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Oral history interview with William Bostick, 1981 August 11-19

view Oral history interview with William Bostick, 1981 August 11-19 digital asset number 1
Interviewee:
Bostick, William A., 1913-2007
Interviewer:
Rospond, Mary Chris
Subject:
Grotell, Maija
Richardson, Edgar Preston
Sepeshy, Zoltan L. (Zoltan Leslie)
Valentiner, Wilhelm Reinhold
Detroit Institute of Arts
Founders Society
Scarab Club
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Michigan
Physical Description:
Transcript: 74 pages
General Note:
Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformated in 2010 as 6 digital wav file. Duration is 4 hr., 18 min.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Summary:
An interview of William Bostick conducted 1981 August 11-19, by Mary Chris Rospond, for the Archives of American Art.
Bostick speaks of his childhood; his early interest in art; his education at the Carnegie Institute and the Detroit Academy of Art; studying at Cranbrook Academy with Zoltan Sepeshy and Maija Grotell; the beginning of his career in commercial art; his early museum career; becoming administrator of the Detroit Institute of Arts; the ART QUARTERLY; the growth of the Detroit Institute's collection and its administrative history; some of the Institute's more important exhibitions; his own artistic style and methods; the Scarab Club and the Founders Society. He recalls E.P. Richardson and William R. Valentiner.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with William Bostick, 1981 August 11-19. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Transcript available online.
Funding:
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.
Biography Note:
William Bostick (1913-2007) was an art administrator from Detroit, Michigan.
Provenance:
These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art 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:
Art
Art museums
Arts administrators
Interviews
Sound recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11715
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212082
AAA_collcode_bostic81
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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