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Oral history interviews with Valter Poole, 1964

Interviewee:
Poole, Valter, 1903-1984
Interviewer:
Ehrlich, Heyward
Subject:
Federal Music Project (Mich.)
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
Transcript: 17 p.
General Note:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformated in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 1 hr., 2 min.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Summary:
An interview of Valter Poole conducted in 1964, by Heyward Ehrlich, for the Archives of American Art.
Poole speaks of his background and education; his musical training; his years prior to the Federal Music Project; getting the directorship of the Federal Music Project in Detroit, and later becoming orchestra conductor; the activities of the orchestra, including regular concerts in schools and museums; introducing new music and new composers to Detroit; the effect of the Project on the musicians involved; the project's benefits to the community.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interviews with Valter Poole, 1964. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Transcript: microfilm reel 3949 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Biography Note:
Valter Poole (1903-1984) was a symphony conductor, violist, and music professor in Detroit, Mich.
Provenance:
Conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Conducting
Conductors (Music)
Federal aid to the arts
Interviews
Music
Sound recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12502
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213025
AAA_collcode_poole64
Theme:
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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