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Olin Dows letters, 1938-1949

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 1 series:

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Series 1: Olin Dows Letters , 1938-1949
(Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)

Personal and official correspondence relating to such matters as the controversy over one of Maurice Sterne's murals for the Justice Department in 1940; financial problems of the American Federation of Arts; art exhibitions; efforts to form a "Corps of Pictorial War Correspondents" in 1942; activities of the Treasury Department Section for Fine Arts; artists in the war effort; mutual friends; and personal matters. Included are incoming letters as well as a few copies of outgoing letters written by Dows. One undated letter concerns criticism of the National Gallery of Art, particularly by Forbes Watson and Dean Hudnut. Correspondents include Edward Bruce, Forbes Watson, Thomas C. Parker, George Hewitt Myers, Robert Woods Bliss, Bartlett H. Hayes, Jr. and others. Some letters include attached documents including exhibition lists, announcements, news clippings, and reports.
Letters are arranged chronologically.
Description Container Select
Letters, 1938
1
1
Letters, 1939-1940
(2 folders)
1
2-3
Letters, 1941
(7 folders)
1
4-10
Letters, 1942
1
11
Letters, 1943-1944
1
12
Letters, 1945-1949
1
13
Undated Letters, circa 1938-1949
1
14

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  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.