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Oral history interview with Don Freeman, 1965 June 4

Interviewee:
Freeman, Don, 1908-1978  Search this
Freeman, Don, 1908-1978  Search this
Interviewer:
McGlynn, Betty Lochrie Hoag, 1914-2002  Search this
Subject:
Sloan, John  Search this
Henri, Robert  Search this
Wickey, Harry  Search this
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Tolegian, Manuel J. (Manuel Jerair)  Search this
Marsh, Reginald  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Illustrators -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Artists' materials  Search this
Illustration of books  Search this
Prints -- Technique  Search this
Theme:
New Deal  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12155
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213458
AAA_collcode_freema65
Theme:
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213458

Don Freeman printed material, 1936-1955

Creator:
Freeman, Don, 1908-1978  Search this
Freeman, Don, 1908-1978  Search this
Place:
New York (N.Y.) -- Periodicals
Topic:
Don Freeman's newsstand (Magazine)  Search this
Art and society  Search this
Illustrated periodicals -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Drawing, American -- Periodicals  Search this
Drawing -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York -- Periodicals  Search this
Theme:
Publications  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9488
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211686
AAA_collcode_freedon
Theme:
Publications
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211686

Oral history interview with Don Freeman

Interviewee:
Freeman, Don, 1908-1978  Search this
Interviewer:
McGlynn, Betty Hoag  Search this
Creator:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Names:
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.) -- Students  Search this
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
Henri, Robert, 1865-1929  Search this
Marsh, Reginald, 1898-1954  Search this
Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956  Search this
Sloan, John, 1871-1951  Search this
Tolegian, Manuel J. (Manuel Jerair), 1911-1983  Search this
Wickey, Harry  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound tape reel (Sound recording, 5 in.)
19 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound tape reels
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1965 June 4
Scope and Contents:
Interview of Don Freeman conducted 1965 June 4, by Betty Hoag McGlynn, for the Archives of American Art, in his home, in Santa Barbara, Calif. Freeman speaks of his childhood in San Diego with his guardian; his high school years spent in St. Louis at a public school Prineipia (and his teacher Kathryn Cherry); the knowledge of his artistic destiny as a child; his move to New York City in 1929; his time spent working as an unbooked trumpet player for jazz orchestras on Broadway; his formative years at the Art Students League under the guidance of John Sloan;
the influence of Robert Henri and "Art Spirit;" his decision to do illustrations for the theater section of the Herald Tribune of ongoing performances; his time spent studying with Harry Wickey (etcher and sculptor); his relationship and marriage to wife Lydia as well as description of life in downtown Manhattan immediately following the stock market crash ; time at Art Students League studying along side with Jackson Pollock, Manuel Tolegian, Whitney Darrel; his decision to work for the WPA in
the graphics department completing lithographs (1933-1934); "Freedom of the Press," a painting completed around the same time and the possible influence of Reginald Marsh; his interest in a project called "Paint for the People" (a public works project for the New York Subway system); time spent illustrating for the WPA theater magazine "The Living Magazine;" his opinions concerning acetate and stone as well as the use of mezzotint; his personal magazine which he published for four years (name unknown); a general summary of his feelings towards the WPA as an artistic force; his separation from the Union Uprisings due to his success within the program;
his work on "Our Flying Navy" a series of illustrations (now compiled as a book) used for advertisement for the Navy; his participation in the Association of American Artists before his term spent in the Army during WWII; his budding career as a children's books writer and illustrator (Barton Press); his illustrations for William Soroyan"s The Human Comedy; his move back west and his son Roy; and his current occupation of giving "Chalk Talks" around the country, speaking with students about art, music, theater.
Biographical / Historical:
Don Freeman (1908-1978) was an Illustrator from New York, N.Y. Went to New York City at the age of 21. Studied with John Sloan and Harry Wickey at the Art Students League.
General:
An unrelated interview of Ben Messick conducted by B. Hoag McGlynn is also on this tape.
Provenance:
Conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Illustrators -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Artists' materials  Search this
Illustration of books  Search this
Prints -- Technique  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.freema65
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw995547556-a986-4ffc-a847-4f83d6982a0b
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-freema65
Online Media:

Don Freeman printed material

Topic:
Don Freeman's newsstand (Magazine)
Creator:
Freeman, Don, 1908-1978  Search this
Extent:
0.6 Linear feet ((partially microfilmed on 2 reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Place:
New York (N.Y.) -- Periodicals
Date:
1936-1955
Scope and Contents:
An announcement and 18 issues, 1936-1955, of the bi-monthly periodical DON FREEMAN'S NEWSSTAND published by Freeman, featuring sketches of New York City street life (reels LA 9 and 76 and unmicrofilmed); 4 issues of AMERICANA, undated, (unmicrofilmed); and OUR FLYING NAVY, 1944, (reel LA 9) illustrated by Freeman.
Biographical / Historical:
Illustrator; New York, N.Y. Born 1908. Died 1978. Born in San Diego. Went to New York City at the age of 21. Studied with John Sloan and Harry Wickey at the Art Students League.
Related Materials:
Don Freeman papers also at Syracuse University.
Provenance:
Material filmed on reel LA 9 was lent by Don Freeman in 1965; three items on frames 398-417 and 420-492 were subsequently donated on an unknown date. Material on reel 76 and unmicrofilmed portion donated 1966 by Vernon Porter, Director of the National Academy of Design.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Illustrators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Art and society  Search this
Illustrated periodicals -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Drawing, American -- Periodicals  Search this
Drawing -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York -- Periodicals  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.freedon
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw970ca03cc-6c2a-4b38-b563-e90c63a058f5
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-freedon

My name is Aram. Illustrated by Don Freeman

Author:
Saroyan, William 1908-1981  Search this
Freeman, Don 1908-1978  Search this
Physical description:
156 p. 18 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1966
Topic:
Short stories  Search this
Call number:
PS3537.A826 M9 1966
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_810264

California Indian days. Line drawings by Don Freeman

Author:
Bauer, Helen  Search this
Freeman, Don 1908-1978  Search this
Physical description:
192 p. illus., maps. (part col.) 27 cm
Type:
Juvenile literature
Place:
California
Date:
1968
[1968]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_746817

California Indian days. Line drawings by Don Freeman

Author:
Bauer, Helen  Search this
Illustrator:
Freeman, Don 1908-1978  Search this
Physical description:
160 p. illus. 27 cm
Type:
Juvenile literature
Place:
California
Date:
1963
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_759062

It shouldn't happen-- / by Don Freeman

Author:
Freeman, Don 1908-1978  Search this
Bookseller:
Smith, Ray DSI  Search this
Subject:
United States Army Military life  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) illus. 21 cm
Type:
Books
Caricatures and cartoons
Date:
1945
C1945
Topic:
American wit and humor, Pictorial  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.F858x F7 1945
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_510516

Don Freeman's news stand

Title:
Don Freeman's newsstand
News stand
Author:
Freeman, Don 1908-1978  Search this
Physical description:
v. : ill. ; 31 x 24 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Date:
19uu
20th century
Topic:
Drawing, American--Periodicals  Search this
Call number:
NC1 .D674
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_497944

The prints of Don Freeman : a catalogue raisonné / Edith McCulloch ; with an essay by Marjorie P. Balge and memoirs by John Beaufort and Al Hirschfeld

Author:
McCulloch, Edith 1913-  Search this
Subject:
Freeman, Don 1908-1978  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 142 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 32 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
United States
Date:
1988
20th century
Topic:
Prints, American  Search this
Prints  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.F858y M13
N40.1.F858y M13
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_336068

The white deer / illustrated by the author and Don Freeman

Author:
Thurber, James 1894-1961  Search this
Illustrator:
Freeman, Don 1908-1978  Search this
Physical description:
[8], 115 pages, [4] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1945
©1945
Topic:
Fairy tales  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.T49x F8
N40.1.T49x F8
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_372073

Come one, come all! Drawn from memory by Don Freeman

Author:
Freeman, Don 1908-1978  Search this
Physical description:
x, 244 p. illus. 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1949
[1949]
Call number:
N40.1.F858x R5
N40.1.F858xR5
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_253676

Corduroy, story and pictures by Don Freeman

Author:
Freeman, Don 1908-1978  Search this
Physical description:
32 p. col. illus. 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1968
[1968]
Call number:
PZ8.9.F85 CoX
PZ8.9.F85CoX
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_10311

The guard mouse. Story and pictures by Don Freeman

Author:
Freeman, Don 1908-1978  Search this
Physical description:
47 p. col. illus. 29 cm
Type:
Fiction
Place:
London (England)
Date:
1967
[1967]
Topic:
Picture books  Search this
Mice  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Fiction  Search this
Call number:
PZ7.F8747 GuX
PZ7.F8747GuX
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_42020

Untitled after Rue Transnonain, April 15, 1834 by Daumier, (painting)

Painter:
Freeman, Don 1908-1978  Search this
Medium:
Gouache and crayon on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smith College Smith College Museum of Art Elm Street at Bedford Terrace Northampton Massachusetts 01063 Accession Number: 2006:23
Topic:
Architecture interior--Domestic--Bedroom  Search this
Figure male  Search this
State of Being--Death  Search this
Control number:
IAP 22280751
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_455866

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