Oral history interview with Norma G. Berger regarding Marsden Hartley, 1973 June 28
Berger, Norma G.
Brown, Robert F.
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Transcript: 24 pages
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformated in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 18 min.
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Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Norma Berger conducted 1973 June 28, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Ms. Berger speaks of her uncle, Marsden Hartley, and their close relationship. She recalls their time together from when she was a little girl up until Mr. Hartley's death. She tells of his fear of death and their arrangement for his cremation and scattering of ashes. Ms. Berger tells about his work as an artist, his friendship with Karl von Freyburg, and also her uncle's work as a writer. She also relates the difficulties with family members and particularly her cousin Ted after Mr. Hartley died and trying to make sure his art work was dealt with fairly. Ms. Berger did manage to save her uncle's correspondence and manuscripts.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Norma G. Berger regarding Marsden Hartley, 1973 June 28. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Norma G. Berger is the niece of the painter Marsden Hartley.
This interview is 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