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Arrangement and Description of the Karal Ann Marling Collection


Karal Ann Marling's papers are in two groups. The first, created by Dr. Marling and her students (1971-1974), consists of forms and photographs used in recording information about art work created under government sponsorship, correspondence relating to the project and the Cleveland Public Library exhibit, Dr. Marling's research notes, and student term papers.

The second consists of photocopies of correspondence, publications, and newspaper clippings created by and about the original federal programs (1916-1949). These relate to general administrative matters, individual artists, locations, art works, and the Cleveland Municipal Art Collection. Correspondents include:

  • William Milliken, director of the Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Carl W. Broemel, Earl Neff, Kalman Kubinyi, and Clarence H. Carter, directors of the Cleveland District Federal Art Project
  • Olin Dows, chief of the Treasury Relief Art Project
  • Charlotte Gowing Cooper, state director of the Federal Art Project
  • Cecil H. Jones, assistant chief of the Treasury Relief Art Project
  • Edward B. Rowan, assistant chief of the Section of Fine Arts
  • Hugo E. Varga, director of Parks
  • Forbes Watson, Section of Painting and Sculpture
  • Holger Cahill, director of the Federal Art Project

While all four of the federal art programs (Public Wroks of Art Project, Treasury Department Section of Painting and Sculpture, Treasury Relief Art Project, and Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration) are represented, the bulk of the papers relates to the last.

Portions of the collection have been microfilmed by the Smithsonian Institution's Archives of American Art. See: Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution: A Checklist of the Collection. 2d rev. ed. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1977.

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