Collection Number: 05611

Collection Title: Charles Russell Hardman Papers, 1930s-1990

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1000 items)
Abstract The collection of Florida artist Charles Russell Hardman contains original artwork, sketchbooks, notes, and slight, scattered correspondence. Some of the loose sketches and paintings in the collection served as Hardman's studies for two murals commissioned during the Great Depression by the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project for post office buildings in Miami, Fla. and Guntersville, Ala. Also included are photographs of WPA-commissioned public art.
Creator Hardman, Charles Russell.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Charles Russell Hardman Papers #5611, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from James Coward in November 2014 (Acc. 102131).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Charles Russell Hardman won a regional art competition in 1938 and was commissioned by the Works Progress Administration to oversee art installations during the 1930s and 1940s. He created two paintings himself for the United States Postal Service, one in Miami, Fla., in 1940, called “Episodes from the History of Florida,” and another in Guntersville, Ala., in 1947, called “Indians Receiving Gifts from the Spanish.” In the 1950s, Hardman worked as the art director for the University of North Carolina’s public television station. He retired in 1972.

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The collection of Florida artist Charles Russell Hardman contains original artwork, sketchbooks, notes, and slight, scattered correspondence. Some of the loose sketches and paintings in the collection served as Hardman's studies for two murals commissioned during the Great Depression by the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project for post office buildings in Miami, Fla. and Guntersville, Ala. Also included are photographs of WPA-commissioned public art.

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Processing Information

The summary description was created in June 2018.

Encoded by: Laura Smith

Updated: June 2019

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