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PWAP Region 15 (Calif.) records, 1934-1964

Public Works of Art Project


Collection Information

Size: 11 Items, (on partial microfilm reel)

Summary: Miscellaneous correspondence of Walter Heil, regional director of PWAP, 1934; form letters from Edward Bruce, national director; and a typescript reminiscence of the PWAP and a letter from Ray Strong addressed to Mary McChesney and dated 1964.[Microfilm title, "Ray Strong"]

Biographical/Historical Note

Federally funded art project of the Treasury Department initiated in order to provide jobs for unemployed artists during the Depression. Under the PWAP the country was divided into 16 regions each of which had its own director who answered to the national director in Washington, D.C. The PWAP was succeeded by the Section of Painting and Sculpture, which subsequently became the Section of Fine Arts.


Lent for microfilming 1964 by the M.H. De Young Museum.

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to the M.H. De Young Museum after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel NDA 3(frames 826-832) available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

PWAP Region 15 (Calif.) records, 1934-1964. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.