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Oral history interview with Paul J. Smith

Interviewee:
Smith, Paul J.  Search this
Interviewer:
Herman, Lloyd E.  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
American Crafts Council. Museum of Contemporary Crafts  Search this
American Craftsmen's Council  Search this
Museum of Arts and Design (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Extent:
61 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2010 April 19-20
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Paul J. Smith conducted 2010 April 19 and 20, by Lloyd E. Herman, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at Smith's home, in New York, N.Y.
Smith recalls his childhood; attending the Art Institute of Buffalo; working in display at the Flint & Kent department store in Buffalo; his interest in "hobby crafts" and greater exploration of jewelry and wood; exhibiting; joining the staff of the American Craftsmen's Council; becoming director of the Museum of Contemporary Crafts; developing the museum's program and international focus; organizing the "Objects: USA" exhibition in 1969; developing the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Crafts (in 1979 renamed the American Craft Museum); the 30th anniversary exhibition, "Craft Today: Poetry of the Physical," in 1986; becoming director emeritus; the "Craft Today USA" tour, 1989-1993; developing a consulting service; serving as guest curator; special projects; interest in photography; the current DIY movement as a continuum of the past.
Biographical / Historical:
Paul J. Smith (1931- ) is Director Emeritus of the American Craft Museum (now the Museum of Arts and Design) in New York, N.Y.
General:
Originally recorded on 6 secure digital memory cards. Reformatted in 2010 as 7 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hr., 17 min.
Provenance:
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.
Topic:
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.smith10
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-smith10
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Oral history interview with Nina von Eckardt, 2012 July 31 and August 13

Interviewee:
von Eckardt, Nina, 1940-  Search this
von Eckardt, Nina, 1940-  Search this
Interviewer:
Berman, Avis, 1949-  Search this
Subject:
Leo Castelli Gallery  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Women arts administrators  Search this
Women art critics  Search this
Women illustrators  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)16061
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)311672
AAA_collcode_voneck12
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_311672
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Oral history interview with Nina von Eckardt

Interviewee:
von Eckardt, Nina, 1940-  Search this
Creator:
Berman, Avis  Search this
Names:
Leo Castelli Gallery  Search this
Extent:
114 Pages (Transcript)
1 Item (4 sound files (5 hrs. 56 min))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2012 July 31 and August 13
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Nina von Eckardt conducted 2012 July 31 and August 13, by Avis Berman, for the Archives of American Art, at von Eckardt's home, in West New York, N.J.
Biographical / Historical:
Nina von Eckardt (née Sutherland) (1940- ) worked as Leo Castelli's secretary at Leo Castelli Gallery. She is an art critic, writer, and illustrator under the name Nina ffrench-frazier. Avis Berman (1949- ) is an art historian and author in New York, N.Y.
General:
Originally recorded as 4 sound files. Duration is 5 hr., 56 min.
Provenance:
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.
Restrictions:
The transcript and audio recording are open for research. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Art critics -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Illustrators  Search this
Topic:
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Women arts administrators  Search this
Women art critics  Search this
Women illustrators  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.voneck12
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-voneck12
Online Media:

Emily Nathan papers, circa 1943-1985

Creator:
Nathan, Emily S., 1907-1999  Search this
De Creeft, José, 1884-1982  Search this
Nathan, Emily S., 1907-1999  Search this
Subject:
Goldberg, Rube, 1883-1970  Search this
Lerner, Abram  Search this
Spyropoulous, Jannis  Search this
Johns, Jasper  Search this
Rothko, Mark  Search this
Smith, Tony  Search this
Namuth, Hans  Search this
McLanathan, Richard B. K.  Search this
Woolfenden, William E. (William Edward)  Search this
De Creeft, José  Search this
Hirshhorn, Joseph H.  Search this
Towle Mfg. Company  Search this
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Archives of American Art  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Roosters -- Pictorial works  Search this
Roosters -- Anecdotes  Search this
Caricatures and cartoons  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Inventors -- Interviews  Search this
Archives -- Public relations  Search this
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Art and industry  Search this
Theme:
Art Market  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8071
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210242
AAA_collcode_nathemil2
Theme:
Art Market
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210242

Emily Nathan papers

Creator:
Nathan, Emily  Search this
De Creeft, José, 1884-1982  Search this
Lerner, Abram  Search this
Goldberg, Rube, 1883-1970  Search this
Names:
Archives of American Art  Search this
Smithsonian Institution -- Public relations.  Search this
Towle Mfg. Company -- Public relations  Search this
De Creeft, José, 1884-1982  Search this
Hirshhorn, Joseph H.  Search this
Johns, Jasper, 1930-  Search this
McLanathan, Richard B. K.  Search this
Rothko, Mark, 1903-1970  Search this
Smith, Tony, 1912-1980  Search this
Spyropoulous, Jannis, 1912-  Search this
Woolfenden, William E. (William Edward), 1918-1995  Search this
Photographer:
Namuth, Hans  Search this
Extent:
6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
circa 1943-1985
Scope and Contents:
The papers of public relations consultant and journalist Emily Nathan measure 5.0 linear feet and date from circa 1943-1985. Included are files on clients, among them Towle Manufacturing and its gallery; the Smithsonian Institution, including the Archives of American Art, Radio Smithsonian and the National Portrait Gallery.
Interviews conducted by Nathan for Radio Smithsonian include New York, N.Y. cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg (1883-1970), 1970; art historian and writer Richard B. K. McLanathan, 1970; Director of the Archives of American Art William E. Woolfenden, 1970, Abram Lerner, Director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, and art collector Joseph Hirshhorn, 1969. Also found is an interview of William Woolfenden May 6, 1983 upon his retirement as Director of the Archives of American Art.
Among the correspondence are letters to Georgia O'Keeffe regarding a pending oral history with the sculptors Dorothy Dehner and David Smith and a letter from museum administrator and lecturer Daniel Catton Rich expressing his pleasure at having met Jannis and Zoe Spyropoulous in Athens, Greece and describes the painting by Jannis that he purchased for the Worcester Art Museum. The majority of the photographs are of personalities long associated with the Archives of American Art. There are two photographs of Jasper Johns, and one each of Mark Rothko and Tony Smith, all taken by Hans Namuth, 1960.
Also found is a folder of material assembled by Nathan regarding Jose de Creeft's story, as told to Nathan, of his pet rooster, intended by Nathan to be submitted for publication under the title "Roosty Was My Friend." Included are an introduction by Nathan, providing biographical information on de Creeft; sample text for the story (2 pages) and an outline for the remainder (3 pages), 24 drawings by de Creeft illustrating the story; and a photograph of de Creeft with a wire sculpture of Roosty, 1957, taken by Budd studio.
Biographical / Historical:
Emily Nathan (1907-1999) was a journalist and public relations consultant specializing in arts and cultural heritage institutions.
Provenance:
Donated 1973-1988 by Emily Nathan and in 2000 by the Emily Nathan estate, via Edgar S. Nathan, III, executor. The letter to Nathan from Daniel Catton Rich was donated by Rich, 1977.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Cartoonists -- Interviews  Search this
Public relations consultants  Search this
Topic:
Roosters -- Pictorial works  Search this
Roosters -- Anecdotes  Search this
Caricatures and cartoons  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Inventors -- Interviews  Search this
Archives -- Public relations  Search this
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Art and industry  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.nathemil2
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-nathemil2

Oral history interview with Holger Cahill, 1960 April 12 and 15

Interviewee:
Cahill, Holger, 1887-1960  Search this
Cahill, Holger, 1887-1960  Search this
Interviewer:
Morse, John D., 1906-  Search this
Subject:
Pollack, Peter, 1909-1978  Search this
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Federal Art Project (U.S.)  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
United States. Work Projects Administration  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11990
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212570
AAA_collcode_cahill60
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212570
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Oral history interview with Holger Cahill

Interviewee:
Cahill, Holger, 1887-1960  Search this
Interviewer:
Morse, John D., 1906-  Search this
Pollack, Peter, 1909-1978  Search this
Names:
Federal Art Project (U.S.)  Search this
United States. Work Projects Administration  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956  Search this
Extent:
53 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1960 April 12 and 15
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Holger Cahill conducted 1960 April 12-15, by John Morse and Peter Pollack, for the Archives of American Art.
Cahill discusses his work as national director of the Federal Art Project. He recalls other administrators and artists who participated, and describes the allocation of the art works produced. Of particular interest is an anecdote about Jackson Pollock's experiments with his characteristic style while on the WPA. Peter Pollack contributes his own recollections of his work under Cahill developing community art centers as part of the federal program.
Biographical / Historical:
Holger Cahill (1887-1960) was an art administrator from New York, New York. Cahill was the National director of Federal Art Project, administered under Federal Project No. 1 of the Works Progress Administration (later the Work Projects Administration). The FAP provided work to unemployed artists. Cahill was the director throughout its existence.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 14 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' 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 others.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Function:
Art centers
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.cahill60
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-cahill60
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Hudson Dean Walker, 1969 October 22-28

Interviewee:
Walker, Hudson D. (Hudson Dean), 1907-1976  Search this
Walker, Hudson D. (Hudson Dean), 1907-1976  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul, 1933-1997  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Collectors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13057
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213184
AAA_collcode_walker69
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213184

Oral history interview with Aileen O. Vanderbilt Webb, 1970 May 7-June 9

Interviewee:
Webb, Aileen O., 1892-1979  Search this
Webb, Aileen O., 1892-1979  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul, 1933-1997  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12003
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213189
AAA_collcode_webb70
Theme:
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213189

Oral history interview with Hudson Dean Walker, 1971 September 1-1972 August 2

Interviewee:
Walker, Hudson D. (Hudson Dean), 1907-1976  Search this
Walker, Hudson D. (Hudson Dean), 1907-1976  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Collectors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12905
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213198
AAA_collcode_walker71
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213198

Oral history interview Howard Wise, 1971 February 22

Interviewee:
Wise, Howard, 1903-1989  Search this
Wise, Howard, 1903-1989  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul, 1933-1997  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11808
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213203
AAA_collcode_wise71
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213203

Oral history interview with William Woolfenden, 1983 March 17

Interviewee:
Woolfenden, William E. (William Edward), 1918-1995  Search this
Woolfenden, William E. (William Edward), 1918-1995  Search this
Interviewer:
Bowman, Ruth, 1923-  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Arts -- New York (State) -- New York -- Management  Search this
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11916
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213204
AAA_collcode_woolfe83
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213204
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Gustave Von Groschwitz, 1964 December 9

Interviewee:
Von Groschwitz, Gustave, 1906-1991  Search this
Von Groschwitz, Gustave, 1906-1991  Search this
Interviewer:
Doud, Richard Keith  Search this
Subject:
Federal Art Project (N.Y.)  Search this
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Theme:
New Deal  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12704
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213534
AAA_collcode_vongro64
Theme:
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213534

Oral history interview with Frederick J. Whiteman, 1965 April 21

Interviewee:
Whiteman, Frederick J. (Frederick John), 1909-1997  Search this
Whiteman, Frederick J. (Frederick John), 1909-1997  Search this
Interviewer:
Seckler, Dorothy Gees, 1910-1994  Search this
Subject:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Theme:
New Deal  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12481
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213977
AAA_collcode_whitem65
Theme:
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213977

Oral history interview with Frederick Watson, 1971

Interviewee:
Watson, Frederick  Search this
Watson, Frederick  Search this
Interviewer:
Katzman, Lynn  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12083
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214211
AAA_collcode_watson71
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_214211

Oral history interview with Lyn Tiefenbacher, circa 1971

Interviewee:
Tiefenbacher, Lyn  Search this
Tiefenbacher, Lyn  Search this
Interviewer:
Katzman, Lynn  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12406
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214212
AAA_collcode_tiefen71
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_214212

Oral history interview with William E. Woolfenden and Irving Burton, 1992 December 12

Interviewee:
Woolfenden, William E. (William Edward), 1918-1995  Search this
Woolfenden, William E. (William Edward), 1918-1995  Search this
Interviewer:
Burton, Irving F. (Irving Frederick), 1918-  Search this
Subject:
Richardson, Edgar Preston  Search this
Archives of American Art  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Arts -- Management  Search this
Art, American -- History -- Sources  Search this
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13071
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215195
AAA_collcode_woolfe92
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_215195
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Martha Wilson, 2017 May 17-18

Interviewee:
Wilson, Martha, 1947-  Search this
Wilson, Martha, 1947-  Search this
Interviewer:
Zapol, Liza, 1978-  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Performance artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17463
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)387845
AAA_collcode_wilson17
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_387845
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Robert Beverly Hale, 1968 Oct. 4-Nov. 1

Interviewee:
Hale, Robert Beverly, 1901-1985  Search this
Hale, Robert Beverly, 1901-1985  Search this
Interviewer:
Selvig, Forrest  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12653
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212258
AAA_collcode_hale68
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212258
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Robert Beverly Hale, 1984 Mar. 7

Interviewee:
Hale, Robert Beverly, 1901-1985  Search this
Hale, Robert Beverly, 1901-1985  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Barr, Alfred H., Jr.  Search this
Bridgman, George Brant  Search this
Coyle, Terence  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel  Search this
Geldzahler, Henry  Search this
Hirshhorn, Joseph H.  Search this
Huxley, Julian  Search this
Klonis, Stewart  Search this
McNulty, William Charles  Search this
Peirce, Waldo  Search this
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Priest, Alan Reed  Search this
Rockefeller, David  Search this
Root, Edward Wales  Search this
Rorimer, James J. (James Joseph)  Search this
Russell, Bertrand  Search this
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Columbia University  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Drawing -- Technique  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13205
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212259
AAA_collcode_hale84
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212259
Online Media:

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