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Russell Vernon Hunter papers, 1923-1979

Russell Vernon Hunter papers, 1923-1979

Hunter, Russell Vernon, 1900-1955

Painter, Arts administrator

Collection Information

Size: 420 items (on 4 microfilm reels).

Summary: Biographical data; correspondence; sketches; exhibition materials; photographs; clippings; and press releases. Reels 3028-3030: Biographical data; correspondence with Ernest Blumenschein, Adolf Dehn, Loren Mozley, Georgia O'Keeffe and others; a transcript of an interview with Hunter's widow, Virginia Hunter Ewing, Janaury 7, 1964, regarding Hunter's tenure as State Director for the Federal Art Program of WPA in New Mexico; illustrated typescripts of Hunter's manuscripts; price lists and appraisals of his work; 4 undated sketchbooks of figure studies; annotated drawings of furniture, interior designs and mural studies; a scrapbook, 1925-1960, of newspaper clippings and other printed material; exhibition catalogs; magazine clippings; photos of Hunter, his paintings and murals, and his interior design for the Officer's Club, Army Air Base, Clovis, New Mexico. Reel NDA 1: Press clippings and a memorial bulletin from the Roswell Museum in New Mexico where he was an administrator.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, administrator and designer; Sante Fe, New Mexico. State director of the Federal Art Project of the Work Projects Administration, a federally aided project to provide employment to artists during the Depression.


The lender, Mrs. Ewing, is the widow of Hunter. Material on reel NDA 1 lent by Mrs. Ewing.

Location of Originals

  • Reels 3028-3030: Originals returned to the lender, Virginia Ewing, after microfilming. Reel NDA 1: Originals returned to Mrs. H. Gilbert Finke after microfilming.

Microfilm reel NDA 1(frames 769-839) available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. microfilm reels 3028-3030 available at AAA's Washington, D.C. and Southern California offices; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Library; and through interlibrary loan.

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