Smithsonian Institution

Search Results

Collections Search Center
1 documents - page 1 of 1

Oral history interview with Esther McCoy, 1987 June 7-Nov. 14

view Oral history interview with Esther McCoy, 1987 June 7-Nov. 14 digital asset number 1
Interviewee:
McCoy, Esther, 1904-1989
Interviewer:
Giovannini, Joseph
Subject:
Dreiser, Theodore
Neutra, Richard Joseph
Robert, Tim
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
Transcript: 97 p.
General Note:
Originally recorded on 8 sound cassettes. Reformated in 2010 as 15 digital wav files. Duration is 7 hrs., 22 min.
Summary:
An interview of Esther McCoy conducted 1987 June 7-Nov. 14, by Joseph Giovannini, for the Archives of American Art.
McCoy speaks of her childhood and early education; moving to New York in the 1920s; meeting and getting to know various writers including Theodore Dreiser; beginning her own writing career; her involvement in radical politics; the beginning of her interest in architecture; working as a free-lance writer; working with the builder, Tim Robert, as a draftsman; writing a novel about architecture; southern California's role in the development of modernism; writing for magazines in the 1940s; writing several books on architecture, including one on Richard Neutra; current trends in architecture.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Esther McCoy, 1987 June 7-Nov. 14. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding:
The digital preservation of this interview received Federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.
Biography Note:
Esther McCoy (1904-1989) was an architectural historian from Santa Monica, Calif.
Provenance:
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.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Architectural historians
Architectural writing
Architecture
Interviews
Sound recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12069
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212139
AAA_collcode_mccoy87
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
Additional Online Media:

Modify Your Search






or


Narrow By
  • Sound recordings
  • Transcripts
  • Archival materials
  • Collection descriptions
  • Archival materials
  • Collection descriptions
  • Architecture
  • Interviews
  • Sound recordings
  • Architecture
  • Interviews
  • Sound recordings
  • Dreiser, Theodore
  • Giovannini, Joseph
  • McCoy, Esther
  • Neutra, Richard Joseph
  • Robert, Tim
  • Dreiser, Theodore
  • Giovannini, Joseph
  • McCoy, Esther
  • Neutra, Richard Joseph
  • Robert, Tim
  • Archives of American Art