Oral history interview with Mary and Clinton Adams, 1998 April 24
Adams, Mary E., 1920-
Karlstrom, Paul J., 1941-
Valentiner, Wilhelm Reinhold
Gallery of Modern Art Including the Huntington Hartford Collection
J. Paul Getty Museum
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Transcript: 23 pages
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformated in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hrs., 2 min.
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Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Mary and Clinton Adams conducted 1998 April 24, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art, in the Adams' home, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Mary recalls the early years at the Getty as assistant to Wilhelm Reinhold Valentiner, being hired by him in 1954, her responsibilities, such as driving Valentiner to the Malibu ranch location, and the property at the time the museum was established. She described the difficulties Valentiner faced in setting up the museum, and his views of J. Paul Getty. Clinton Adams enters into the conversation late and discusses the art scene in Los Angeles, where, at the time, the Huntington Hartford was regarded as the best hope for a local museum.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Mary and Clinton Adams, 1998 April 24. 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.
Mary E. Adams (1920- ) is an art administrator from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her husband, Clinton Adams is a printmaker, painter, and educator. Clinton Adams (1918-2002)
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 the transcription of this interview provided by the Pasadena Art Alliance
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001