Oral history interview with Charles W. White, 1965 March 9
White, Charles, 1918-1979
McGlynn, Betty Lochrie Hoag, 1914-2002
Federal Art Project
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project
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Transcript: 27 pages
Originally recorded on 3 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 17 min.
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Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Charles Wilbert White conducted 1965 March 9, by Betty Hoag, for the Archives of American Art. White speaks of his youth in Chicago and early interest in art; early encounters with racism; his early training in art; working on the Federal Art Project; his U.S. Army service; going to Mexico; his ventures in graphic arts; subject matter which inspires him; coming to California; the politics of government subsidy of the arts; and mural projects he worked on. He recalls Harry Sternberg.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Charles W. White, 1965 March 9. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Charles W. (Wilbert) White (1918-1979) was a painter and educator from Los Angeles, California.
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