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Index of American Design Records
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Description
This collection contains the records of the Southern California chapter of the Index of American Design, which was a Federal Arts Project, 1933-1943, and consists of reports, correspondence, drawings, paintings, photographs, and ephemera.
Background
The Index of American Design was a subunit of the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project. The Index was a nationwide project whose mission was to document the evolution of American decorative, provincial and folk arts from the early 17th century to the close of the 19th century. The Southern California chapter of the Index was primarily focused on the pioneer art and design of native peoples and immigrant settlers with a particular emphasis on documenting the Spanish influence on art within California. Areas of interest included indigenous arts and crafts, Spanish-American art and design (including missions), the evolution of Califonia communities and the biographies of their founders, and the contributions made by Native Americans within the spheres of art, costume and storytelling.
Extent
7.76 Linear Feet (15 boxes and 1 oversize volume)
Restrictions
The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.
Availability
Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.