Originally recorded on 4 sound cassettes. Reformated in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hrs., 8 min.
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An interview of Sam Maloof conducted 2002 Jan. 10-12, by Mary MacNaughton, for the Archives of American Art, in Maloof's home/studio in Alta Loma, Calif.
Maloof describes his childhood in Chino, Calif., where he learned the craft of furniture making from his father, who had emigrated from Lebanon; his early training in graphic art; the influence of Millard Sheets (1907-1989), head of the art department at Scripps College; his first commissions in the late 1940s; his designs in the 1950s; his contacts with artists in Claremont; exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Fair; commissions with the firm Kneedler-Fauchere and his associations with other California furniture makers; and the artistic process.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Sam Maloof, 2002 Jan. 10-11. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Transcript available online.
Funding for this interview provided by Pacific Arts Foundation and Bente and Gerald Buck Collection. 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.
Sam Maloof (1916-2009) was a furniture designer in Alto Loma, Calif.
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