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Oral history interview with James Penney, 1964 May 19

Interviewee:
Penney, James, 1910-1982
Interviewer:
Trovato, Joseph S., 1912-1983
Subject:
Federal Art Project (N.Y.)
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
Transcript: 19 p.
General Note:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformated in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 12 min.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Summary:
An interview of James Penney conducted 1964 May 19, by Joseph S. Trovato, for the Archives of American Art.
Penney speaks of his experiences as a mural painter for the WPA Federal Art Project; painting murals for schools and hospitals; the administration of the FAP; his background and education; coming to New York City during the Depression; the influence of the Mexican and Italian muralists; and important collections which include his work.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with James Penney, 1964 May 19. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Transcript: microfilm reel 3419 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Biography Note:
James Penney (1910-1982) was a painter, mural painter, and educator in Clinton, N.Y.
Provenance:
This interview 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:
Federal aid to the arts
Interviews
Mural painting and decoration
Painters
Sound recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13008
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213721
AAA_collcode_penney64
Theme:
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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