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Guide to the New-York Historical Society Collection of Prints from the Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project
1935-1943
 PR 345

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-3400


New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Larry Weimer

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Federal Art Project
Creator: New-York Historical Society
Title: New-York Historical Society collection of prints from the Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project
Dates [inclusive]: 1935-1943
Abstract: The collection includes 22 prints produced by 17 artists in connection with the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project (1935-1943), specifically from New York City.
Quantity: 3.5 Linear feet in one box and two flat file folders
Call Phrase: PR 345

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Biographical/Historical Note

The Federal Art Project (1935-1943) was a Depression-era relief program run by the Works Progress Administration. The art project employed thousands of artists across the United States to create paintings, murals, photographs, and other art forms for the public. This collection includes a relatively small number of the thousands of "portable" works, specifically prints from New York City, created during the program.

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Scope and Contents

The collection includes 22 prints produced by 17 artists in connection with the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Program, specifically from New York City. The specific artists and works included in the collection are detailed in the container list. Generally, the works focus on people, rather than structures or landscapes, in urban settings such as street scenes, getting tattoos, street cart sales, recreation, laborers, and searching through a garbage can.

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged by artist name.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Abramovitz, Albert, 1879-1963
  • Barlow, Lou, 1908-2011
  • Berman, Sarah
  • Botts, Hugh
  • Burke, David
  • Dwight, Mabel
  • Eichenberg, Fritz
  • Feinstein, David, active 1935-1943
  • Gottlieb, Harry, 1895-1992
  • Jacobi, Eli
  • Mandelman, Beatrice
  • Markham, Kyra
  • Miller, Grambs
  • Nooney, Ann
  • Parish, Betty Waldo, 1910-1986
  • Schardt, Bernard P., 1904-1979
  • Velonis, Anthony, 1911-1997

Document Type

  • Lithographs.
  • Prints (visual works).
  • Woodcuts (prints)

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.) -- Pictorial works.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Use Restrictions

Permission to reproduce any Print Room holdings through publication must be obtained from: Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024. Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 270. Fax: (212) 579-8794.

Preferred Citation Note

This collection should be cited as New-York Historical Society collection of prints from the Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project, PR 345, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

Related Archival Materials Note

This collection holds only prints created under the auspices of the Federal Art Project. Some of the artists included here can also be found in other N-YHS collections unrelated to the Federal Art Project. See N-YHS's Department of Prints, Photographs and Architectural Collections' Printmaker File (PR 58).

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

The prints were purchased over time by N-YHS. Dates for each are noted in the container list.

Processing Information Note

The collection was initially processed by archivist Larry Weimer in December 2017. The collection was formed at that time, primarily by transferring prints from the Printmaker File (PR 58) into this new collection. Two prints were added in November 2018, four prints in February 2019, and seven prints in November 2019.

Accruals Note

Additional related prints may be acquired by purchase or donation in the future and added to the collection.

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Container List

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 1 Abramovitz, Albert (1879-1963)

Scope and Contents

Includes linocut Rickets (circa 1935-1943), number 7 of 25 for the NYC-WPA. Signed in pencil. Stamped. Purchase, November 2019.

circa 1935-1943
Box: 1 Barlow, Lou (1908-2011)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes wood engraving Sweet Potato Man (1936). Purchased 1983.

1936
Box: 1 Berman, Sarah (1895-1957)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes lithograph Harlem Street Scene (circa 1936-1942). Purchase, November 2015.

circa 1936-1942
Box: 1 Botts, Hugh (1903-1964)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes: etching East River (1937), number 22. Signed in pencil. Stamped. Purchase, November 2015; aquatint  Clinic (circa 1935-1943), number 5 of edition of 25. Signed in pencil. Stamped. Purchase, November 2019.

1937
Box: 1 Burke, David

Scope and Contents Note

Includes color screenprint Going to Work (1935), number 2. Signed in pencil. Stamped. Purchase, November 2015.

1935
Box: 1 Dwight, Mabel (1876-1955)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes: lithograph Buried Treasure (1939), number 20, signed in pencil, stamped, purchased November 2016;  General Seminary (1936),signed in pencil (no stamp), purchased October 2017.

1936, 1939
Box: 1 Eichenberg, Fritz (1901-1990)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes wood engraving Lumber Yard (1935-1943), number 11, signed in pencil, stamped. Purchase, October 2017.

1935-1943
Box: 1 Feinstein, David

Scope and Contents

Includes lithograph The Boss, signed in pencil, stamped. Purchase November 2019.

circa 1935-1943
Folder: FF-1 Gottlieb, Harry (1895-1992)

Scope and Contents

Includes lithograph Drydock. Edition of 25 made for NYC-WPA, with stamp. Signed in pencil, titled in lower margin. Purchase, January 2019.

1936/1939
Box: 1 Grambs, Blanche (1916-2010)

Scope and Contents

Includes drypoint Cold, number 16, for the NYC-WPA, signed in pencil (B.M. Grambs), stamped. Artist later known as Grambs Miller. Purchase, October 2018.

circa 1935-1943
Box: 1 Jacobi, Eli (1898-1984)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes lithograph Tattoo Artist (ca. 1936-1939), depicting the interior of Apache Harry's tattoo shop at 22 Bowery. Signed in pencil, stamped. Purchase, 2016.

circa 1936-1939
Box: 1 Mandelman, Beatrice (1912-1998)

Scope and Contents

Includes lithograph Shave 25 Cents, signed in pencil, stamped partially erased. Purchase, November 2019.

circa 1936-1941
Box: 1 Markham, Kyra (1891-1967)

Scope and Contents

Includes: lithograph The Flies at Minsky's (1936), signed in pencil, stamped, purchased October 2018; lithograph  Stage Door Johnnie (1937), number 11, signed in pencil, stamped, purchased November 2019.

1936-1937
Box: 1 Nooney, Ann (1900-1970)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes lithograph Fulton Street, Brooklyn (circa 1935), number 9, signed in pencil, stamped. Purchase, November 2015.

circa 1935
Folder: FF-2 Nooney, Ann (1900-1970)

Scope and Contents

Two lithographs: Demolition with Water Tower, NYC, signed and titled in pencil (Purchase, November 2019);  Music in the Park, signed and titled in pencil (Purchase, November 2019).

circa 1936-1939
Box: 1 Parish, Betty Waldo (1910-1986)

Scope and Contents

Includes wood engraving Our Lady of Pompeii (or "Church of Pompeii"). Signed in pencil, stamp on reverse. Purchase, January 2019.

1936-1939
Box: 1 Schardt, Bernard P. (1904-1979)

Scope and Contents

Includes wood engraving Women's Court, Jefferson Market. Signed (B.P. Schardt) and titled in pencil, stamped. Purchase, January 2019.

1936/1939
Box: 1 Velonis, Anthony (1911-1997)

Scope and Contents

Includes serigraph, mounted to support sheet 6:30 P.M. Edition of 25 made for NYC-WPA, with stamp. Signed, titled, dated, and annotated "Working proof on illustration board." Purchase, January 2019.

1938

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