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Oral history interview with Harry N. Abrams, 1972 March 14

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Interviewee:
Abrams, Harry N. (Harry Nathan), 1905-1979  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul, 1933-  Search this
Place of publication, production, or execution:
New York (State)
Physical Description:
Sound recording: 1 sound tape reel ; 5 in.
Transcript: 29 pages
General Note:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 1 hr.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Summary:
An interview of Harry N. Abrams conducted 1972 March 14, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art. Abrams speaks of his educational background including classes at the National Academy of Design, the Art Students League, and New York University. He recalls his book designs, advertising and mail orders for Schwab and Beatty (1928-1936) and the Book-of-the-Month Club (1936-1950) and his association with Illustrated Modern Library and Illustrated Junior Library.
He discusses the organization and early problems of the Abrams Publishing Company, paperback reprints, translations, foreign publications and successful titles. Abrams speaks of the Abradale Press, the Norman Rockwell series, the Contemporary Painters series; and the characteristics of book club and bookstore customers. The interview concludes with a description of his art collection.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Harry N. Abrams, 1972 March 14. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
Harry N. Abrams (1905-1979) was a publisher from New York, New York.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Interviews  Search this
Publishers  Search this
Art publishing  Search this
Art  Search this
Sound recordings  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13015
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211917
AAA_collcode_abrams72
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_211917