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Olin Dows letters, 1938-1949

Dows, Olin, 1904-1981

Lithographer, Engraver, Author, Arts administrator

Collection Information

Size: 0.2 linear feet

Summary: This small collection of letters to and from painter and arts administrator Olin Dows measures 0.2 linear feet and dates from 1938 to 1949. The letters primarily document his work as director of the Treasury Relief Art Project, as an admistrator for the American Federation of Arts, and his work as a war artist. Much of the correspondence is with arts administrators Edward Bruce and Forbes Watson.
Much of the correspondence is from 1941. Also of note is correspondence relating to the controversy over one of Maurice Sterne's murals for the Justice Department in 1940 and efforts to form a "Corps of Pictorial War Correspondents" in 1942. Some letters include attached documents including exhibition lists, announcements, news clippings, and reports.

Biographical/Historical Note

Olin Dows (1904-1981) was a sculptor, painter, printmaker, writer, lecturer, and the director of Treasury Relief Art Project from Rhinebeck, N.Y.


Letters were donated in 1962 by Olin Dows; the provenance of one letter (on microfilm reel 2803) is unknown.

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