Oral history interview with Emil Bisttram, 1963 October 17
Bisttram, Emil, 1895-1976
Loomis, Sylvia Glidden
Federal Art Project (N.M.)
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project
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Transcript: 19 pages
Originally recorded 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav files. Duration is 42 min.
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Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.
An interview of Emil J. Bisttram conducted by Sylvia Loomis on 1963 October 17 for the Archives of American Art New Deal and the Arts Project.
Bisttram speaks of his family background; first coming to Taos; his involvement with the Federal Art Project (FAP); his FAP murals; problems with the FAP; the effect of the FAP on public interest in art; and Taos as an art community.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Emil Bisttram, 1963 October 17. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Transcript: microfilm reel 3418 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Emil Bisttram (1895-1976) was a mural painter in Taos, New Mexico.
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.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001