995.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Arts Program selected records were donated in 1996 by Michael Faubion, Director.
Separated Materials
Approximately 80 linear feet of exhibition catalogs and monographs received from the NEA along with the Visual Arts Program records were transferred to the Library of the National Museum of American Art.
Related Materials
The National Endowment for the Arts grant applications are housed in the National Archives. The Smithsonian American Art Museum holds the National Endowment for the Arts Artists Archive.
The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee.
Processing Information
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Ricky Gomez in 2019.