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Oral history interview with Beaumont Newhall, 1965 Jan. 23

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Interviewee:
Newhall, Beaumont, 1908-1993
Interviewer:
Trovato, Joseph S., 1912-1983
Subject:
Blatas, Arbit
Steichen, Edward
Talbot, William Henry Fox
Federal art project (Mass.)
George Eastman House
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section
Place of publication, production, or execution:
New York (State)
Physical Description:
Transcript: 23 p.
General Note:
Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 21 min.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Summary:
An interview of Beaumont Newhall conducted 1965 Jan. 23, by Joseph Trovato, for the Archives of American Art. Newhall speaks of his education and first jobs in museums; his administration of the WPA Federal Art Project in Massachusetts; Berenice Abbott's photographs of New York; and the Farm Security Administration's photography project. He speaks of early photography and William Henry Fox Talbot; photography and the Armory Show; the 1937 photography exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art and Edward Steichen; and the George Eastman House. Newhall comments on museums accepting photography as art; the amateur photographer versus the artistic photographer; and his view of photography as a discoverer and a "partaker" of nature.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Beaumont Newhall, 1965 Jan. 23. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
Beaumont Newhall (1908-1993) was an art administrator and art historian from Rochester, N.Y.
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:
Art historians
Arts administrators
Federal aid to the arts
Interviews
Photography
Sound recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13299
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213687
AAA_collcode_newhal65
Theme:
Photography
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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