Oral history interview with William Bostick, 1981 August 11-19
Bostick, William A., 1913-2007
Rospond, Mary Chris
Richardson, Edgar Preston
Sepeshy, Zoltan L. (Zoltan Leslie)
Valentiner, Wilhelm Reinhold
Detroit Institute of Arts
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Transcript: 74 pages
Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformated in 2010 as 6 digital wav file. Duration is 4 hr., 18 min.
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Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
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.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with William Bostick, 1981 August 11-19. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Transcript available online.
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.
William Bostick (1913-2007) was an art administrator from Detroit, Michigan.
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.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001