Oral history interview with Grace Morley, 1982 Feb. 6-Mar. 24
Morley, Grace, 1900-1985
McCray, Porter A., 1908-2000
Cincinnati Art Museum
National Museum of India
San Francisco Art Association
San Francisco Museum of Art
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Transcript: 31 p.
Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformated in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hrs., 9 min.
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Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Grace McCann Morley conducted 1982 Feb. 6-1982 Mar. 24, by Porter McCray, for the Archives of American Art.
Morley speaks of her career in museums, beginning with the Cincinnati Art Museum as a curator; becoming the director of the San Francisco Museum of Art; the San Francisco Museum of Art's history and efforts to show contemporary art; the San Francisco Art Association and its support of artists; her involvement in the Golden Gate International Exhibition in 1939; her involvement with Unesco as a consultant on the efforts to recover artworks confiscated by the Germans during World War II; and going to India to help establish their National Museum.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Grace Morley, 1982 Feb. 6-Mar. 24. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Transcript available on line.
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Grace Morley (1900-1985) was a museum director in both California and India. Morley was the director of the San Francisco Museum of Art in 1934-1958 and was involved in the establishment of the National Museum of India in New Delhi.
These interviews are 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.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001