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Eleanor M. Carr Papers

Identifier: MS-21

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of research materials such as correspondence, photographic documentation, and ephemera relating to Eleanor M. Carr's writings on federal support for American sculpture in the 1930s and 1940s. Carr's research includes New Deal programs such as the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and Federal Project Number One and its various components.

The bulk of the materials relate to three main writings by Carr: "A Study of Federal Relief to the Sculptors on the New York City Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration, 1935-1943", dissertation completed in 1969; "The Government and Sculpture: A Study of Federal Support of the Sculptor 1933 to 1943", circa 1970s; and, "WPA Era Sculpture from the WPA Federal Art Project and the Treasury Programs", circa 1970s.


  • Creation: circa 1936-2003, undated

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public for research purposes.

Copy and Reproduction Restrictions

Photocopies or digital images of materials may be made for research purposes only.

Biographical and Historical Note

Eleanor Mulqueen Carr, R.S.C.J. was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1922. She entered the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949 and professed first vows in 1952 and final vows in 1957. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts in Education from Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. She later earned a second Master of Arts from New York University, Institute of Fine Arts. In 1969, Carr received her doctoral degree from New York University, Institute of Fine Arts with a concentration in 19th and 20th Century Art, Medieval Art, and American Art. Her dissertation was "A Study of Federal Relief to the Sculptors on the New York City Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration, 1935-1943".

She taught on the secondary level for several years at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, CT. Later, she taught art history at Manhattanville College, Fordham University, Lincoln Center, in a special program for senior citizens, and at the Convent of the Sacred Heart at 91st Street in New York.


0.834 Linear Feet


Correspondence, documents, and photographic material relating to research on New Deal and Depression-era sculpture projects.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is arranged into five series: Series 1, Biographical; Series 2, Correspondence; Series 3, Writings; Series 4, Printed Material; and Series 5, Photographic Material.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum by Eleanor M. Carr in 2007.

Ownership and Rights

This collection is the physical property of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. The Museum holds literary rights only for material created by Museum personnel or given to the Museum with such rights specifically assigned. The collection is subject to all copyright laws. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply. Contact the Archivist for further copyright and publication information as it pertains to this collection.

Processing Information

Processing of this collection was completed by Valerie Wheat and Pat Bacha. Finding aid was completed by Elizabeth Ehrnst in 2015.

Finding Aid to the Eleanor Carr Papers, circa 1936-2003, undated
Elizabeth Ehrnst
September 2015
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Repository

217 Johnson Street
Santa Fe NM 87501 US