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Oral history interview with Alvin S. Romansky, 1979 September 17

view Oral history interview with Alvin S. Romansky, 1979 September 17 digital asset number 1
Interviewee:
Romansky, Alvin S., 1907-1994
Interviewer:
Levy, Sandra Curtis
Subject:
Blaffer family
Calder, Alexander
Cullinan, Nina J.
Hayter, Stanley William
Menil, Dominique de
Menil, John de
Schiwetz, Edward Muegge
Contemporary Arts Association (Houston, Tex.)
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
Transcript: 234 pages.
General Note:
Originally recorded on 6 sound cassettes. Reformated in 2010 as 11 digital wav files. Duration is 6 hr., 43 min.
Access Note / Rights:
Patrons must use transcript.
Summary:
An interview of Alvin S. Romansky conducted 1979 September 17, by Sandra Curtis Levy, for the Archives of American Art.
Romansky speaks of his history as a painter, ceramist, and collector; the art scene in Houston as he knew it; his political and law activities; artists and collectors who were his friends and associates; the Contemporary Arts Association; his European experiences; his personal philosophies; and the future of museums. He recalls the Blaffer family, Alexander Calder, Nina Cullinan, and John and Dominique de Menil; William Hayter and Buck Schiwetz.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Alvin S. Romansky, 1979 September 17. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Transcript: microfilm reel 3752 available for use through interlibrary loan.
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:
Alvin S. Romansky (1907-1994) was a painter, ceramist, and collector of Houston, Tex.
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. Microfilmed as part of the Archives of American Art's Texas project.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art, American
Ceramicists
Collectors
Decorative arts
Interviews
Painters
Sound recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11762
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213234
AAA_collcode_romans79
Theme:
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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