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Federal Patronage of the Arts in Michigan During the Great Depression Oral Histories

 Collection
Identifier: UOH001700
Collection consists of transcripts of 10 interviews with artists, writers, and actors active in Michigan during the Great Depression in the Federal Art Project (FAP), the Federal Writers' Project (FWP), and the Federal Theatre Project (FTP) under the New Deal's Works Progress Administration (WPA). Participants talk about their backgrounds and training, entry into the works programs, their creative work during the time, colleagues in the programs and the area, leftist and labor sympathies and activism, and their careers since.
The following participants were interviewed (with their primary program affiliation, though it should be noted there was much cross-collaboration): Barbara Wilson Benetti (FAP), Hy Fireman (FTP), Leo Mogill (The Contemporary Theatre), Albert Oriucci (FTP), Charles Pollack (FAP), Rebecca Shelley Rathmer (FWP), Kenneth Rowe (FTP), Edith Segal (FTP), Louis Sirotkin (John Reed Club), and Ruth Whitworth (FTP).

Dates

  • 1978 - 1980

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.

RESTRICTIONS: Due to the personal nature of oral history, the Library prohibits use of the material in any way that infringes on individual right to privacy, or results in libelous statements or slander, in accordance with U.S. law.

For the following interviews, permission to publish or quote must be obtained from the interviewee or interviewee heirs or assigns: Hy Fireman, Albert Oriucci, Charles Pollack, Rebecca Shelley Rathmer, Kenneth Rowe, Edith Segal, and Ruth Whitworth.

Extent

.25 Linear Feet ((1 MB). ) : Consists of printed transcripts.

92.4 Megabytes ((10 files). ) : Consists of PDFs.

Abstract

Between 1978 and 1980, Paul Sporn interviewed Michigan artists and writers active in government-sponsored arts programs during the Great Depression for his book,

History

Between 1978 and 1980, Paul Sporn interviewed Michigan artists and writers active in government-sponsored arts programs during the Great Depression for his book,

Arrangement

Transcripts are arranged alphabetically by interviewee last name.

Custodial History

The original name for the project and the collection was "Federal Patronage of the Arts in Michigan During the Great Depression Oral History Project."

Acquisition

Donated by Paul Sporn, circa 1997.

Other Copies

Transcripts were digitized and are available as PDFs.

Related Materials

Paul Sporn Papers

Processing History

Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library. Finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet on June 28, 2016.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Federal Patronage of the Arts in Michigan During the Great Depression Oral Histories
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library. Finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet.
Date
2016-06-28
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Sponsor
Description made possible by funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
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Detroit MI 48202 USA