A Finding Aid to the Marion Greenwood papers, 1883, circa 1933-circa 1960, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.greemari
Creators:
Greenwood, Marion, 1909-1970
Dates:
1883, circa 1933-circa 1960
Languages:
English
The collection is in English.
Physical Description:
0.4 linear feet
Repository:
The papers of painter and muralist Marion Greenwood (1909-1970) measure 0.4 linear feet and date from circa 1933 to circa 1960. The collection is comprised of biographical materials, printed materials, photographs and negatives.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of painter and muralist Marion Greenwood (1909-1970) measure 0.4 linear feet and date from circa 1933 to circa 1960. The collection is comprised of biographical materials, printed materials, photographs and negatives.
Biographical materials consist of a resume. Printed materials include exhibition announcements and catalogs; clippings of Greenwood's art in commercial publications; a profile of Greenwood written for American Artist magazine; and other miscellaneous material. Photographs in the collection include black and white originals, negatives, copies, and snapshots, primarily depicting Greenwood's work as a muralist and painter. Also present are photographs of the artist, including images of Greenwood with Mexican Muralist Diego Rivera, sculptor and designer Isamu Noguchi, friends, and family.

Arrangement
Arrangement
This collection is arranged as three series.
Series 1: Biographical material, circa 1960 (1 folder; Box 1)
Series 2: Printed Material, 1883, 1937-1960 (4 folders; Box 1)
Series 3: Photographic material, circa 1933-circa 1960 (0.3 linear feet; Box 1-2, OV 3)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Marion Greenwood (1909-1970) was an American social realist painter and muralist who worked in both the United States and Mexico.
Greenwood was born in Brooklyn, and educated at the Art Students League of New York and the Academie Colarossi in Paris. She travelled extensively throughout Mexico, China, and the United States, and her travels were often reflected in her paintings. She was the first female American painter to receive a mural commission from the Mexican government, and painted a series of commissioned murals from 1932-1936. Greenwood also worked for the U. S. Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project from 1936-1940, painting murals and frescoes in housing projects in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and Camden, NJ, as well as in the post office of Crossville, TN. After 1940, Greenwood primarily focused on easel painting. In 1944, she was commissioned as a war artist by the Army Medical Corps and by the pharmaceutical company Abbott Laboratories to document soldiers returned from war and their medical care. Greenwood served as a visiting professor at the University of Tennessee from 1954-1955, and was commissioned to paint a mural for the university in 1955.
Marion Greenwood died in Woodstock, NY in 1970.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Portions of the collection are available on 35 mm microfilm reel 85 at the Archives of American Art offices, and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the papers as described in this finding aid does not reflect the order of the collection on microfilm.
Processing Information
This collection was minimally processed and a finding aid prepared by Megan Bean in 2016.
Author
Megan Bean
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated by Marion Greenwood in 1964, and at an earlier, unknown date.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Microfilmed portion must be consulted on microfilm. Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Conditions Governing Use
The Marion Greenwood papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Preferred Citation
Marion Greenwood papers, 1883, circa 1933-circa 1960. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Related Materials
Within the collections of the Archives is the Oral history interview with Marion Greenwood, 1964 Jan. 31, by Dorothy Seckler.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Women artists -- New York (State) -- New York Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Social realism Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women artists -- Mexico Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Muralists -- New York (State) -- New York Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Muralists -- Mexico Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- Mexico Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Noguchi, Isamu, 1904-1988 -- Photographs Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957 -- Photographs Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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