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Phyllis Crawford papers concerning the Index of American Design, 1936-1963

Phyllis Crawford papers concerning the Index of American Design, 1936-1963

Crawford, Phyllis

Arts administrator

Collection Information

Size: 54 items (on 3 partial microfilm reels).

Summary: Correspondence, writings, lists and printed material collected by Crawford relating to the Index of American Design and her position there.

Reel 2814: Printed material: "Index of American Design" (an introduction), "Index of American Design Portfolios and Proposed Groupings," and "Supplement No. 1 to the Federal Art Project: Manual Instructions to the Index of American Design" (January 1936). (Microfilmed as Index of American Design records).

Reel NDA 3: Lists, reports and correspondence concerning the administration of the Index of American Design in New York. Included are two lengthy comments written to Holger Cahill in 1949; pamphlets; press clippings; and material related to the controversy surrounding her resignation as Senior Project Supervisor.

Reel NDA 14: Lists, correspondence, press clippings, pamphlets relating to the Index of American Design and the controversy surrounding Crawford's resignation.

Biographical/Historical Note

Senior Project Supervisor at the Index of American Design in New York, 1936-1949. The Index was a research division of the Federal Art Project which produced approximately 20,000 reproductions (photographs and original drawings) and classifications of a wide variety of American art, paintings, sculptures, handicrafts, and folk art during the 1930's.

Provenance

Donated by Phyllis Crawford, 1963-1964.

Additional Forms Available

Microfilm reels NDA 3, NDA 14, & 2814 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

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

How to Cite This Collection

Phyllis Crawford papers concerning the Index of American Design, 1936-1963. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.