Oral history interview with Marion Post Wolcott, 1965 January 18
Wolcott, Marion Post, 1910-1990
Doud, Richard Keith
Stryker, Roy Emerson
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section
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Transcript: 23 pages
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformated in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 1 hr., 4 min.
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Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Marion Post Wolcott conducted 1965 January 18, by Richard Doud, for the Archives of American Art, at the artist's home, in Mill Valley, California.
Wolcott speaks of her background in photography; experimenting with cameras; working as a photojournalist; joining the Farm Security Administration project; her first assignment photographing West Virginia coal miners; the camaraderie among the FSA photographers; the propagandistic aspects of the work; how the program was run and work assigned; her interest in landscapes; problems of being a woman photographer; the learning experience of meeting Americans all over the country; and the FSA project's long-term value. She recalls Roy Stryker.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Marion Post Wolcott, 1965 January 18. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Transcript available on line.
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Marion Post Wolcott (1910-1990) was a photographer from San Francisco, 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