Oral history interview with Sonia Allen, 1984 September 15
Allen, Sonia, 1890-1985
Cloudman, Ruth Howard, 1948-
Mark Rothko and His Times Oral History Project
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Transcript: 14 pages
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 31 minutes.
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Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Sonia Allen conducted 1984 September 15, by Ruth Howard Cloudman, for the Archives of American Art's Mark Rothko and His Times oral history project.
Sonia Allen, Mark Rothko's sister, answers questions about family history, the family's life in Russia, and their move to the U.S.A. She was 94 years old at the time of the interview and didn't elaborate her answers to any great degree.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Sonia Allen, 1984 September 15. 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.
Sonia Allen (1890-1985) was Mark Rothko's sister and she was from Portland, Oregon.
This interview was conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's Mark Rothko and his Times oral history project, with funding provided by the Mark Rothko Foundation. Others interviewed on the project (by various interviewers) include: Sally Avery, Ben-Zion, Bernard Braddon, Ernest Briggs, Rhys Caparn, Elaine de Kooning, Herbert Ferber, Esther Gottlieb, Juliette Hays, Sidney Janis, Buffie Johnson, Jacob Kainen, Louis Kaufman, Jack Kufeld, Katharine Kuh, Stanley Kunitz, Joseph Liss, Dorothy Miller, Betty Parsons, Wallace Putnam, Rebecca Reis, Maurice Roth, Sidney Schectman, Aaron Siskind, Joseph Solman, Hedda Sterne, Jack Tworkov, Esteban Vicente and Ed Weinstein.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001