Oral history interview with Edith Wyle, 1993 March 9-September 7
Wyle, Edith R., 1918-1999
Emanuelli, Sharon K.
Craft and Folk Art Museum
Egg and Eye Gallery and Restaurant (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Women in the Arts in Southern California Oral History Project
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Transcript: 153 pages
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassettes. Reformated in 2010 as 16 digital wav files. Duration is 8 hrs., 8 min.
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Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Edith Wyle conducted 1993 March 9-September 7, by Sharon K. Emanuelli, for the Archives of American Art, Women in the Arts in Southern California Oral History Project.
Wyle speaks of her family background and her early education and interests; her studies at U.C. Berkeley and UCLA; her marriage to Frank Wyle; her friendship with Rico Lebrun; the cultural scene in Los Angeles between 1940 and 1970; the founding of the Egg and the Eye restaurant and gallery; and the founding of the Craft and Folk Art Museum and its development over the years.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Edith Wyle, 1993 March 9-September 7. 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.
Edith R. Wyle (1918-1999) was an arts administrator and painter from Los Angeles, California. Established Egg and the Eye Gallery and Restaurant in Los Angeles in 1964 and oversaw its transformation in 1973 into the Craft and Folk Art Museum, for which she was Director and then Program director until 1984. Wyle also is a painter, and had a close friendship with Rico Lebrun.
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. Funding for this interview was provided by the Margery and Harry Kahn Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Communal Fund of New York.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001