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New Deal Federal Art Project Research Collection, 1934-1982

New Deal Federal Art Project Research Collection,

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Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
The Art Institute of Chicago

Finding Aid Published: 2005

New Deal Federal Art Project Research Collection, 1934-1982

Accession Number: 2005.1

COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:New Deal Federal Art Project Research Collection, 1934-1982
EXTENT:1 linear foot (2 boxes) and flatfile materials
REPOSITORY: Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries,
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603-6110
(312) 443-7292 phone
rbarchives@artic.edu
http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchives.html
ABSTRACT:Correspondence, photographs, printed matter, and research notes gathered or produced by Barbara Bernstein for a film entitled "Silver Lining." The grant-funded film and related typescript endeavored to catalog New Deal-era, federally-funded artwork in Chicago and throughout Illinois.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:Holograph papers, typed papers, printed papers, photocopies, and black and white photographic prints.
ORIGINATION: Bernstein, Barbara
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:This collection was a gift from Mary L. Gray and Robert A. Sideman in March 2005.

HISTORICAL NOTE:
In the early 1970s researcher Barbara Bernstein began studying New Deal-era, federally-funded artwork throughout Illinois. This research, funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, culminated in the production of a film entitled "Silver Lining" and a related but presumably unpublished typescript. Bernstein's aim was "to make available to the public a whole era's worth of good and valuable art that for a long time [was] inaccessible, not so much lost as unidentified." Bernstein sought works created not only through the Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project, but also those sponsored or funded by lesser known New Deal art programs such the PWAP (Public Works of Art Program), the Treasury Section of Painting and Sculpture (later, Treasury Section of Fine Arts), and The Treasury Relief Art Project. The scope of Bernstein's research encompassed only surviving, large-scale works of New Deal art in public places in Illinois, including those found de-installed but in storage. "Silver Lining" was completed and distributed to libraries and educational institutions through Mar/Chuck Film Industries in 1976.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
This collection is comprised of research materials such as newspaper articles, correspondence, and notes which Bernstein collected during the research process as well as papers relating to the products of her work: the film "Silver Lining" and a typescript report and list. This latter group of materials includes correspondence, publicity, and distribution information.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
SERIES I: RESEARCH PAPERS.

SERIES II: RESEARCH PHOTOGRAPHS.

SERIES III: "SILVER LINING" PAPERS.

SERIES IV: NEGATIVES.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
New Deal art
Federal Art Project
Public Works of Art Project (United States)
Public art--Illinois

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
BOX.FFBox #, Folder #
c.circa
Flatf.flatfile
n.d.not dated

RELATED MATERIALS IN THE RYERSON AND BURNHAM ARCHIVES, THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO:
Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project Photograph Collection, 00.08

PHYSICAL LOCATION:
The collection is housed in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries' on-site stacks.

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS:
The collection may be used by qualified readers in the Reading Room of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at The Art Institute of Chicago. Collections maintained on-site are available for patron use without prior arrangement or appointment. Collections maintained in off-site storage will be retrieved with advance notification; please consult the Archivist for the current retrieval schedule. For further information, consult http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchaccess.html

USER RESTRICTIONS:
The Art Institute of Chicago is providing access to the materials in the Libraries' collections solely for noncommercial educational and research purposes. The unauthorized use, including, but not limited to, publication of the materials without the prior written permission of the Art Institute is strictly prohibited. All inquiries regarding permission to publish should be submitted in writing to the Archivist, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to permission from the Art Institute, permission of the copyright owner (if not the Art Institute) and/or any holder of other rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) may also be required for reproduction, publication, distribution, and other uses. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of any item and securing any necessary permissions rests with the persons desiring to publish the item. The Art Institute makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the materials or their fitness for a particular purpose.

PREFERRED CITATION:
New Deal Federal Art Project Research collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
This collection was processed by Jenny Stone and Nathaniel Parks in 2005.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES I: RESEARCH PAPERS
Box.FF 1.1-1.2
General research files.
Photocopies. Includes primary and secondary source materials such as reports, lists, logs, and newspaper articles.
1934-1975
Box.FF 1.1-1.2
General research files.
Photocopies. Primary and secondary source materials such as reports, artwork lists, logs, and newspaper articles. Includes an article from the Chicago Tribune, "Federal Art: Not Gone, Just Forgotten," 12/02/1973.
1934-1975
Box.FF 1.3-1.5
General research files and notes.
Photocopies and holograph papers. Includes artist interview transcripts.
1936, 1937, 1973, n.d.
Flatf. 5.7
General research file.
Newspaper articles and magazine articles.
1940-1976
Box.FF 1.6
Post office research files.
Photocopies and printed papers. Includes artwork lists, correspondence, and printed materials.
1936-1975, n.d.
Box.FF 1.7-1.10
Correspondence between Barbara Bernstein and others.
Correspondence. Includes Karel Yasko, responses to Chicago Tribune Magazine article, "Federal Art: Not Gone, Just Forgotten," and artists such as Edgar Britton, Andrene Kauffman, and Merlin Pollock.
1971-1982
Box.FF 1.11-1.12
"Federal Art in Illinois."
Typescript and photocopy.
02/1976






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES II: RESEARCH PHOTOGRAPHS

MURALS:
Box.FF 1.13
Belleville, IL.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.14
Berwyn, IL.
Black and white photographs.
n.d. 2
Box.FF 2.1
Chicago, IL.
Black and white photographs.
n.d. 41
Box.FF 2.2
Chicago Heights, IL.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 2.3
Forest Park, IL.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 2.4
Highland Park, IL.
Black and white photographs.
n.d. 4
Box.FF 2.5
Lake Forest, IL.
Black and white photographs.
n.d. 2
Box.FF 2.6
Manteno, IL.
Black and white photographs.
n.d. 14
Box.FF 2.7
New Shawneetown, IL.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 2.8
Oak Park, IL.
Black and white photographs.
n.d. 26
Box.FF 2.9
Rockville, IL.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 2.10
Salem, IL.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 2.11
West Aurora, IL.
Black and white photographs.
n.d. 2
Box.FF 2.12
Wilmette, IL.
Black and white photographs.
n.d. 4
Box.FF 2.13
Unidentified locations.
Black and white photographs.
n.d. 10

SCULPTURE:
Box.FF 2.14
Chicago and region.
Black and white photographs.
n.d. 10

MISCELLANEOUS:
Box.FF 2.15
Gallery installations, artist studios, and group photos.
Black and white photographs.
n.d. 20
Box.FF 2.16
Artwork and miscellaneous, various locations.
Black and white contact sheets and color contact sheets.
n.d. 17






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES III: SILVER LINING PAPERS
Box.FF 2.17
Filming location and filmed mural lists, shooting schedule, and consent and release forms.
1975
Box.FF 2.18-2.19
Publicity.
Includes flyers, newspaper articles, correspondence, etc.
1975-1976
Box.FF 2.20-2.21
Distribution.
Includes legal documents, correspondence, invoices, etc.
1976
Box.FF 2.22-2.23
Correspondence.
1972-1976






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES IV: NEGATIVES
REST
Artwork and miscellaneous.
Black and white negatives and color negatives. Contact sheets of these images are available for patron use and may be found in Series II.
n.d.







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