Oral history interview with Nelson Aldrich, 1982 January 22-1985 April 4
Aldrich, Nelson W., 1911-1986
Brown, Robert F.
Rockefeller, Abby Aldrich
Boston Architectural Center
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.)
Rhode Island School of Design
Boston Arts Festival
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Transcript: 93 pages
Originally recorded on 5 sound cassettes. Reformated in 2010 as 10 digital wav files. Duration is 6 hrs., 30 min.
An interview of Nelson Aldrich conducted 1982 January 22-1985 April 4 at Marablehead, Massachusetts, by Robert Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Nelson Aldrich discusses his childhood as the son of an architect and nephew of the great collectors Lucy Aldrich and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller; his education in architecture at Harvard University with Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer (1934-38); his architectural practice with Wallace Harrison in New York City and his own practice in Boston; his position as a Trustee of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (1947-1960), the Boston Arts Festival (1955-62), the Metropolitan Boston Arts Center (1959-1963), the Rhode Island School of Design (1955-1962), Radcliffe College (1957-1972) and the Boston Architectural Center (1968-1973).
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Nelson Aldrich, 1982 January 22-1985 April 4. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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.
Nelson W. Aldrich (1911-1986) was an architect from Marblehead, Massachusetts.
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