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Photographs relating to the WPA Southern California Art Project, circa 1937-1941

Perret, Ferdinand, 1888-1960

Painter, Art historian


Collection Information

Size: 0.2 Linear feet

Summary: 137 b&w photographs compiled by Ferdinand Perret relating to the WPA Southern California Art Project. Depicted are the WPA-FAP Print Department, Los Angeles; Canoga Park petrachrome in progress, 1940; George Washington High School petrachrome in progress; Long Beach Municipal Auditorium tile mosaic; petrachrome seal of Santa Monica, Santa Monica City Hall, 1941; and works of art by Paul Babcock, Glenn Bannister, Grace Clements, Henry Gilbert de Kruif, Ethel Evans, Miriam Farrington, Lorser Feitelson, Henry Helmle, Donal Hord, E.D. Horsky, Harold Gebhardt, Paul Julian, Albert King, Ludwig Kuszewski, Paul Hambleton Landacre, Henry Lion, Helen Lundeberg, Stanton Macdonald-Wright, Buckley MacGurrin, Benjamin Newton Messick, Marjorie Morse, Jean Swiggett, Harry Mann Waddell, and others. Many of the photographs are duplicates. Also found is a letter from California artist, Benjamin Messick to Perret regarding printed material for Perret's research libary.

Biographical/Historical Note

Perret was a painter and art restorer whose work led him to begin serious art research. He amassed a large collection of material relating to California art and artists.


Transferred in 1993 and 2015 from the National Museum of American Art Library, where it been received in 1949 as part of the Ferdinand Perret Research Library of the Arts and Affiliated Sciences.

Related Materials

The Ferdinand Perret research material on California art and artists collection is located at the Smithsonian Institution Smithsonian American Art Museum Library.

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

Use requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.

How to Cite This Collection

Photographs relating to the WPA Southern California Art Project, circa 1937-1941. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.