A Finding Aid to the Marlene Park and Gerald E. Markowitz research materials on New Deal Art,
1931-1999
, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.parkmarl
Creators:
Park, Marlene, 1931-
Dates:
1931-1999
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
5.8 Linear feet
Repository:
The Marlene Park and Gerald E. Markowitz research files on New Deal art are dated 1931-1999 and measure 5.8 linear feet. The research files document New Deal art projects and artists through some original correspondence with artists, printed material, interview transcripts, and several sound recordings of interviews with artists of the period. Subject files relate to WPA era art and art projects; many contain numerous photocopies of records from the Personnel Records Center and the U. S. Treasury Relief Arts Projects now in the custody of the National Archives and Records Administration.

Scope and Content Note
Scope and Content Note
The Marlene Park and Gerald E. Markowitz research files on New Deal art are dated 1931-1999 and measure 5.8 linear feet. The research files document New Deal art projects and artists through some original correspondence with artists, printed material, interview transcripts, and several sound recordings of interviews with artists of the period. Subject files relate to WPA era art and art projects; many contain numerous photocopies of records from the Personnel Records Center and the U. S. Treasury Relief Arts Projects now in the custody of the National Archives and Records Administration.
The collection consists primarily of artists' files documenting the WPA, The National Personnel Records Center, the Public Art Preservation Committee, and the U.S. Treasury Relief Art Project. Also found are lists of artists arranged by category, correspondence, transcripts of interviews, printed material, exhibition catalogs, monographs, photographs, slides, and sound recordings. Among the artists are: Charles Alston, Will Barnet, Ilya Bolotowsky, Louis Bouche, James Brooks, Charles Burchfield, Paul Cadmus, Minna Citron, Robert Cronbach, Hugo Gellert, Adloph Gottlieb, Leo Katz, Roy King, Albert Kotin, Edward Lanning, Ethel Magafan, William Palmer, Anton Refregier, Philip Reisman, Lincoln Rothschild, Joseph Solman, Harry Sternberg, Stuyvesant Van Veen, and Marion Walton.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 4 series:
  • Series 1: Artists' Files, 1931-1999 (Boxes 1-5, 7, OV 8-10; 4.8 linear feet)
  • Series 2: Subject Files, 1934-1999 (Boxes 5, 7, OV 10; 0.5 linear feet)
  • Series 3: Printed Material, 1977-1989 (Box 5; 0.2 linear ft.)
  • Series 4: Sound Recordings, 1974-1976 (Boxes 5-6; 0.3 linear ft.)

Biographical Note
Biographical Note
Art historians Marlene Park and husband Gerald E. Markowitz conducted research on New Deal art projects. Their work resulted in an exhibition "New Deal for Art: The Government Projects of the 1930's with Examples from New York City and State" (1977) and a catalog with the same title. 7), and a book, Democratic Vistas: Post Offices and Public Art in the New Deal (1984). Both were on the faculty of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Marlene Park served on the Public Art Preservation Committee from 1979-1982.

Administration
Processing Information
The papers were processed to a minimal by Justin Brancato in 2004.
The Archives of American Art has implemented minimal processing tactics when possible in order to increase access to more of our collections. Minimal pocessing included arrangement to the series and folder levels. Generally, items within folders were simply verified with folder titles and dates but not arranged further. Staples and other fasteners were not removed.
Author
Justin Brancato
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
The Marlene Park and Gerald E. Markowitz research materials on New Deal Art were donated to the Archives in 1999 by art historians Marlene Park and Gerald E. Markowitz.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Marlene Park and Gerald E. Markowitz research material on New Deal art, circa 1974-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Restrictions on Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Ownership and Literary Rights
The Marlene Park and Gerald E. Markowitz research materials on New Deal art 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.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Sound recordings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Interviews Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Federal aid to the arts Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Transcripts Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Personnel Records Center (U.S.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Palmer, William, 1906-1987 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Magafan, Ethel, 1915 or 6-1993 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Markowitz, Gerald E. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Reisman, Philip, 1904- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rothschild, Lincoln, 1902- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Burchfield, Charles Ephraim, 1893-1967 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Refregier, Anton, 1905- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States. Work Projects Administration Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Van Veen, Stuyvesant Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Solman, Joseph, 1909-2008 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sternberg, Harry, 1904-2001 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Walton, Marion, b. 1899 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Alston, Charles Henry, 1907-1977 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bolotowsky, Ilya, 1907-1981 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Barnet, Will, 1911- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Brooks, James, 1906-1992 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cadmus, Paul, 1904-1999 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cronbach, Robt.(Robert M.), 1908- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Citron, Minna Wright, 1896-1991 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gottlieb, Adolph, 1903-1974 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gellert, Hugo, 1892-1985 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bouché, Louis, 1896-1969 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
King, Roy E., 1903- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Katz, Leo, 1887-1982 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lanning, Edward P. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kotin, Albert, 1907-1980 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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