Dows, Olin, 1904-1981

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Olin Dows (1904-1981) was a painter and arts administrator; he primarily lived and worked in Rhinebeck, New York. Dows was born in Irvington-on-Hudson, NY. He graduated from Harvard University in 1926 and also studied at the Yale School of Fine Arts. In 1935 he was appointed director of the Treasury Relief Art Project, funded by the Works Progress Administration. In 1938 he painted a series of murals for the post office in Rhinebeck, NY, and in 1941 painted murals for the post office in Hyde Park, NY. From 1938 to 1941 Dows was on the Board of Directors of the American Federation of Arts. In 1942 he enlisted in the Army Engineers Corps and was commissioned as a war artist, covering the European Theater of Operations. An exhibit of works produced by this project was held in 1944, entitled "The Army at War." Dows was discharged from the army in 1945. A book of his watercolors, Franklin Roosevelt at Hyde Park, was published in 1949.

From the guide to the Olin Dows letters, 1938-1949, (Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution)

Sculptor, painter, printmaker, writer, lecturer, director of Treasury Relief Art Project; Rhinebeck, New York.

From the description of Olin Dows letters, 1938-1949 and [undated]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122502783

Art administrator; Washington, D.C.

From the description of Olin Dows interview, 1963 Oct. 31. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 220193047

From the description of Oral history interview with Olin Dows, 1963 Oct. 31 [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 312025509

Olin Dows (1904-1981) was a sculptor, painter, printmaker, writer, lecturer, and the director of Treasury Relief Art Project from Rhinebeck, N.Y.

From the description of Olin Dows letters, 1938-1949. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 767864485

Dows, a Rhinebeck, N.Y. artist, designed and executed the mural in the Hyde Park Post Office and wrote FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT AT HYDE PARK (1949).

From the description of Papers, 1939-1949. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155522619

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Treasury Relief Art Project. Central office correspondence with field offices, state supervisors and others, 1935-1939. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Hatch, John Davis. Oral history interview with John Davis Hatch, 1964 June 8. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Olin Dows letters, 1938-1949 Archives of American Art
creatorOf Bruce, Edward, 1879-1943. Edward Bruce papers, 1902-1960 (bulk 1932-1942). Archives of American Art
creatorOf Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945. Federal art program papers of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry L. Hopkins, 1932-1942. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Dows, Olin, 1904-1981. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1935-1940. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf American Artists Group. American Artists Group records, 1934-1965. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Watson, Forbes, 1880-1960. Forbes Watson papers, 1840-1967, bulk 1900-1960. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Smith, E. Herndon (Edward Herndon), b. 1891. E. Herndon Smith papers, 1936-1942. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Schnakenberg, H. E. (Henry Ernest), 1892-1970. Henry Ernest Schnakenberg papers, 1905-1969. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Chaloner Prize Foundation records, 1915-1974 Archives of American Art
referencedIn Forbes Watson papers, 1840-1967, bulk 1900-1960 Archives of American Art
creatorOf Dows, Olin, 1904-1981. Olin Dows interview, 1963 Oct. 31. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Dows, Olin, 1904-1981. Olin Dows letters, 1938-1949. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Dows, Olin, 1904-1981. Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, 1960. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Wisdom, William B. William B. Wisdom collection of Thomas Wolfe. 1909-1959. Houghton Library
creatorOf DOWS, OLIN. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
creatorOf Chavez, Edward Arcenio, 1917-1995. Edward Arcenio Chavez papers, 1933-1982. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Reindel, Edna M. Edna Reindel papers, 1918-1990. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Olin Dows [graphic]. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Dows, Olin : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Dows, Olin, 1904-1981. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
referencedIn Harold Weston papers, 1894-1978, bulk 1912-1972 Archives of American Art
creatorOf Weston, Harold, 1894-1972. Harold Weston papers, 1894-1978, bulk, 1912-1972. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Edward Bruce papers, 1902-1960 (bulk 1932-1942) Archives of American Art
creatorOf Dows, Olin, 1904-1981. Papers, 1939-1949. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Gates, Robert Franklin, 1906-1982. Robert Franklin Gates papers, 1916-1982. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Dows, Olin, 1904-1981. Olin Dows letters, 1938-1949 and [undated]. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Hatch, John Davis. John Davis Hatch interview, 1964 June 8 [sound recording]. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Reindel, Edna M. Edna Reindel papers, 1918-1990. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Papers of Arthur Pope, 1907-1979 Harvard Art Museums. Archives
referencedIn Olin Dows [graphic]. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Hatch, John Davis. John Davis Hatch interview, 1964 June 8. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Bisttram, Emil, 1895-1976. Emil J. Bisttram papers, 1902-1982. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Chaloner Prize Foundation. Chaloner Prize Foundation records, 1915-1974. Smithsonian Institution. Libraries
creatorOf Dows, Olin, 1904-. Oral history interview with Olin Dows, 1963 Oct. 31 [sound recording]. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Contreras, Belisario R., 1916-. Belisario Contreras papers, 1958-1984. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Weitenkampf, Frank, 1866-1962. Frank Weitenkampf letters, 1889-1942. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Treasury Relief Art Project. General administrative and reference file of TRAP Chief, Olin Dows, 1935-1937. Archives of American Art
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith American Artists Group. corporateBody
associatedWith American Federation of Arts. corporateBody
associatedWith Bisttram, Emil, 1895-1976. person
associatedWith Bliss, Robert Woods, 1875-1962. person
associatedWith Bruce, Edward, 1879-1943. person
associatedWith Chaloner Prize Foundation. corporateBody
associatedWith Chavez, Edward Arcenio, 1917-1995. person
associatedWith Contreras, Belisario R., 1916- person
associatedWith Federal Art Project. corporateBody
associatedWith Gates, Robert Franklin, 1906-1982. person
associatedWith Hatch, John Davis. person
associatedWith Hayes, Bartlett H., 1904-1988. person
associatedWith Myers, George Hewitt, 1865-1957. person
associatedWith National Gallery of Art (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project. corporateBody
associatedWith New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project. corporateBody
associatedWith Parker, Thomas Cleveland, 1904-1967. person
associatedWith Phillips, Harlan B. (Harlan Buddington), 1920- person
correspondedWith Pope, Arthur, 1880-1974 person
associatedWith Reindel, Edna M. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945. person
associatedWith Schnakenberg, H. E. (Henry Ernest), 1892-1970. person
associatedWith Smith, E. Herndon (Edward Herndon), b. 1891. person
associatedWith Sterne, Maurice, 1878-1957. person
associatedWith Treasury Relief Art Project corporateBody
associatedWith Treasury Relief Art Project. corporateBody
associatedWith Treasury Relief Art Project. corporateBody
associatedWith Treasury Relief Art Project. corporateBody
associatedWith Treasury Relief Art Project. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Dept. of the Treasury. corporateBody
associatedWith Watson, Forbes person
associatedWith Watson, Forbes, 1880-1960. person
associatedWith Weitenkampf, Frank, 1866-1962. person
associatedWith Weston, Harold, 1894-1972. person
correspondedWith Wisdom, William B., 1900-1977 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Washington (D.C.)
New York (State)--Hyde Park, Dutchess County
Washington (D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
Subject
Hyde Park Post Office (Hyde Park, Dutchess County, N.Y.)
Mural painting and decoration, American
Public officers
Art and state
Arts administrators
Arts administrators--Interviews
Federal aid to public welfare
Federal aid to the arts
Mural painting and decoration
Mural painting and decoration, American--Washington (D.C.)
Postal service
New Deal, 1933-1939
Occupation
Artists
Authors, American
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Birth 1904-08-14

Death 1981-06-06

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