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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.

Language Note

English .

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.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel NDA 1(frames 769-839) available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

35mm 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.

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

Russell Vernon Hunter papers, 1923-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.