Smithsonian Institution

Search Results

Collections Search Center
1 documents - page 1 of 1

Oral history interview with Charles H. Sawyer, 1964

view Oral history interview with Charles H. Sawyer, 1964 digital asset number 1
Interviewee:
Sawyer, Charles Henry, 1906-2005
Interviewer:
Ehrlich, Heyward
Subject:
Cook, Howard Norton
Curry, John Steuart
Gibbs, Howard M. (Howard Manning)
Knaths, Karl
Levine, Jack
Taylor, Francis Henry
Waters, Herbert
Woodworth, Hail
Zerbe, Karl
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Michigan
Physical Description:
Transcript 14 pages.
General Note:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformated in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 1 hr., 3 min.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
Summary:
An interview of Charles Henry Sawyer conducted in 1964, by Heyward Ehrlich, for the Archives of American Art.
Sawyer speaks of how he first got involved in art after being offered a job teaching art and operating a museum in Andover by a family friend; how he became involved with the Federal Art Project; the early stages of the Project, and the difficulties they encountered, including the primary motivation of the Project, deciding where the work was to be assigned, and other administrative problems; the changes that occurred as the Federal Arts Project developed; the artists involved with the Project, such as Karl Knaths and Jack Levine; the shows that were put on by the Project; the end of the Federal Art Project; and his thoughts on the project in retrospect. Sawyer recalls Francis Taylor, Karl Knaths, Jack Levine, Howard Gibbs, John Stuart Curry, Herbert Waters, Karl Zerbe, Howard Cook, Hail Woodworth, and many others.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Charles H. Sawyer, 1964. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
Charles Henry Sawyer (1906-2005) was a museum director in Ann Arbor, 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:
Federal aid to the arts
Interviews
Museum directors
Sound recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12173
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213819
AAA_collcode_sawyer64
Theme:
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

Modify Your Search






or


Narrow By
  • Transcripts
  • Archival materials
  • Collection descriptions
  • Archival materials
  • Collection descriptions
  • Federal aid to the arts
  • Interviews
  • Museums
  • Sound recordings
  • Federal aid to the arts
  • Interviews
  • Museums
  • Sound recordings
  • Cook, Howard Norton
  • Curry, John Steuart
  • Ehrlich, Heyward
  • Gibbs, Howard M. (Howard Manning)
  • Knaths, Karl
  • Levine, Jack
  • New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project
  • Sawyer, Charles Henry
  • Taylor, Francis Henry
  • Waters, Herbert
  • Cook, Howard Norton
  • Curry, John Steuart
  • Ehrlich, Heyward
  • Gibbs, Howard M. (Howard Manning)
  • Knaths, Karl
  • Levine, Jack
  • New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project
  • Sawyer, Charles Henry
  • Taylor, Francis Henry
  • Waters, Herbert
  • Archives of American Art