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Federal Art Project. Photographic Division  Search this
Gorky, Arshile  Search this
Goodman, Bertram  Search this
Greenwood, Marion  Search this
Hovell, Joseph  Search this
Dehn, Virginia Engleman  Search this
Ennis, George Pearse  Search this
Zorach, William  Search this
Dehn, Adolf Arthur  Search this
Bloch, Lucienne  Search this
De Rivera, José Ruiz  Search this
Barthe, Richmond  Search this
Evergood, Philip Howard  Search this
Seltzer, Leo  Search this
Robbins, David  Search this
Burke, Selma  Search this
Guston, Philip  Search this
Horn, Sol  Search this
Cahill, Holger  Search this
Herman, Andrew  Search this
Berger, Andrew  Search this
Hord, Donal  Search this
Brann, Louise  Search this
Criss, Francis  Search this
Chodorow, Eugene  Search this
Karp, William  Search this
Shuster, Will  Search this
Alston, Charles Henry  Search this
Calapai, Letterio  Search this
Blanch, Lucile Lundquist  Search this
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo  Search this
Arenal, Luis  Search this
Refregier, Anton  Search this
Bolotowsky, Ilya  Search this
Davis, Stuart  Search this
Gershoy, Eugenie  Search this
McMahon, Audrey  Search this
Abbott, Berenice  Search this
Benson, John Howard  Search this
Levi, Julian E. (Julian Edwin)  Search this
Laning, Edward  Search this
Olds, Elizabeth  Search this
Works Progress Administration  Search this
Federal Art Project  Search this
Federal Art Project (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Federal Art Project (Wash.)  Search this
Federal Music Project U.S.  Search this
Federal Theatre Project U.S.  Search this
Federal Writers' Project U.S.  Search this
United States.Work Projects Administration  Search this
Federal Art Project.Graphic Arts Division  Search this
Museum Of The City Of New York  Search this
Federal Art Project.Easel Division  Search this
Federal Art Project.Poster Division  Search this
Harlem Art Center  Search this
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
12.4 linear feet
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
The Federal Art Project (FAP), Photographic Division collection dates from circa 1920-1965, with the bulk of the records spanning the active years of the FAP: 1935-1942. The collection comprises 12.4 linear feet of photographic prints and negatives, including photos of FAP artists and the artwork created by them, and other activities of the FAP in communities throughout New York City and other states. Photographers include Andrew Herman, Sol Horn, David Robbins, Leo Seltzer, and others.
Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection, circa 1920-1965, bulk 1935-1942. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
The collection has been digitized and is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art and the Walton Family Foundation.
Related Materials:
Among the holdings of the Archives of American Art are related collections, including the Federal Art Project of the Work Projects Administration records, 1935-1948. Additional FAP records are held by the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington D.C.
Biography Note:
The Federal Art Project (FAP) was one of the Depression-era work-relief programs of the Federal Works Progress Administration (WPA). The WPA was established in May 1935 specifically as a work relief program for the millions of individuals left unemployed during the Depression. Its name changed to the Work Projects Administration in 1939 when it fell under the administrative hand of the newly created Federal Works Agency. (At that same time, the Federal Art Project officially became the Federal Art Program.) Under the Federal Art Project, separate photographic divisions were set up in several states, most notably in New York City. In addition to documenting the work and activities of artists employed on the program, photographers documented the activities of other projects under "Federal One," including the Federal Theater and Music Projects. Photographers also worked on creative assignments for exhibitions, photo murals, etc.
The collection was anonymously donated to the Archives of American Art in the late 1950s.
Digitization Note:
This site provides access to the papers of Federal Art Project. Photographic Division in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2017, and total 18,430 images.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
African American artists  Search this
Theater and state  Search this
Art centers  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Hispanic American artists  Search this
Federal aid to the public welfare  Search this
Music and state  Search this
Art  Search this
Photography  Search this
Children's art  Search this
Artists  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Record number:
African American
Latino and Latin American
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art