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.
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
7.76 Linear Feet
(15 boxes and 1 oversize volume)
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