Oral history interview with William E. Woolfenden and Irving Burton, 1992 December 12
Woolfenden, William E. (William Edward), 1918-1995
Richardson, Edgar Preston
Archives of American Art
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Transcript: 33 pages
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformated in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 35 min.
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Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of William E. Woolfenden and Irving Burton conducted 1992 December 12, by Garnett McCoy for the Archives of American Art, concerning the development of the Archives of American Art.
Woolfenden speaks about E.P. Richardson and his intent in founding of the Archives of American Art; the earliest development and collecting activities; his role as assistant director and Richardson's role as director; receiving a Ford foundation grant and other early financial support; fundraising events; auctions; trustees; the founding of regional offices; early employees; forming an alliance with the Smithsonian Institution; and the impact of the AAA on American art history. Irving Burton discusses his involvement.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with William E. Woolfenden and Irving Burton, 1992 December 12. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Transcript available on line at http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/oralhistories/transcripts/woolfe92.htm
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.
William E. Woolfenden (1918-1995) was an art administrator and director of the Archives of American Art in Detroit, Michigan.
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics, and administrators.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001